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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    • The director of the National College for Nuclear reassured west Cumbrian young people that there would still be good prospects for a career in the nuclear industry, in spite of Toshiba pulling the plug on its plans for a power station at Moorside
    • Anyone who has ever been at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and thought the chap sitting next to them looked very like Ian McKellen will now know they may have been right. After years of taking in shows there while visiting the Lakes, he's finally taking to the stage for the first time in August

    And the county prepared for what will probably be the most significant Act of Remembrance of World War One since it ended.

    Here is Katie Hale's poem about how Carlisle greeted the Armistice.

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    We will be back from 09:00 on Monday. Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Wet and windy, clearer later

    BBC Weather

    It will be wet and windy this evening and into tonight with a band of heavier and more persistent rain moving through.

    It will turn clearer and less windy after midnight though with a few sharp showers, and temperatures falling to between 4C and 7C (39F and 45F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Mountaineer Bonington welcomes zip wire decision

    One of Britain's best-known mountaineers has said he's pleased a new zip wire has been given permission in the Lake District.

    Sir Chris Bonington spoke out in favour of the first Honister Slate Mine proposals for a kilometre-long thrill-ride in 2013 and he has now welcomed the news that an amended version was granted conditional planning permission by the national park authority earlier this week.

    He argues the Lake District's beauty must be maintained, while tourism is recognised as driving the area's economy, and the two are not necessarily in conflict.

    Sir Chris Bonington
    Quote Message: You've got to get a good balance there and I think they have done that." from Chris Bonington
    Chris Bonington
    • This afternoon the Cumbria Wildlife Trust said it would ask the government to "call in" the decision because of the damage it might do to rare plants on Honister Crag, which would trigger a public inquiry.
  4. Your pictures: Derwentwater otter practices its backstroke

    Gillian Holmes was keeping a careful eye on Derwentwater when she went for a walk, and if you look carefully, you will see one of the otters she noticed out in the lake, waving its feet in the air.

    Otter floating on back

    Otters, once rare, have recovered well in recent years and they can be seen in many places in the Lake District, including under the steamer piers at Waterhead on Windermere, and even in the River Kent in the middle of Kendal.

    If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, you can pass it on by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

  5. A poppy for every Barrovian lost in both World Wars

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    The tumble of poppies spreading in front of Barrow library includes 1,414 flowers made by schoolchildren, guides and volunteers from recycled plastic bottles.

    Plastic poppies outside library

    They represent the fallen from both World Wars, the civilians who died in the Barrow blitz in 1941, and the Royal Australian Navy submarines AE1 and AE2.

  6. Pedestrian who was injured in Ulverston crash dies

    Police say a pedestrian aged 92 has died from his injuries after being hit by a car in Ulverston last month.

    Sydney Atkinson, who lived in the town, died earlier this week at Aintree Hospital after he was knocked over on the A590 at about 16:00 on 29 October.

    Police have also made public the name of another pedestrian who died when he was hit by a lorry on the A66 near Penrith on 30 October at about 03:00.

    They say he was Neil Harris, who was 49, and from Penrith.

    Officers have renewed an appeal for witnesses, either to the crashes or anyone who saw Mr Harris in the hours before he died.

  7. Bottleneck bypass 'must not be delayed'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    Administrative delays must not be allowed to delay plans for a bypass at one of Cumbria's most notorious highway bottlenecks, a council meeting heard.

    A595 bottleneck

    The Barrow local county council committee was discussing the scheme to bypass the stretch of the A595 that currently goes through a farmyard, announced by the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling earlier this autumn.

    Askam councillor Ben Shirley asked: "The Department for Transport works in five-year funding plots so are we going to be ready for this to be submitted in time for it to be in the programme of works, because I don't want us to miss the boat?"

    Keiron Tetchner, the county council's highways network manager for the area, said: "As far as I'm aware there are set timescales involved. If the options suddenly changed that might cause problems."

  8. Often in the audience, Sir Ian takes to Keswick stage

    The actor Sir Ian McKellen will perform at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, as part of his 80th birthday celebrations.

    He will present a collection of anecdotes at 80 different UK theatres throughout 2019.

    Sir Ian says that his debut on the stage at the theatre on 20 August is to show his gratitude for the many performances he has watched in Keswick on visits to the Lake District.

    Sir Ian McKellen
    Quote Message: The Lake District is my favourite part of the country, which is another reason I wanted to bring you my new show." from Sir Ian McKellen Sir Ian McKellen
    Sir Ian McKellenSir Ian McKellen
  9. Carlisle get steam up for cup tie at the Alex

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United's FA Cup campaign gets under way tomorrow with a first round trip to League Two rivals Crewe Alexandra.

    Skipper Danny Grainger says the FA rounds have been good to the club over the years.

    Danny Grainger
    Quote Message: The main thing is that come Saturday at five o'clock night we are still in the hat, the cup isn't about performance at times, it's about making sure you get through and get a result." from Danny Grainger
    Danny Grainger
  10. Carlisle Castle lit up for centenary

    Carlisle Castle, where thousands of soldiers passed through on their way to the trenches, is being illuminated with a special design for the remembrance weekend.

    Poppies projected onto Carlisle Castle keep

    Meanwhile in the village of Witherslack at the other end of the county, a smaller but no less heartfelt display has been prepared.

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    • If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, you can send an email, or put it on Twitter.
  11. Cocaine supplier ordered to pay £51,000

    The leader of a gang selling cocaine in Carlisle has been told to hand over his assets of £51,000, after a court heard he had made nearly £340,000 from the drug-dealing.

    Scott Sutherland, 26, then of Shawk Crescent, Thursby, was jailed for eight years for his major part in the group of seven defendants who were sentenced in May.

    Scott Sutherland

    Today Carlisle Crown Court was told Sutherland's available assets were £51,235, being the proceeds of selling his van and a bank account that included house sale proceeds.

    Judge Andrew Jefferies QC ordered that sum to be confiscated, and added: "In default, Mr Sutherland will serve nine months' imprisonment consecutively to the prison sentence he is currently serving."

  12. Pets treated for smoke effects after Barrow kitchen blaze

    Fire crews from Barrow, Ulverston and Broughton treated a dog and a cat for the effects of smoke when they dealt with a fire in the kitchen of a home in Poole Street, Barrow.

  13. Remembering: Eight Cumbrian Tommies, two VCs

    Joseph Ritson was kind enough to let us use this picture, partly because his great uncle, Tommy Savage, is the man front and centre without a cap.

    Tommy Savage, centre front, James Smith first left rear, Abraham Acton second left back row

    But something else that makes this photo from 1914 of a Border Regiment group on training rather special are James Smith from Workington, who is first left in the rear rank, and Abraham Acton, who is standing next to him.

    Before the year was out, both had won the Victoria Cross.

  14. Travel: It's Friday, so there's a train strike tomorrow

    BBC News Travel

    Services on Northern trains will be affected yet again tomorrow by another strike in the very long-running dispute with the GMB union over the role of guards.

    You can find out how services near you are affected here.

  15. Police seek shopper who stole £750 drinks

    Police say this shopper in Booths in Penrith may be able to help with their investigation into the theft of alcoholic drinks valued at £750.

    Man with smirk and shopping trolley
  16. Cumbria's weather: Wind rising and rain moving in later

    BBC Weather

    It will become increasingly windy this afternoon, with any brightness fading as cloud spreads in bringing rain by the end of the day.

    Highest temperatures will be from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Police plan drive on domestic violence

    Cumbria Police are trying to get employers involved in a campaign to help more of the victims of domestic violence.

    Officers are planning three training events later in the month, in Carlisle, Barrow and Workington.

    Det Supt Vicki Ellis said there were still many cases that were never reported to the police.

    "By working together with local businesses and educating them on signs of abuse,along with the support measures that are in place,we will be in a better position to provide support to victims," she said.

    Police symbol on van
  18. Addict who was forced into dealing given intensive rehab

    A heroin addict who was forced to deal in the drug after he ran into debt has been ordered on to an intensive six month rehabilitation course, with a warning from the judge at Carlisle Crown Court that it is not a soft option.

    Michael John Kenney, 54, of Raven Nook, Carlisle, was seen by police passing items to another man, who then found him in possession of nine deals of heroin.

    Kenney admitted possessing the first drug with intent to supply, and also cannabis, and Recorder Kevin Grice was told he had been "mostly drug-free" since April.

    Recorder Grice said he had considered prison, but imposed two rehabilitation requirements and a three-month curfew.