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  1. Across the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting Cumbria's news for this week, although major breaking news and travel reports will appear here automatically through the weekend.

    If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken, let us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00

  2. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, with wind turning to south

    BBC Weather

    There will be a lot of cloud tonight, and there may be a shower, especially this evening.

    The wind will swing into the south and temperatures will fall to between 1C and 4C (34F and 39F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour BBC weather foreast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

  3. Mums-to-be told partners will be allowed at birth

    The trust that runs hospitals in North Cumbria has reassured mums-to-be in the area that their partners will be allowed to come in for the whole of their labour, and also visit them afterwards.

    Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle

    Some mothers have voiced concern that because of coronavirus restrictions, partners might either just be allowed in for the birth or not at all.

    And a midwife-led labour ward in Penrith has been closed for the duration of the pandemic.

    But today the North Cumbria trust published guidance saying partners would be allowed to attend the birth and visit afterwards, although a number of other limits on who can come to appointments and clinics have been tightened up.

  4. Abuse charity fears victims may feel unable to flee

    Staff at the domestic abuse charity Project West Cumbria have echoed national fears that people having to stay at home could mean some feel trapped with abusive partners.

    Vicky Pike from the charity says she believes many will now not come forward until after the lockdown is over.

    She says taking shelter with friends or relatives may not be possible because of quarantine, but public services are still running.

    Quote Message: If you go to your local authority they have responsibility to tell you abut your housing routes or they can point you in the right direction." from Vicky Pike
    Vicky Pike
  5. Latest virus deaths bring county total to 70

    The latest figures show a further eight people have died in hospitals serving Cumbria after being diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.

    One patient was at one of the hospitals served by the North Cumbria trust, the other seven at the Furness General or Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which are run by the Morecambe Bay trust.

    There is more information about the disease here.

  6. You coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, or Ofqual, has set out details today for schools, colleges, students, parents and carers on how GCSEs and A levels will be awarded following the cancellation of this year's exams.

    Schools and colleges will be asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams.

    There are lots more details here.

    Here are some more contact details for local groups that have been been set up to help people unable to leave their homes:

    • Age UK South Lakeland says it now has a range of services for people over 55. This includes delivering shopping, medicines, hearing aid batteries, and books. Telephone befriending is also available. Call 030 300 30003
    • The Northern Fells group, which covers a lot of villages in North Cumbria, is on 016974 77196
    • The Penrith group doesn't have a number, but please visit their Facebook page to request help

    BBC Radio Cumbria has contact details for many groups and you can call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

    You can register as a volunteer now at SupportCumbria, which brings together several local authorities and major charities to provide support to those who need it most, across the county.

    You can register here as an individual or as a group.

    And go to the BBC news website or app for the latest news and information.

  7. Lakes rescue teams urge against visitor 'influx'

    Lake District mountain rescue team volunteers have joined other local organisations in urging visitors not to make day trips to the area in fine weather forecast for this weekend.

    Mountain rescue Land Rover

    Richard Warren, chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association said calls for people not to travel in large numbers had already made a difference.

    "Last weekend across the whole of England and Wales there were only four call-outs, with just one in Cumbria."

    And the chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, Richard Leafe, said an influx would inevitably mean people coming into close contact, potentially spreading the virus..

    Quote Message: Enjoy your weekends at home, the Lake District will be here for you when this is all over.” from Richard Leafe
    Richard Leafe
  8. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy in many places, with a few showers and a moderate westerly wind.

    Highest temperatures will be from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F)

    Weather graphic

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

  9. Carers say PPE profiteers bought up masks

    Carers looking after people in their own homes in south Cumbria say they are risking catching coronavirus from clients because they cannot get hold of enough personal protective equipment.

    Sarah Quayle is a manager with Reliacare, whose staff provide home care in Barrow, Ulverston and Walney.

    She says some personal protective equipment or PPE was bought up by the public and other material, including masks, was stockpiled by profiteers.

    Surgical mask
    Quote Message: You've got greedy people who would buy the PPE and then sell it on Ebay and Amazon for ridiculous amounts of money." from Sarah Quayle
    Sarah Quayle
    Quote Message: We were buying masks at £1 for 10, we're now paying £10 for one."
  10. Gratitude in blue: Kendal Castle floodlights thank carers

    A number of monuments around Cumbria have been floodit in blue during the pandemic, and Stuart Atkinson, a carer himself but better known as an astronomer, caugght this view across the Auld Grey Town.

    View more on twitter
  11. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Cumbria Tourism and partners say some of the county's accommodation providers can offer critical workers a place to stay if required.

    Hotels, guest houses and so on were asked to close to help stop the spread of the virus, but exceptions are being made if they accommodate frontline workers

    Key workers who need somewhere to stay or providers who can offer accommodation are being asked to input their details here.

    Here are some contact details for local groups offering help for people who can't go out of their homes.

    • Sedbergh 07872 017730
    • Grange Peninsular Neighbourly Network 07780 973997
    • Ambleside 015394 34172 - please leave a message. With staff working from home calls to the office can only be answered 10:00 to 14:00 Tuesday to Friday.
    • Alston 01434 647247

    BBC Radio Cumbria has contact details for many groups and you can call on 0800 111 4950 during most office hours.

    Lingholm Kitchen Garden near Keswick is delivering freshly cooked meals free to vulnerable people in Portinscale and Keswick.

    They have a list of most of the eligible people already but say that if you know of anyone else, in the vulnerable categories only please, in that area who would struggle to get a hot meal otherwise then to let them know by emailing They would like to say thank you to Caterite for donating the ingredients.

    Councils say that any household waste from a home with cases of the virus should be placed in a bag, which is then tied and placed inside another bag, which is also then tied.

    Please then store the bag for 72 hours before putting it out for collection on your normal collection day.

    Go to the BBC news website or app for the latest advice and information – including what it means for you if you've been furloughed by your employer

  12. Tributes paid to retired Gazette journalist after he loses battle with coronavirus

    Westmorland Gazette


    Dennis Aris, writer of one of the most popular columns ever to appear in The Westmorland Gazette, has died at the age of 76 after battling against coronavirus for more than two weeks.

    Dennis Aris
  13. In pictures: Soldiers make the beds for recovery centres

    Soldiers from 32 Engineer Regiment and Anzio Company, 1st Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment came into Cumbria this week to turn four leisure centres and a school into temporary hospitals for people recovering from Covid-19.

    Soldiers seen through gap in curtains

    Photographs released by the Ministry of Defenece from inside Penrith Leisure Centre show the sports hall being split up into areas, with camp beds laid out.

    Soldier assembling camp bed

    The five facilities which each have 100 beds, with the aim of being able to moving recuperating patients out of the hospital wards where the more seriously-ill are being treated.

    Beds spread out across floor of sports hall
  14. Latest figures show 87 more virus cases confirmed

    The latest figures published by Public Health England show 512 confirmed cases or coronavirus in Cumbria, up from 425 yesterday, and from 176 last Friday.

    The statistics reflect only those who have been tested because they are suffering serious symptoms, and so are likely to be a fraction of the true figure.

    Read more:

  15. Carlisle landmarks turned blue

    A number of landmarks in Carlisle have been illuminated blue as a sign of respect to carers and the NHS.

    Last night a blue heart appeared on Cumbria County Council's officers and the Citadel was also turned blue.

    View more on twitter
  16. Weather: Cloudy with wintry showers possible

    BBC Weather

    Today will start mostly cloudy with some bright spells but a with a few wintry showers possible. Showers easing later in the afternoon but remaining cloudy. Winds easing from the northwest.

    And you can get the latest forecast here

    Weather graphic
  17. Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Good morning: we will be here through the day, with news, a regular weather forecast and hopefully the odd lighter item

    If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken, us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.