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  1. Updates on Friday 15 December 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


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

    Here are some of the highlights:

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

    If you've got a story or a photo you'd like to share, you can email, tweet @bbc_cumbria or get in touch using Facebook.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Pensioner, 85, seriously hurt in crash

    An 85-year-old woman was hit by a car on Greengate Street in Barrow earlier today.

    The 30-year-old driver of a red Peugeot 206 is not believed to have been injured.

    Police say the accident happened at just before 12:30, and they would like to hear from anyone who was in the area.

  3. Cumbria's weather: A clear frosty night

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and clear night across Cumbria with temperatures falling sharply to give a widespread frost and isolated freezing fog patches by dawn. Temperatures will fall to around -3C (27F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Cark's big Christmas lightshow is switched on

    A display of Christmas lights - that has become known as The Cark Illuminations - will be raising money for charity this weekend.

    A local vet, Jeremy Voakes, has created the display at his south Cumbria home, and is asking anyone who wants a closer look, to give a donation to the children's charity the NSPCC.

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  5. Stobart plans commercial flights from Carlisle

    The company that owns Carlisle airport has confirmed its plans to start running commercial passenger flights from there next summer.

    Carlisle airport

    The Stobart Group says the first services in June will be to Dublin, Belfast and Southend, another airport that it already owns, for travellers to London.

    The company's expected to announce which airline will fly from Carlisle, in the New Year.

  6. Rapist jailed for 22 years for attacking woman and child

    A sex offender has been jailed after committing a catalogue of rapes and abuse on a woman and a child.

    Allan Bell, 37, of Garnet Crescent, Salterbeck, Workington was found guilty of 11 offences after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court in October.

    Allan Raymond Bell

    The court was told the woman had described how his crimes had a "shattering" impact on her, while the child was left with "rock bottom self-esteem".

    Judge James Adkin said Bell must serve two thirds of the 22 years before being considered for parole, will be subject to a five-year extended licence period, will have to sign the sex offenders' register for life, and abide by the terms of a sexual harm order.

  7. Driver cut free after Furness crash

    An 18-year-old driver was cut out of the wreckage by fire crews after a collision between her car and a van near Dalton this morning.

    She was taken to the Furness General Hospital by ambulance but it's not thought her injuries are life-threatening.

    The crash happened just before 11:00 and the road was reopened before 12:00.

  8. County's top RU teams clash at new Kendal ground

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The top two rugby union sides in Cumbria meet tomorrow afternoon as Kendal take on near neighbours Kirkby Lonsdale at the new stadium at Mint Bridge.

    New Mint bridge

    Kirkby Lonsdale ran-out 24-14 winners when the two sides met earlier in the North Premier season.

  9. Maps published to highlight attacks on birds of prey

    Maps showing which counties have the worst records for birds of prey being persecuted have been published by the government ministry Defra to highlight the problem.

    Cumbria stands equal third worst over the past five years, after North Yorkshire and Norfolk, and equal with Derbyshire.


    While the killing of hen harriers has often been reported, the data shows the most persecuted raptors are buzzards, owns, red kits and peregrines.

    Cumbria's listed as having 11 cases of poisoning, shooting, trapping or nest destruction.

  10. Attacker jailed for knocking out Royal Marine

    A man who knocked out a Royal Marine with a single punch in a Carlisle bar has been jailed by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.

    Dean Eric Mallinson

    Dean Mallinson, 26, of Smithfield, Kirklinton, near Carlisle, admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

    The court heard that his victim, Jonathan Whittaker, had just finished his basic training but his injuries, including a fractured ankle, had "derailed" his career in the Marines.

    Mallinson was jailed for two years by Judge James Adkin.

  11. Lakes foundation says first project is Keswick trail

    A new Lake District charity says its first ambition is to restore a pathway that was damaged during the Storm Desmond floods.


    The Lake District Foundation says it needs £5m to restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path, and following a £.2.5m grant from Highways England, it hopes to raise the balance.

    Two bridges on the path crossing the River Greta were washed away - while a third bridge is still closed.

  12. Health watchdog to study Cumbrian hospital discharges

    The health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, is going to look at how well Cumbria's health and social care services deal with older people being discharged from hospital when they are ready to go home.

    Cumbria County Council says the review, next year, will give their staff a chance to see how they compare with other areas and to learn from more successful areas.

    Last year the government requested 12 such reviews. Cumbria is one of another eight that have just been announced.

  13. Nuclear engineers 'need Brexit certainty'

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The nuclear engineering industry across West Cumbria says it needs agreements signed with Europe to keep operating after Britain leaves the EU.

    Talks are expected to start as early as next week on the transition out of the union, and after that on the trade deals that may replace Britain's membership of organisations such as Euratom.

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    Video caption: A firm says agreements will be needed to allow exports after Brexit.

    John Coughlan is chief operating officer of TSP Engineering in Workington, which makes components for the civil and defence nuclear industry, and he says the firm could find itself unable to export if Britain leaves Euratom.

  14. FA Trophy ties for Bluebirds and Reds

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Reds and Barrow are both in FA Trophy First Round action tomorrow.

    Barrow travel to Nuneaton, and Workington, who are unbeaten in their last 13 games, are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for the visit of National League Hartlepool United.

    Quote Message: It was definitely the plum draw, a team that dropped out of the football league last season." from Lee Andrews Joint manager, Workington Reds
    Lee AndrewsJoint manager, Workington Reds
  15. MP's fact of the day: How do you say that in Persian?

    Penrith and the Border Conservative MP Rory Stewart has travelled, sometimes well off the beaten track, in many countries and speaks some French, Persian and Indonesian, with a lesser smattering of Russian, Chinese, Serbo-Croat, Urdu and Nepali.

    But from this, he feels merely average in global terms.

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  16. Travel: Greengate Street, Barrow, closed after collision

    BBC News Travel

    Greengate Street in Barrow has been closed after a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.

  17. Cumbria's weather: Sunny and cold with a brisk wind

    BBC Weather

    There'll be brisk winds this afternoon, with a few showers and sunny spells. It will be cold, with highs of just 5C (41F), and less inland.

    Weather graphic

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