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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast, for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it 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.

Cumbria's weather: Another hard frost

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and clear night across Cumbria with the risk of some local freezing fog patches.

Temperatures will fall to -7C (19F) in places.

weather graphic

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

Your pictures: Winter brings a different look to the county

As always, winter has got photographers snapping away across Cumbria.

Here is a selection of those kindly sent in our direction, starting with Ian Ally's dogs in among some trees encrusted with hoar frost near Broughton

Dogs on a snowy path
Ian Ally
Great Gable
Ian Warren

Ian Warren caught the sunrise on Great Gable, and after the coldest night in a long time, Sue Middleton of the Derwent Water Marina watched the ice form around the few boats still in the water.

Boats in ice
Sue Middleton

If you want to 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.

United keep covers on ahead of FA cup replay

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United say they began taking precautions against the cold weather on Friday, ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup 2nd round replay at home to Gillingham.

That means their Brunton Park pitch has been covered during the cold snap over the weekend and is expected to stay covered until temperatures rise above freezing tomorrow.

United also say they have no further injuries ahead of the game, leaving just captain Danny Grainger a doubt after he missed Saturday's 3-3 draw at Newport with a rib injury.

Travel: Accident slows traffic in Barrow

BBC News Travel

An accident's partly blocked the junction of Greengate Street and Risedale Road in Barrow.

Man who attacked ex-partner remanded in custody

A Workington man has admitted assaulting his former partner and contacting her when he was under a restraining order to stay away.

Nicholas David Musgrave, 29, from Thwaite Bank, Northside, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today and admitted assault by beating and breach of the restraining order.

He was remanded in custody until he appears for sentence on 22 December.

Historic Lakes collection gets chance to share its riches

Martin Lewes


The agreement signed between the Armitt Trust and the University of Cumbria could unlock the potential of one of Cumbria's least-known cultural treasure chests.

First edition of book about Westmorland and Cumberland
Armitt Trust

The Armitt Library, just by the entrance to the University's Ambleside campus, has Beatrix Potter first editions, original works by artists like Kurt Schwitters, and one of the country's great collections of climbing literature, brought together by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club.

The photographic collection includes 23,000 albums, prints and negatives, dating back into Victorian times, with some of the nation's earliest landscape photography from the likes of the Abraham Brothers, and pictures of local people from the Lake District.

It was founded by the Armitt sisters, Mary Louisa and Sophia, at the heart of a group of leading women intellectuals such as Beatrix Potter and Charlotte Mason, who founded modern methods of education on the site where the university campus now stands.

We have the academic resources, the historic and cultural depth that we hope that the university and students can make use of.”

Charles NugentChair, the Armitt Trust

Fire crews deal with two home blazes

Crews in South Cumbria say they dealt with two fires in people's homes last night.

In Flintergill Close, Dent, they dealt with a fire in the front room, while in School Knott Close in Windermere, the fire was in a bedroom.

Thief with 'awful' record bungled shop raid, court told

A thief who was seen as he tried to steal jackets from an outdoor shop in Workington, injured himself breaking in, stumbled up the street and was found by police trying to stuff his haul under a van, was jailed for two years by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.

Darren Hilland
Cumbria Police

Darren Hilland, 37, of Lakeland View, Workington, admitted a burglary that his solicitor Paul Tweddle said was "terribly executed".

Judge Peter Hughes described Hilland's record as "awful".

Workington Reds boss 'on the mend'

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds say joint manager Dave Hewson's getting better after an illness kept him in hospital for more than a week.

Lee Andrews, who is the other joint manager, says Hewson won't be back immediately but is on the mend.

Sedbergh School confirmed as top for rugby union

One of Cumbria's independent schools has been confirmed as the best in the country for rugby union.

Sedbergh School's unbeaten run this season has earned it the Daily Mail Trophy. The team managed to achieve the award even before playing the final game.

Sedbergh has a long record at the top of rugby, with at least 32 old boys winning international caps for one of the home nations, including Wavell Wakefield and Will Carling.

Sedbergh school playing fields

Curle draws 'character' lesson from Newport result

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says Saturday's 3-3 draw at Newport "reinforces the character" he's trying to build into the team.

United had to hang on for the draw and could have lost late on in the game, but for a fine save from goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

The United boss feels the result will give his players an important psychological boost.

Keith Curle
Manager, Carlisle United

We got more on the front foot from our own set pieces, more anticipation to go and score goals."

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding

The Armitt Museum hopes a partnership with the University of Cumbria will help expand its collection.

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Swift justice as burglars admit Saturday offence

Three men arrested early on Saturday morning in Maryport have already admitted the charge against them and been sent for sentence at Carlisle Crown Court.

Mark Wilkinson, 34, of Ullswater Road, Maryport, Nicky Hewitson, 30, of Crown Street, Cockermouth, and Paul McCracken, 34, of Crosby Street, Maryport, all admitted burglary when they appeared before magistrates in Workington this morning.

They were remanded in custody and will appear before a crown court judge on 12 January.

Police renew call to trace missing Penrith woman

Police in Penrith say they still have not found Susan Graham, 58, who has now been missing since 20 November.

Fuzzy CCTV shot of missing woman
Cumbria Police

Today they published a CCTV shot which is the last time she was seen, in the New Squares area of Penrith at about 16:00.

Officers say they're anxious to ensure that she is safe and well.

Travel: Coast line trains disrupted by break-down

BBC News Travel

Trains are being delayed by up to one hour between Carlisle and Barrow because of a broken down train between Harrington and Parton.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny and freezing

BBC Weather

Despite the sunshine, temperatures will struggle to get much above freezing today, but it should be mostly dry.

Weather graphic

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

Touching final resting place for Corrie star Jean

The ashes of Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden on Coronation Street, and Auntie Wainwright in the BBC programme Last of the Summer Wine, have been scattered at a favourite beauty spot near Grasmere, according to the Daily Mirror.

Selling drugs for London gangster ends in 27 months' jail

A man from London who set up a drug-dealing business in Carlisle to try to pay off £2,000 debts has been jailed for more than two years.

Guiset Henriet
Cumbria Police

The city's crown court heard Guiset Henriet, 20, of Stanhope Street in London, was selling cannabis, heroin and crack cocaine for a gangster after a warning that involved his brother being shot in the leg.

Henriet, who had been hoping to study business at university, admitted conspiracy to supply the drugs and possessing criminal property.

Judge James Adkin sentenced him to 27 months in prison.

Engineers reroute Walney water after main bursts

United Utilities says many of the people who lost their water supply after a mains burst on Walney Island earlier today should be getting supplies back.

The company said engineers had rerouted the water to get customers back on supply, albeit at reduced pressure, while work on the pipeline repairs continued at the site of the burst in Mill Lane.

Walker flown to hospital after gill tumble

A walker was flown to hospital in Preston after she slipped on an icy path above Taylorgill Force in Borrowdale and tumbled more than 60ft (20m), suffering serious head injuries.

Rescue scene
Keswick MRT

Volunteers from the Keswick mountain rescue team were called after her son ran to a nearby farm to raise the alarm on Saturday.

After first aid by an air ambulance doctor, she was eventually winched into a Coastguard helicopter for the trip to hospital.

Snowstorm? What snowstorm?

Martin Lewes


There's often snow on the felltops in Cumbria in winter, but surprisingly often, when other parts of the country are getting heavy falls of the white stuff, the Lake District, protected from the north by Galloway and from the east by the Pennines, has cold sunny days.

BBC reporter Nick Garnett enjoyed a prime example...

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Undersea tremor recorded off Walney

A minor earth tremor's been recorded a couple of miles off Walney Island, by the British Geological survey.

As it measured only 0.7 on the Richter scale, no one will have felt it on the surface.

MP's campaign for Kendal cancer centre stepped up again

A Cumbrian MP's eight-year campaign for a radiotherapy unit at Kendal's hospital is reaching a new climax.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says a government consultation ending this week is a new opportunity to press his case, after a £12m project to build a unit at the Westmorland General under the coalition government later fell victim to cuts.

Westmorland General Hospital

Mr Farron says anyone from south Cumbria faces a two to three-hour round trip, five days a week for up to a month, and a centre in the county would save money in the long term, as well as sparing patients the extra stress.

You're talking about the people in South Lakeland, but also people in the Eden Valley and the Yorkshire Dales, and of course everybody in Barrow, the Furness peninsula, places like Millom, all of those people would be able to come to Kendal.

Tim Farron

Weather on the fell tops: Cold and icy

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: -4C.
  • Winds: Moderate north easterly.
  • Cloud: Generally cloud free.
  • Visibility: Very good or excellent, although fog in some valleys and deteriorating in any showers later.
  • Freezing level: Valley floor.

The Lake District rangers who compile the Weatherline reports say ice beneath snow makes some places treacherous on the high fells, so an ice axe and crampons are strongly recommended. But they add the gullies are not yet in condition for winter climbing.

Max and Paddy at Honister
Kerry Irving

The temperature the rangers recorded on top of Helvellyn was -7C, and they recommended full winter clothing.

As you can see, Max and Paddy agreed! Our thanks to Kerry Irving for the picture.

Cumbria's weather: Below freezing in many places

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry but very cold day, with periods of winter sunshine for most.

Temperatures will struggle to climb above freezing during the day. Highs of 1C (34F).

Weather forecast graphic

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

St Bega's school closes because of ice

St Bega's Primary School in Eskdale is closed today because of ice on the playground and the surrounding roads.

It's the fourth school to be closed today, and you can see the full list here.

Barrow police start murder probe after paramedics find injured man

A murder investigation is under way in Barrow after an ambulance crew found a man with suspicious injuries.

The 31-year-old man had suffered what was thought to be a cardiac arrest but also appeared to have been assaulted, and died shortly after being found at an address in Gloucester Road.

Officers say they've arrested two men, one of whom needed medical treatment because of a suspected drug overdoses.

Police symbol
Cumbria Police

Travel: Crash slows traffic on A590 in Barrow

BBC News Travel

A collision at the Wilkie Road junction on the A590 into Barrow is causing delays.

High passes closed by ice

BBC News Travel

Cumbria's high passes, including Hardknott and Newlands, the Corney Fell Road and Cold Fell between Ennerdale Bridge and Calder Bridge, are all closed because of ice.

Three village schools closed today

Three village schools are closed this morning - they are Bassenthwaite, Asby Endowed, and Askam Village.

Asby is closed until Wednesday because of a fire in the kitchen. Askam is also closed until Wednesday and Bassenthwaite should reopen in time for tomorrow, as long as the roads are safe.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning on this bright and frosty day. We'll be keeping up with the news, travel and weather through until about 18:00.

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.