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  1. Stokes swaps bat for keyboard to tell story of the summer

    Katy Booth

    Reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The cricketer Ben Stokes, who grew up in Cumbria, has had a book published about his recent achievements.

    It's called 'On Fire' and tells the story of England's World Cup win and playing in the Ashes.

    ben Stokes in action

    Ben's career was threatened when a fight outside a Bristol nightclub led to him being prosecuted for affray.

    He was cleared of the charge, but says he doesn't see his book as a redemption story.

    Quote Message: It's a case of me going out there and trying my best to win games for England and it's been a good summer - it is a great story to say Ben's redemption and stuff like that, but it's just me doing what I'm paid to do." from Ben Stokes
    Ben Stokes
  2. Weather on the fells: Cloud lifting, wind easing

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 1C to 3C (34F to 37F)
    • Winds: North-easterly 25mph to 35mph through the day, with gusts up to 50mph in the morning. Cloud
    • Cloud: Bases will be around 1,650ft to 2,600ft (500m to 800m) at first, but these could rise above summits in the afternoon
    • Visibility: Moderate to poor at first, but becoming good at lower levels in the late afternoon
    Coniston Old Man

    Our thanks to Chris Avery who caught this scene yesterday of the first snow on the ridges of Coniston Old Man.

    If you've got a photo you think is worth sharing, send us an email, or get in touch on Twitter.

  3. County council plans to ask for an extra 4% on tax bills

    People in Cumbria could be paying nearly 4% more on the largest share of their council tax from next year.

    County council sitting

    The county council provides services ranging from highway maintenance to consumer protection, and the proposed increase falls into two parts, an extra 1.99% on general expenditure, and a 2% levy to account for increasing demand for social care.

    It amounts to just over £1 a week for a typical band D property, and the authority is asking the public for their comments.

    The total council tax bill also includes money for disitrict and borough councils, the police, and in some areas, parish and town councils.

  4. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with some rain in the east

    BBC Weather

    This morning will be fairly cloudy with spells of rain mostly affecting eastern areas.

    There will be brisk winds and highest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

    Weather graphic

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

  5. Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Good morning: We'll be posting news and other items of note from across Cumbria throughout the day.

    If you've got any stories or photos to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

  6. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now stepped back to let the technology post breaking major news and travel reports through the night.

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

    • Senior county councillors voted to close a care home in Staveley, which they said would cost too much to bring up to modern standards, given it was unlikely ever to be fully occupied again
    • A South Lakeland official said he had not seen the like in 40 years of service, as he set out to find out who dumped eight large plastic hubs of clinical "sharps" (in other words, used syringes and similar medical waste) in black binliners in a lay-by near Kendal
    • And a retained firefighter from Coniston came back from an exotic holiday on the coast of West Africa with memories of how the fire service there struggled with unreliable vehicles, discovered the 20-year-old appliance at his home station was due for retirement, and put two and two together...

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00. If you've got stories or photos to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  7. Driver escapes unhurt in icy road crash

    The driver of this Peugeot was unhurt when his car skidded and overturned on a minor road from Brisco into Carlisle this morning.

    It was one of a number of roads affected by ice after showers were followed by a drop in temperatures.

    Overturned car

    A county council spokesman said the road was a priority three route, treated only in prolonged severe conditions.

    "The council routinely pre-salts around 2,400km of roads in a full gritting run of priority one and two routes – approximately one-third of the county’s entire road network."

  8. Cumbria's weather: More cloud and more chance of a shower

    BBC Weather

    Cloud may become more extensive tonight, increasing the chance of a shower or two.

    It will become rather cold and the moderate northerly wind will persist, with lowest temperatures from 0C to 3C (32F to 37F).

    Weather graphic

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

  9. Village plan fails to save old peoples' home

    Local people have failed in an attempt to take over an old peoples' home in Stavelely, near Kendal, which Cumbria County Council says needed major improvements and would not be financially viable in future.

    A report to a council cabinet meeting this morning said the Abbey care home had only six of its 28 beds in use, and because most people were now cared for at home, would probably never be fully occupied again.

    The report suggested the site could be used for local housing, some of which would provide extra care.

    People from the community had put in a petition with 1,000 signatures, suggesting creating a trust to run the home with the county providing care for the residents, but cabinet members voted to go with the recommendations in the officers' report.

    Quote Message: It has had money spent on it over the last few years but there are very narrow corridors, steps, very few ensuite rooms, and standards have changed." from Councillor Patricia Bell cabinet member for adult care
    Councillor Patricia Bellcabinet member for adult care
  10. Turbine 'should be taken down' after bits blow off again

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Calls are growing for a “dangerous” school wind turbine to be taken down after parts of it came off for the third time.

    Seascale Primary School has also described the latest incident as “unacceptable”, pledging to decommission it if engineers cannot guarantee it will never happen again.

    School grounds with turbine

    Copeland councillor David Moore, who has written to the school and planning officers, said: “Having spoken to a number of local residents, we believe that the only safe solution is for the turbine to be removed before someone is injured or worse.”

    A spokesman for the school said: “We are currently talking to engineers and unless we can be 100% certain that this issue will not happen again, the school governors will look in to having the wind turbine decommissioned.”

  11. Roadside surgery on Workington car crash man shown on TV

    The story of how Cumbria's air ambulance paramedecs performed chest surgery at the roadside on a man who had been impaled on a fence post in a car crash is being featured in a TV series this Sunday.

    Richard Stephenson

    Richard Stephenson, 23, was a passenger in a car that ran into a fence near his home in Workington in October last year.

    Dr John Ferris, who works with the Great North Air Ambulance, arrived on the scene with a land ambulance, and was later joined by aircraft from the GNAA and the North West air service.

    The chest surgery enabled the team to stabilise Mr Stephenson's condition, so he could be flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for the post to be removed. He is now slowly recovering.

    • The incident will be described on More4 in an episode of Emergency Helicopter Medics this Sunday.
  12. Airport firm drops dividend 'to invest in growth'

    Shareholders in the Carlisle airport operator Stobart Group are unlikely to get a dividend for at least another two years, according to the company.

    Directors scrapped its dividend today and said they will use the money to expand operations and hit its target of 5 million customers passing through the company's flagship Southend airport by 2023.

    Shares dropped 4.7% as a result, but chief executive Warwick Brady said: "We can deliver far more value to shareholders from investment and believe the share price should go up."

    The decision came as Mr Brady revealed that passenger numbers in the six months to August 31 jumped 42% compared with a year earlier.

    Carlisle airport
  13. Bookies start compiling odds on Carlisle's empty chair

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The former Bolton and Burnley manager Owen Coyle is the early favourite with the bookmakers to replace Carlisle United's sacked manager Steven Pressley.

    Brunton Park

    Neil Redfearn, Kevin Nolan, and current United coach Gavin Skelton also feature heavily, although it is likely to be next week before a choice is made.

    With Carlisle currently 19th in League Two, supporters say this appointment could be one of the most important in the club's recent history.

    Quote Message: God forbid if the form continues the same way, nobody's too big to go down." from Simon Clarkson Chairman of Carlisle United Independent Supporters.
    Simon ClarksonChairman of Carlisle United Independent Supporters.
  14. Hundreds of syringes found in dumped medical waste

    Six black binliners full of clinical waste including hundreds of syringes have been found in a lay-by near Kendal.

    Council official John Barwise with bucket of sharps

    John Barwise from South Lakeland council said the bags were reported by a member of the public and found to contain eight of the tubs used in clinics and hospitals to collect hazardous waste.

    He said the labels appeared to have been been scratched off so the source could not be identified.

    The bags are thought to have been fly-tipped over the weekend in the lay-by on the A6 between Kendal and Selside.

    Quote Message: To dump this sort of waste in a public place is highly irresponsible, illegal and potentially dangerous." from John Barwise
    John Barwise
  15. Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny and chilly

    BBC Weather

    It should remain dry this afternoon with sunny spells and just the chance of the odd shower.

    It will feel rather chilly with moderate to locally fresh northerly winds and highest temperatiures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    Weather graphic

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

  16. Keswick brain injury centre prepares to open doors

    A new rehabilitation centre for people with brain injuries has begun accepting referrals in the Lake District.

    The Calvert Trust has raised more than £1m to open the centre, which is called Calvert Reconnections.

    The centre will open in Keswick in March 2020 and it's said to be the first of its kind in the UK, using outdoor activities to help people recover from brain injuries.

  17. Trust grant helps ensure meadow will bloom in spring

    More than 70 traditional hay meadows across the Lake District have been surveyed, and many restored by the National Trust with more diverse grasses and flowers, paid for with a £35,000 grant.

    People planting wild flowers

    The grant came from a trust set up by a donor in memory of his wife.

    The final project was planting wild flowers at farms including Town Head in Grasmere.

    Quote Message: It means we can expect to see species such as red clover, meadow vetchling, sneezewort and greater bird’s-foot trefoil appearing next year, among many others." from Chloe Lumsdon National Trust
    Chloe LumsdonNational Trust