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  1. Thursday 25 May 2017

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By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, the best weather forecast of the year so far, and travel reports, for today.

Here's some of the main points:

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Police commissioner gives slavery warning at conference

The threat of modern-day slavery should be taken seriously in Cumbria, the Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall told a conference in the county today.

Addressing an audience of 200 people from a wide variety of agencies, he said: “The first step to eradicating the scourge of modern slavery is acknowledging and confronting its existence."

Cumbria police

The conference at Carlisle racecourse heard from a number of speakers, including from the Home Office and HM Immigration Service

Cumbria's weather: Fine, dry and mild

BBC Weather

It'll be a fine dry night with clear skies. Temperatures will drop only to about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

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

Hartlepool withdraw interest in Barrow manager Cox

Just now we were telling you about Barrow manager Paul Cox being approached by Hartlepool; seems that story didn't last long...

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M6 crash blocks outside lane near Carlisle

Police say a driver's thought to have escaped serious injury when a Skoda car collided with the central crash barrier on the northbound M6 near Carlisle.

Barrow manager Cox in talks, but owner 'not too concerned'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow AFC owner Paul Casson has revealed the club has given Paul Cox permission to speak to Hartlepool United about the vacant manager's position.

Cox, who led the Bluebirds to their highest-ever finish in non-league last season, is the current favourite for the role following the departure of Dave Jones towards the end of a campaign that saw the North East side relegated out of the Football League.

Casson confirmed to BBC Radio Cumbria that Cox has a "sizeable" buy-out clause and was "not too concerned" by Hartlepool's interest.

Paul Cox
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Biker flown to hospital after Hutton crash

A motorcyclist's been flown to hospital in Preston with what police say are potentially life-changing injuries after a crash near Penrith.

Police van closing road
Cumbria Police

The collision between the rider and a car happened at about 14:00 and the road, between Hutton in the Forest and Ivegill, is still closed.

Traffic: Police close road near junction 41 after crash

BBC News Travel

Police have closed the road between Hutton in the Forest and Ivegill after an accident.

It's cracking the flags in Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria's reporter Neil Smith set us a picture of the view from his office today.

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Ged Mills in Shap pool

Meanwhile, in Shap, Neil's colleague Ged Mills had the best assignment of the day... you can hear what on BBC Radio Cumbria after 17:00 with Peggy Walker.

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, between J42 for A6 and J43 for A69.

M6 Cumbria - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J42, A6 (Carlisle South) and J43, A69 (Carlisle), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Biker badly hurt in crash

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash near Hutton-in-the-Forest, off Junction 41 of the M6.

Cumbria Police says the B5305 is closed in both directions outside the Old Rectory, and the Great North Air Ambulance has been at the scene.

It's thought that the motorcyclist has suffered potentially life-altering injuries in the collision with a car.

Kendal's night economy 'a missed opportunity', says study

Kendal's suffering from a poor night-time economy, which is a missed economic and social opportunity for the town, according to a new report.

Strcklandgate Kendal

A study by a team from Lancaster University's Management school found Kendal's main streets fell quiet after 18:00, with fewer cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotel rooms than in comparable towns elsewhere.

It recommended longer shopping hours, more evening buses and cheaper taxis, and improved facilities for youngsters, such as a bowling alley.

Nothing stolen in cathedral break-in

Police say nothing was stolen from Carlisle Cathedral, after two people were seen entering the building last last night.

The cathedral was closed all morning to clear the way for their inquiries, but has now reopened.

Carlisle confirm that striker Ibehre moves on

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United's confirmed that the striker Jabo Ibehre has turned down an offer made to him earlier in the week, and is planning to move to another club.

The 34-year-old player scored 14 goals in 41 appeaearnces, and was, the club said, "a hugely popular figure with the fans".

Jabo Inhere
Carlisle United FC

Gallery finally completes Storm Desmond repairs

One of Cumbria's top art galleries, which was badly damaged during Storm Desmond 18 months' ago, is now fully open again.

Staff at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal managed to remove all the works in the arts' store before the water levels rose, but the building was affected.

Now, the repair work is finished, and a new cafe has been built.

Abbot Hall
Lakeland Arts

The gallery's known for its collection of works by historical artists such as George Romney; currently it's exhibiting works by the Lake District artist, Julian Cooper.

Cathedral closed as police investigate break-in

Police are at Carlisle cathedral this morning, investigating what has been described as a reported break-in, last night.

Police at cathedral

A statement said the cathedral would be closed while investigations were taking place.

So far there's been no word on whether any damage was done or property stiolen.

Couple rescued after Coffin Route fall

A couple in their seventies were both stretchered off a path known as the Coffin Route, between Ambleside and Grasmere, after both suffered head injuries in what the Langdale-Ambleside mountain rescue team described as "a tumbling fall".

They were taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary by ambulance, but it's not thought their injuries were serious. It's the second rescue from the relatively low-level path this month.

Coffin route sign

Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny and and very warm

BBC Weather

We're promised a dry and very warm, if not hot, afternoon across Cumbria with plenty of sunshine and just a scattering of fair weather clouds. Temperatures could rise to 25C (77F) in the warmest places.

Weather graphic

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

Manchester: For one minute, stillness and remembrance in Carlisle's centre

In communities all over Cumbria, the business of the day came to a halt as people remembered the victims of the Manchester atrocity, those who were injured, and their families.

Silence in Carlisle City Centre

Cumbria police host modern slavery conference

Speakers from the government and local organisations are addressing more than 200 delegates at a conference near Carlisle today about the dangers of modern slavery.

Delegates at conference
Cumbria Police

A police spokeswoman said there'd be presentations from the Home Office and the UK Immigration Enforcement Service.

County asked to fall silent at 11:00

A minute's silence will be held across the UK at 11:00 , to remember the 22 people who died in the Manchester attack, the dozens injured and all those who were affected.

Police appeal after Maryport pedestrian is hit by bus

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was struck by a bus in Maryport.

It happened yesterday morning at about 10:00 on Ewanrigg Road.

The pedestrian escaped with minor injuries but police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it.

Weather on the fell tops: Grand

Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 15C.

Winds: Light southerly.

Cloud: No significant cloud.

Visibility: Good.

Freezing level: Well above the tops.

Bluebells by beck
Carolyn Farthing

Perfect weather for catching the last of the bluebells in Rannerdale. Our thanks to Carolyn Farthing, who sent in this picture.

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Cumbria's weather: Hot and sunny (Honestly, that's what it says...)

BBC Weather

Much of the county is having a misty start, but we're then promised a fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine, very warm with highs of 25C (77F).

Weather graphic
BBC weath

You can see the latest weather forecast for where you are here.

Cumbrians sign book of condolence after terror attack

People in Cumbria have been recording their respects for the victims of the Manchester terror attack by signing a book of condolence which has been opened in Carlisle.

Book of condolence

The book will be at the Old Town Hall until 2 June.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping pace with the news and the weather forecast and finding a few other items of interest from around the county through to about 18:00.

If you want to keep up with events in Manchester, there's a live news feed here.

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.