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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Our updates have come to an end for this week.

    This feed will be updated tonight with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates.

    Here's a recap:

    We are back again on Monday from 08:00.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Breezy with a few showers

    BBC Weather

    Breezy this evening with one or two showers across the county.

    Lows down to around 8C (46F)

    Check on your forecast with BBC Weather.

  3. Farm owners have no desire 'to make badgers extinct' says farmer

    Cumbria's farming community appears divided from animal and environmental groups following a decision by the government to allow badgers to be culled in the county.

    Ministers say the cull has been extended in an effort to stop the spread of bovine TB.

    This is disputed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust which doesn't think it will work.

    Eden Valley farmer Les Armstrong is in favour of the cull but says that stricter rules on cattle movement should also be enforced.

    He says that people shouldn't assume that farmers are "anti-badger":

    Quote Message: You know there's a lot of hysteria about this argument. We have badgers on our farm and we don't want them culled unless we actually get TB on our farm then we want to see everything taken out, basically, to find out exactly where it was." from Les Armstrong Farmer
    Les ArmstrongFarmer
  4. Images show state of Cumbrian pool facing demolition

    Campaigners are planning to hold a demonstration tomorrow on Millom School field opposing a county council plan to demolish the town's swimming pool.

    They say that the pool can be renovated at no extra cost than knocking it down, but this argument has been rejected by councillors.

    Here's what the building looks like now, based on pictures taken for a survey report commissioned by the campaign group Save Millom Pool.

    The exterior and main entrance of Millom Pool
    Image caption: The report finds that the roof is sound and in good condition
    Millom Pool emptied of water
    Image caption: The survey suggests that a pipe seal could be to blame for water leaks in the pool
    Vegetation growing on a windowsill and window at Millom Pool
    Image caption: Vegetation can be found growing which the report blames on badly done repair work
  5. Conservationists criticise government for allowing badger cull in Cumbria

    A Cumbrian conservation group has strongly criticised a decision to allow badgers to be culled in the county to try and stop the spread of bovine TB.

    The government says that the disease is one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK.

    Bovine TB was found in badgers in the area around Shap village last year.

    However, speaking on Mike Zeller at Breakfast this morning, David Harpley from Cumbria Wildlife Trust argued that culling would not be very effective.

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  6. Met Office weather warning for strong winds on Monday

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for strong winds along much of the Cumbrian coastline from 18:00 on Monday until 12:00 on Tuesday.

    The yellow warning coincides with Storm Helene reaching the UK.

    Forecasters expect large waves to hit coastlines with road and rail travellers also likely to be affected.

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  7. Campaigners to demonstrate against pool closure plan

    Final preparations are being made in Millom where campaigners are holding a demonstration this weekend against the demolition of the town's swimming pool.

    In a letter to campaigners last week, Cumbria County Council said it would seek permission to knock down Millom Pool after rejecting their alternative cost assessment for repairing and reopening it.

    It has infuriated campaigners who say they were promised that any demolition would be stalled for a year.

    A public meeting held in Millom in June 2018 about Millom Pool
    Image caption: People at a meeting in June where campaigners say the pool was promised a year-long reprieve from demolition

    In the letter, Cumbria County Council rejected claims that the pool could be fixed for the same cost as knocking it down. Campaigners

    Campaigners will hold a demonstration on Millom School field on Saturday at 10:00.

  8. Women taken to hospital after car crashes into beck

    A woman has been taken to hospital after the car she was driving left the road and ended up on its side in a beck near Kendal.

    Firefighters and an ambulance crew rescued the woman from her car at Gatebeck at 08:47.

    She was taken to the Westmorland General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

  9. Thousands expected to attend south Cumbrian carnival

    Organisers expect thousands of people to attend a night time carnival in Kendal.

    Kendal Torchlight Carnival takes place tonight with a mixture of floats, walkers and bands parading through the town from 19:30.

    BBC Radio Cumbria is broadcasting live from this year's carnival from 19:00.

    Organisers expect between 25,000 to 30,000 people to attend.

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  10. Police renew appeal for missing Carlisle teenager

    Police have made a new appeal for help to find a teenager who has been missing since Monday.

    Jamie Lawrence, 15, was last seen in Carlisle on Monday night at about 21:30.

    Missing boy Jamie Lawrence

    Officers are asking for anyone with information about the boy's location to contact police on 101.

  11. Weather: Heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Some heavy showers across Cumbria this afternoon.

    A mix of sunny spells and blustery downpours the rest of the time.

    Highs around 13C (55F).

    Afternoon forecast for Penrith

    Check on your forecast with BBC Weather.

  12. Police officer 'took law into his own hands' say prosecutors

    Some more reaction now to the two-and-a-half year sentence handed down to a Northumbria Police sergeant who attacked a Workington man with a metal kitchen roll holder.

    In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service has said that as a police officer Stephen Light, 44, would have been "well aware of what is considered to be acceptable and lawful behaviour".

    He was found guilty last month of hitting Andrew Grant on the back of the head at Mr Grant's home on Fountains Avenue in Workington.

    Quote Message: The CPS and police have worked together closely in this case, recognising the need to robustly prosecute those who abuse their positions as officers of the law, in order to maintain public confidence in the criminal justice system.” from Gerard Rogerson Crown Prosecution Service
    Gerard RogersonCrown Prosecution Service
  13. Police officer jailed for attack

    Mark Denten

    for BBC Look North at Carlisle Crown Court

    A Northumbria Police sergeant has been given a two-and-a half-year jail sentence for unlawfully wounding another man.

    Stephen Light, 44, from Bede Close in Newcastle, (pictured at a previous hearing) was found guilty last month of hitting Andrew Grant on the back of the head with a metal kitchen roll holder at Mr Grant's home on Fountains Avenue in Workington.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard the incident in April happened after Light's father and step-mother were involved in an alleged noise nuisance dispute with Mr Grant who lived next door to them.

    The jury was told Light, who was off duty at the time, had drunk 10 pints of beer before the incident and was "boiling over with anger and resentment".

    He was found not guilty of an additional charge of criminal damage.

    Light, who has been a neighbourhood sergeant and police officer for more than 20 years, was dismissed by Northumbria Police last week.

    Stephen Light