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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll be back to do it again tomorrow. If you've got any stories or photos to share with the county, let us know by sending us an email, or getting in touch via Facebook, or Twitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Cloud returning

    BBC Weather

    There'll be clear spells this evening and at first tonight, but cloud will return from the south later, with light southwest winds and a minimum temperature of 5C (41F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Australia's first, lost, Barrow-built submarine is found

    More than 103 years after she was lost with all hands, Australia's first submarine, built in Barrow, has been found where she sank Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

    Radr image of sunken sub.

    The HMAS AE-1 vanished with 35 crew on board. It was found on the 13th expedition to go looking for the boat.

    The exact location has not been revealed in order to protect the submarine, but it appears to have survived in one piece.

    There are no plans to return AE1 to Australia, but work will now begin on trying to establish why it sank.

  4. Windermere Ferry payment changes welcomed

    Politicians have been welcoming a decision to scrap the much-criticised onshore ticket machines for the Windermere Ferry and provide a cash payment machine on board.

    Local people said it caused delays while drivers got out of their cars to buy a ticket, instead of paying ferry crew members on board during the 10 minute journey.

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    And the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron said: "We should always give credit when people are prepared to listen to local concerns and change their minds".

  5. Mental health service offers care through Christmas

    An out-of-hours mental health service, which opened in Carlisle earlier this year, will operate throughout the Christmas holiday.

    The Lighthouse, run by Carlisle and Eden Mind, will be open in the evening, as it is every night of the year.

    Bex, who is in her 20s and has had mental health problems since being a teenager, says that visiting the Lighthouse has helped her when she was struggling.

    Quote Message: I know it's safe here and that nothing here can harm me. Mental issue is like a huge challenge, and there needs to be a lot more understanding for it, because you can't see mental health." from Bex
  6. 'Crutch' attacker denies being involved in robbery

    A man from Carlisle accused of robbing a man and beating him with his own crutch has claimed he was an innocent party.

    Braden Moreton,19, of no fixed address, says he heard shouting from inside Paul Savage's flat as he approached and found the injured man inside.

    A woman who's admitted robbing Mr Savage alleged Moreton lashed out with a hammer and a wrench, as well as the victim's crutch.

    But Moreton has denied robbery in the attack last February, which Mr Savage says was in pursuit of someone else's drug debt.

    The trial continues

  7. Drugs warning after three men die

    Police in Barrow say they are investigating the deaths of three men in a small area of Barrow, all of which may be linked to illegal drugs.

    Officers say new drugs, often referred to as legal highs even though they are now against the law to sell or possess, are as dangerous as substances such as heroin or crack cocaine.

    Egerton Court

    The three deaths have all been in or around the Egerton Court flats on Barrow Island.

    Det Ch Insp Dave Stalker said people were playing Russian Roulette because they had no way of knowing what was in the pills they might take.

    Quote Message: We will continue to work hard to disrupt drug supply in our communities but there also needs to be some personal responsibility applied by those considering taking such substances.” from Det Ch Insp Dave Stalker Barrow CID
    Det Ch Insp Dave StalkerBarrow CID
  8. National Trust joins opponents of Thirlmere zipwire scheme

    The National Trust has come out against plans for a number of zipwires across Thirlmere.

    In a statement published today the trust says that while the improved cycling infrastructure and jobs might bring benefits to the area, the zip wires, four in each direction down which thrillseekers would slide at high speed across the lake, would be at odds with the reservoir's "tranquil, undeveloped character".

    Among other representations, the Ministry of Defence has asked for the attraction to be fitted with warning lights. The RAF practises low flying at down to 250ft above the lake.

  9. Businesses 'have reason for optimism' for 2018

    Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce says the county's businesses have reasons to look forward to the coming year, according to its chief executive, Rob Johnston.

    Rob Johnston

    Mr Johnston said all the signs were that the tourism industry would have had a fifth year of growth this year, to 45m visitors, and the trend would continue.

    He said there were reasons to hope a buyer would come forward for the GSK plant at Ulverston, and the future of the Moorside nuclear power station plant looked more secure.

  10. Sleep-out aims to beat £24,000 record for charity

    Organisers are hoping an event which involves dozens of people sleeping out in a field near Windermere will raise more than £24,000 to help pensioners keep warm in winter.

    Tara and son within tent.

    In previous years the Big Sleep, which involves camping out in midwinter, has taken place either by Windermere, or inside Honister slate mine, and temperatures are normally below freezing.

    Proceeds go to the Cumbria Community Foundation Winter Warmth Appeal, and this year's sleep out is on 27 January next year.

  11. Virgin West Coast trains strike is called off

    Tomorrow's strike affecting Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line has been called off following a pay agreement.

    The RMT and TSSA unions were planning a series of strikes, but within the last hour the RMT confirmed that tomorrow's strike had been suspended.

    Union members will now vote on whether to approve the final pay deal.

    Virgin Train on WCML
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    Video caption: School children in Penrith are joined by two llamas for a memorable day in the classroom.

    School children in Penrith enjoyed one of their most memorable lessons when two llamas from the 'Llama Karma Kafe' were brought in to their classroom.

  13. Police release CCTV shot after handbag theft

    Police say they are trying to trace this man in connection with the theft of a handbag from the Thin White Duke pub in Carlisle last night.

    CCTV shot of man with beard

    Officers say they'd like to hear from anyone who recognises him. The theft happened at about 21:00 last night.

  14. The Four Oarsmen cut a dash

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    A team of four nauseatingly fit rowers - two from Northumberland and two went to Sedbergh School in Cumbria - are bearing down on the leaders in one of the most challenging races on the planet.

    They set off on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12 December. Twenty eight teams are tackling more than 3,000 nautical miles in what's described by the organisers as the world's toughest row.

    As of 08:00 this morning, they were in second place and not far behind the leaders.

    The rowers face a daunting combination of adverse weather, exhaustion, hallucinations, sleep deprivation and heatstroke. The combined height of The Four Oarsmen is 26ft, and they are making their journey to Antigua in a boat that measures 25ft.

    Christmas dinner will be a tasty combination of dried ration packs and whatever fish they can catch along the way.

    More people have been into Space than have rowed the Atlantic
    Image caption: Steaming ahead
    The Atlantic Challenge
    Image caption: Second place
  15. More carers sought for sharing scheme

    More carers are needed to help adults in Cumbria who have learning or physical disabilities.

    The Shared Lives scheme is run by the county council. It encourages people to offer space in their own homes to people with disabilities.

  16. Cumbria's weather: Rain spreading inland

    BBC Weather

    Rain and low cloud will spread inland this afternoon and the rain will become persistent and perhaps heavy over the hills.

    Temperatures could reach 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Carlisle cup tie date with Owls is confirmed

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United's FA Cup Third Round tie with Sheffield Wednesday at Brunton Park has been confirmed for 6 January.

  18. Merseyside visitor goes missing after Lakes stay

    Police say a woman from Southport has gone missing after visiting the Lake District.

    Lizbeth Weeks

    Lizbeth Weeks was last seen at Windermere station yesterday and is thought to have spent the previous night in Hawkshead.

    She's described as being very slim, and 5ft 3in tall, and was last seen in a parka coat and carrying a furry black rucksack

  19. We're sorry, says councillor, as ferry U-turn is prepared

    The proposal to scrap controversial ticket machines for the Windermere ferry was announced at a cabinet meeting by councillor Janet Willis.

    She said the introduction of the payment machines, "although well-intentioned, did not follow the high standards of consultation and implementation we like to hold ourselves to."

    Quote Message: For that, let me stand here today and sincerely apologise. This ferry service is not just for tourists, but an integral part of the daily commute for many locals, and we did not give them the consideration they were due. from Councillor Janet Willis Cabinet member for customer services
    Councillor Janet WillisCabinet member for customer services
    Windermere Ferry