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  1. Barrow man jailed for machete murder
  2. Fatal crash driver 'may have been tired'
  3. Woman killed in digger collision named
  4. New MP Trudy takes to national Conservative stage
  5. Friday 17 March 2017

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a few other nuggets from Cumbrian life for today, and this week.  From a busy news day:

    One headteacher in the county said money problems were growing to the point where asking parents for help was "on the agenda";

    Copeland's new MP Trudy Harrison stepped on to the national stage at the Conservative spring conference;

    And over in the Liberal Democrat camp, Tim Farron reacted to George Osborne's new job in journalism by joking that he could take over Viz, and you can find the rest of the conversation here .

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.  

    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 us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page .  

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cheerleaders step up to raise money for international championships

    A Cumbrian cheerleading club, which is one of the best in the country, is raising money to compete in France. 


    The Workington club, CFF Infinity , won a national competition two weeks ago, which means it is now eligible to enter a competition in Las Vegas. 

    But the club couldn't afford the travel expenses, so now it's trying to raise money to compete at Disneyland Paris instead.

  3. Ulverston's leisure centre closer to total rebuild

    Residents of Ulverston are a step closer to having a £13m new leisure centre.

    Ulverston Leisure centre artist's impression

    The plan is for South Lakeland council to combine forces with the town's major employer, GSK, and redevelop the existing centre on Priory Road.

    The facilities would include a swimming pool, gym, studio spaces, indoor tennis courts and sports pitches.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5086 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5086 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between A594 and Crown Street.

    A5086 Cumbria - A5086 Goat Brow in Papcastle blocked and slow traffic in both directions between Belle Vue Roundabout and the Crown Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  5. Harraby centre wins civic trust praise

    The new Harraby community campus has been given a commendation the national Civic Trust Awards .

    Library in Harraby

    The development combines a primary school, two nurseries, a community centre and a number of other facilities.

    The citation says it creates "a coherent sense of shared community."

  6. Bootle husky business pulls in customers

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    A business offering customers the chance to ride a sort of chariot pulled by huskies has grown big enough to take on trainees.

    Video content

    Video caption: Siberian huskies helping apprentices learn in Bootle
  7. Police concern for missing Aspatria man

    Police say they're concerned for the welfare of 48-year-old Barry Dunn, from Aspatria.

    Barry Dunn

    Mr Dunn was last seen at a bus stop at Langrigg on Wednesday and there have been reported sightings in Fleetwood.

  8. Brewery names ale in honour of multi-marathon man

    Ennerdale Brewery is naming a new craft ale after a Cleator Moor man who's running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise money for the cancer charity, Macmillan.

    Gary McKee

    The beer's being offered for the first time at the brewery's own bar in Rowrah on 24 March when Gary will have completed his 70th run.

    The London marathon will complete his 100-day challenge.

    Appropriately, Marathon Man IPA will be the strongest beer the brewery's made.

  9. Cumbria's weather: Mild, wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay wet and windy tonight - but the rain will ease a little by dawn as the winds die down a bit. Temperatures will rise to 10C (50F) before dropping to 7C.

    Weather graphic

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

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  10. Fatal crash driver 'may have been tired', inquest told

    Mark McAlindon

    BBC Look North

    A driver in his 70s may have been suffering from fatigue when his car drifted across the A595 and crashed head-on into a van coming the other way, an inquest heard.

    Hayley Murdoch, who was 29, and her grandmother Sheila Dixon, 71, from Carlisle, died at the scene of the crash near Newby Cross in February last year.

    Jonah Dixon, Sheila's husband, who was badly injured and now uses a wheelchair was driving that day and has no recollection of the moments before the collision,  the hearing at Cockermouth Coroner's Court heard.

    PC Craig Irving, a crash investigator, said it was impossible to say what exactly caused the chain of events, but in his experience such accidents were often caused by drivers suffering fatigue. 

    Coroner Kally Cheema concluded that the two women died as a result of a road traffic collision.

    Hayley Murdoch and Sheila Dixon
  11. Travel: Roadworks slow A66 near Bassenthwaite

    BBC News Travel

    there's slow traffic through the roadworks on the A66 west of Keswick.

  12. Cumbrian MP spots new opportunity

    The former Chancellor, George Osborne, has been appointed the new editor of the London Evening Standard. Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, had this reaction... and it was accepted.

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  13. Travel: Roadworks bring delays at Kendal bypass junction

    BBC News Travel

    There are delays at roadworks at the Shenstone junction between the A6 and the A591, for traffic leaving Kendal.

  14. Gang sentenced for Carlisle drugs plot

    Seven people who plotted to bring drugs into Cumbria have been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to a total of nearly 31 years in prison. 

    Johnathan O'Neil, 28, of Creighton Avenue, and Darren Snowden, 45, of Brookside, Raffles, Carlisle, were jailed - O'Neil for seven-and-a-half years, and Snowden for two years and eight months.

    Andrew Berry, 25, of Bower Street, Carlisle, and 30-year-old Levi Howard, of High Cliff, Barrow-in-Furness, pleaded guilty to a cannabis conspiracy supply charge, and were each jailed for two years.

    Kathleen Berry, 25, of Brampton Old Road, Carlisle, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, and was given a community order.

    Three other men from Merseyside and Lancashire were also imprisoned.

    The drugs ring operated for more than eight months before police arrested them and seized tens of thousands of pounds worth of drugs. 

  15. Inquest hears how two women died in A595 crash

    An inquest has heard how a car carrying members of three generations of the same Carlisle family veered across the A595 and crashed into a van, killing a woman and her granddaughter. 

    Hayley Murdoch, 29, and Sheila Dixon, 71, died in the collision near Carlisle in February last year. 

    Ms Murdoch's three-year-old son was seriously injured.

    Witnesses have told the hearing this morning that the car, driven by Sheila Dixon's husband, Jonah, ended up in the hedge  

    A verdict is expected this afternoon. 

    Hayley Murdoch and Sheila Dixon
  16. Barrow man sentenced for killing friend with machete

    A Barrow man's been jailed for a minimum of 16 years for killing a man he'd spent the day with watching football and going to the pub.

    Damien Hill

    Damien Hill, 45, of no fixed address, attacked 35-year-old Guy Hamilton in his home, slashing his jugular with a machete, on 30 April last year.  

    Mr Hamilton was able to dial 999 to call for help and stagger into the street before dying from his injuries.

    Hill was found guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court today.

    Mr Hamilton's parents, Liz and Kevin, said afterwards: "We feel the sentence is appropriate - justice has been done for our son Guy.”

  17. Cumbrian launch for national tourism week focuses on food

    A Cumbrian hotel's been picked to start a week of events to promote holidays in England.

    Guests including Lady Penelope Cobham, who chairs the marketing organisation Visit England, are at the Sharrow Bay Hotel on the shores of Ullswater for the launch.

    The group will also be touring a number of food producers in the Eden valley.

    Quote Message: I shall certainly be going back to London a few pounds heavier." from Lady Penelope Cobham Chairman, Visit England
    Lady Penelope CobhamChairman, Visit England
  18. Question Time heading to Carlisle

    The BBC television show, Question Time is coming to Carlisle later this month. 

    David Dimbleby on Question Time

    It will be filmed at the Sands Centre on 30 March. 

    People who want to be in the audience should  go to the website .

  19. Cumbria's weather: Rain setting in for the day

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of heavy rain will spread down from the north west along with strong winds. Temperatures will peak at about 10C (50F). 

    Weather graphic

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