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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've finished posting news and other items from around the county 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: Clear spells at first, showers later

    BBC Weather

    There will be clear spells at first tonight, but it will become cloudier with a few showers possible at times.

    Lowest temperatures will be from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Engineers recommend derelict Plaza 'should be demolished'

    The former Central Plaza hotel in Carlisle is a step nearer to being demolished, although various permissions and consents have to be obtained before work can start.

    Engineers have carried out an inspection on the building and are urging Carlisle City Council to prepare the site.

    The dangerous state of the building led to the closure of Victoria Viaduct, one of the main roads leading into the centre of the city, a week-and-a-half ago.

    Earlier, staff and owners of businesses affected by the road closures around the derelict building met the city's MP, John Stevenson, to discuss the situation.

    Central Plaza Hotel
  4. Body found on Walney beach

    The body of a woman was found on the beach near South Walney Nature Reserve this morning just before 10:00.

    Police say the coroner was informed, but they have given no other details.

  5. Scottish vote question asked over Borderlands deal

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    A Carlisle city councillor has asked whether Scottish independence would affect the multimillion-pound Borderlands Growth Deal.

    The comments came as SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon insisted this week that Scotland must have a second public vote next year on whether to remain part of the UK.

    Scottish border

    Independent councillor Jack Paton asked: “I hope it never happens but if Scotland was to leave the Union – I think it has to be asked – what would be the implications for Borderlands?”

    Jane Meek, the council’s corporate director of economic development, admitted she didn’t know the answer, adding: “I suspect that, because we have a collaboration agreement, then that is a legal agreement which we’ve all signed up to.”

    Quote Message: If you think it’s difficult trying to work out a backstop on the island of Ireland, trying to work out a backstop at Gretna is going to be an awful lot more difficult.” from Councillor Gareth Ellis Deputy leader, Carlisle City Council
    Councillor Gareth EllisDeputy leader, Carlisle City Council
  6. Police urge drinkers 'walk away' after mother is jailed

    Police have urged people to walk away if trouble starts on a night out, after a mother of two small children was jailed for an incident that left a man blind in one eye.

    Naomi Ballantyne was given a seven year sentence after she and her husband Darren, from Stainton Gardens, Carlisle, were caught up in trouble in a city pub.

    Mrs Ballantyne, 32, was sent to prison for seven years for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and her husband was given a suspended sentence for affray.

    Det Con Kerry Gibson of Cumbria Police said: This incident perfectly demonstrates the potentially life-changing consequences of drink-fuelled violence."

    Quote Message: If you find yourself in a confrontation or trouble, we would urge you to simply walk away." from Det Con Kerry Gibson
    Det Con Kerry Gibson
  7. Pensioner hit by car in Penrith dies in hospital

    A 77-year-old woman, who was struck by a car in Penrith on Monday, has died of her injuries in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

    Police said she was Kathleen Boddy, who had recently moved to the Cumbrian town from Essex.

    She was walking in Victoria Road just before midday, when she was hit by an Alfa Romeo driven by a 46-year-old local woman.

    Police renewed an appeal for witnesses or any drivers in the area at the time with dashcam footage.

  8. Beauty therapist who blinded man in pub brawl is jailed

    A beauty therapist who thrust a glass into a man's face in a pub brawl, leaving him blind in one eye and so traumatised he no longer likes looking in mirrors, has been jailed for seven years.

    Naomi Ballantyne

    Naomi Ballantyne, 32, was celebrating her birthday and had drunk wine, Jäger bombs and vodka.

    Her husband Darren, 39, had been punched earlier at the start of the altercation outside the Cumberland Inn on Botchergate, and had struck back inside the pub, prompting his wife's involvement.

    Mrs Ballantyne admitted wounding but denied a more serious charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, of which she was then found guilty by a Carlisle Crown Court jury, and her husband admitted affray.

    The couple from Stainton Gardens, Carlisle, who have two small children, were sentenced today, with Darren Ballantyne given a suspended nine month jail term, unpaid work and rehabilitation.

  9. Latest figures show 16,753 now claiming new benefit

    The latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show 16,753 people in Cumbria are now claiming Universal Credit.

    The figures show more than one third, 6,267, are in work.

    It's thought all of those still claiming under the previous benefits system will have moved across to UC within about four years.

    Universal Credit sign
  10. Conman who fleeced kind pensioner, 92, is jailed

    A conman who fleeced a 92-year-old kind-hearted Cockermouth parishioner out of £27,000 after the two met in church, has been jailed for 30 months.

    Scott Thomas Hanson, 35, of Tempest Road, Hartlepool, told the older man he had walked out on his wife and was living rough, and then, between August and October, talked the devout pensioner into handing over the money.

    When the victim revealed banks were raising concerns about suspicious transactions, Hanson responded by saying: "If you call the police I will kill you."

    Hanson, who was gambling heavily at the time, admitted fraud.

  11. Shopping centre evacuated in fire alert

    The Lanes shopping centre in Carlisle was evacuated today when a small electrical fire broke out in one of the stores.

    Lanes fire

    A number of fire engines were called, but most returned once the scale of the incident was clear.

  12. Main street in Kendal to close for sewer repairs

    Stramongate in Kendal is to be closed from Sunday for up to three days for repairs to a collapsed sewer.


    United Utilities says drivers will still be able to get to Sand Aire House and Bridge Mills, through temporary traffic lights.

    Other traffic will be diverted via Victoria Bridge.

  13. Farmer John Geldard gets top agriculture award

    Martin Lewes


    The leading south Cumbrian farmer John Geldard, who founded the Plumgarths centre near Kendal which pioneered the supply of Asda stores with local meat from a number of farms, has been honoured by his industry.

    Although he has partly retired, he can still sometimes be seen in the Kendal supermarket, checking the shelves are well-stocked with the products the business he founded supplies.

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  14. Cumbria's weather: Sunny with a risk of heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    There should be some sunny intervals this afternoon but with a risk of showers, which could become heavy with the odd rumble of thunder.

    It will feel cooler than yesterday with highest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Police still hunting driver who trashed historic bridge

    Police say they are still looking for the lorry driver who got lost near Sedbergh and pushed the parapet off Millthrop Bridge on the road to Dent.

    Wrecked bridge

    The incident happened earlier this week and county highways engineers say the bridge, which is listed because of its historic interest, may not be open until after Christmas.

    The bridge is the main link between Dent and Sedbergh, and drivers now face a lengthy detour, which has angered local people.

  16. Fatal fire at farmhouse 'not suspicious' say police

    Police say a fire at Thwaites, near Broughton, on Wednesday, which claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman, is not thought to have been started deliberately.

    The woman who died was Cath Braithwaite, who lived at the farmhouse with her husband and two sons, and police say her death has now been referred to the coroner, who will take over the investigation.

    Flowers have been left by local people near the farm gate.

    Flower on wheelie bin outside farm
    • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says it has officers in the area offering safety checks to anyone worried after the fire and they can be contacted on 0800 358 4777.
  17. Barrow chairman says squad could grow for promotion push

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The Barrow chairman Paul Hornby says funds could be made available for squad strengthening to help their push for promotion to the Football League.

    The Bluebirds, who get their FA Cup campaign under way tomorrow with a fourth qualifying round home tie against Solihull Moors, lie fourth in the National League on the back of a seven-game winning run.

    Paul Hornby says he works on long-term plans with the manager, Ian Evatt.

    Barrow ground with FA Cup signage
    Quote Message: There'll be a conversation, we've got a planned meeting with Ian again and this is how we become more professional, because we're not just talking about budget and players for this year, we're talking about next year, regardless of where we're at." from Paul Hornby
    Paul Hornby