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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the occasional other find from the county's social networks, for today. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it again. In the meantime, 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. Cumbria's weather: Clear spells and a strengthening wind

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry with clear spells overnight and a strengthening breeze. There will be patchy cloud, and temperatures overnight of about 8C (46F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Walney wind farm company changes name

    A company which is building a wind farm off the Cumbrian coast is changing its name to Orsted.

    The firm says its name, standing for Danish Oil and Natural Gas, no longer reflects its activities, which are now devoted to renewable energy.

    The company says its Walney Extension Offshore wind farm will be the largest in the world, when it is finished.

    Walney wind farm
  4. Maryport man denies murdering boxer

    A Maryport man has pleaded not guilty to murder after the death of William Richardson, a well-known local boxer.

    Mr Richardson died in hospital on 9 August after being stabbed in Senhouse Street, Maryport, early the previous day.

    Sean Michael Morrin, 33, of Nelson Street in Maryport, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court to give his plea this morning and is now due to stand trial on 8 January next year.

  5. Dalton axe attacker jailed for seven years

    A man from Dalton has been jailed for seven years for attacking a neighbour with an axe.

    Timothy Nickson, 43, of Broughton Road, admitted wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon, and was sentenced today at Preston Crown Court.

    Police said Nickson refused to answer question about what had happened or why he'd done it.

    Det Insp Helen Curme from Cumbria Police said the sentence showed how seriously the criminal justice system took violent, armed assaults.

  6. Jury in M6 death crash trial sent home for night

    The jury in the trial of a driver charged with killing a Highways Agency offficer by dangerous driving has been sent home for the night after deliberating through the afternoon at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Peter Morrison, 37, from the Warke, Worsley, in Salford, has admitted he was driving carelessly when he lost control of his car on the M6 near Tebay in February 2016, but denies more serious charges alleging dangerous driving.

    His car slid into Adam Gibb and Paul Holroyd, who were helping clear a previous accident. Mr Gibb died, and Mr Holroyd suffered crippling injuries.

    The jury will return tomorrow.

  7. Lakes whisky firm seeks investors to fund new stock

    The Lakes Distillery, set up to produce a Lake District equivalent of the Scottish single malt, is trying to raise £1m from investors.

    Distillery interior

    The distillery at Bassenthwaite has produced 600,000 bottles of its single malt, but not a drop has yet been drunk because it is still maturing.

    However, the firm, which employs 85, sells a range of other spirits, and attracts 100,000 visitors a year.

    The company says it needs the money to fund new production, and warehousing. The money's the final part of a £10m programme under a government scheme that provides tax benefits.

  8. Youngsters plant a host of daffodils for Lakes park

    Pupils from St Peter and St Mary Primary School in Windermere have planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs in less than an hour in a nearby park.

    Children planting daffodils

    The Baddeley Clock park is being tidied up in a landscaping project that should be complete by the time the daffs bloom next year.

  9. Travel: Roadworks slow Dalston Road traffic in Carlisle

    BBC News Travel

    There are delays in Dalston Road, Carlisle, where gas main work is being carried out.

  10. £1m project will look at slowing Cumbria's flooding rivers

    A research project's just starting to find out how much difference natural flood reduction methods would make on some of the county's biggest rivers.

    Kent in flood

    Dr Nick Chapel, a senior lecturer in Hydrology at Lancaster University, is about to start research into natural flood management in catchment areas such as the Rivers Eden, Kent (pictured) and Derwent.

    The Environment Agency has just published a report on natural measures such as tree planting or letting rivers spread across flood plains, but Dr Chapel says more conventional defences are also needed.

    He says natural flood prevention may not stop flooding in the biggest storms like Desmond, but it might help stop some communities getting regularly inundated.

    Quote Message: There are an awful lot of communities that are affected by floods on a much more regular basis that we need to do more to mitigate." from Dr Nick Chapel
    Dr Nick Chapel
  11. Police warn 'explorers' to stay out of empty mansion

    Cumbria Police say they they've arrested three people in an investigation into a series of burglaries at a remote stately home in Cumbria, some of which detectives believe are by so-called 'urban explorers'.

    Flass House

    Flass House, a Palladian mansion built in Italian style, has been empty for many years and was in the headlines between 2011 and 2015 after it was used as a cannabis farm.

    Detectives say they have been questioning three men in their 20s from the Penrith area who were arrested for burglary, and that the house has been the target of 'urban explorers'.

    Quote Message: Police would like to remind people that Flass House is privately owned and those entering are doing so as trespassers. " from Cumbria Police statement
    Cumbria Police statement
  12. Flood barriers and natural measures 'both part of answer'

    The Environment Agency says it doesn't see natural measures to reduce flooding in Cumbria's towns as being a replacement for more conventional flood defences.

    The agency's just published a paper listing more than 60 places were measures such as letting water spread across flood plains, or planting trees in upland valleys, have been used.

    Keswick flood defences

    In Keswick, where these defences failed against Storm Desmond but should protect homes from smaller floods, Lynne Jones from the flood action group says the test is whether "it keeps the carpets dry".

    Quote Message: Thirlmere is a key part of our flood protection, if we can get proper reservoir management to give us storm space during the winter." from Lynne Jones
    Lynne Jones
    Quote Message: In some of our towns and urban areas it's absolutely right that we build walls, we carry out dredging work, but natural flood management definitely has a place and we're now learning a lot more about where it's more applicable." from Dan Bond Environment Agency
    Dan BondEnvironment Agency
  13. Jury out in M6 death crash trial

    The jury in the trial of a man accused of causing death by dangerous driving on the M6 in Cumbria has retired to consider its verdict.

    Peter Morrison, 37, of the Warke, Worsley, Salford, admits his carelessness caused the death of Adam Gibb, a highways officer, and seriously injured his colleague, Paul Holroyd, but denies his driving was dangerous.

    Judge Peter Davies, at Carlisle Crown Court, told the jury to "decide this without fear or favour to anybody" and added "please don't be swayed by emotion".

  14. Your pictures: Fire over the ancient walls

    It was a fine weekend for the fireworks of 5 November, and MJ Turner was kind enough to send us the proof, for which many thanks.

    Fireworks over Carlisle Castle

    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.

  15. How best to curb Cumbria's floods: Research prompts new debate

    A new report says working with nature is the best way to reduce flooding in areas like Cumbria.

    The Environment Agency paper pulls together evidence from more than 60 areas where measures such as planting woodlands, reducing drainage on around the upland headwaters and creating "leaky barriers" to hold back water are being used.

    Vale of Keswick floods

    Lynne Jones from the Keswick Flood Action group said storing water in the upper reaches of rivers has benefits, and Cumbria's lakes and reservoirs could be used more to manager floods, but reducing the flow by a small percentage won't do.

    Quote Message: I want to see something with the acid test of is this going to keep the carpets dry?" from Lynne Jones
    Lynne Jones
  16. Cumbria's weather: Cloud and drizzle spreading in

    BBC Weather

    Any sunshine will fade this afternoon, with cloud and some light rain or drizzle.

    Temperatures will be up to 10C (50F) in a few places later.

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Carlisle in draw for second round of FA Cup

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle will find out tonight who they will meet in the second round of the FA Cup and where.

    On Saturday they beat Oldham 3-2 against the odds, and the highlights are here.

    Video content

    Video caption: FA Cup: Carlisle United 3-2 Oldham Athletic highlights
  18. Rare stinging sea creatures washed up on Walney beach

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Sea creatures called Portuguese men-of-war have been washed-up on a Cumbrian beach, something said to be rare this far north.

    Video content

    Video caption: Portuguese men-of-war have been washed up north to Walney

    Five of the jellyfish-like creatures - with a powerful sting - were spotted at Biggar Bank on Walney Island last week.

    Naturalists say strong and persistent south-westerly winds have pushed the creatures, which are not one individual but a group of closes that works together, beyond their usual range.

    Quote Message: Though it is rarely fatal for humans, their sting can pack a painful punch, so look but don’t touch!" from Dr Emily Baxter Cumbria Wildlife Trust
    Dr Emily BaxterCumbria Wildlife Trust
  19. Thieves' bonfire night is fuelled with new kitchen units

    Police in Workington say thieves who broke into a freight container in Northside stole new kitchen units worth £9,000 and threw them on a bonfire.

    Firefighters were called to the fire on Mitchell Avenue, but said the blaze was under control by the time they arrived.