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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other interesting items from Cumbria for today and this week.

    Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: A dry, clear night

    BBC Weather

    Any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud.

    The lowest temperatures will range from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  3. Pressley: Play it again (apart from the last-minute goal)

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Last Saturday's performance at Newport was as close as Carlisle United have ever come to Steven Pressley's vision for his team, despite losing the game 1-0, the Brunton Park manager said today.

    The United boss says he hopes his players can repeat the performance, but with more consistency, in front of their fans in tomorrow's League Two game at home to second-placed Crewe.

    Steven Pressley
    Quote Message: We were aggressive in our passes, aggressive in our press, and I was really pleased with that, we've had some great performances this year but we need to have more consistency." from Steven Pressley
    Steven Pressley
  4. City housing teams help 1,000 families a year

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Housing teams in Carlisle have directly helped more than 1,000 families facing homelessness in the last 12 months, a number that had remained "pretty consistent" for the past 15 years, a meeting was told.

    The city council has also provided 280 households with supported emergency accommodation in this time, including people made homeless through issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and drugs.

    The figures emerged as the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel received a report into the effect of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on the authority’s services.

  5. Former driver inspector loses appeal against speeding ban

    A former south Cumbria driving instructor has lost his appeal against a driving ban imposed for speeding.

    Stephen Gary Perie, 38, from Barber Green, near Grange, was handed a six-month totting-up disqualification last month for travelling at 80mph on a 70mph dual carriageway stretch of the A590 at Meathop.

    He already had nine points on his licence following two previous speeding offences.

    The court heard Perie was awaiting surgery for a knee problem, lived in a rural area several miles from the nearest shop, and after a nervous breakdown and going on to universal credit, was seeking work as a handyman, for which he would need a driving licence.

    Judge David Potter, sitting with two magistrates at Carlisle Crown court, said it was a finely balanced case, but while Perie's appeal did have merit, the panel had concluded magistrates were right to impose a driving ban.

  6. Graphic arts festival draws crowds to Kendal

    Martin Lewes


    Thousands of graphic arts fans are gathering in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

    Vix graphic

    The weekend will start tonight celebrating the 40th anniversary of the magazine Viz with five of the artists trying to draw all 150 characters in the publication in 50 minutes.

    The event includes talks and appearances by artists from all over the world, from creators of graphic novels to newspaper cartoonists, a family zone, workshops and exhibitions.

  7. Police hold four after couple are attacked in Carlisle

    Police say four suspects have been arrested after a robbery in Carlisle in which two people were injured.

    Charlotte Street, Carlisle

    A local man and woman were treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in the city for cuts and bruises after they were attacked in Charlotte Street at about 20:30 on Wednesday evening.

    Three men, aged 17, 25 and 42, and a 41-year-old woman have now been arrested on suspicion of offences including robbery and attempted assault causing grievous bodily harm.

    Police say they'd like to hear from anyone in the area at the time, who may have been in the Lidl or Dunelm car park, or who has webcam footage from between 20:30 and 21:00.

  8. City considers providing 'dog-friendly room'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    City councillors in Carlisle are considering providing a "dog-friendly" room as part of the renovation of the Civic Centre, to ensure that vulnerable and homeless people seeking council help do not have to be parted from their pets.

    The ground floor of the centre is still under repair after the 2015 floods, and the council's deputy leader proposed the idea after a chance encounter with an old school colleague “distressed” that he was not allowed to bring his beloved Jack Russell inside the building with him.

    Normally pet dogs are not allowed in the public areas of the building, but now Darren Crossley, the council’s deputy chief executive, has been asked to look into incorporating a dedicated room.

    Quote Message: Sometimes the pets are the only thing that they have.” from Councillor Gareth Ellis Deputy leader, Carlisle City Council
    Councillor Gareth EllisDeputy leader, Carlisle City Council
    Homeless person with dog
  9. Murder charge remand after woman dies from injuries

    Mark McAlindon

    BBC Look North

    A 62-year-old man has appeared in court via videolink charged with the murder of a woman who died two weeks after being found in her Lake District home with serious head injuries.

    Police were called to 64-year-old Katrina Fletcher’s flat in St Kentigern’s Close, Keswick, on the night of 11 September.

    Patrick Gordon Webster was initially charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, but that has been upgraded to murder.

    At West Allerdale Magistrates' Court in Workington, he appeared via video from Durham Prison and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

    Mr Webster, from St Kentigern Close, was remanded in custody and will appear at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday.

    Katrina Fletcher
  10. Barrow £12m health centre nears completion

    The new £12m Alfred Barrow Health Centre should be treating its first patients next month.

    Artist's impression of Alfred Barrow Health centre

    The centre will house several GP practices and provide a number of community and mental health services, with a Boots Pharmacy opening this weekend.

  11. New fish species found in lake 'could breed rapidly'

    A species of fish, not native to Windermere, has been found in England's longest lake for the first time.

    A ruffe, a relative of the perch, is usually more at home further south, although it has been seen in other parts of the Lake District in the past.


    The suspicion is that the species was introduced by anglers who used them as live bait.

    Dr Stephen Thackeray of the centre for Ecology and Hydrology, which is based at Lancaster University, says ruffe can breed rapidly and feed on the eggs and larvae of other fish, which he said "may be a cause of concern".

    Quote Message: It is clear that the Windermere fish community is undergoing change, and that there is a need for continued vigilance if we are to understand the impacts of these changes on the wider ecosystem.” from Dr Stephen Thackeray
    Dr Stephen Thackeray
  12. Barrow players 'must work' to equal club record of 1905

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    One of the biggest league crowds in recent seasons is expected at Holker Street tomorrow, as Barrow try to equal their club record of eight league wins in a row.

    They're playing Dover in the National League, more than 100 years since setting their record in the 1904/05 season.

    About 3,000 free tickets have been distributed to local schools in the area to coincide with national Non-League Day and adult prices for the game have been dropped to £9.

    Holker Street stand
    Quote Message: They still need to keep working, they can't just turn up thinking 'we're on this great run, it's going to happen', they've got to keep the work going, the supporters can play their part as well, turning up in droves and getting behind this team." from Adam Johnson BBC Radio Cumbria Barrow commentator
    Adam JohnsonBBC Radio Cumbria Barrow commentator
  13. Cumbrian council is owed more than £500,000

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    South Lakeland Council is owed £576,000, with some of the debts dating back to 2014, a meeting heard.

    Officers said the debt was a small fraction of the £46m it had issued invoices for over the past five years, and it collected 98.8% of the money owed to it.

    The meeting heard that 35% of the £576,000 related to works carried out on a "dangerous structure" in Kendal, although the council declined to reveal which building it was.

  14. Police and RSPCA raid finds 'fighting cock breeding'

    Details have been made public of a police and RSPCA raid in north Cumbria earlier this week that found what's suspected to be a number of fighting cocks.

    The RSPCA confirmed that search warrants had been executed at two premises near Carlisle, and a social media message from the police regional organised crime unit said a 36-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of breeding cockerels for fighting at Glasson.

    The RSPCA said a number of birds had been seized and the investigation was continuing.

    Man looking at hen coops
  15. Cumbria's weather: A dry and bright afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mainly dry and bright afternoon with some further sunny spells.

    Though most places will stay dry, the odd shower is still possible and it will be breezy with highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  16. Lakes chief defends new surface on repaired rail path

    The chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority has issued a lengthy blog defending the resurfacing of the flood-damaged trackbed from Threlkeld to Kewsick with bitumen.

    Cyclists on Keswick railway

    At an angry meeting last night Keswick Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the park authority, saying the new surface was out of place.

    In his long response, Richard Leafe says: "It is very disappointing then that we don’t enjoy wholehearted community support."

    He describes the lengths the park has gone to in consultation, and says the solid surface is needed because it is likely the popular trail will have to stand up to regular intense storms as the climate changes.

  17. Hospice says search for new staff 'having good results'

    South Cumbria's hospice, which closed last month because it couldn't find a new senior doctor, says it has had a good response to its recruitment campaign for senior medical staff.

    St Mary's Hospice has provided an enhanced home service since it stopped taking in-patients.

    St Mary's Hospice
    Quote Message: We have had applications for both jobs that we currently have advertised, and we're having informal visits this week and next week and then obviously hoping to move forward with interviews in the near future." from Alison Alger head of fund-raising, St Mary's Hospice
    Alison Algerhead of fund-raising, St Mary's Hospice