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  1. Monday 17 July 2017

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports and a few lighter notes form around the county, for today. Here's a reminder:

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

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Police highlight 'cuckoo' tactic used by big-city drug dealers

    Ben Maeder

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Cumbria police are targeting the way city drugs gangs move into Cumbrian communities after seven people were jailed for up to 14 years for selling cocaine and heroin in Carlisle today.

    Officers say a drugs ring from Merseyside took over a local person's home in tactics known as "county lines" and "cuckooing", and that neighbours may notice this going on elsewhere.

    They say one gang member was forced from his house as a result, and the tactic may be one used by other gangs, targeting vulnerable people to gain a base for their business.

    Det Ch Insp David Stalker

    Det Ch Insp David Stalker says officers could move swiftly if they were tipped off: "We've had some really good success, it's been a cracking team effort," he said.

    Quote Message: We're asking for that support from the community, to report suspicious activity, that can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers. We would always treat that information confidentially." from Det Ch Insp David Stalker
    Det Ch Insp David Stalker
  3. Death crash survivors in 'stable' condition

    The two people who survived a crash near Millom on Friday, in which two other local women died, are said to be in a stable condition.

    One, a third 18-year-old woman travelling with the two who died, was in a critical condition when she was flown to hospital in Preston.

    The driver of the other vehicle, a Ford Transit van, who's also from Millom, is being treated for serious injuries in Aintree hospital in Liverpool.

    Quote Message: People really feel for each other in times of tragedy and times of trouble, People in Millom and Haverigg rally and try to help and support each other." from Town councillor Fee Wilson Former Mayor of Millom
    Town councillor Fee WilsonFormer Mayor of Millom
  4. PC appeals over Appleby Fair assault finding

    A police officer's appealing against a conviction of assault, following an incident at Appleby Horse Fair.

    Lindsay Clark is said to have dislocated a driver's finger after an argument over her stopping in a no parking zone.

    Clark, 53, from Bolton Low Houses in Wigton, was found guilty in a magistrates' court hearing in May, and ordered to carry out community service and pay compensation.

    Today he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, where he lodged an appeal against conviction, to be heard on 20 September.

  5. Gill takes top job at Cumbria Tourism

    Cumbria Tourism has appointed a new managing director, Gill Haigh, who joins from the University of Cumbria where she currently works as the director of marketing and recruitment.

    Gill Haigh

    Gill will take up the post in September.

    She replaces Ian Stephens, who stepped down earlier this year.

  6. Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry overnight with clear skies and winds falling light and variable, leading to a few mist patches.

    Temperatures will fall to about 11C (52F).

    Weather graphic

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

  7. Council ends year with £170,000 to spare

    Copeland Council ended the last financial year with a £170,000 underspend, officials say.

    Provisional accounts show the authority spent £10.34m of the original £10.51m budget, with the money being rolled over into next year.

    Mike Starkie

    Mayor Mike Starkie said the council had made efficiency savings rather than spending cuts: "We have addressed historic issues, put robust processes in place and continue to become more modern and efficient."

  8. Seven jailed for dealing heroin and cocaine Carlisle

    Seven people have been jailed after police cracked a drugs ring which sold heroin and cocaine with a street value of up to £380,000.

    The gang took over the home of Christopher Hill, 32, in Toronto Street in Carlisle, and used it as a base for the business in a practice known as "cuckooing".

    Hill, who was said to have been exploited, was given a suspended two-year jail term.

    Kirsty Cartright, 29, of Millholme Avenue in Carlisle, was jailed for six years and four months, Andrew Beard from Newtown Square in Gretna was given five years, while four other defendants from Southport and Liverpool were jailed for up to 14 years.

    All had admitted supplying the drugs in an operation that Judge Peter Davies described as "devastating" for the local community.

  9. Police hunt man who assaulted girl, 14

    Police in Whitehaven are trying to trace a man who assaulted a teenage girl on Friday night.

    They say he picked up the girl in a light coloured estate car in Duke Street just before midnight.

    The man's described as of large build, with short, spikey, grey and brown hair.

  10. 'Two fingers' criminal is jailed after kicking PC

    A judge at Carlisle Crown Court has told a defendant who breached a suspended sentence that he is "sticking two fingers up at society".

    Daniel Roberts, 27, of Gatehead, Great Clifton, was spared prison last December for a drug charge and given a suspended jail term.

    But last month, after he was found asleep in a van, he was violent and unruly in a police station, kicking an officer and failing to provide a specimen to see if he was over the drink-drive limit.

    Roberts admitted a number of offences, and Recorder Michael Murray jailed him for 15 months.

  11. Council moots relaxing rules for dog walkers

    The rules governing where dog owners can walk with their pets in South Lakeland could be relaxed.

    Dog fouling poster

    The district council is considering allowing dogs access to the edges of football pitches and children's play areas.

    Bill Fisher coaches IBIS senior football club, which plays at at Jubilee Fields in Kendal, one of the areas where the restrictions could be eased.

    He is not in favour of the changes: "We have a situation at the moment where dog owners are still walking their dogs in spite of the exclusion and we're finding dog faeces all over the pitches."

  12. Teenager in fatal crash 'dreamed of fashion career'

    Staff at Kendal College say a teenager killed in a car crash in West Cumbria dreamed of working in the fashion industry.

    Caitlin Huddleston was one of two 18-year-old woman from Millom who died in a head-on crash on Friday evening.

    She'd been travelling to Kendal College, a round trip of more than 70 miles a day, for a course in business studies.

    The principal, Graham Wilkinson, said: "Tutors recognised her knowledge and potential and were confident that she would have achieved her dream to work in fashion had her future not been so cruelly taken away."

  13. Carlisle's Curle close to completing squad for new season

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Both Cumbria's senior football team managers say they're close to completing their squads for the new season.

    Carlisle boss Keith Curle says he expects to pick the best of his trialists by the end of the week, with three having impressed him, one by scoring two goals in two friendlies.

    Today Curle was testing his players as a day of military-style training in the Lake District.

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  14. Travel: Roadworks cause delays through Ulverston

    BBC News Travel

    Junction improvements are expected to cause delays on the A590 at Daltongate, in Ulverston, until 20 August.

    There's a lane closed for widening, new crossing facilities and new streetlights.

  15. Bus passengers 'may have seen sex assault'

    Passengers on a bus from Dalston to Carlisle may have seen a sexual assault, according to police.

    Detectives have appealed for anyone who was on the 75 Reays service at about 15:30 on Friday.

    They say a boy aged 14 approached and then sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

    Detectives say they're particularly keen to talk to a woman who's believed to have seen what was going on and spoken to the boy.

  16. Police publish CCTV shot of women sought after Carlisle assault

    Police investigating an attack on a woman in Carlisle back in May have released a still from CCTV of two women they want to trace.

    Grainy CCTV of two women

    The assault happened on Citadel Row just before 02:00 on 19 May, when the victim was knocked to the ground and kicked by two women.

    Both were wearing pink dresses; one has long blonde hair and the other, long brown hair.

  17. Headteacher: School left deeply shocked

    The headteacher of Millom School has been paying tribute to two former pupils who died in a crash at the weekend.

    One, Caitlin Huddlestone, left the school two years ago, the other, Skye Mitchell, left this year.

    Skye had already gained prominence by coming third in Miss Great Britain, and for a campaign she waged against bullying; she was about to start a degree in broadcast journalism at Salford University.

    Cailtlin left the school two years ago.

    Quote Message: Caitlin was a credit to her family and the school. She was engaging, courteous and graceful, softly spoken, yet quietly determined."
    Quote Message: Skye represented exactly what we would want our young adults to be, motivated, responsible, outward-looking and committed." from Matthew Savidge Headteacher, Millom School
    Matthew SavidgeHeadteacher, Millom School
  18. Cumbria's weather: Sunny and warm

    BBC Weather

    There should be largely unbroken sunshine across the county this afternoon, with temperatures reaching up to 24C (75F) in places.

    Weather graphic

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