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  1. Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished posting the news, travel and weather for today.

If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or 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.

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

Have a very good evening.

Drunk man who pulled out fake gun given suspended sentence

A man who pulled out a fake gun in a town centre street has been given a suspended sentence.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how drunken Tomas Holme was seen "staggering around" before producing what one witness believed was a real handgun from his waistband.

The fake firearm brandished by Tomas Holme in Penrith town centre.
Cumbria Police

Holme, 21, from Melmerby, brandished the imitation weapon in the air for 30 seconds in Penrith town centre, before putting it back in his trousers.

The weapon was later seen discarded on the ground by a young boy who said: "I have found a gun, mummy."

An armed response unit was dispatched and police found Holme was also illegally in possession of a lock knife.

As well as an eight-month suspended sentence, he was ordered to undergo rehabilitation.

BreakingHairdresser guilty of infecting men with HIV

Hairdresser Daryll Rowe, 27, has been found guilty of 10 charges of deliberately trying to infect men he met on Grindr with HIV.

The victims were from Brighton, Carlisle and Wallsend in North Tyneside.

More to follow.

Weather: Rain overnight

BBC Weather

Becoming cloudier through the night, with patchy rain developing, especially over high ground.

A band of persistent and perhaps heavy rain will cross the Solway Firth and spread to all parts before dawn.

Lows of 6C (43F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic

Couple receive award for volunteer work at sailing club

A couple from west Cumbria are being honoured for their volunteer work to keep a sailing club running after Storm Desmond and the 2009 Cockermouth Floods.

Dave and Pauline Nicholson will be given the Royal Yachting Association Volunteer Award later this month by The Princess Royal.

They've been commended for their efforts to help Bassenthwaite Sailing Club to recover from flooding in 2009 and 2015 - along with overseeing the annual Bass Week Regatta.

Dave says "We were absolutely stunned when we were told of the RYA Volunteer Award, because our work at the club is just a labour of love. There must be many others in the club more deserving".

Dave and Pauline Nicholson
Royal Yachting Association

Work starts to improve Kendal park

Improvement work is under way at one of Kendal's public parks.

The Forestry Commission has approved the felling of 18 trees at Nobles Rest to help the natural regeneration of the woodland.

Improvements are also being made to the drainage system and the pathways. Grants from both the district and town councils are helping to pay for the work.

Nobles Rest
South Lakeland District Council

Concern for missing Milnthorpe man

Police are concerned about a man who has gone missing from the Milnthorpe area.

Michael Lomas, 36, from Milnthorpe, has been missing since 10:00 yesterday.

Police say there was a possible sighting of him outside Wetherspoons on Allhallows Lane, Kendal between 10.30 and 11:00 yesterday.

He was last seen wearing a grey jumper under a black jacket, black jeans and white Nike trainers and is believed to have a backpack and a navy blue suitcase.

Police are asking Mr Lomas to get in touch to let them know he is safe.

Michael Lomas
Cumbria Police

Your photos: Above the clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Terry Filmaker' for this stunning photograph taken today at Long Marton.

If you'd like to become a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

Long Marton
Terry Filmaker

Rape trial witness heard 'child-like screaming' in darkness

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

A jogger heard "child-like screaming" as she ran past the scene where a 15-year-old girl was allegedly "gang raped" by four Cumbrian schoolboys, a court has heard.

The prosecution claims the boys attacked the girl in a field in Workington in January.

Witnesses have also described the girl's ripped and muddy clothes and "distraught" state after the alleged attack.

Another witness remembered seeing the girl crying hysterically.

The teenagers, who cannot be named, deny all charges.

The trial continues at Carlisle Crown Court.

Women encouraged to become on-call firefighters

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The county's fire service is trying something new in the hope of filling vacancies for on-call firefighters.

It has arranged a Ladies Night in Coniston to try to persuade women to consider putting themselves forward for the positions.

At the moment in Coniston there are seven on-call firefighters, but five vacancies.

The event takes place this evening at Coniston Fire Station from 19:00 to 21:00 and is open to all women over the age of 17.

Female firefighter
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Man jailed for nine-and-a-half years for crashing stolen car into cyclist

A man who crashed a stolen car into a cyclist in Ulverston leaving him with life threatening injuries has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.

John Burns, 30, from Sycamore Road in Manchester, admitted several charges including blackmail, fraud and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

John Burns
Cumbria Police

The court heard Burn took a VW Polo from a woman on 26 July at Truckhaven services on the A6, just off junction 35 of the M6.

Later he was seen driving in Hill Fall at 50mph on the wrong side of the road when he hit a cyclist, snapping his bike in two and causing serious injuries.

Supt Rob O’Connor said the cyclist "is making a good recovery, and I wish him all the very best with regards to his ongoing recuperation”.

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's the forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3000ft: Up to 4C (39F)
  • Winds: Gentle northeasterly at first becoming light southerly
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud may affect the summits at times
  • Visibility: Good
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Thousands of Cumbrians living with COPD but haven't been diagnosed

About 12,000 people living in Cumbria have been diagnosed with chronic breathlessness - or COPD - according to figures from GPs.

According to the British Lung Foundation another 24,000 Cumbrians may also have it, but just haven't been diagnosed.

The charity is using World COPD Day to urge anyone who suspects they have the condition to see their doctor for treatment.

Generic photo of patient in hospital
Getty Images

Travel: Abnormal load in north Cumbria

BBC News Travel

There's an abnormal load this morning travelling from Brampton heading along the A689 to J44 then along the A7 to Longtown.

Cumbria Police says this will happen daily from today until the weekend:

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'Three vehicles involved in Kendal crash'

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've just spoken to Cumbria Police about the accident on Milnthorpe Road in Kendal and they've told us that two vans and a car were involved.

They were called at 07:44 this morning but police now say the restaurant was not affected.

Watch: BBC rickshaw challenge leaves Penrith

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

It was an early start this morning as Penrith waved off the rickshaw team - led by One Show presenter Matt Baker - as they raise money for BBC Children in Need.

The rickshaw is being pedalled from Penrith through Carlisle to the Scottish border.

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Lorry 'crashes into Kendal restaurant'

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We have some more information about the accident in Kendal.

Reports say a lorry has crashed into the River Fortune restaurant on Milnthorpe Road and emergency services are on the scene.

The road is partially blocked and there's heavy traffic in the area.

We've contacted Cumbria Police for more information and will update as soon as we can.

Chennai Six could be home for Christmas

Hopes are growing that a man from Wigton who is being held in jail in India could be home for Christmas.

John Armstrong was sent to prison, along with five other British men, after being found guilty of weapons offences while working on an anti-piracy ship.

The men have always denied the charges

Their relatives have been told by an Indian court to expect a appeal judgment in the next few weeks.

They're now calling on the Foreign Office to ensure that if the men are released, they can leave India straight away.

John Armstrong

BreakingTravel: Car crashes into restaurant in Kendal

BBC News Travel

A car has crashed into the River Fortune restaurant on Milnthorpe Road in Kendal.

There's heavy traffic in the area.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We'll be posting the news, travel and weather through until about 16:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or 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.