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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us here today - thank you for joining us.

    You can stay in touch with the latest news overnight on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    You can get involved too: If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, at J40 for A66.

    M6 Cumbria - M6 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J40, A66 (Penrith), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. Man rescued after falling from scaffolding

    A man's been rescued in Barrow after falling from scaffolding.

    Cumbria Fire and Rescue service says it was called just after 11:00 this morning to Sloop Street, where the man had fallen from one level of the scaffolding to another.

    The service says its firefighters used their aerial ladder platform and an item known as a scoop stretcher to bring him down to the ground.

    The extent of his injuries, and his present condition, are not currently known.

  4. Piano installed in Cumberland Infirmary

    A piano has been installed in the atrium of the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

    People are being encouraged to play it between 08:00 - 20:00 every day It's part of a a project called Healing Arts.

    David Upton playing piano

    Susie Tate, arts coordinator at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It’s a fantastic addition to the hospital and will hopefully raise the spirits of our staff, patients and visitors.

    "We’re hoping there are some secret Mozarts at our hospital and everyone is welcome to come and play.

    “Music can be very therapeutic and our aim is to make people smile and lessen any stress they may experience during a visit to the hospital.”

  5. Man denies rape and bleach attack in Carlisle

    A man accused of raping a woman and spraying bleach in her face has described her allegations as "rubbish", jurors have heard.

    Paul Beattie, 51, of Howard Place, Carlisle, faces five charges over an alleged attack in the city on 3 June.

    He has denied twice raping the woman, assaulting her by spraying bleach in her face and spitting at her, and damaging her mobile phone.

    Beattie further denies a charge which alleges that he administered a poison or noxious substance with intent - by "force-feeding" her a prescription drug.

    On day two of Beattie's trial at Carlisle Crown Court today, a jury heard he repeatedly denied the allegations during two police interviews.

    The trial continues.

  6. We solve the mystery of Jill's 'fog bow' photo

    Jill White snapped this amazing photo in Easedale, Grasmere, this morning on her *coughs* "fruit-based telephone".

    She told us: "I've never seen one before, and I'm not quite sure what it is!"

    So of course, we turned to the one and only Mr Paul Mooney, Look North's resident weather expert.

    Mist rainbow

    He said:

    Quote Message: It’s a fog bow. It forms in a similar way to a rainbow - it’s due to the reflection and refraction of light through water particles, and it’s viewed in the same way.
    Quote Message: So with the sun behind the observer, the fog bow is in front. However as the water particles in fog, mist and cloud are smaller than raindrops, the colours appear very faint or white."
  7. Investors drink up distillery share sale

    The Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite says it's already raised more than £900,000 after offering shares for sale to the public on Monday.

    The company already makes blended whisky, vodka and gin, and says more than 1,200 have invested so far.

    It's hoping to raise £1m to go towards the cost of its expansion plans.

  8. Carlisle man arrested after crash in Dalston

    A Carlisle man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a car crash near Dalston, in the north of the county, last night.

    A Ford Mondeo hit a tree at about 22:50 leaving the passenger, a 20-year-old man from Carlisle, with serious head and chest injuries. The driver left the scene.

    The passenger is being transferred to hospital in Newcastle and is in a critical condition.

    A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without consent and failing to remain at the scene after an accident. He is currently in police custody.

    Anyone who saw what happened should contact Cumbria Police.

  9. How BBC local radio started 50 years ago today

    Watch our video, which includes Helen Skelton and Richard Madeley who started their careers at BBC Radio Cumbria..

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    Video caption: 50 stars who began their careers on BBC Local Radio, which celebrates 50 years in 2017
  10. Woman shares her story of hallucinating as her eyesight deteriorated

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A woman has spoken about her experiences of seeing things that weren't there, including donkeys walking on a pavement, as her eyesight deteriorated.

    Marjorie Harris, from Grange over Sands, says for nine months she thought she was going mad as she started hallucinating.

    This is because she had Charles Bonnet Syndrome, which causes people's vision to change as the brain adapts to the loss of vision.

    She said: "When I first saw the donkeys I thought they were real enough, I did worry which one of us would get off the pavement onto what was a busy road.

    "I was very glad that they disappeared, but I couldn't work out where they'd gone to."

    Generic photo of an eye

    She wants doctors to do more to highlight the symptoms and a support group for people with the condition is opening in Ulverston today.

  11. Video: Sheep 'can recognise human faces'

    BBC Science and Environment

    Sheep have demonstrated the ability to recognise familiar human faces, according to a study.

    Cambridge University researchers were able to train sheep to identify the faces of actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Emma Watson, former US President Barack Obama and BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce.

    After training, the sheep chose photos of familiar faces over unfamiliar ones significantly more often than not.

    It shows that sheep possess similar face recognition abilities to primates.

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    Video caption: Sheep recognise celebrities in experiment
  12. Police investigate racial attack in Barrow

    Police in Barrow are investigating reports that a man was subject to a "barrage of racist abuse" before he was assaulted.

    The man, in his 30s, was collecting money for charity in Duke Street on Friday afternoon.

    The offender is described as having a "distinctive mohican haircut" and was wearing a red Liverpool scarf.

  13. Your photos: Northern Lights over Cumbria

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Did you see the Northern Lights over Cumbria last night? If you did I'm very jealous.

    BBC Weather Watcher Cumbrian stargazer took this photo. If you have any photos you'd like to share, I'd love to see them, you can email them to me here.

    Northern lights over Cumbria
  14. Your photos: Beautifully crisp morning at Ullswater

    BBC Weather Watchers

    What a start to the day at Ullswater. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ullswater Paul for sharing this photo taken this morning.

    Ullswater
  15. Sheep stolen in west Cumbria

    Thirty sheep have been stolen from west Cumbria.

    Police say the animals, worth about £6,000, were taken from the Calder Bridge area.

  16. Weather: Today's fells forecast

    BBC Weather

    If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's the forecast:

    • Temperatures at 3,000 ft: -1C (30F) rising to 4C (39F).
    • Winds: Moderate northwesterly, backing southwest and increasing fresh or strong later, with gusts 40mph by evening.
    • Cloud: No significant cloud at first, but with increasing layers coming down to 1,600 ft (500m) later in the day.
    • Visibility: Good, falling moderate in rain later and poor in hill fog.
    • Freezing level: Low levels at first, rising above the tops later.
  17. BBC local radio at 50: The big stories

    Today marks 50 years since the beginning of BBC local radio.

    BBC Radio Leicester was the UK's first BBC local radio station.

    It was the first of eight stations set up as part of a two-year experiment - largely funded by local councils.

    BBC Radio Cumbria will mark its 44th birthday later this month.

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    Video caption: BBC local radio at 50: The big stories
  18. Councillors support plans to reduce numbers in Carlisle

    City councillors in Carlisle have voted for plans which would reduce their number from 52 to 45.

    The council is undergoing a boundary review, which is looking at the number of councillors and considering changes to the wards.

    At a meeting last night, a vote was passed to reduce overall numbers - but the final decision will be made by the Local Government Boundary Commission.