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  1. Updates on Friday 16 February

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  1. Travel: A592 closed south of Bowness until April

    BBC News Travel

    The A592 is closed south of Bowness from this week for three months from Ferry Nab through to Birks Road, near Newby Bridge.

    Heavy vehicles face a lengthy diversion past Kendal until 7 April while roadworks take place.

  2. Fancy a flavour of FA Cup drama?

    #FAPeoplesCup

    If the thrills and spills of the FA Cup third-round action have got you excited - how about getting a flavour of it yourself?

    The 2019 FA People's Cup is now open for entries.

    There's no experience required, it's free and you get the chance to play at St George's Park and lift a trophy during the FA Cup final in May.

    Don't take our word for it - have a look at how these players felt about taking part in 2018...

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: The winners' 'outstanding' day at Wembley

    Find out more about the competition and how you can get involved here.

  3. Museum sounds call to collect soldiers' Afghan stories

    Cumbria's Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle has been given a grant of £20,000 to collect stories of service life in Afghanistan.

    Soldier in Afghanistan

    Museum staff are now looking for volunteers both to contribute to an exhibition and help curate what goes on show.

    The plan is to curate a permanent archive so the museum has a record of modern conflicts as well as historic campaigns.

    Quote Message: It is important for us to record these most recent experiences, allowing all service personnel to share their stories and extend our archive to include more modern conflicts." from Jules Wooding Learning and access officer
    Jules WoodingLearning and access officer
  4. Police welcome sentence on rapist who filmed attack

    A rapist who filmed parts of his attack on a mother while her child was asleep in another room in the house has been jailed for more than 13 years.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Paul Fuller, 37, of Greenhill, Brampton, admitted two counts of rape, four further sexual offences and three counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

    Paul Fuller

    The court heard Fuller had gone to the house with knives, a meat cleaver and a baton.

    Police welcomed the sentence, with Det Ch Insp Helen Harkins saying: “I hope this prison sentence sends out a strong message to the public that these offences will be thoroughly investigated and no stone left unturned until offenders are brought to justice.”

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A689 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A689 Cumbria northbound severe accident, at Kings Drive.

    A689 Cumbria - A689 blocked and slow traffic northbound at the Kings Drive junction, because of an accident involving a lorry earlier on.

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

  6. Police confirm driver died in M6 crash

    Police say a driver died in the crash between a car and a lorry that blocked the northbound carriageway for much of yesterday.

    The accident, at 11:15 yesterday, involved a Renault Megane and a Scania articulated lorry just south of of junction 37.

    Fire crews from Kendal, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale spent more than an hour at the scene cutting the driver of the Megane free, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

    Police have as yet released no further details but say they are working with a family from outside the Cumbria area.

  7. Cumbria's weather: Bright, breezy and cooler

    BBC Weather

    It will be a bright and breezy day with sunny spells, hazy at first, not as mild as yesterday with a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

    Weather graphic

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

  8. Penrith school closes for two days as boiler fails

    Calthwaite C of E School will be closed until tomorrow because the boiler has failed during the Christmas holiday and the school has no heating.

  9. Fancy a flavour of FA Cup drama?

    #FAPeoplesCup

    If the thrills and spills of the FA Cup third-round action has got you excited - how about getting a flavour of it yourself?

    The 2019 FA People's Cup is now open for entries.

    There's no experience required, it's free and you get the chance to play at St George's Park and lift a trophy during the FA Cup final in May.

    Don't take out word for it - have a look at how these players felt about taking part in 2018...

    Video content

    Video caption: FA People's Cup: The winners' 'outstanding' day at Wembley

    Find out more about the competition and how you can get involved here.

  10. Cumbria's weather: Windy and chilly

    BBC Weather

    There will be brisk north-westerly winds through tonight with some clear spells.

    It will be rather chilly but in general, staying dry with lowest temperatures from 0C to 3C (32F to 37F).

    Weather graphic

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

  11. Three to face trial over car wash 'slavery' charges

    Three men are to face trial on modern slavery charges in October after denying conspiracy to require people to perform forced labour at car washes in Carlisle and Penrith.

    A half-hour hearing this morning at Carlisle Crown Court was told the charges cover a nine-month period running up to June 2017.

    Sitar Hamid Ali, 30, of Adelaide Street, Carlisle, Defrim Paci, 39, of Windmill Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield, near Mansfield, and 35-year-old Jetmir Paci of Walton Walk, Boythorpe, Chesterfield, were all bailed to another hearing in September.

    The three also deny conspiracy to arrange travel for people with a view to exploitation, and Mr Ali denies an additional charge of possession of criminal property, namely cash, in May 2017.

  12. Inspectors find school standards have declined

    A Barrow primary school has been told to improve by the regulator.

    In an inspection carried out in November 2018, St Pius Catholic Primary School was rated as "requires improvement" by Ofsted, after it had previously been rated as "good".

    The inspectors found standards had declined and the progress of pupils aged between seven and 11 in reading, writing and maths was often significantly below the national average.

    St Pius RC Primary school
  13. BreakingTravel: Motorway reopens after crash

    BBC News Travel

    The M6 is now open in both directions between junctions 36 and 37 after a serious crash involving a lorry and a car closed the northbound carriageway for a number of hours, and the southbound for a time.

    Congestion is still reported around Kendal because of the diversions.

  14. Watch: Bay charity offers footpath buggies for hire

    The charity that promotes the coastal paths and other attractions of Morecambe Bay has started renting out all-terrain buggies so more people can enjoy them.

    The Morecambe Bay Partnership says one in 10 people living in Cumbria lack the strength or mobility to walk far.

    This morning Susannah Bleakley, the charity's chief executive, took one for a spin... in a roundabout sort of way!

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    Video caption: A charity that promotes Morecambe Bay has started renting out all terrain buggies.
  15. Long delays after M6 crash diverts traffic around Kendal

    Traffic from the northbound M6 was still being diverted around the Kendal bypass when rush hour arrived this evening, after a serious accident between junctions 36 and 37.

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    One local tweeter reckoned it reinforced a long-running campaign for a bypass around the north of the town, as well as the south.

  16. Police show CCTV from charity box theft

    Police say a new lead suggests a man shown on CCTV may be be involved in the theft of a charity box from a Carlisle hotel.

    Picture of bearded man

    Officers say the theft at the Travelodge in Cecil Street happened at about 20:00 on 6 November.

  17. Travel: Power work will slow Carlisle bridge traffic

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic over the Eden Bridge in Carlisle may be delayed over the next few nights from tomorrow as Electricity North West engineers repair a fault.