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  1. Updates on Friday 20 October 2017
  2. Whitehaven facelift plan wins £1.67m grant
  3. Carlisle strike first to fall foul of new rule
  4. Bowness tourist honeypot improvements formally opened
  5. MP and train campaigners meet operator over cancelled services

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting the news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast for today and this week.

    Here's a reminder:

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

    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.

    Have a good (if very windy) weekend.

  2. Cyclist claims confrontation led to 'bruising' crash

    A Carlisle cyclist is appealing for witnesses after police said they lacked evidence to investigate an incident which left him with this bruise.

    Bruised thigh

    Steve Alecock says a van driver stepped out in front of him after an argument that developed along a narrow and winding section of the A591 between the Low Wood Hotel and Ambleside.

    Mr Alecock said police have been unable to trace witnesses who'd helped him after he went over the handlebars. Police have confirmed he's reported the incident.

    Quote Message: There was no excuse for what happened to me really, because he'd got past me and if he'd wanted to he could have just driven off, and he chose not to, he chose confrontation." from Steve Alecock
    Steve Alecock
  3. Youngsters tour London at night in Wordsworth tribute

    One of the most famous poems by William Wordsworth was about the view from Westminster Bridge, and youngsters from Grasmere School have been to see what he was talking about.

    For the most spectacular view, they went at night.

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  4. Poppies will form Carlisle Castle show next year

    Part of the famous installation of ceramic poppies, which surrounded the Tower of London in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of World War One, is coming to Carlisle

    Poppies installation at Tower

    A display called Weeping Window will be installed at Carlisle Castle between 23 May and 8 July next year.

  5. Langdale event remembers when artist was declared 'degenerate'

    Martin Lewes


    Supporters of the Merz Barn, where the influential German artist Kurt Schwitters spent his final years in Great Langdale, will gather tomorrow to mark the 80th anniversary of the Nazi exhibition in 1937 when his abstract art was denounced by the dictator Adolf Hitler.


    A work by Schwitters, now seen as one of the most influential abstract artists of the last century, was at the entrance of the exhibition of "degenerates" banned by the Nazi government.

    He fled, first to Norway and then to Britain where, after being detained in the Isle of Man, he worked in a barn in the middle of woodland, scratching a living by painting portraits of tourists in nearby Ambleside.

    A trust has spent a number of years restoring and protecting the barn.

  6. Cumbria's weather: Storm warning posted for high winds

    BBC Weather

    A band of rain will quickly sweep east across Cumbria this evening, with clear spells and a few blustery showers following into early hours.

    There's a yellow warning of high winds, mainly from the south to south east through tomorrow.

    Weather graphic

    You can see the latest BBC weater forecast for where you are, and details of the weather warning, here.

  7. Egremont addict jailed for robbing lone shop worker

    A drug addict who forced a woman serving on her own at a corner shop in Workington to hand over £160 has been jailed for four years.

    Adam Littleton

    Adam Littleton, 23, of central Avenue, Egremont, threatened her with a piece of wood studded with nails.

    Carlisle Crown Court was told he'd taken "a cocktail of substances".

    Littleton admitted robbery, having an offensive weapon, and assaulting police, and Judge James Adkin also imposed an extended two-year licence period.

  8. National Trust members to debate ban on trail hunting

    Whether trail hunting should be allowed on National Trust land will be the centre of debate at the annual general meeting tomorrow.

    Hunts have sent the hounds to follow a trail of fox urine to continue their sport since hunting foxes with dogs was banned, but opponents have claimed this is used as a cover for continuing to chase and kill them.

    Five members have put forward a motion at the AGM to vote in favour of a ban on trail hunting on trust land, but trustees have asked members to declare this as disproportionate, proposing instead to require hunts to publicise their meetings.

    The hunts say a ban would destroy the Lake District tradition of following the hounds on foot, while requiring publicity would be an invitation to objectors to demonstrate against them..

  9. Farmer Frank's feeding covers win national plaudit

    A farmer from Ulverston has won a national award for designing a simple cover for cattle feed that saves labour and waste.

    Frank Morphet, who runs a herd of 160 dairy cattle on his organic farm, won the gold award in the British Farming Awards.

    The cover's slung on the side of a cow shed, and automatically protects feed spread alongside the shed from rain, as well as stopping the cows pushing it out of reach as they try to eat it.

  10. Whitehaven dancers step out for Broadway show

    A dance group from West Cumbria is rehearsing for a show on New York's Broadway this weekend.

    Dancers rehearsing

    Girls from the Cowper School of Dance in Whitehaven passed an audition with Smile Productions.

    The company organises regular shows around the UK and overseas, in New York, Las Vegas and Spain, to give dance schools the chance to showcase their talents.

    Quote Message: We're actually going to be starting the show, and finishing the first half with 42nd Street." from Adrianne Kelly Principal, Cowper School of Dance
    Adrianne KellyPrincipal, Cowper School of Dance
  11. Miller suspended for two games as FA rejects Carlisle appeal

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The FA has confirmed that Shaun Miller will be suspended for two games for diving.

    Miller was the first player to be disciplined under new rules forbidding the "successful deception of a match official", after a penalty in the match against Wycombe, which ended in a draw.

    The club appealed, but this afternoon the FA rejected their case.

    Shaun Miller
  12. Driver rescued from harbour is arrested

    A driver's been arrested after being rescued from a car that plunged into Whitehaven harbour yesterday evening.

    Police and firefighters watching car being recovered

    Passers-by helped police rescue the 31-year-old man from the Ford Kuga, which landed close to the water's edge. He was not injured.

    He's being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving.

    Fire crews, coastguards and the Workington lifeboat were also called but stood down once the man was safe.

  13. 'Remarkable' runner Gary given Freedom of Copeland

    An athlete from West Cumbria is being given the Freedom of Copeland today after he ran 100 marathons in 100 days to raise money for a cancer charity.

    Gary McKee, from Cleator Moor, raised £300,000 in his campaign, which ended with the London marathon.

    Copeland Council says it is "extremely rare" for anyone to be given the honour, but Gary's efforts had been "remarkable".

    Gary McKee
  14. Businesses welcome lakeshore facelift

    Businesses along the Glebe in Bowness, which offers millions of visitors one of the best views of Windermere every year, have welcomed the facelift to the area just completed.

    View from the Glebe

    Local authorities have spent £2m on new paving and benches, such as this area, and reorganising parking along the roadside.

    Previously muddy banks have been turned into walking areas with landscaped gardens.

    David Ferguson, who owns the Old Pump House café, says the improvements are "a super job".

    Quote Message: It's made it safer, it's made it more attractive, I don't think it's brought in more tourists but it's made it a more attractive experience for them." from David Ferguson
    David Ferguson
  15. Barrow boss: Stick with us while we hunt for new coach

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow managing director Andrew Casson has called for the club's supporters to get behind the team as the search for a new manager continues.

    Andrew Casson

    Sections of the Bluebirds support have been vocal in their criticism of the club's decision to appoint Micky Moore, who was sacked from his position this week.

    Barrow travel to Ebbsfleet in the National League tomorrow under caretaker coach Neill Hornby.

  16. Man jailed for sexually assaulting child

    A man who sexually assaulted a child in the Appleby area has been jailed for four years.

    Roger David Cook, 50, who is now of no fixed address, admitted three counts of indecent assault between 1999 and 2000.

    In a statement his victim, who is now an adult, said: "I will carry around with me what he has done to me for ever."

    Cook was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

  17. Cumbria's weather: Brightening up with chance of a shower

    BBC Weather

    It'll brighten up for most today across Cumbria, with some sunny spells developing through the afternoon, with a few scattered showers and temperatures around 15C (59F).

    There is a yellow weather warning for tomorrow, when Storm Brian is expected to bring winds gusting to 60mph or more later in the day.

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, and details of the warning, here.

  18. Man arrested after call from 'paedophile hunting group'

    A man from Aspatria has been arrested over child sex offences after a call from a "paedophile hunting group", police have said.

    Officers were contacted at 21:30 last night.

    The 47-year-old is being questioned on suspicion of grooming and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.