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  1. Updates on Friday 6 April

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news and other Cumbrian information for today and this week. Here's a reminder of some of today's main developments:

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 on Monday. If you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email us,tweet us, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

    Vale of Keswick

    Our thanks to Richard Finch for this picture.

  2. Cumbria weather: Rain clearing for a dry night

    BBC Weather

    Any rain should clear to the east through this evening and it should then be dry through the rest of the night. Minimum temperature will range from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Travel: Advance warning for rail disruption on Sunday

    BBC News Travel

    If you are planning rail travel to or from Edinburgh on Sunday, Transpennine Express says buses will replace trains between Carlisle and Waverley until 14:30 to allow for engineering work.

  4. Celtic wrestlers grapple for international glory

    Sixty wrestlers from seven countries will be gathering at Penrith over the weekend to practice the ancient Celtic form of the sport.

    Wrestlers

    The IFCW European Espoirs Championships for Backhold and Gouren Wrestling, to give the event its full title, is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School with male and female contestants, aged from 16 to 20.

    Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, as it is known in Cumbria, shares traditions with Scotland, Spain, France,Austria, Hungary and Iceland, which have all sent teams.

  5. Police: How death crash driver had 272m to see danger

    Police say a lorry driver jailed today for causing a fatal crash near Carlisle had around 300 yards in which he could have seen that the car in front of him had stopped to turn right, before he started to brake and swerved the wrong way.

    Crash scene

    Jaroslaw Mieczan, 44, crashed head on into a Fiat Panda driven by 86-year-old Maureen Smith, and she died at the scene.

    Sgt Claire Sampson said: "Miezcan would have had at least 272 metres of clear view ahead of him, during which time he would have easily been able to see the stationary vehicle ahead of him.

    "However, there was no reduction in speed until a short time before the collision with Maureen Smith’s car took place."

    Quote Message: The result of this poor standard of driving has been a tragic loss of life." from Sgt Claire Sampson
    Sgt Claire Sampson
  6. Jacob swims to eighth place in freestyle final

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The Cockermouth swimmer Jacob Leach came eighth in the final of the men's S9 100m freestyle in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

  7. New train plans announced for North West

    New train artists impression

    The first steps in a rail links for the region are being revealed today.

    From next month, there will be 418 services on the route between Newcastle and Manchester - this compares with 305 at the moment. It's part of the Great North Rail Project.

    Trans Pennine Express says new trains costing £120m will eventually mean faster journeys and allow more services up the West Coast Main Line between the North West, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

  8. Travel: A69 partly blocked by crash

    BBC News Travel

    There are delays near Warwick Bridge Primary School on the A69 after a two-car collision partly blocked the road.

  9. Speedway: Wet track puts paid to Glasgow trip for Comets

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Comets' speedway League Cup tie at Glasgow has cancelled because of the state of the track.

    The West Cumbrian side should still be able to host the Scots in the home leg at Derwent Park tomorrow night from 19:00.

  10. Residents flip lid over recycling queues

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    There have been claims that hundreds of people have been forced to queue today in Cleator Moor and Egremont (pictured) for lids for their new recycling boxes.

    Copeland Borough Council and its elected independent mayor, Mike Starkie, are introducing a new recycling scheme later this month.

    People queuing in Egremont

    The council said today that the lids would not be needed by some residents and so they were only giving them to those who wanted them.

    Some local Labour councillors said that they'd spoken to people who were annoyed that the lids were not being delivered to their houses.

  11. Travel: Trains roll again after engineers check bridge

    BBC News Travel

    Transpennine Express and Virgin Trains services are now moving again on the West Coast Main Line after engineers checked a bridge that had been hit by a road vehicle.

  12. Foresters warn: Thirlmere walkers strolling into danger

    Walkers and cyclists are risking their lives using a road at Thirlmere that has been closed to allow foresters to clear hundreds of trees brought down by the storms at the start of March.

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    Video caption: The "Beast from the East" felled hundreds of huge trees

    United Utilities says the road is still blocked in places, and the slopes above the road are now unstable, so clearing the trees may cause rockfalls.

    United Utilities staff said some walkers and drivers are even moving safety fencing to get into areas where heavy machinery is operating.

    Quote Message: Anyone who ignores the safety barriers is putting themselves in serious danger, especially when contractors are working on slopes high above the road." from Paul Phillips Catchment manager, United Utilities
    Paul PhillipsCatchment manager, United Utilities
  13. Travel: Trains stopped after vehicle hits bridge

    BBC News Travel

    Trains on the West Coast Main Line have stopped after a vehicle hit a railway bridge between Penrith and Oxenholme.

    Services affected include Virgin and Transpennine Express.

  14. Cumbrian swimmer misses medal by one place

    Cockermouth swimmer Luke Greenbank was pipped at the post into fourth place in the final of the men's 100m backstroke in the Commonwealth Games.

    His time, 54.37secs, was a lifetime best.

  15. Cumbria's weather: Windy with showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be rather windy this afternoon. There will be a few spells of hazy sunshine for a time, but there is the growing chance of showery rain pushing in from the south-west , with highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

    Weather graphic

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

  16. Prosecutor: Fatal crash could have been avoided

    A Crown Prosecution Service lawyer says a lorry driver in a fatal collision in Cumbria, "could have been easily avoided" the crash.

    Jaroslaw Mieczan, 44,was jailed for two and a half years this morning at Carlisle Crown Court for causing the death of 86-year-old Maureen Smith in the crash.

    Stuart Pattinson for the CPS said: “Throughout the case he denied that he drove dangerously, blaming others for the collision and claiming that he had done his best to avoid it."

    Mieczan must also be banned from driving for four years after his release, and will have to take an extended test.

  17. Bobbies take the suitable seats for library session

    The police in Workington are having a community drop-in session at a library in the town today.

    Apparently they didn't look up before sitting down.

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  18. Cumbria's Luke Greenbank in backstroke final

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Luke Greenbank from Cumbria will be swimming in the men's 100m backstroke in the Commonwealth Games, just after 12:30 BST.

    Luke Greenbanks in pool
  19. Driver jailed for causing crash that killed pensioner

    A lorry driver whose dangerous driving killed a much loved great-grandmother has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

    Jaroslaw Mieczan

    Jaroslaw Mieczan, 44, of Molodiatycze, Trzeszczany, in Poland, had denied causing death by dangerous driving, but the jury at Carlisle Crown Court unanimously found him guilty.

    The court had heard he swerved suddenly to avoid a Ford Fiesta in front of him which was waiting to turn right on the A689 near Carlisle airport.

    His articulated lorry careered on to the wrong side of the road and into the path of an oncoming Fiat Panda.

    The driver, 86-year-old Maureen Smith from Heads Nook, near Brampton, had no time to take evasive action.

    Jailing Mieczan, Judge Barbara Forrester told him: "These cases are a tragedy for all involved in them."