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Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

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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.

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National League

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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Swansea's Borja celebrates

Gareth Vincent

BBC Sport Wales

Swansea City's impressive start to life under Steve Cooper continues as they come from behind to beat Preston North End 3-2.

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Bus company counts costs of Kendal bridge closure

The bus company Stagecoach says the closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal costs it more than £1,000 a week.

The bridge is one direct link between its garage in the town and the central area, and it has had to divert several routes while the bridge is closed.

Engineers say the structure may be closed for repairs for up to 10 days after it was undermined again by the River Kent, which was swollen by heavy rain.

Victoria Bridge
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Our passengers can understand that there's nothing much we can do, it's happened a few times recently so people almost understand the alternative arrangements that we operate with, but I think they share our frustration."

Tom WaterhouseStagecoach

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.

Kendal and Workington kick off for new season

BBC Cumbria Sport

A new Northern Premier season gets under way for both Workington Reds and Kendal Town tomorrow.

The Reds host Pickering Town in what will be manager Danny Grainger's first in charge.

Kendal Town main stand

Kendal host Prescot Cables against the continuing backdrop of supporter unrest, a major overhaul of playing staff and a 4-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare last Saturday.

It's going to be a rocky road, we know that, and as long as we finish out of the bottom two, we can go for mid-table.

Steve Edmondson.Manager, Kendal Town

It is on a shoestring, people are working tirelessly to turn it round, there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully the club can move forward."

Flood warnings issued for central Lakes

Flood alerts at the Environment Agency's lowest level have been issued for two areas of the central Lake District.

The agency says recent heavy rain has left lake levels high, and it has issued the alerts for rivers in the Brathay and Derwent Water areas.

Severe disruption: M55 Lancashire westbound

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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.

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Businesses angry as Kendal bridge shuts again

Businesses have been expressing their frustration over the latest closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal, after divers discovered new damage cause by the River Kent when it was in spate earlier this week.

The bridge was first damaged by Storm Desmond, and temporary repairs were made, but since engineers began work to fix the structure permanently, it has been undermined and closed twice, and heavy rain today is expected to make matters worse.

Bridge closed signage
Cumbria County Council

Cumbria highways officials say the perfect solution would be a new bridge, but that would mean closing one of just five road crossings that connect the two halves of the town for many months and needs major capital investment.

Cumbria County Council officials say the latest closure is likely to last a week to 10 days, and they will have engineers working all the available hours to get the work done as soon as possible.

To get to work in the morning and for guests to get here it's just a nightmare for everybody."

Jennifer BoowGeneral manager, Riverside Hotel

Whatever they're trying to do obviously is not working so there has to be a plan B."

Patrick Brennandfuel station owner

Travel: Kendal bridge closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

Victoria Bridge, which carries the A6 across the River Kent, was closed in both directions last night after an examination of new flood damage.

It's at least the second time rising river levels after heavy rain have undermined the bridge supports as engineers try to make permanent repairs to damage originally caused by Storm Desmond, almost four years ago.

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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

Project clears the view from lake to the Langdale Pikes

The steep path up to one of the lesser-known hilltops overlooking Windermere has been cleared and rebuilt by volunteers and council workers, with trees being cut back to make the most of spectacular views.

Biskey Howe

Local people from the Windermere and Bowness Civic Society worked with staff from South Lakeland Council's parks team to repair and install new steps up the path to Biskey Howe, clear rhododendron bushes and fell diseased trees.

This week staff from South Lakeland and members of the Civic Society gathered to see the results.

Gilding the valley: Trail celebrates coppermines history

A trail of stones and boulders gilded with copper has been opened above Coniston to celebrate the area's mining history.

Jessica Elleray and Siobhan Miles-Moore with giant stone
Coppermines Lakes Cottages

The artists Jessica Elleray and Siobhan Miles-Moore (pictured) gilded the first of the boulders, and public workshops will enable people to add stones of all sizes to a trail from the Ruskin Museum to the heart of Coppermines Valley.

There will also be gilded items such as boots and shoes, horse shoes and a boat hull along a three-mile walk.

The exhibitions will be there until October.

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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Travel: Kendal bridge closed one way after new fears

BBC News Travel

Victoria Bridge in Kendal is closed again this morning, but only in one direction, for a safety inspection because more bad weather has damaged the bridge supports again.

Traffic heading towards Shap can cross the bridge, traffic heading towards Windermere cannot.

Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria eastbound

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A6 Cumbria eastbound severe disruption, from A5284 Sandes Avenue to Beezon Fields.

A6 Cumbria - A6 Sandes Avenue closed eastbound from the A5284 Sandes Avenue junction to the Beezon Fields junction, because of safety inspection.

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Severe disruption: A59 Lancashire both ways

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A59 Lancashire both ways severe disruption, from A682 Park Terrace to Sawley turn off.

A59 Lancashire - A59 closed and it's very slow in both directions from the A682 Park Terrace junction in Gisburn to the Sawley turn off junction in Sawley, because of a fuel spillage.

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The high achieving 'class of 92' have developed new degrees with Lancaster University
The high achieving 'Class of 92' have set up a new university which opens in September 2019.

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

Severe accident: A59 Lancashire both ways

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A59 Lancashire both ways severe accident, from A682 Park Terrace to Sawley turn off.

A59 Lancashire - A59 closed and queues in both directions from the A682 Park Terrace junction in Gisburn to the Sawley turn off junction in Sawley, because of an accident.

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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.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South to J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J33, A6 (Lancaster South) to J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M61 Lancashire southbound

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M61 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J8 for A674 Millennium Way to J6 for A6027 De Havilland Way.

M61 Lancashire - Lane closed on M61 southbound from J8, A674 (Chorley) to J6, A6027 (Horwich), because of an accident.

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