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  1. Parents who suffocated baby are jailed
  2. Police give farmers 21st century 'smit mark' paint
  3. West Cumbria apprentices train to meet global cyber threats
  4. Animals don't starve here any more, says zoo consultant

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 to do it again. If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo, 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 weekend.

  2. Cuteness alert as 'childhood friends' meet again

    Alison O'Neill is another of Cumbria's tweeting farmers, using the social media to explain the life of a shepherd in the hills.

    Here she shows an aspect of the relationships between sheepdog and flock that may not be widely known.

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  3. Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry, cloudy later

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells at first, turning a little cloudier across Cumbria ahead of a band of rain. Temperatures will dip down to around -3C (27F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Travel: Signals problem delays coast line trains

    BBC News Travel

    A signals problem at Parton is delaying trains on the Cumbria Coast line between Barrow and Carlisle for up to 45 minutes.

  5. Flood plan could use troubled New Road area for overflow

    Plans being put forward for a £24m programme of flood prevention works in Kendal could include a wall between New Road and the area on the riverside currently at the centre of a row over parking.

    Kendal flood walls map

    Maps used to show on option for flood walls defending the centre of Kendal should the River Kent ever threaten the town again, show the area opposite Gooseholme, which would also be allowed to flood.

    The council said it was working with the agency to make sure any development of the area as open space complemented the flood defence project.

    There's a continuing public campaign to overturn a council decision to ban the decades-old unofficial use of the land for parking.

    Flood prevention plans all over Cumbria are currently out for consultation and you can see details here.

  6. Tax move brings two rare masterpieces to Kendal gallery

    Martin Lewes


    Two rare portraits by the famous 20th Century artist Lucian Freud are going on display in Kendal.

    Portrait of Lady Scott

    Freud later became known for his unflinchingly realistic nudes, but the new acquisitions, Portrait of Lady Scott, (above) and Portrait of Hermione, are more conventional portraits, commissioned by Sir Oliver Scott.


    Freud rarely painted to commissions, and there is an extra local connection for the Abbot Hall, because the Scott family founded Provincial Insurance, for many years one of Kendal's main employers.

    The paintings were given to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax, and together were worth £1.26m.

    When they go on show tomorrow it will be only the second time they have been seen in public, and the first time in this country.

    Quote Message: The portrait of Lady Scott has been shown in Tel Aviv, but apart from that they have been with the Scott family so it is a unique opportunity to see them." from Kerry Offord Lakeland Arts Trust
    Kerry OffordLakeland Arts Trust
  7. Hundreds of patients now pick their own appointments

    A scheme in South Cumbria's hospitals where patients with long-term conditions can see a doctor when they feel they need to, rather than have regular check-ups, is now being used by 900 patients.

    The system now operates in rheumatology, respiratory, gynaecology and paediatrics.

    Not having the regular appointments every few months frees up time at clinics so patients can have rapid access to the medical specialists if their condition flares up.

  8. Barrow MP calls in RSPCA after zoo documentary

    The Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has referred a film about the troubled South Lakes Safari Zoo to the RSPCA.

    Zoo entrance

    The programme, Trouble at the Zoo, was on BBC2 last night, and while much of the film was about the work being done to improve the care of the animals, it included the death of a lion through eating contaminated meat.

    Mr Woodcock said he wanted the RSPCA to consider whether the lion's death justified a prosecution.

  9. Parents who suffocated baby are jailed

    A couple who took their baby to bed after they had been drinking and suffocated the child by "overlaying", have been jailed for two years each.

    Carlisle Crown Court head the couple, who came from Cumbria but cannot be identified, lived in a squalid home which did not even have a working toilet.

    Judge Peter Hughes noted that a pathologist said it was unsafe for two adults to sleep on a single mattress with such a young child was an "unsafe practice". Both admitted cruelty.

    The judge told the two: "It was a serious dereliction of the duty that you had to protect and safeguard your baby."

  10. New winter weather warnings for county

    Two new yellow warnings for snow and ice have been posted for Cumbria this weekend.

    They say rain and hill snow over the county on Saturday evening will be followed by a drop in temperatures, bringing ice on roads and pavements, through until 11:00 on Sunday morning.

    There will also be more wintry showers.

  11. Business leader says county must attract young workers

    Companies in Cumbria must find new ways to attract young people from outside the county to avoid skills shortages, according to the deputy chief executive of the county's Chamber of Trade.

    Suzanne Caldwell said thousands of new recruits would be needed as older workers retired.

    Quote Message: The core thing is that we attract more people into the county ... there are some organisations doing that very successfully and that's something that others need to look at and learn from."
  12. Countess takes on president's role at county show

    The Countess of Wessex has agreed to be president of the Westmorland Agricultural Society for 2018.

    Countess of Wessex at show offices

    Sophie visited the show in 2013, and has had a long-standing interest in agriculture and the countryside; she visited the office again yesterday, and will be at the show on 13 September.

  13. Cumbria's weather: Brightening up, with scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    It should brighten up with sunny spells developing.

    Scattered showers are possible this afternoon and turning a little breezier, with highs of about 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  14. Farmers told of 21st Century 'smit marks' paint for sheep

    Police and farmers are bringing in a new paint so sheep found stolen or roaming can be returned to their owners.

    It effectively brings a way of identifying sheep ownership dating back centuries, firmly into the 21st century.

    A "smit mark", painted on a particular part of the animal and in a particular colour, visibly identified the shepherd; the new paint does the same thing, but it contains thousands of unique coded microdots, which be "read" with special equipment by police, or auction mart staff..

    Meeting with pots of TecTracer on table

    Supplies were handed out to farmers' representatives at a meeting yesterday.

  15. Children's mental crisis service to go round the clock

    Bosses say they've found a way to provide a specialist mental health service for young people in crisis out of hours for the whole of the county.

    Earlier this week the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron asked the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt to look into the care of children and adolescents in South Cumbria, claiming the service was only available in office hours.

    Today the Cumbria Partnership Trust and the Morecambe Bay clinical commissioners said they were now confident the service could be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    A spokeswoman said that care had always been available for young patients in an emergency, but it had been provided by staff specialising in adults; the new service would use specialists in crisis cover for young people.

  16. Conservatives hold Eden council seat as widower takes over

    The Conservatives have retained the Hartside seat on Eden District Council after a by-election, with the new member taking over from his late wife.

    Rob Orchard received 175 votes, the independent Susan castle-Clarke 98, and the Green Party's Richard Henry, 58.

    The by-election was held after the death of former Councillor Sheila Orchard.

  17. Tree planting across county should slow flood run-off

    More than 2,000 trees are being planted in the Patterdale area today to help slow down water run-off in heavy rain.

    Eden Rivers Trust is trying to slow the flow of water and improve wildlife habitats on Place Fell.

    Trees planted on the Tebay Common by the Woodland Trust, pictured below, are already being shown to reduce the amount of water coming off the fell into the nearby River Lune, and researchers from Lancaster University say they are working across several of the county's major rivers..

    Trees on hillside
  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A592 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A592 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Troutbeck and Hartsop.

    A592 Cumbria - A592 Kirkstone Pass blocked between the Troutbeck junction and the Hartsop junction, because of ice and an accident.

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