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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

    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 - even if it is the first wet one for a while.

  2. Others will follow me out of Labour, says Woodcock

    The newly Independent Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock says he thinks more Labour MPs will follow him in resigning from the party.

    He told the BBC he thought more Labour MPs resigning would create a new movement in the centre ground of politics.

    John Woodock
    Quote Message: Many other people are wresting with the idea, can you win back the Labour Party back to the patriotic party that it's always been in its history, my belief is firmly that it can't be won back." from John Woodcock Independent MP for Barrow and Furness
    John WoodcockIndependent MP for Barrow and Furness
  3. Next step taken in rescue of historic ironworks

    Martin Lewes


    A new housing development in the southern Lake District has gone on the market in the latest attempt to rescue the mouldering remains of a key site of Cumbria's industrial archaeology.

    Backbarrow Ironworks started in 1711 making cannonballs and its blast furnace was one of the first in the county, but it closed in 1967 and although it eventually was designated a scheduled ancient monument, the buildings started to collapse.

    Since 2000 at least three schemes have been devised to to rescue the remains, paying for this with a development of so-called "live-work" units, which would exploit the desirability of the riverside site to attract professionals such as architects to the woodland site, but all have failed.

    Artists impression of new development

    Now the latest scheme, given permission last year, has gone on the market even before building has started, "off plan": What the estate agents Savills describe as a "prestigious development", 43 homes ranging from one bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses, for sale on the open market in an area where new housing is almost always restricted to local people at "affordable" prices.

    The survival of what English Heritage once described as one of the most at-risk industrial sites in England depends on it finding buyers.

  4. Driver who died in crash 'was impaired by drugs'

    A mother of two died in a head-on road crash at Crosby near Carlisle when her driving was still impaired due to drugs she'd taken many hours before, a coroner has ruled.

    Lauren Filer, a 27-year-old sales assistant from Annan, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash just before 14:00 on 19 February last year.

    Lauren Filer

    The inquest had heard she had been arrested in Gateshead the night before, when ecstasy and diazepam had been found in her system, and released at noon on the day she died, deemed fit to drive home.

    Motorists saw her driving erratically as she headed home on the A69 and A689, and the assistant coroner, Simon Ward, felt she was still under the influence at the time of her release from custody, but that "there were no physical signs that would have alerted anybody to that fact".

    Mr Ward concluded that her "driving was impaired due to the presence of a residue of drug that she had taken many hours before".

  5. Cumbria's weather: Warm, humid and becoming wet

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be warm and humid, but rather cloudy at times, with thundery showers or longer spells of rain moving across the region from the west. Temperatures will fall to 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Weather graphic

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

  6. Barrow man banned from football matches for three years

    Police say a man given a three-year football banning order by North Cumbria magistrates has a long record of being involved in football violence in Britain and overseas.

    Jon Doherty, 25, who now lives at the Bowling Green Hostel, Carlisle, is forbidden from attending any regulated football match in this country, and he is also legally unable to travel abroad during international friendlies, matches or tournaments.

  7. Algae found in Thirlmere 'won't survive treatment'

    Water company United Utilities says blue-green algae found in Thirlmere, which provides much of the drinking water for the region, will not affect the quality because any toxins will be removed in the treatment.

    The algae, which forms in warm weather and has already been spotted in a number of lakes, can be toxic when it is washed up on the shore.

    A spokesman for the firm said that swimming was not allowed in reservoirs, so there should be no risk to people, and the end treatment would remove algae.

    Algae on Thirlmere
  8. Man dies in Helvellyn fall

    A 73-year-old man has died in a fall on Helvellyn.

    The accident happened yesterday at about 14:00 but no details of where it happened on the mountain have been released.

    Police said the man was from Preston. His death has been reported to the coroner.

  9. Watch: Police show music festival drugs operation

    Music fans have been arriving in their thousands at the Lowther estate fields where the Kendal Calling music festival takes place this weekend.

    Insp Kim Brennand is in charge of the operation to stop illegal drugs being taken on to the site, and where once police might have mounted undercover work with plain clothes detectives, this is a high profile operation publicised on social media.

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  10. County's police warn of rogue traders in west Cumbria

    Cumbria Police say they've had numerous reports of rogue traders in Workington, Maryport and Seaton.

    Officers say they offer to carry out minor work on footpaths or drives and charge extortionate prices, or leave with the job half-done.

    Police in Allerdale are now working with trading standards to target those involved.

    Sgt Harley Young urged householders to ask friends or neighbours for recommendations about local tradesmen if they thought work was needed on their homes.

    Quote Message: We would advise the public never to agree to having work carried out by a stranger knocking on your door." from Sgt Harley Young
    Sgt Harley Young
  11. Cumbria's weather: Warm and humid with a risk of showers

    BBC Weather

    The forecast predicts another very warm and humid afternoon with periods of sunshine, and maximum temperatures of 24C to 27C (75F to 81F).

    There is an increasing risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms breaking-out later in the day, although the storms no longer attract a severe weather warning.

    Weather graphic

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

  12. Firefighters douse kitchen blazes in Kendal and Longtown

    Firefighters spent nearly an hour dealing with a fire on a cooker in a home in Wattsfield, Kendal just after midnight this morning.

    And yesterday afternoon, their colleagues from Longtown had an almost identical call-out to a house in Ward Street.

  13. M-Sport cars start World Rally chase

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The World Rally Championship is back underway this weekend in Finland, with the Cumbrian M-Sport team lying second behind Hyundai in the manufacturers' standings.

    Sebastien Ogier is second, and Elfyn Evand seventh, behind leader Thierry Neuville in the drivers' standings.

    Ogier's car on Finland stagepractice
  14. Minister's claim on Lakes line chaos raises new questions

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    There's a new row over services on the Lakes railway line, with a disputed claim made by the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling about Cumbrian trains that cannot be fully explained by his department.

    Northern Train at Oxenholme

    Last month, after Northern had cancelled all trains on the line after months of disruption, the minister told the House of Commons it was partly down to a staffing agreement.

    Quote Message: The employer agreements require that if one driver is taken off for training, all the drivers have to be." from Chris Grayling
    Chris Grayling

    He said this had made it impossible to run a conventional service, but the drivers' union ASLEF denied such a practice existed.

    It's understood Mr Grayling was referring to an agreement specifically for former Transpennine drivers working on the Lakes Line, but the Department for Transport says it's unable to provide specific details.

    Quote Message: Who are the real victims in all this? It's the people who need a decent rail service." from Tim Farron Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Tim FarronLiberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
  15. Gloomy outlook as weather breaks just in time for eclipse

    One of this century's most significant lunar eclipses, when the Moon turns dark red, should be visible from Cumbria this evening.

    But the astronomer from Kendal, Stuart Atkinson, and the film-maker Terry Abraham have looked at the weather forecast... and they are not optimistic.

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  16. Scientists predict a lot more like this one

    A "population explosion" of horse flies is being predicted next year.

    Horse fly

    This one, one inch (2.5cm) long, was seen in Cumbria this week.

    Research by the charity Antibiotic Research UK shows the number of horseflies has reached Mediterranean levels in Britain this year.

    John Beaumont, who studies woodland ecology at the University of Cumbria, says this could rise even further if there are more hot summers.

  17. M6 reopens after all-night operation

    Cumbria's motorway link to the south has now reopened after an all-night operation to extract an articulated lorry from beneath a farm bridge, without the bridge collapsing.

    Lorry cab underneath bridge

    The driver escaped without serious injury, but the same could not be said for vehicle or bridge, which was supported only by the lorry's cab

    Bridge propped up and demolition under way

    The bridge was propped up and the lorry's cab was cut in two and removed, cones put in place to close the nearside lane, and just after 09:30, traffic started to flow again.

    Traffic starting to flow