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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd other nugget from around the county for today.

    Here's a reminder:

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

    In the meantime, if you've a photo you'd like to share with the county,or news you think we should know, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Show director: Royal visitor 'gives us a huge amount of pride'

    The director of the Westmorland County Show says today's visit by the Prince of Wales was effectively a huge thank you to more than 300 volunteers who help make the event happen.

    Charles arriving

    Christine Knipe, pictured left welcoming Prince Charles, said the show had once again attracted some 30,000 people to displays of livestock, demonstrations of country skills, hundreds of trade stands and exhibitions of craft and local food.

    Quote Message: It gives us a huge amount of pride to be able to show off what we we do, but it was a huge thank you to our enormous band of volunteers, they do it year-in and year-out and it gives them the recognition that they are appreciated." from Christine Knipe
    Christine Knipe
  3. Cumbria's weather: Dry at first, more showers later

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry for a time during the evening, but further showers are expected overnight with clear spells.

    There will be light or moderate winds inland, brisk over hills and near coasts, and temperatures falling to about 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Travel: Delays around Crooklands as show visitors set off for home

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic is slow around Crooklands east of Kendal on the A65 and the A591 and visitors and exhibitors leave the Westmorland County Show.

  5. Auctioneers bang out better business

    One of Cumbria's best-known auctioneers, 1818 Auctioneers based at junction 36 near Kendal, is doubling the size of its saleroom and taking on extra staff.

    The company, which has featured on TV antiques programmes, says it's on target to turn over £1m this year.

    New recruits at auctioneers
  6. Travel: Crash slows A75 traffic into Scotland

    BBC News Travel

    A three-vehicle crash is causing delays between Annan and Dumfries on the A75 eastbound.

  7. Six police forces combine to try to catch travelling criminals

    Cumbria and five other police forces combined last night in an operation to try to catch criminals travelling across rural areas.

    Across the region 137 vehicles were stopped, and while no arrests were made in Cumbria, two cars were seized when the drivers were found not to have them insured.

    Elsewhere in Cleveland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumbria, and North Yorkshire, people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, drug-driving and burglary.

  8. Engineers offer three designs for replacement for Pooley Bridge

    A suspension bridge is one of the three designs being put forward to replace Pooley Bridge, which was washed away in the floods of Storm Desmond.

    Pooley Bridge

    When local people were consulted during the summer, some people wanted a traditional bridge while others went for a more contemporary look.

    All three would cross the River Eamont with a single arch, but two would have a different appearance which can be seen on the consultation document here.

  9. How latest abuse report 'shocked' councillor in charge

    The senior councillor in charge of children's services in Cumbria says she was "angry and shocked" when she read a report into the abuse of two vulnerable children.

    A serious case review found a brother and sister had been born into a culture of alcohol, drugs, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and that delays and inaction by the county council's children's services had left the children unprotected.

    Anne Burns

    Labour cabinet member Anne Burns, who has been involved with childrens' services in either administration or opposition for a number of years, told BBC Radio Cumbria that government inspectors were seeing improvements.

    Quote Message: This case was eight years ago, looking at where we were then and where we are now, I understand totally why we needed to improve and we are improving. Ofsted are really saying to us now that they know we're improving." from Anne Burns
    Anne Burns
  10. Police appeal for sightings of car after 'machete' attack

    Police in Carlisle have appealed for sightings of a red Renault Clio, registration ND51 JYU, as part of their investigation into an attack on a teenager yesterday with what's thought to have been a machete.

    The 19-year-old was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with a injured hand after the attack in Norfolk Street.

    Two men from the city have been arrested.

  11. A Prince among his people: Charles at the Westmorland County Show

    Martin Lewes


    The Prince of Wales has been making the most of a visit to the Westmorland County Show, seeing the best of the county's livestock and sampling some of the best of the food.

    Prince Charles and Peter Gott

    The Prince is an enthusiast for farmers who diversify into producing food as well as growing crops or breeding livestock, and one of the first into that field was Peter Gott.

    Mr Gott farms wild boar, among other animals, not far from the showground, and has worked with top chefs such as Jamie Oliver, as well as selling his produce at Borough Market in London.

    Charles among sheep pens

    Charles has been to the showground before, and has meet some local people several times, such as local farmer John Geldard, right, and the show director Christine Knipe, to his left.

    Charles and farmer
  12. The tight squeeze: Keswick rescue volunteers extract climber

    Details have emerged of a complex rescue carried out by Keswick mountain rescue volunteers after a climber fell into a deep crack at Dovenest in Borrowdale.

    She slipped into a position where she could barely been seen from outside, and a team spokesman said that because at first they couldn't be sure whether the rock had moved to trap her, back-up was called in from a specialist cave and mines unit.

    The climber wasn't injured, but it took three hours to extract her from the crevice, with the light fading fast on Monday evening.

    Woman's legs trapped in crack
    Rescue teams descending crack
    Team working in crevice

    You can find the full story on the team's Facebook page.

  13. Cumbria's weather: Blustery showers developing

    BBC Weather

    Blustery showers will develop, some of which could be heavy with rumbles of thunder, although there will be some drier, sunnier periods. It will feel cool in the north westerly breeze, with a maximum temperature of 14C (57F).

    Weather graphic

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

  14. Students settle in to new college arts centre

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Students have been settling in to a new arts centre set up at the Rating Lane campus Furness College, a year after a merger of the two further education colleges in Barrow.

    Artists in classroom

    A computer suite, a photographic studio and dedicated facilities for screen printing and textile design have been developed, allowing students to follow courses for A-levels and HND qualifications.

    The college now offers qualifications ranging from A levels and apprenticeships to professional/technical courses and university degrees.

    Quote Message: We know there is a demand for art courses which lead to exciting and varied careers in the creative industries." from Andrew Wren Principal, Furness College
    Andrew WrenPrincipal, Furness College
  15. MP 'does surgeries only by appointment' for security

    Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has been reported as saying she doesn't hold public surgeries, because of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last year.

    Trudy Harrison

    The Conservative, who was first elected in a by-election in February, told the Whitehaven News her constituents can make appointments to see her.

    Her office told BBC Radio Cumbria she was unavailable for comment and refused to go into detail on the nature of any safety concerns.

  16. Charles chats to Westmorland show-goers

    Martin Lewes


    The Prince of Wales has arrived at the Westmorland County Showground and is now touring displays of sheep, cattle and other livestock.

    Charles talking to local

    The heir to the throne is often said to be at his happiest talking to farmers in areas like Cumbria, and he's been a frequent visitor to the county.

    We'll bring you more pictures later.

  17. Businesses offered 'Northern Powerhouse' money

    Cumbria's businesses can learn how to apply for a share of £400m of Northern Powerhouse money today.

    The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund offers three levels of funding; microfinance between £25,000 and £100,000, business loans between £100,000 and £750,000 and equity finance up to £2m.

    Experts will be at a Local Enterprise Partnership event in Penrith today to advise businesses on how best to take advantage of them.

  18. Travel: Show traffic queues around Crooklands showground

    BBC News Travel

    There's still very slow traffic around the Westmorland County Show in Crooklands, near Kendal.

    Police advise drivers to follow the signs rather than their satnav.

  19. Ulverston 'confident' that pharma site will find a buyer

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    There's optimism that Cumbrian jobs at a pharmaceuticals factory will be safe, despite a potential sell-off.

    GSK entrance

    GlaxoSmithKline announced in July that it would not be investing in a new drugs plant in Ulverston and that it was considering selling its existing manufacturing site, which employs nearly 350 people.

    The firm has declined to comment , but Dr Bharath Rajan, an Ulverston town councillor and former manager at the plant, says it's a rare specialist facility which should attract a manufacturer of what are called generic medicines.