A forum of local people, experts and representatives of the nuclear industry is being set up to research how people react to the idea of having one of the new "modular" nuclear power plants sited near where they live.
The new small generating plants, such as the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (artist's impression), are largely built in a facory and assembled on site, making them cheaper and faster to install.
The University of Central Lancashire and the National Nuclear Laboratory are recruiting the forum, which would meet twice over the next couple of months, to assess what local people would want from the development.
Stephen Haraldsen, who is a Conservative county councillor and a research fellow in the nuclear industry, will write a report from the meetings, and is recruiting volunteers, who can contact him by email.
Mr Haraldsen said: “The government seems set to announce that west Cumbria will be one of several sites for the deployment of small and advanced reactors," but added that not enough was known about what the local community would want.
Remembering Cumbrians who fought for the 'bridge too far'
BBC Cumbria Journalist
More than 800 men from the Border Regiment who took part in the Battle of Arnhem will be remembered today on the 75th anniversary of the battle.
More than 500 of the men were killed, wounded or captured.
The Battle was part of the famous Operation Market Garden, and was immortalised in the film, A Bridge Too Far.
The late Tom Northgraves from Penrith fought in the battles and this week his son Peter is travelling to the Netherlands for a special event to commemorate the anniversary.
I go back to think of them, to pray for them, they were just ordinary young men who were heroes."
Police put the bins out to collect unwanted knives
People in Cumbria are again being urged to hand in knives and other weapons to the police, after a "surrender", as officers call it, saw 280 potential weapons anonymously delivered to the county's main police stations in a week last March.
Supt Mark Pannone says the level of knife crime in Cumbria is low, but he says the exercise is still worthwhile.
We had just over 150 incidents last year when a sharp instrument was used in a crime. That was actually down on the year before but we want to keep those numbers low and we want to get them lower."
County lines heroin dealer 'was trying to pay drug debt'
A "county lines" drug dealer who was driven to
Workington so he could peddle heroin to pay off a large drug debt has been
jailed for almost four years.
Allan Kinsella, 41, of Greenway Road, Birkenhead, ran up several
thousand pounds of arrears with Liverpool crooks after becoming hooked on
Carlisle Crown Court was told he was taken to Workington and given heroin to sell. Police found him with 100 wraps of the drug valued at £1,100 and £1,000 in cash.
Kinsella, who was said to have become drug-free while in custody, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply. He also admitted possession of
cocaine and was jailed for 45 months by Judge David Potter.
Sex offender jailed again after contacting teenage girls
A sex offender jailed repeatedly for flouting the terms of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order has been sent back to prison again by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.
Gary Crandley, 40, was made subject to the order for possessing indecent pictures of children in 2009, and the court heard he had been given prison sentences in 2013, 2014 and 2017 for breaching its terms while living in the south of England.
Judge Nicholas Barker heard Crandley, latterly of Cumberland Court, Carlisle, was caught again earlier this year, striking up text contact with two 16-year-old girls, and police then found him in breach of the order in several ways.
Despite saying in court he was sorry for flouting the requirement, Crandley was given an immediate 20-month jail term
It should stay dry and mainly sunny through this afternoon.
Despite the sunshine, conditions will feel relatively cool, with gentle northwesterly winds and highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).
You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, BBC weater forecast for where you are, here.
Troubled trucker Stobart 'reviews operations'
The Cumbrian haulage firm Eddie Stobart Logistics says it is reviewing operations and financial performance after warning that annual profits will be "significantly below" expectations because of a poor first half of the year.
The distributor said "adverse performance" combined with an ambitious budget, as well as delays on a major project, cut into the company's earnings.
Eddie Stobart said it expects revenue for the six months to 31 May to be about £450m and underlying earnings between £10m and £11m.
Trading in the trucking group's shares remain suspended after the company admitted a £2m accounting error last month.
Work starts on facelift for key Whitehaven junction
Work starts today on a £2.5m scheme to improve an important road junction in Whitehaven.
Cumbria County Council says the project, where North Shore Road meets Bransty Row, is intended to improve a main way into the town, ease congestion, improve the flow of traffic and improve road safety.
The aim is also to prepare the junction to cope with building developments that are planned for the North Shore area.
Whitehaven attack victim critical in hospital
A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after an assault in Whitehaven.
Officers found the victim unconscious, with a serious head injury, in Lowther Street early yesterday morning.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Cumbria's weather: A dry night with some clear spells
Councillors and police are to discuss the disruption caused when the A590, the only main road into Barrow, is closed by accidents.
High Furness councillor Matt Brereton told a meeting there was still work to be done about accident blackspots, but he was also concerned about the way surrounding roads were used as rat-runs when the main roads were closed.
Councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways and also had a 27-year career in the fire service, said the length of time the road was now closed after accidents was "unacceptable".
I attended numerous road accidents on many busy roads and there was always a desire, particularly by the police, to get the road open very quickly and get the traffic flowing.”
It is leading to problems with congestion, speeding through 30mph zones and putting extra strain on the roads maintenance the county highways have to deal with.”
Number of Cumbrians on new benefit passes 16,000
The number of people in Cumbria claiming Universal Credit because they are either low-paid, unable to work or unemployed has now reached 16,131, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.
The introduction of the new system, which replaces six different benefits, now covers the whole of the county, for anyone making a new claim.
Around one third of those claiming are in work, and the way the new benefit is paid monthly, sometimes with a delay before the first payment, has been blamed for some people having to use food banks.
But ministers say the system is a force for good, giving people personalised support and helping them find work.
£15m plan could bring new dawn for Carlisle station
Political reporter, BBC Cumbria
Plans for a £15m facelift around Carlisle's Citadel Station should be published next week so the public can say what they think about the proposals.
It will be the first concrete results in the county of the Borderlands Growth Deal, which could see up to £394m spent in counties on both sides of the border between England and Scotland.
The county council's leader, Labour councillor Stewart Young, says improvements have been needed for a while.
There's been a long-standing aspiration to address some of the shortcomings of the station, particularly the congestion in Court Square where the cars are picking people up and dropping them off, and people are arriving on foot."
Because of the rare species that live in the river, work is only allowed for a few months a year, and engineers this summer found their attempts to repair damage by Storm Desomond were interrupted so badly by heavy rain pushing up water levels that they are now running out of time.
This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would continue until the end of October, when the Environment Agency's "window" for working in the river ends.
Works to complete the permanent repair of Victoria Bridge will then recommence in the spring when the window re-opens.
We do not anticipate any further closures of the bridge being necessary throughout the remainder of the works.”
Victoria Bridge in Kendal, damaged in Storm Desmond and closed repeatedly this summer during repairs, may not now be fully fixed until next summer.
The "environmental window" for contractors to get in the River Kent and fix the bridge, had been lost, because of the damage caused by heavy rain this summer, the councillor in charge of highways told a Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal.
Councillor Keith Little said that after heavy rain, a coffer-dam built to protect repair work channeled raised river levels into part of the bridge that had not been damaged before.
It put twice the volume down there at twice the velocity. That again caused some under-scarring at the footings.
What we are doing at the moment is making the bridge winter safe and putting in the work we need to do which will hopefully keep the bridge open throughout the coming months."
Northern and TransPennine trains 'worse than in 2018'
A cloudy and wet start, but by the mid-morning, any rain should clear. The rest of the day will be mainly dry and partly cloudy. Windy conditions are expected, with sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower.
Maximum temperatures will reach 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).
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There are going to be twice as many inmates in Haverigg Prison, as it is turned into an "open jail".
The Government says later this year Haverigg will start taking low-risk, category D inmates.
The Government wants to increase prison places that boost rehabilitation.
The number of prisoners at Haverigg was halved a couple of years ago after a violent protest, and the numbers will double back to 570 inmates "later this year" when the jail switches to "open" status, housing offenders who pass a "tough risk assessment".
While some in Millom are worried about more inmates being allowed into the community, the town's MP and mayor are both welcoming the development at what is Millom's largest employer.
A temporary traffic regulation order, that protects the public, means there's a requirement by law for September's event to be advertised.
The cash was taken from the authority’s General Provision after it emerged the type of closure in place for this year's festival wasn't correct.
The Crab Fair, which dates back to 1267, will be held on 20 and 21 September.
Police urge people to be wary of doorstep callers
People are being urged to be wary of doorstep callers after reports of a man calling at the home of a vulnerable couple in Carlisle.
Cumbria Police said his actions were suspicious.
Sgt Scott Adams of Cumbria Police said: “If anyone knocks at your door carrying out door-to-door selling activities, please ensure that they have identification, a contact telephone number for their head office and a registered business or charity number.
"If anyone has any doubts of the credibility of any doorstep seller then they are not to engage with them and politely decline their business.”