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Summer sees schools step up changes to reduce infection

Schools in Cumbria officially break up on Friday for the summer holidays, but work will continue to ensure children can return to their classrooms in September.

The education of children has been disrupted since March, with all apart from the children of essential workers trying to do school work at home.

Beacon Hill School

Danny Gee is the head of school at Beacon Hill secondary in Aspatria. He says parents and pupils can be confident that schools are among the safest places to be.

We've designated toilets, we've required social distancing corridors, we've hand gel and cleaning all over the school, enhanced cleaning regimes for all the cleaning staff, increased cleaning staff, changes made in the canteen, changes made for lunchtime.

There are a huge range of measures taking place, not just in my school but in all schools."

Danny Gee

Cumbria's weather: Staying cloudy but drier

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It will stay cloudy this afternoon but become drier, with a moderate westerly breeze and highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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Cyclist hurt in Walney crash dies in hospital

A cyclist who hit a parked trailer on Walney Island last week has died of his injuries.

Ronnie Warriner, 66, had been treated at the Royal Preston Hospital after the crash close to the junction of the Promenade and Central Drive.

Police investigating have renewed their appeal for witnesses to the incident, which happened at about 16:00 last Thursday.

Suspended sentence for speeding driver in fatal crash

A van driver who was travelling at almost twice the 30mph limit moments before a crash on the A6 in Carlisle that killed a “superhero” great-grandfather has been spared an immediate jail term.

One eyewitness spoke of seeing 64-year-old Raymond Hull’s Mercedes Sprinter “absolutely flying” before his vehicle smashed into a Nissan Micra in October 2018.

The Nissan driver, 90-year-old Leslie Todd, died at the scene and Carlisle Crown Court was told his six great-granddaughters “lost their superhero”.

Hull, pictured outside the court

Hull, 64, of Sprinkell, Aspatria, initially denied causing Mr Todd’s death by careless driving but formally entered a guilty plea today.

After reading a probation service report which concluded immediate prison would have a “devastating” impact on Hull’s three children, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC suspended a nine-month jail term for two years and imposed a nine-month night-time curfew, a three-year driving ban and an extended re-test.

The sentence I pass is, can never be and is certainly not intended to be a valuation of Mr Todd’s life or for their loss.”

Judge Andrew Jefferies

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with showers

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It will be a generally cloudy day with a scattering of showers.

There will be a moderate westerly breeze and highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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

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Cumbria's weather: Rain pushing in through the night

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It will stay cloudy through the night with patchy rain pushing in on a moderate westerly wind.

It may turn drier for a time during the small hours and lowest temperatures will be from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

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

Police welcome prison term for violent partner

Police have welcomed a jail sentence given to a Maryport man today for attacking his wife so badly that she would have died without medical help.

Jon-jay Thompson called the emergency services after the assault to seek help for his own injuries, according to officers, and it was the paramedics who realised how serious her injuries were.

Afeer the trial Detective Sarah Lee said: “This is a great result, Thompson is a dangerous and violent offender who subjected his partner to a horrific attack.

“Help is always available for victims of abuse. I would encourage anyone who feels they may be a victim or has concerns for someone they know to contact police."

Maryport man jailed for vicious attack on partner

A man who repeatedly punched and bit his partner during a vicious attack, leaving her badly injured, has been jailed for almost three years.

Jon-jay Thompson, 24, gripped his partner Michelle Little by the throat as he attacked her, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Jon-jay Thompson
Cumbria Police

Ms Little suffered rib fractures, a collapsed lung, a tear to her lung tissue and also multiple bruises, cuts and grazes across her body.

Thompson, of Victoria Terrace, Maryport, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed by Recorder Michael Hayton QC for 34 months.

The judge told him: "Had emergency services not attended in good time, had she not been treated by medical and clinical practitioners, with their skill and expertise, she would have died.”

Two await sentence for £1m cannabis farm in Whitehaven

Two men have admitted producing cannabis after a drug farm that could have contained £1m worth of the plants was found in central Whitehaven, close to the town’s police station.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Albanian nationals Xhona Leka, 28, and 39-year-old Gjergi Braculla were charged after officers found a huge cannabis farm in a property on Lowther Street.

Former post office, Whitehaven

Leka and Braculla both pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, while Leka also admitted possessing the class B drug with intent to supply.

The hearing was adjourned, prosecutor Charles Brown telling the court: “We await some further evidence in relation to the valuation of the drug before we proceed to sentence.”

The two men are due to be sentenced at the crown court on August 21, and in the meantime both were remanded in custody by Recorder Michael Hayton QC.

Cumbria's night sky gives a reason to stay up late

If you can find a clear view to the north, and a clear night, the comet Neowise is clearly visible in Cumbria's night sky.

The Kendal astronomer Stuart Atkinson is in his element, apart from when the clouds roll in, and a number of other photographers have captured some excellent images too.

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Kendal addict jailed for 'county lines' drug dealing

A Kendal addict who allowed his home to be used for class A “county lines” drugs supply and was involved in dealing himself has been jailed for more than three years.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that after plain-clothed police saw Craig Jackson take part in a suspected drug deal in a secluded area of a park, they intercepted him and went to his flat in Highgate, where two phones were seized and a teenager who jumped out of a window was arrested.

Craig Jackson
Cumbria Police

Jackson, 48, admitted being concerned in the supply of both crack cocaine and heroin, and possessing both class A substances with intent to supply.

The court heard Jackson was himself an addict who had suffered tragedies including the death of a son.

Jailing Jackson for three years and three months, Recorder Michael Hayton QC said: “I view you as someone with a long-term drug addiction who inevitably is drawn into criminality.”

Rugby league walkers raise £19,000 for mental health ward

More than 125 walkers from 17 amateur and professional rugby clubs, the local Referees Society, the NHS and charities raised around £19,000 at the weekend by walking over five fells in north Cumbria at the weekend.

Zoe Winter, Route Leader, Ryan Dodgson, Event Organiser, and Gary Hewer, Event Organiser

The money will go towards revamping outdoor areas at Yewdale Ward, an acute mental health inpatient unit at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Paula McDonald, Yewdale’s ward manager, said she was overwhelmed by the amount raised, which was almost double the initial target.

"We want to make the courtyard a bright, colourful, therapeutic space for our patients and carers to enjoy, and perhaps even offer outdoor activities such as bowling and gardening."

During the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ many of us have realised just how important even the smallest bit of outdoor space can be for our mental health and wellbeing."

Paula McDonald

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Face coverings in shops become compulsory later this month but it doesn't have to be a proper mask; a scarf or something similar is fine as long as it covers the mouth and nose.

It also needs to be secure once it's on: Experts say we should not be touching it, as that could potentially transfer the virus to our hands and then onto surfaces.

There are lots of people in Cumbria making fabric masks for charity or selling them so search online or on social media.

With the summer holidays starting, Cumbria County council has put together a directory of support and activities for children over the the next few weeks. You can find it at here.

If you're running events or activities email to be included in the directory.

GP surgery door

Tullie House Museum in Carlisle is re-opening its facilities in phases.

The toilets and cafe are already open and tomorrow the art gallery and shop will re-open.

The building is operating Wednesday to Sunday at the moment.

You can find all the latest national news and information on the BBC News website and app, and there is a lot of local information and contacts on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference page.

Cumbrian women offered 'pioneer' treatment for womb cancer

Women from south Cumbria with womb cancer are being offered pioneering new surgery, that reduces the impact and complications of their operations.

It's been funded by the charity based at the regional cancer centre for South Cumbria, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which has also paid for a potential "world first" blood test for womb cancer.

Rosemere has funded an imaging machine allowing surgeons in Preston to identify the lymph nodes where cancer has spread, so they and not others can be cut out.

This reduces the scale of the operation, leading to faster recoveries and fewer complications.

Meanwhile clinical trials are beginning of a “game changer” blood test for womb cancer, which lab trials suggest could even be used to screen women to catch their condition early.

Professor Pierre Martin-Hirsch

This is the first blood test that can detect endometrial cancer, womb cancer, so we're really excited about it, and it's been developed within the North West and within Lancashire and Cumbria."

Professor Pierre Martin-HirschConsultant Gynaecologist

Weather: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers

BBC Weather

It will be breezy with mostly cloudy skies and most areas will remain dry.

However, the moderate north-westerly wind may feed a few scattered light showers at times.

A chance of rain by evening, with temperatures reaching 15C (59F).

And you can check the latest forecast for your area here

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Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria County Council is preparing their main libraries so they are safe for staff and customers, following the government announcement that library buildings can start to reopen to the public.

There is no firm date for opening yet, but you can keep in touch with the latest situation here.

Testing for Covid-19 is available to anybody with symptoms in Cumbria at a range of locations.

As well as the fixed centre in Penrith there are a number of mobile testing stations.

This week they will be in Carlisle on Tuesday and Wednesday and Keswick and Workington on Thursday and Friday.

You must go through the process to book an appointment and for more information go to the North Cumbria CCG website.

You can find a lot of information and contacts for local groups on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference pages, and the Cumbria County Council website.

And you can always find the latest national news and information on the BBC News website and app.

Van driver jailed for causing crash that maimed biker

A young van driver has been jailed for causing a head-on crash which led to a motorcyclist losing an arm.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Thomas Oliver, 23, was driving a Peugeot Partner van which was overtaking a lorry when it crashed head-on into a Honda motorcycle ridden by Robert Hope at Prospect, near Aspatria.

Oliver, of South Newsham Road, Blyth, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and the court was told he had swiftly admitted he was at fault, and was deeply sorry.

Judge Andrew Jefferies QC, said Oliver was "other than on this occasion on this day, a hard-working young man of excellent character.”

He jailed Oliver for 16 months and ordered him to serve a two-year driving ban when released and pass an extended re-test.

County public health experts 'prepare for second wave'

Carlisle has been highlighted as one of 20 local authority areas that might suffer a local coronavirus outbreak, in a leaked list published by the Observer newspaper at the weekend.

Cumbria County Council has already warned of a "small but concerning" rise in the number of Covid-19 infections in the area.

Cumbria's public health department has published its plans for a "second wave" of Covid-19, if infections start rising sharply again, and it is out for public consultation at the moment.

Public health consultant Matt Saunders told a county council meeting: “We are hopeful that we will not see a second wave but we continue to be vigilant and to prepare in case there is one.”

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon stays largely cloudy or overcast with spells of showery rain, although the showers should pass in a few hours.

It's feeling a touch cooler with a brisk south-westerly wind, and temperatures of 17C (62F) .

This evening stays fine evening with some brighter spells.

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ou can check the latest hour-by-hour forecast for your area, here

Council narrows roads 'to increase bikes and walkers'

Cumbria county council is spending £250,000 to make the co town centres more attractive to cyclists and pedestrians.

Road narrowed to aid social distancing sign

County council highways engineers believe more money could follow if the trials prove to be a success.

The Liberal Democrat councillor, Nick Cotton, who chairs the county council's local committee for South Lakeland, says that although some critics have said it will bring more traffic congestion, he thinks clearing the way for more cyclists and walkers will improve traffic flow.

Many of the journeys that people make are very, very short, one to three miles, and they're now done by car.

If you imagine that they're done on foot or by bike because it's more attractive or safer, then it could be very good for congestion."

Nick Cotton

Police appeal after motorcyclist, 72, dies in crash

Cumbria police are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 72-year-old motorcyclist from Manchester on a country lane between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen.

Junction of Townhead Lane and A683

The crash happened on Townhead Lane, close to the junction with the A683 at the Fat Lamb Inn, at about 16:00 on Saturday.

The motorcyclist, Ronnie Monks, from the Worsley area, who was riding a Triumph Rocket, died at the scene.

Weather: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

It will be largely cloudy or overcast with spells of showery rain tracking eastwards.

Becoming somewhat drier during the afternoon.

Feeling a touch cooler with a brisk south-westerly wind, and temperatures reaching 17C (62F).

You can see an hour by hour forecast where you live, here

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Cumbria's weather: Prolonged clear spells and cooler

BBC Weather

It should be dry this evening with plenty of prolonged clear spells overnight.

A gusty wind from the north should ease towards the end of the night and it will be a little cooler with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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

Council 'has no power to sort out feuding parish'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Liam Waite

One councillor has labelled a Copeland council as a toothless tiger, after members were told the authority had no powers to dissolve a parish council that has been riven by dissent.

Councillor Hugh Branney said: “We can hold hands or say: ‘There there,’ but we’re not going to solve the animosity that has split this community, because we don’t have the power to do that."

Copeland council centre

Copeland Borough has been sent two petitions, and officials have verified them as having 135 signatures to dissolve the council, and 186 to let it carry on.

Sarah Pemberton, the borough council’s director of corporate services, said the committee could deal with individual councillors but needed to support and guide the parish council as a whole.

“I would suggest that that now becomes, in terms of voting, that no further action be taken on the petitions and that the parish council, aware of the issues it faces as expressed previously by this committee and now the petition, works with the new clerk that has been appointed to ensure that improvements, particularly around administration and conduct, are made quickly.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

If you've had a positive test, or symptoms of coronavirus, then you might be willing to donate some of your blood plasma as part of a clinical trial to help others recover more quickly.

You would have to travel quite a way to donate as none of the sites are in Cumbria. You can find more details here.

From today people must wear a face-covering in shops across Scotland, which is worth bearing this in mind if you’re heading north.

People with certain medical conditions or disabilities, and children under five, will be exempt.

Face coverings are also compulsory on public transport in Scotland, including buses, trains, trams, planes and taxis.

Cumbria Community Foundation says the philanthropists, Julia and Hans Rausing, have launched a £10m "survival fund", to help charities deal with the effects of the pandemic.

Many haven't been able to fundraise for months.

It's open to UK-registered charities with annual incomes of less than £5m and you can find more information here.

You can find lots of information and contacts for local support organisations at the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference pages, or the Cumbria County Council coronavirus pages.

And you can always find the latest national news and information at the BBC website and app.

Carlisle man who stabbed brother jailed for five years

A Carlisle man who repeatedly stabbed his brother in the face and neck with a 20cm (8in) knife during a row has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

The city’s crown court heard how an argument between 41-year-old Lee Kidd and Callum Kidd, at the former’s Coney Street home in Currock, exploded into violence, leaving Callum May, a former soldier, physically and mentally scarred.

Lee Kidd denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but was unanimously convicted by a jury of six men and six women.

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Barker found Lee Kidd had been provoked, and concluded his attack was not premeditated, but said: "You took up what was, without doubt, the most threatening and dangerous implement available, and used that on your own brother.”

Speaking after the case, Det Con Matthew Rees said: “Lee Kidd used senseless violence and fortunately the victim’s injuries were not fatal."

Cyclist injured in collision with parked trailer

A cyclist in his 60s was seriously injured yesterday when he collided with a trailer on Walney Promenade.

Police say the trailer was parked near the junction with Central Drive, and they have appealed for witnesses to the accident at about 17:00.

Coal mine debate 'may be too big for video link meeting'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A decision on plans for a £165m deep coal mine to be created in West Cumbria may have to be taken at a physical meeting, rather than one over video links, because of the number of members of the public wanting to speak.

Artist's impression of coal mine
West Cumbria Mining

West Cumbria Mining’s application to extract coking coal off the coast of St Bees is due to be looked at for the third time by Cumbria County Council’s development control and regulation committee on 20 August.

Councillors have only taken part in "virtual" meetings over video links during lockdown, but officials fear the number of people asking to make representations on the controversial scheme could be unmanageable that way.

Development control manager Paul Haggin said the authority was looking into the possibility of bringing people into a building for the first time in months.

He said: “I have asked our colleagues in democratic services and legal to see if there is another way around this whereby we might actually use the physical venue to hold a meeting, and have people perhaps in another room at a safe distance actually speaking into camera.”

Cumbria's weather: Dry and bright, with a gusty wind later

BBC Weather

It will continue a dry and bright day with sunny spells and patchy cloud this afternoon, and the chance of the odd shower later.

Gusty northerly winds are expected to develop throughout the day with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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

Finance chief who stole from school must pay back £76,000

A Cumbrian school finance manager who stole an estimated £200,000 has been ordered to pay back her entire assets of almost £76,000.

Ghislaine Smithson
Cumbria Police

Ghislain Smithson, 52, raided Keswick School reserves by creating false invoices and bogus companies from 2012 to 2018.

Smithson, previously of Sandybeck Way, Cockermouth, was jailed for 32 months in December, and will have to serve an extra year if she does not pay the money, the equity in her house and two pension policies, within three months.

In an impact statement, the school’s head teacher had described Smithson’s theft as “devastating”, and at Carlisle Crown Court today, it emerged her total benefit from her criminal conduct actually amounted to £208,094.61.

Man who coughed at police officer admits assault

A man has admitted assaulting a police officer by deliberately coughing at him while being arrested in a Cumbrian village during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ralph Brook, 46, of Swindale Cottage, Brough, is now due to be sentenced on 31 July for that assault, which happened on 1 May, and other driving and theft offences he admitted at an earlier hearing.

The case was adjourned today because Brook's barrister, had not heard important evidence from the officer's body camera.

The judge, Recorder Katherine Pierpoint, said they were serious offences,and all options, including prison, remained open.

Charity dismayed as TV licence concession is cut back

The end of free TV licences for most people over 75 has been greeted with dismay by an organisation that supports elderly people in Cumbria.

The BBC was given responsibility for TV licence concessions by George Osborne when he was chancellor, and says that to pay the entire cost of free provision would mean the closure of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News channel, the BBC Scotland channel, BBC Radio 5 Live, and a number of local radio stations.

Only those in a home where someone receives Pension Credit will still get a free licence and Jane Mindar, the deputy chief executive of Age UK West Cumbria, believes it could have been done differently.

Old person watching TV
PA Media

I'd rather I was paying a bit more and people on low incomes weren't - activating the cuts now isn't great news, we're getting a lot of calls about isolated people."

Jane Mindar

Councillor believes his November illness was coronavirus

A well-known county and district councillor believes he may have had coronavirus in November, at least two months before the first case of Covid19 was officially confirmed in the UK.

Roger Bingham
Cumbria County Council

Roger Bingham, who lives near Milnthorpe, needed to be looked after in an intensive care unit, and says some of his symptoms are now known to indicate coronavirus.

The World Health Organisation says the new virus was unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Dr Stuart Allan, a GP in South Lakeland, says it may be some time before anyone can say for certain when Covid19 first arrived in the UK.

As far as I'm aware the earliest case I know of in Europe was in Paris on 28 December, nevertheless it remains an interesting story, whether we can confirm or not it was Covid remains another thing."

Dr Stuart Allan

Weather: Dry with sunny spells, showers later

BBC Weather

A dry and bright day with sunny spells and patchy cloud this morning and afternoon.

The chance of the odd shower later.

Gusty northerly winds expected to develop throughout the day, with temperatures reaching 16C (60F).

You can follow the latest forecast where you live, here

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Cumbria's weather: Sharp and heavy rain

BBC Weather

There'll be some patchy cloud this evening, with rain developing tonight - possibly sharp and heavy at times.

It will become dry later on with gentle winds and lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41 to 46F).

Weather forecast

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

Concern over 'kickstart jobs scheme' for young people

There's concern that the Chancellor's plan to support young people as they try to find work will not be sustainable.

Yesterday, Rishi Sunak said £2bn would be spent on a "kickstart scheme", as part of an emergency package to prevent mass unemployment as coronavirus hits the UK economy.

Rishi Sunak
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For each "kickstarter" job, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours' work a week at the National Minimum Wage.

Cumbria Youth Alliance, which supports groups working with young people, isn't convinced it will be a success in the long-term.

What is worrying is that given we don't know if the economy will have recovered sufficiently, will this just mean that after six months the young person is back where they started and back on Universal Credit?"

Cath Clarke

Louis Twentyman, 21, from Workington, is currently looking for work.


I think that this will be more geared towards places further down South or big cities. I feel like in Cumbria it will be a little too late or won't get to us in time."

Slight rise in Cumbria coronavirus cases

There's been a slight rise in the rate of Covid-19 cases in Cumbria.

Figures from Public Health England show that for every 100,000 people in the county there were five cases in the week to Sunday, up from four the previous week.

The rate is still well below Leicester, where a local lockdown has been imposed and there are 116 cases per 100,000 people.

Eight charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Eight people have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs in Barrow.

Cumbria Police have been working with officers in Merseyside to help target so-called 'county lines' operations.

Three of the eight people are from Barrow, aged between 34 and 48, and the other five are from Liverpool.

They are all set to appear at Preston Crown Court later this month.

Your coronavirus information round-up

The Workington Emergency Response group says it's still helping people who are shielding or needing to self-isolate because of symptoms in their household.

So if you're struggling to get help with things like shopping or medicine collection then you can find all the details on the group's Facebook page.

Your family may be eligible for free school meals if your circumstances have changed during the lockdown. You can check your eligibility here.

More Pots of Happiness are being delivered to residents in Kendal.

This is a joint project involving the town's emergency response group and children at Stramongate and St Thomas's Primary Schools who are planting up the pots.

Face masks are being made by lots of people in Cumbria, who often ask for a charitable donation in return.

Lynda Forsyth in Carlisle is making them to raise money a local family who are currently fundraising for urgent medical treatment for their son. You can find Lynda through the Carlisle Covid Community Facebook page.

Coronavirus NHS memorial

BBC Radio Cumbria is inviting you to a "virtual school disco" which will be held on 17 July at 19:00.

It's to make up for schools not being able to hold their own this year. If you're a head teacher and would like to send a message of thanks to your staff and children then please email us at

There's a short course for small and medium sized businesses in Cumbria which is being run by Lancaster University Management School.

Email: if you're interested - there are more details about the course here.

And finally a reminder that from this week, anyone wanting to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Rome Street in Carlisle will need to book a time slot in advance. You can book here.

And you can find lots of information and contacts for local groups on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference page, and the latest national news and information on the BBC news pages and app.

Weather: Cloud, showers and sunshine

BBC Weather

Variable amounts of cloud and some showers developing during the day but also plenty of sunny spells.

Some showers could be quite sharp later.

This evening there's more patchy cloud with outbreaks of rain developing.

Overnight it will become drier with some clear intervals developing.

And you can check out the latest hour-by-hour forecasts by searching for your location here

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No outbreaks of coronavirus in Cumbria's care homes

There are no outbreaks of coronavirus in Cumbria's care homes, for the first time since April.

This is according to the county council.

At the peak of the pandemic, 27 care homes in the county were dealing with more than 300 residents who had tested positive for Covid-19.

In total 225 people have died.

Today, there are just two confirmed individual cases of the infection.

Virtual meeting held over council row

The organisers of two separate petitions are meeting virtually today to have their views heard over a row to dissolve a Cumbrian council.

Copeland Council has received 135 signatures calling for a new election for Parton Parish Council and 186 signatures supporting the current set of councillors.

A report says members of the parish council have been struggling to work together since an election in May last year - the police were called to one of the meetings.

Government support is welcome, but more will be needed

The woman in charge of Cumbria's tourism industry says the Chancellor's mini-budget contains many positive measures, but more will be needed.

Rishi Sunak is cutting VAT on hospitality, and setting up a scheme to give 50% off to people who dine out in August.

Firms will also be given a £1,000 bonus for every staff member they bring back from furlough for three months.

The industry has suffered a really catastrophic loss, really since the beginning of the year which is when it began for the tourism industry. It is going to take more than that just to get many of our businesses through."

Gill HaighManaging Director of Cumbria Tourism
Tourists in the Lake District