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Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

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

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

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


Blackpool extend their unbeaten start to the season after coming from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw against winless Gillingham.

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Another Cumbrian town loses bank as Lloyds shuts in Grange

People in Grange-over-Sands will have less choice over how to do their banking from today as Lloyds is closing its branch in the town.

Lloyds Bank, Grange

The company says personal customer transactions at the counter had fallen by 8% in the last year, only 20 customers use it every week, and fewer than 300 use it every month.

The bank apologised for inconveniencing them, but pointed out there were free cash machines nearby, some banking services available at a post office within half a mile, and a new Lloyds mobile branch that will visit the area.

The bank closed two other Cumbrian branches, in Keswick and Cockermouth, last October.

'Haven RL ride high as Barrow slide towards relegation

BBC Cumbria Sport

Whitehaven Rugby League remain two points clear at the top of League One after a thunderous comeback from 14-0 down saw them beat Keighley 48-19 yesterday.

But Barrow Raiders took another big step towards relegation from the Championship yesterday.

Raiders actually led at one point in the second half at Sheffield, but went on to lose 44-18.

The Barrow manager Paul Crarey (pictured) says that he has been asked to stay on, with bad luck playing its part in the team's plight.

Paul Crarey

We've just been absolutely battered from day one with injuries, three fractured cheek bones, eyelids ripped off, lads suspended for eight and 10 games, but we've fought every step of the way."

Paul Crarey

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe accident, from J31A for B6242 Bluebell Way to J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J31a, B6242 (Longridge) to J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of an accident.

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

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Scott Quigley scores the only goal of the game as Barrow make it back-to-back home wins with victory over Yeovil.

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National League

Newly promoted Woking's flying start to the National League season continues with a thumping win at AFC Fylde.

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Manager who stole £45,000 electronic goods is jailed

A Currys PC World account manager who stole more than £45,000 of high value goods from the firm's Kendal store has been jailed.

Joshua Charles Nicholson
Cumbria Police

Joshua Charles Nicholson, 25, exploited a loophole in the company's system to create bogus invoices and receipts which allowed him to take goods including iPhones, televisions and computers from the company's Kendal store..

Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, said he had "no idea" why he had stolen around 100 items, and admitted theft and two charges of making a false representation.

Recorder Michael Murray jailed Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, for 18 months.

Severe disruption: M55 Lancashire westbound

BBC News Travel

M55 Lancashire westbound severe disruption, from J3 for A585 Fleetwood Road to J4 for A583 Preston New Road.

M55 Lancashire - One lane closed on M55 westbound from J3, A585 (Kirkham) to J4, A583 (Blackpool), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Barrow plan to reduce drug deaths 'already saving lives'

Measures to try to spot people so deep into drug use that they might die, so they can be given special help, are already saving lives, according to one official.

Figures published today showed drug deaths in Cumbria rising by 40% in the five years up to 2018, but Lesley Graham, the county council's public health manager in Barrow, the worst affected community, said bringing various organisations together had reduced the toll.

We worked with people like the Department of Work and Pensions, we worked with lots of third sector agencies to identify people at risk, we undertook an education programme with schools and colleges, we identified a trigger plan with those most vulnerable, we think we saved 30 lives last year through this trigger plan."

Lesley Graham

Furness youngsters say 'future leaders' builds confidence

Schoolchildren from across Furness who've spent half their summer holidays at a special course called the Future Leaders Academy say it has given them "more confidence".

The camp, which was originally set up by the local MP John Woodcock, finished today.

One hundred children were selected for the programme which is designed to raise aspiration and attainment.

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Almost £2m for Barrow arts project

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Just under £2m has been awarded to Barrow by Arts Council England.

The town is one of 12 areas to get funding though the Creative People and Places programme.

The idea is to get the whole community engaged in arts projects and events will take place between now and 2023. A celebration festival will also be held.

Arts Council England says art and culture has a significant part to play in building thriving towns and they have the power to bring people together and make them proud of where they live.

CCTV image released in burglary investigation

People over the age of 70 have been targeted in a number of burglaries in west and south Cumbria, police say.

A similar method has been used in all of them with the offender or offenders getting in through an insecure door and searching the premises, apparently unconcerned if the occupants are inside.

Cumbria Police said the offender is always described as smartly dressed.

Among the areas targeted are Kendal, Askam-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness, Millom, Haverigg and Bootle.

A photo of a man police would like to speak to as part of their investigations has been released.

They say the burglaries may or may not be linked and people are being asked to keep their doors locked.

CCTV image in Cunbria burglaries investigation

Body found in missing man river search

A body has been found in the search for a man last seen in the River Kent in Cumbria.

Emergency services were called on Sunday to reports that two people were in the water south of Kendal.

A woman was recovered and taken to hospital, but a man - believed to be local and in his 40s - had disappeared.

The fire service, police, mountain rescues and the coastguard have all been helping the search around Sedgwick.

Cumbria Police said a body had been found, but no formal identification had taken place and inquiries were ongoing.