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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    Our live updates have finished here for the day but this feed will continue to be updated with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates.

    We'll be back with more live updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    You can help, with news about how you are coping, or especially if there is something you know or a photograph you've taken that could lighten everybody's day.

    Let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Chilly with long clear periods

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry tonight with long clear periods, although a few banks of cloud may roll in later.

    It will turn chilly with local mist and fog possible, and 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, by searching for your location here.

  3. Fire crews fight Kendal bedroom blaze

    Four fire crews were called at lunchtime today when a blaze broke out in the bedroom off a house in Town View in Kendal.

    Windermere Road, one of the main streets into the town, was closed for a while as they spent an hour dealing with the fire.

    It's not thought anyone was injured.

  4. Sellafield protective gear is offered to help fight virus

    The company that runs Sellafield is offering large quantities of personal protection equipment through the Cumbria resilience forum, to organisations dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic.

    Sellafield plant

    The equipment includes 2,500 disposable respirator masks, gowns, suits, gloves and lab coats.

    The company said the equipment came from their own staff, suppliers and contractors and some was available because work on the site had been suspended during the pandemic.

    Mark Neate, safety director at Sellafield said they were working with those involved to make sure the equipment went to where there was greatest need.

  5. Cumbria Police warn people to stay home

    In a tweet, the force said the Lake District is closed and urged people of thinking of visiting the area to stay away.

    Cumbria Police have warned they do not want a repeat of last weekend when thousands of tourists descended on the Lake District.

    In light of government guidance Cumbria Police say daily exercise should stay local, and anyone travelling to the Lakes can expect to be stopped and asked if their travel is essential

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  6. GP practices set up 'hubs' for virus patients

    Family doctor practice across a wide area of north Cumbria say they have reorganised the way they operate to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

    They say anyone suspecting they have been infected with the virus should ring 111, and if they need to see a doctor, they will be contacted by a GP and then invited to a central hub, which will deal with nothing else.

    Patients wanting to contact the doctor for any other reason should telephone their own GP, and they will be invited to an appointment which may not be at the usual health centre.

    A spokeswoman for the clinical commissioning group stressed that it was not now possible to visit a practice without an appointment, but that all initial appointments should be made by telephone or online.

    Quote Message: We are reducing the risk of infection by consulting with patients as much as possible by phone and digital links. from Dr Colin Patterson
    Dr Colin Patterson
  7. Lakes' first mountain running world cup is postponed

    The junior world cup for mountain running due to be staged in Ambleside this summer has been postponed till the autumn.

    The International Under 18 Mountain Running Cup will now be held on 17 October.

    The competition for the world's top young runners is being staged in England for the first time, and is a remarkable coup for the host club Ambleside AC.


    There will be a parade with national flags through the streets to an opening ceremony on the evening of October 16, which will also see an uphill time trial race to the summit of Wansfell.

    The chair of the organising committee, Duncan Richards, said: "We are determined to have a celebration of international junior mountain running for us all to look forward to.”

  8. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Police in south Cumbria say they're seeing an increase in people being outside in groups and failing to abide by the government's latest guidance on restricted movements and social distancing.

    If you are in one of the vulnerable or at risk categories or you are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household then there are various ways you can get the things you need without leaving the house.

    You may be able to order online or by phone if you don't have relatives or friends nearby or you may be covered by one of the local groups that's been set up to help. Here are a couple of contacts:

    • Urswick group is on 01229 580210
    • Plumbland and area 07814424301

    BBC Radio Cumbria has a list of many of the numbers and can be called during most office hours on 0800 111 4950.

    Please email if you are involved with any new or existing community groups that are helping in a particular area.

    The Business Support Grants being made available by the government will start to pay out soon.

    These are the Small Business Grant and the grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors and the forms to apply for these should already be on your district council's website.

    Coronavirus misinformation is flooding the internet and experts are calling on the public to practice "information hygiene".

    Stop and think before quickly re-sharing anything and if you have any doubts check a trusted source online first.

    The BBC news website or app Have information about this and many other aspects, and the latest news.

  9. Councils set up grants system to help firms apply

    Cumbrian district and borough councils are now setting up systems to help businesses apply for grants under a government scheme.

    South Lakeland council said it expected money to arrive today to pay for grants of up to £25,000, and it would be processing applications from Monday.

    The authority now has a website online where firms can apply for grants.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5284 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5284 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from Queens Road to Burneside Road.

    A5284 Cumbria - A5284 Windermere Road in Kendal closed in both directions from the Queens Road junction to Union Tavern Traffic Lights, because of a fire at a building. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Toaster fire wrecks Carlisle kitchen

    Firefighters called to a blaze in a house in Springfield Road, Carlisle, this morning found a toaster had gone up in flames.

    Toaster fire scene

    Crews from both Carlisle fire stations were called, but it is thought no one was hurt, and one firefighter said neighbours turned out and gave them a round of applause.

  12. Cumbria's weather: Turned out nice again

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon should be dry and bright with long periods of sunshine.

    It will be mild with gentle winds and highest temperatures of 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Weather graphic

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

  13. You coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    There's an increasing amount of support and information for local businesses and workers who've been affected by the outbreak.

    The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership,the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, local councils and organisations like Citizens Advice all have information on their websites and many of them are also at the end of a phone or email if you want more individual support.

    South Lakeland council, for example, already has a website up where you can apply for grants.

    Cumbria Tourism has been contacted by the NHS which is seeking accommodation for key workers.

    If you are in the hospitality sector and able to provide either a bedroom or self-catered accommodation please email for further information.

    Here are a couple of contacts for local groups that have been set up to help people who are in quarantine in their homes:

    • Burgh by Sands – 01228 576387
    • Grange Peninsular Neighbourly Network - 07780 973997

    If you haven't seen a number for your nearest local group then call BBC Radio Cumbria during most office hours on 0800 111 4950

    The mental health charity Mind has some good resources and signposting advice for young people who might be experiencing difficulties or if you need help explaining things to them at the moment. Go to the charity's website and search for corona and young people.

    You can of course get the latest news and information from the BBC website.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, before J40 for A66.

    M6 Cumbria - Temporary closure and stationary on M6 northbound before J40, A66 (Penrith), because of emergency repairs.

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

  15. Travel News: Crash closes A596 near Crosby

    BBC News Travel

    Police say the A596 will be closed near Crosby for some time after a crash earlier.

    Drivers should seek alternative routes while they complete investigations and get the road clear.

    No other details of the crash have been made public so far.

  16. Police hope to use only advice to keep visitors away

    Cumbria Police say they do not want a repeat of last weekend when thousands of tourists descended on the Lake District.

    Temporary Ch Supt Rob O'Connor said: "It is really clear that people should not be travelling unless there is an essential reason to do so.

    "It does not mean on nice days you can drive into the Lakes and go walking, or ride your motorbike to Devil's Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale."

    But he said he hoped new powers allowing police to impose on-the-spot fines would not be used

    Police van
    Quote Message: There is now legislation that means people can be fined for breaching the restrictions but my preference is that my officers do not need to resort to doing so." from Ch Supt Rob O'Connor
    Ch Supt Rob O'Connor
  17. Barrow shipyard building work delayed by virus measures

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Work to extend the main submarine building facilities in Barrow's BAE shipyard has been temporarily halted while new ways of working are sorted out.

    Central store at shipyard

    Various buildings are being added to allow to the yard to build the new Dreadnought class vessels, and complete the existing class of Astute submarines.

    BAE and its contractors, Morgan Sindall say they have suspended work and sent most employees home.

    However, the government says critical defence work should continue and the yard hopes to have up to one fifth of its workforce back in on Monday.

  18. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Bassenthwaite Rotary Club is looking for someone who is making a necessary journey from Cockermouth to the Dalston area over the next few days.

    The club has donated 2,000 pairs of gloves to Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland and needs to get them to Dalston, but the gloves are currently near Cockermouth. If you can help please contact John on 07802 469772

    The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is co-ordinating efforts to get any spare Personal Protective Equipment from local businesses to the healthcare providers who urgently need it. There's a simple form to fill in if you go to their website and click on the News link at the top of the page.

    If you are in one of the vulnerable or at risk categories or you are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household then there're lots of ways you can get the things you need without leaving the house.

    You may be able to order online or by phone if you don't have relatives or friends nearby and if that's not an option, you can ring one of the local groups that's been set up to help, including:

    • Kirkbampton: 01228 576042
    • Grange Peninsular Neighbourly Network: 07780 973997
    • Age UK South Lakeland says it now has a range of services up and running for people over 55 who've been told they have to self-isolate and may be struggling to get help. This includes delivering shopping, medicines, hearing aid batteries, and books. Telephone befriending is also available. Call 030 300 30003
    • During most office hours, BBC Radio Cumbria can provide other numbers on 0800 111 4950

    If you do have some spare time and want to help other people without even leaving your home then there are various other groups needing help with offering support and befriending over the phone.

    You can register as a volunteer with the NHS - - or see if your local Covid community support group on Facebook needs help with this.

    And of course you can find the latest news and information on the BBC website here.

  19. Weather on the fell tops: Mainy sunny and clear

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Around 0C (32F) at first, rising to 4C (39F) during the afternoon
    • Winds: Moderate to fresh easterly or north-easterly for most of the day with gusts up to 30mph to 35mph
    • Cloud: Well-scattered above the summits
    • Weather: A cold and possibly frosty start, with fog towards the Pennines dispersing, leaving plenty of sunshine and just a few patches of cloud towards the north
    • Freezing level: Frost through the valleys at first, but freezing levels rising above the peaks from late morning
    • Visibility: Locally poor in any mist or fog patches at first, otherwise very good.
    • UV Index: 3 (Low)

    We must tell you that travelling any distance to go for your daily exercise could be an offence under the current emergency legislation, and the Lake District rescue teams have also asked people not to go into the high fells.

  20. Public health boss 'frustrated' at silence on numbers

    Cumbria's director of public health says he is frustrated because he cannot give coronavirus figures for the whole county.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbia the director, Colin Cox, said deaths were reported to a national office, which did not then pass the figures back to local authorities.

    Colin Cox
    Quote Message: I find that very frustrating, I have to say, people have to know, people have the right to know what that figure is and it’s important to us as well in planning, so we’re trying to get that changed.” from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox