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  1. Second body found on Lakeland fells
  2. Cumbrians chase medals in final days of Games
  3. Could Cumbria provide a retirement home for a Tornado?

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Bullgill Turn off to B5301 Station Road.

    A596 Cumbria - A596 West Street closed and heavy traffic in both directions from the Bullgill Turn off junction in Crosby Villa to the B5301 Station Road junction in Aspatria, because of an accident.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A66 Cumbria westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 Cumbria westbound severe disruption, from A595 to Catbank.

    A66 Cumbria - A66 in Papcastle blocked westbound from The Fitz Roundabout to the Catbank junction, because of two lorries broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A66 Cumbria westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 Cumbria westbound severe accident, between A591 and A5086.

    A66 Cumbria - A66 blocked westbound between Crossthwaite Roundabout in Keswick and Cockermouth Roundabout in Cockermouth, because of an accident.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A590 Cumbria eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A590 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, between The Green and Main Road.

    A590 Cumbria - A590 Ulverston Road in Lindal closed eastbound between The Green junction and the Main Road junction, because of accident investigation work.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J37 for A684 to J38 for A685.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J37, A684 (Kendal) to J38, A685 (Tebay), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, from J36 for A590 to J35 for A601.

    M6 Cumbria - M6 partially blocked and very slow traffic southbound from J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) to J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

  7. Farmer's osprey disturbance convictions quashed on appeal

    A farmer who was found guilty of recklessly disturbing ospreys in the Lake District has won an appeal against his conviction.

    Paul Barnes, 59, of Braithwaite, near Keswick, had denied two charges of disturbing a male and female bird which were both nesting at Bassenthwaite on his land.

    The original case was brought after Mr Barnes was seen driving a tractor close to the nesting site as he carried out an educational visit for children and the birds were said to have left their nest for 20 minutes.

    But following an appeal at Carlisle Crown Court earlier, a panel comprised of Judge James Adkin and two magistrates ruled that the case should be stopped, and Mr Barnes' appeal should be upheld.

    The panel found that Mr Barnes had been told by an "individual in authority" to carry on farming as usual, that Mr Barnes' actions were "agricultural disturbances rather than criminal acts" and that there had a been a "lamentable failure" by prosecutors to fully disclose evidence.

    Mr Barnes spoke of "emerging from 18 months of turmoil" which had a "massive impact on family life".

    Paul Barnes
  8. Scam warning for rural Furness

    Police are warning of a new phone scam targeting people living rural areas, and in particular farmers.

    Officers in Furness says that they've had reports of someone calling homes pretending to be from the police, and then asking for money to cover the cost of policing their area.

    Cumbria Constabulary says it would never call the public and ask for money.

    The force adds that anyone in doubt should hang up the phone and report the call to them.

  9. BreakingHospital order for man who stabbed shop worker

    Jonathan Swingler

    Video Journalist

    A man who stabbed a 62-year-old woman to death in Sunderland has been detained indefinitely under the mental health act.

    Joan Hoggett was attacked by Ethan Mountain, who had entered the shop where she worked wearing a mask and carrying a bag of weapons including a machete, a hammer and knives.

    The 19-year-old was initially standing trial for murder but last week the prosecution agreed with the defence that the charge against him should be dropped.

    Mountain had previously admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    The court had heard that Mountain suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had spent three months being treated in a psychiatric hospital in 2017.

    He later admitted lying to medics in order to be released.

    Ethan Mountain
  10. New wall mural for arts centre

    Mexican firefighters by Tymon de Laat

    A new wall mural has been unveiled in Carlisle on the side of an arts centre.

    The Old Fire Station now has a six-metre high painting of a Mexican firefighter, created by the Dutch artist Tymon de Laat.

    The artist got in touch with firefighters in Mexico, held a photoshoot with them and used one of the photographs as a reference for the piece.

  11. Musical theatre impresario visits Cumbrian cathedral

    Carlisle Cathedral has had a celebrity visitor.

    On its Facebook page, the cathedral says that the world-renowed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber had a look around the building.

    The life peer also visited Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, where he browsed its collection of pre-Raphelite art.

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  12. Morecambe Bay bridge idea dismissed by council leader

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    The Government has no interest in footing half the bill for an £8bn bridge across Morecambe Bay, according to the leader of Barrow Council.

    David Pidduck has become the latest councillor to enter the debate after the scheme was roundly rejected by fellow Labour members on Tuesday.

    The concept of a bridge linking Barrow to the M6 at Lancaster has been revived recently by Conservative Alan Pemberton.

    But Mr Pidduck said the enormous cost and the bay’s protected status were serious obstacles likely to kill off the project.

    Barrow Council has expressed “in principle” support for a barrage along with South Lakeland District Council and Lancaster City Council.

    Mr Pemberton, the Conservative councillor for Hawcoat, responded: “The population of this area is forecast to reduce by thousands of people in the next 20 years. Our geographical isolation is the cause of it, so we have to try and find some way of improving that situation.”

  13. Flood warning for North Cumbrian coast

    A flood warning, which means flooding is expected, is in place for the Cumbrian coastline from Gretna to Silloth.

    The Environment Agency says that flooding of low lying properties, roads and farmland is expected between half past 11 and 1 o clock, when the spring tide is at its highest.

    Low lying properties in the Port Carlisle are may also be affected.

    Less serious flood alerts are in place for other sections of the Cumbrian coast - including Morecambe Bay and from Silloth to St Bees

    Flood warning for North Cumbrian coast
  14. Van thefts prompt investigation

    Van owners are being warned not to leave tools in their vehicles overnight following a number of reported thefts in Penrith.

    Cumbria Police say that thieves targeted vehicles on Brent Road, Roman Road, Wordsworth Street, Arthur Street and Macadam Way on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Insp Joanne Walker said: “Investigations are under way into these thefts and would we would like to remind van owners to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

    “Tool theft is anything but a victimless crime.

    “It not only hurts financially in terms of replacement tools - but also lost work for those who need them as part of their job."