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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've handed over to the technology for the night to post breaking major news or travel reports.

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 to round off the week.

    If you've got a story or you would like to send us a photo you've taken in Cumbria to share, let us know by sending an email, on our Facebook page, or using Twitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Police hunt three people who abused woman over mobility scooter

    Three men are being sought by police after they tried to steal a woman's mobility scooter and then tried to push her out of a takeaway after she followed them in.

    The woman had challenged the three as they tried to detach the scooter from a lamp-post on High Street in Maryport at about 23:00 on Tuesday.

    The three then verbally abused the woman, and when she followed them into the Pearl Garden on Wood street, they grabbed her and tried to force her out and made offensive gestures.

    Officers say they would like to hear from anyone with information that might help track the men down.

  3. Holocaust memorial 'will include every one of six million buttons'

    Some six million are going to be made into a permanent public Holocaust memorial at the Lakes School near Windermere.

    Child counting buttons

    The school is built partly on the site of huts which, for a few months after World War Two, housed several hundred child survivors of the concentration camps, and the collection of buttons started as a history project.

    Ken Pickering, a history teacher at the school, says they expected only a few thousand buttons from local people, but the appeal went worldwide, with a "tsunami" of all shapes and sizes coming in for months afterwards.

    Trevor Avery, who founded the Lake District Holocaust Project to remember the stay of the children, says he is hoping the memorial will be finished in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of the war, next year, and that students will be "very, very involved" in the design.

    Quote Message: The only thing I would stress, I would like every button to be involved in it, there's been talk about maybe to split it up because it's so huge, we could do one memorial here, one there, but I think the whole gathering of buttons is one pool of energy from around the world." from Trevor Avery
    Trevor Avery
    Quote Message: It's a unique site in Britain and also there's the emotional impact of the story, the trauma that those children who were evacuated here went through, I think that touched an enormous amount of people." from Ken Pickering
    Ken Pickering
  4. Cumbria's weather: Still fairly wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    There will be further wet and very windy weather this evening and at first tonight.

    Later in the night, winds will moderate slightly, though further showers are expected to cross from the west, with lowest temperatures milder, from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

    Weather graphic

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

    The winds are forecast to keep gusting to 60mph on the higher fells tomorrow, and the Weatherline fell top assessors have been battling the gusts today.

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  5. 'Shed' at Beatrix Potter's home can stay, planners rule

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    A "shed" at the entrance to Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top in Claife has been allowed to stay by Lake District planners, in spite of claims from the local parish council that the author and farmer herself would have objected to it.

    Shed at Hill Top

    The modern timber-clad building next to the Hill Top gift shop has been used for extra storage and office space, with temporary planning permission granted three years ago, and the national park planners had to rule on whether it could stay.

    Claife Parish Council said it should now come down, adding: “Beatrix Potter herself would surely have objected to the siting of this 'shed' as she looked out of her writing room or from her garden.”

    But the national park area planner, Jackie Ratcliffe, said the building had a "very limited effect" on Hill Top and recommended it be allowed to stay.

    John Moffatt of the National Trust said he believed the "well-designed" building had helped solve a crucial space issue at site visited by more than 100,000 people a year.

    The park planning committee agreed it could stay.

  6. Beech's choice to face Shrimps delayed by injuries

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United have injury concerns ahead of Saturday's visit to fellow strugglers Morecambe.

    The United head coach Chris Beech was reluctant to going into details, but said he hoped two days would allow some of the players affected to recover.

    Chris Beech
    Quote Message: It's Thursday today, 48 hours left, hopefully one or two may be able to train tomorrow." from Chris Beech
    Chris Beech
  7. Trains disrupted for the day as wires come down again

    Network Rail says trains into Scotland will probably be halted for the rest of the day after overhead wires were damaged near Lockerbie at lunchtime.

    It is the second time in a week that all traffic has been halted over a significant stretch of the West Coast Main Line, although this time no trains are actually trapped.

    At 15:30 a Network Rail spokesman said engineers were at the site and expected to have an estimate for the repair in about an hour, and passengers should check before travelling.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J36 for A590 to J37 for A684.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane blocked on M6 northbound from J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) to J37, A684 (Kendal), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. First buildings come down at former Central Plaza Hotel

    The first demolition work has taken place at the former Central Plaza Hotel in Carlisle, clearing the way for the main building to come down.

    Demolished part of hotel

    The derelict Victorian structure was finally condemned at the start of October, and the area of low buildings next to the West Walls Theatre has been cleared so a platform can be built for a high reach demolition vehicle to start work on the higher floors.

    A city council spokeswoman said 8,000 tonnes of rubble would be taken away and recycled, and carved panels on the side of the building saved if possible.

    The building is owned by the Crown Estate, because all other owners are long out of business, and so the city council is picking up the tab for the demolition, and reclaiming as much as possible from the proceeds of the eventual sale of the land.

  10. Eddie Stobart bosses and Andrew Tinkler trade heavy blows

    News and Star


    Eddie Stobart bosses and its would-be owner Andrew Tinkler have exchanged more heavy blows ahead of Friday’s crunch vote on the future ownership of the troubled haulier.

    Eddie Stobart wagon
  11. Greenbank sinks ten-year-old record to take Glasgow bronze

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Cumbrian Luke Greenbank set a new British record to win bronze in the 200m Backstroke on day one of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

    Luke Greenbank with medal

    The 22-year-old, from Cockermouth, produced a big last 50m to finish in the medal places, his time of 1m 50.09s breaking a short course record that had stood for 10 years.

    Quote Message: That felt amazing, I'm over the moon to come away with a medal." from Luke Greenbank
    Luke Greenbank
  12. Travel: Trains at a standstill on line into Scotland

    BBC News Travel

    Trains between Carlisle and both Glasgow and Edinburgh are at a standstill because of overhead line problems at Lockerbie.

    Passengers on Virgin West Coast and TransPennine Express should check before travelling.

  13. Barrow record shop tops online vinyl charts in first year

    A Barrow vinyl record shop has won a national award only a year after it opened.

    Dan and Dave Turner of TNT Records

    Dan and Dave Turner who founded TNT records were planning to celebrate its first birthday later this month.

    A magazine, Long Live Vinyl, named the business record shop of the year in an annual online vote in which 12,000 people took part.

    Dave Turner said he had opened the shop because there was no similar business within two hours drive or so and suppliers and customers had shown nothing but support: "Everything that has happened in 2019 has been a bit of a shock to us."

    Quote Message: It’s obviously thanks to our amazing customers that we won the public vote, and they are the whole reason we have been successful this year."
  14. Cumbria's weather: Wet and very windy

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be cloudy and windy with spells of rain and drizzle at times, becoming heavy in places.

    It will become very windy from the west to south-west, and highest temperatures will be from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Good news and bad news on main road into Carlisle

    Months of traffic delays on a main road into Carlisle could end in a week, after United Utilities completes refurbishing a stretch of water main.

    Warwick Road roadworks

    The bad news is that further work is needed on another water main on the opposite side of the road.

    United Utilities says it is likely to start early next year but the exact date is not yet known.

  16. Japanese power firm takes over region's electricity

    Electricity North West, which provides power to most of Cumbria, has been taken over by a Japanese company.

    Electricity NW van

    Kansai Electric Power bought a 50% stake in the first last summer, and has now put together a consortium including a UK investment firm, Equitix, to buy the rest of the firm from institutional investors.

  17. The earth moves (very slightly) under south Cumbria

    There was a very minor earth tremor below Foxfield, near Broughton, at the end of last month, according to the British Geological Survey.

    The records show a tremor measuring just under one on the Richter scale, at about 14:20 on 30 November.

  18. Forest halts Christmas tree sales because of high winds

    Whinlatter Forest has closed its Christmas tree sales and late night opening this evening because of the strong winds forecast.

    Forestry England says Whinlatter Forest will not reopen until the trails and visitor area have been checked, to make sure they are safe.

    Whinlatter entrance
  19. Two sentenced after high-speed A69 car chase

    Two men have been given suspended jail sentences after a car chase along the A69 near Carlisle which saw one of them throw bricks at the other car.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard the two set off after bailiffs had visited James Nelson's home in Hallbankgate to repossess a car.

    Gavin McCormick, 36, of Stainton Gardens, Carlisle, was driving, and Nelson, 34, was in the back seat, and other motorists had to swerve out of the way as the two defendants and the bailiffs appeared to be trying to ram each other.

    McCormick admitted dangerous driving, and Nelson pleaded guilty to affray: Both were given 18-month suspended sentences, with McCormick also banned from driving for a year, and Nelson orderd to do upaid work.