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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd other nugget from around Cumbria for today, and this week. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday.

As always, if you have news you think we should know, or want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Enjoy your weekend.

Keith Curle to meet directors over new new players

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Keith Curle expects to know by early next week if he has money to spend on new Carlisle United players.

The United boss is meeting the club's owners to discuss finances after drawing Sunderland at home in the second round of the League Cup, and after the club earned a sell-on fee when former player Brad Potts moved from Blackpool to Barnsley:

Keith Curle

I'm not going to pay over the odds for players that I don't think will bring us quality, I'm not going to fill the changing room with sub-standard players."

Keith Curle

United are at Cambridge tomorrow, looking for their first points of the new League Two season.

They'll still be without midfielders Jason Kennedy, Samir Nabi and Kelvin Etuhu

Council moves to take beach off bathing waters list

The beach at Allonby South could be taken off the official list of bathing waters in Allerdale.

It would mean the beach was no longer tested for levels of bacteria by the Environment Agency.

Allerdale council officials, who've started the required public consultation, say not enough people use the beach, and there aren't enough facilities, to justify the work involved in bringing the water there up to a good standard.

Last year, the agency rated the Allonby South water as sufficient; the only other two beaches on the list in Allerdale, Silloth and Allonby were both rated poor, which technically means that although they are not closed, they're not safe for swimmers.

Jail for man who assaulted child on New Year's Eve

A man who sexually assaulted a young girl after pinning her to the ground has been jailed for 33 months.

Andrew Harrickie, 42, of Balmoral Road, Kensington in Liverpool, admitted at Carlisle Crown Court, that he assaulted the girl on 31 December 2015.

He was also barred from working with children and vulnerable adults, and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Road improvements 'could bring thousands of jobs' along M6

Improvements to roads on both sides of the M6, developments on the railways and the possibility of flights from Carlisle Airport could all bring jobs and economic development to sites along the M6 through Cumbria, according to the county's Local enterprise Partnership.

George Beveridge

George Beveridge, who chairs the partnership, said: "The M6 corridor is a critical national artery and needs to be a major focus of growth and investment."

The LEP has now published a prospectus to try to attract more investment form businesses and the government.

Visitors asked to stay away from West Cumberland hospital ward

Visitors have been asked to stay away from a West Cumberland hospital ward after the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, affected several of the patients.

Nursing staff on ward 4A will be given discretion to lift the ban if it's thought necessary for a visitor to be allowed in.

Hospital sign

Staff at the hospital in Whitehaven also say anyone who's suffered the symptoms of the virus, diarrhoea or vomiting, to stay away from the hospital.

The illness is easily passed on and although not dangerous for health people, infection can seriously affect vulnerable hospital patients.

Two held after £25,000 drugs raid

Two people were arrested and drugs with a street value of £25,000 were seized in a raid in School Street in Barrow last night.

A man aged 40 and a 42-year-old woman are being questioned on suspicion of possession of heroin with intent to supply.

Money, money, money: Politicians debate over what will happen after Brexit

Martin Lewes


There's a question mark over some £72m earmarked for Cumbria in European funding after Britain leaves the EU.

Fibre broadband cabinet

European funds have granted millions of pounds to projects in Cumbria such as the Connecting Cumbria broadband programme, which got £15m.

Liberal Democrat politician Ian Stewart, who's Cumbria's representative on the Local Government Association, says he fears a smaller economy will mean less money available, and the UK civil servants to who share out European grants have not been kind to the county in the past.

Cumbria put in £126m in bids and we got about £12m."

Ian Stewart

But James Airey, leader of the Conservative group, says it should be possible to improve the way the money's distributed once the UK is out of the EU.

I don't want Whitehall bureaucrats deciding how this money is spent, we want a fair system where local people and local elected politicians decide where this money is needed."

James AireyConservative group leader, Cumbria County Council

You can hear the issues debated on Mike Zeller at breakfast, on BBC Radio Cumbria, here.

Adventurer forced to bail out of Europe record attempt

Sean Conway, an adventurer based in Cumbria, has had to abandon an attempt to cycle unsupported from Portugal to Russia in a record time.

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Sean, who's previous exploits include swimming around Britain and cycling around the world, was aiming to ride 4,500 miles in less than 25 days, but a muscle strain's put paid to the project.

He'd already struggled through some of the hottest temperatures on record across central Spain.

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Travel: Crash slows traffic on M6 junction roundabout

BBC News Travel

A crash on the A66 roundabout where it meets the M6 at junction 40 at Penrith is causing delays on roads in the area and on the motorway.

Kendal firm pioneers recyclable packaging to replace plastics

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A Cumbrian paper company is using technology to make biodegradable packaging.

James Cropper's 3DP division in Burneside near Kendal is now supplying paper mouldings to replace the thin plastic trays used to pack products such as mobile phones and bottles of perfume.

Sample boxes

The packaging comes from renewable sources and can be easily recycled.

Cyclist hit by car is 'starting to recover'

A cyclist who was hit by a car and seriously injured in Ulverston last month is "starting to recover", according to his family.

A man from Manchester is awaiting trial on a number of charges including aggravated vehicle-taking, and causing injury by dangerous driving, in connection with the collision.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

BBC Weather

Patchy rain will continue throughout the day, and it'll stay cloudy.

There'll be a strengthening breeze and top temperatures today of 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Departing tourists queue for M6 junction

BBC News Travel

Traffic's said to be unusually heavy at the A590 approach to junction 36 on the M6 near Kendal, as tourists decide to make an early getaway because of the poor weather.

Gambler who stole from his mum is jailed for 'naked greed'

A gambling addict who stole nearly £54,000 from his elderly mother has been jailed for 32 months.

Colin and Jacqueline Little at court
Craig McGlasson

Colin Little, 49, of Watson Street, Carlisle, admitted taking the money which he spent on online betting.

His wife, Jacqueline, 54, who also took money, denied a charge of theft but was found guilty and given a 12-month suspended sentence.

The couple held a power of attorney over Margaret Little's bank account because she was showing signs of mental decline, Carlisle Crown Court.was told.

This was naked greed on both your parts."

Recorder David Potter

Carlisle's council leader gets the cup tie he was hoping for

Colin Glover, the leader of Carlisle City Council, is likely to be in the queue for tickets for the next round of the EFL, after they drew the Black Cats last night...

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Nick Miller warms up for finals night in London

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle's Nick Miller's in the final of the men's hammer at the World Athletics Championships in London tonight.

The 24 year-old British record holder secured automatic qualification with his first throw in qualifying.

Carlisle's Nick Miller has qualified for theMens' Hammer Final at the world championships

Workington care home given highest grade by watchdog

A Workington home that supports people with learning disabilities has been rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC gives fewer than 2% of homes the rating it's awarded the service run by Walsingham Support at Holly Dyke.

Staff say they are "delighted" and "extremely proud" about the result.

Police seek Carlisle attackers

Police say a man walking down Warwick Road with friends was attacked by another group just after 02:00 this morning.

He was treated for a cut on his face.

Officers say the attackers were white men in their early 20s, and the incident happened near the Halston.

Warwick Road

Man charged with murder over death of Maryport bricklayer

A man is due to appear before magistrates in Workington today charged with murdering Maryport bricklayer William Richardson, who died on Wednesday.

Sean Morrin, 32, of Nelson Street in the town, was charged last night.

William Richardson
Family/Cumbria Police

Mr Williamson (pictured), who was 34 and from Elizabeth Terrace, was found in Senhouse Street near the Labour Club early on Tuesday morning suffering from stab wounds.

He's been described as "a devoted family man" who cared for his two children and his partner's son.

Weather on the fell tops: Windy and foggy

It's a good day to test waterproof clothing and navigation skills.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 12C.
  • Winds: Strong to gale force southwesterly, gusts 50mph, veering strong west to northwesterly later, gusts 40mph.
  • Cloud: Broken or overcast cloud at 2,000ft, with patches down to 1,000ft.
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor, locally good later.

Carlisle draw Sunderland in second round of EFL

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United's reward for beating League One Fleetwood in the League Cup is a second round tie at home to Championship side Sunderland.

The two sides met just three years ago in the FA Cup - with the-then Premier League side winning 3-1.

Cumbria's weather: Rain spreading east

BBC Weather

Thicker cloud will spread across Cumbria with outbreaks of rain spreading towards the east this morning, light on lower ground, heavier on the fells.

There'll be a strengthening breeze, with top temperatures of about 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and the odd other nugget from the county, through the day.

You can get involved: If you have news you think we should know, or want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.