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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's a reminder of some of the main developments:

    • The long-running dream that Donald Campbell's boat Bluebird could make one last trip down Coniston Water after restoration, hit rough waters;
    • Questions were asked about whether turning the Primary Care Assessment Service at Kendal's hospital into an Urgent Treatment Centre woud be much more than a change of name;
    • And RSPCA inspectors said two Raccoon Dogs, normally found in Asia, had turned up in the village of Burneside, near Kendal - they are now trying to find where they came from, as the animals are "not suitable as pets", and it's an offence to let them escape. (They are rather good-looking.)

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday. If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Dry and frosty

    BBC Weather

    It will be largely dry through tonight with a mixture of cloud and clear periods. It will turn cold with the risk of a frost developing and temperatures down to -2C (28F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Weather on the fell tops: Very cold and rock-hard snow

    As it's a Friday, here is an early weather forecast for tomorrow:

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Around -5C.
    • Winds: Southeasterly 25-30mph, with gusts around 45mph over ridges and summits, continue to bring a significant chill effect despite slowly easing.
    • Cloud: Any cloud generally above the summits but, especially across eastern fells at first and again later, some around 1,500ft (450m).
    • Visibility: Good or very good with distant hills rather hazy, perhaps falling in any snow flurries.
    • Freezing level: 1,000ft (300m) or less.

    The Weatherline report on fell top conditions says any walker heading for the heights will need an ice axe and crampons.

  4. Stobart bid for airline still not off ground

    The Carlisle-based Stobart Group is ending a week full of stock market activity over its plans to buy a share in an airline to go with its two airports.

    Stobart Aviation plans to start flights from Carlisle later this year and already owns the increasingly busy Southend airport.

    Stobart sign at airport

    Earlier this week Stobart told investors it was trying to find a way to have a non-controlling interest in the Flybe airline.

    Flybe's shares jumped 36% on the news, and Stobart's inched up by 2%, but the Exeter-based airline then said it had not received an approach from the Cumbrian firm, and its shareholders should take no action.

    "There can be no certainty that any firm offer will be made nor as to the terms on which any firm offer might be made," said Flybe.

  5. Child abuser left girl 'feeling like damaged goods'

    A man who assaulted a girl five times, starting when she was 11 years old, and leaving her with "the constant feeling of being damaged goods", has been sent to prison for 45 months.

    Christopher Noel Poole, now 55, of Whinfield Road, Windermere, admitted five counts of indecent assault during the 1990s, and was told he must sign the sex offenders register for life, observe a sexual harm prevention order, and be barred for life from working with children and vulnerable adults.

    Judge James Adkin told him: "If any case illustrates how sexual abuse of children has a huge, long-term impact this is it."

  6. Attacker who stamped on man's head jailed

    A man who dragged a drunken pub customer off a bar stool and attacked him so viciously that one staff member vomited has been jailed for nearly seven years.

    Mark Quigley

    Carlisle Crown Court was told Mark Quigley stamped four times on his victim's head, breaking four bones in his face, in the Yellow Early Pub in Whitehaven on 30 December.

    Quigley, 43, of Hillcrest Avenue, Whitehaven, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

    Judge James Adkins jailed Quigley, who like his victim was a Sellafield worker, for six years and nine months.

  7. Police commissioner hits back at MP's Poppi call

    Cumbria's police commissioner Peter McCall has responded sharply to a call from the Barrow MP, John Woodcock, for a new inquiry into the Poppi Worthington case.

    Earlier Mr Woodocock said the new chief, Michelle Skeer should not be confirmed in her case unless she was prepared to call in police inspectors to check whether the force had learned all the lessons from the case of the Barrow toddler's death.

    Michelle Skeer

    But Mr McCall said Mr Woodock had failed to discuss the issues with him or the current chief constable, Jerry Graham, which was "unhelpful".

    Today, Ms Skeer's appointment to the top job was discussed by the Police and Crime Commissioner's panel, which will announce next week whether or not it believes she should be confirmed in the post, and Mr McCall said she had performed well.

    Quote Message: Happily, I'm afraid, John Woodock has no part to play in this process, and I was very pleased at the balanced way that the panel have questioned Michelle Skeer."
    Quote Message: Michelle Skeer was able to give a full and balanced response, and she concentrated at some length on the Poppi Worthington case. from Peter McCall
    Peter McCall
  8. Cleator Moor call to research the town's fallen

    A meeting's being held in Cleator Moor tonight to get people involved in research on more than 240 local men who died in World War One.

    The men's names are on the town's roll of honour but not much is known about many of them.

    More than £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be spent on compiling an online archive.

    The meeting is at the Civic Centre at 19:00.

  9. Plinth installed for Cracker Packers statue unveiling

    A plinth's been installed near Paddy's Market in Carlisle that will be the base for a statue commemorating the Cracker Packers, as the women who worked in the Carrs Biscuit factory across the road were known.

    Hazel Reeves sitting on plinth

    The statue, by Hazel Reeves who visited the plinth this week, will show two of the women workers and will be unveiled on 8 March, which is International Women's Day.

    Details of what the statue looks like are being kept secret until the unveiling, but here is a shot of Hazel working on part of it.

    Details of cracker statue
  10. Climber dies falling 300ft on Coniston crag

    A climber has died after falling an estimated 300ft on Dow Crag, near Coniston Old Man.

    Jeff Carroll of Coniston Mountain Rescue team said he had been scrambling on South Rake when he fell yesterday lunchtime.

    "The snow is hard packed in gullies and where the sun doesn’t reach and hence any slip or stumble can result in a serious outcome," said Mr Carroll.

  11. Police had to Taser 100mph chase driver

    A driver who fled police at 100mph, skidding on ice and switching his headlights off, has been jailed for 30 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Robert Forsyth, 37, drove on with two burst tyres after police deployed a Stinger, and when finally stopped, clambered over a disabled driver to try to escape before being Tasered.

    Robert Forsyth

    Forsyth, of Colville Terrace, Carlisle, admitted dangerous driving, being disqualified, having no insurance, and possessing a lock knife, and was also sentenced for offences committed in the south of England.

    Judge James Adkin also banned Forsyth from driving for two years, telling him his driving was "just about as serious as police chases get."

  12. Magic lamp warms lamb as cold snap looms

    One farmer, who works land near Raughton Head and tweets as @rattycastle saw the forecast for very cold weather and sent us this.

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  13. Travel: Shortage of crews hits Windermere trains

    BBC News Travel

    Some Northern trains are being cancelled between Windermere and Oxenholme because of crew members not being available.

  14. Travel: A66 closure lifted for just one night

    BBC News Travel

    The overnight closure of the A66, which has meant people wanting to travel between Keswick and Penrith face a diversion of more than 60 miles between 20:00 and 06:00, will not take place on Saturday night.

    The closure is because a stretch of the road near Threlkeld is being resurfaced.

  15. RSPCA seeks owners of rare 'dogs' found in village

    The RSPCA is looking for the owners of two unusual animals found in the same village within a few hours.

    Racoon dogs

    The two raccoon dogs were found in Burneside on Saturday, and they are believed to be a pair that escaped from the same home.

    The RSPCA senior scientific officer for exotics, Nicola White, said raccoon dogs were native to eastern Asia and wild animals that had only recently become pets in the UK.

    Inspector Sarah Hyland said anyone who knew where they came from should ring 0300-123-8018.

    Quote Message: Raccoon dogs do not make good pets and we would strongly discourage anyone from buying or keeping one as a pet." from Nicola White RSPCA scientific officer
    Nicola WhiteRSPCA scientific officer
  16. Cumbria's weather: Staying dry with some sunshine

    BBC Weather

    The dry weather will persist this afternoon with further spells of sunshine, along with areas of cloud. Maximum temperatures will be between 3C and 6C (37F to 43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. County's RL half-dozen face challenging weekend

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Five Cumbrian sides line up for Rugby League's Challenge Cup's tomorrow, with one more third round tie on Sunday.

    Workington Town are at Hunslet Club Parkside, Whitehaven host London Skolars in a 18:00 kick-off, amateurs Askam take on York City Knights, Millom go to Pilkington Recs, and Kells face the British Army.

    Distington are then at Coventry Bears in the cup on Sunday.

    Kells head coach Peter Smith says neither of the club's opponents were as he expected them so he has not done too much research into the soldiers.

    Quote Message: We'll just look after our game and let them lot worry about us." from Peter Smith Kells head coach
    Peter SmithKells head coach
  18. Worldwide entries set for Dalemain marmalade festival

    The organisers of the Dalemain world marmalade awards say they have been sent more than 2,700 entries from 30 countries for this year's festival, the 17th to be held at the Lake District stately home.

    M'Lud Henley with jar

    Previous winners have included Lord Henley, who lives nearby and was then a government minister, in 2011.

    The entries, from countries including Kenya, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brazil, have been judged by experts from the Womens' Institute, and the winners will be announced on 17 March at Dalemain Mansion.

  19. Fewer than half Cumbrians sign organ donor register

    Fewer than half of Cumbrians are registered as organ donors, latest figures show.

    The NHS says 47 Cumbrians have died while on the waiting list for an organ in the last five years.

    Today, MPs will be asked to back a private members bill that would force people to actively opt-out of being an organ donor, instead of carrying an organ donor card to opt in.