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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 today's main developments:

    We'll be back on Monday to do it again.

    If you've got news we should know or photos to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Wind easing down, rain moving in later

    BBC Weather

    Winds will slowly ease down this evening, with showers also becoming fewer in number for a time, until during the early hours, skies cloud over as rain gradually moves in from the south.

    Weather graphic

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

  3. MP battles on as Post Office prepares Kendal plans

    The MP Tim Farron has renewed his campaign against plans to move the Kendal post office into the town's WH Smith shop, after the business minister Kelly Tolhurst declined to intervene.

    Kendal Post Office

    Mr Farron has maintained the shop is too small to cater for the move, but in an exchange of letters the minister said the national stationery chain had shown it was able to run post office branches.

    The Post Office said it would start a six-week public consultation after Christmas, saying: "At that stage there will be very detailed plans about how the Post Office branch will be incorporated into the store.”

    But Mr Farron said the consultation was a sham and "simply there to ‘inform customers of the changes".

    Quote Message: Anyone who has ever been into our local WHSmith knows that there isn’t room to swing a cat in there." from Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
  4. Carlisle man gets 'one last chance' for breaching order

    A Carlisle man who breached a suspended prison term imposed for pub disorder has been given one "last chance".

    Conor Paterson, 26, of Dixon Court, was ordered to do unpaid work and complete rehabilitation, instead of nine months' prison, after trouble at Penrith's Last Orders in August 2017.

    Today he was back at Carlisle Crown Court having breached that order by failing to report to his responsible officer and having 75 community service hours still to do.

    After hearing evidence from a defence solicitor, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC added five rehabilitation days and gave extra time to complete his unpaid work, but told Paterson: "I have written down 'last chance, prison if back'."

  5. 'Dangerous' rapist jailed for 16 years

    A Wigton man has been jailed for 16 years for repeatedly raping the same woman.

    Graham Richard Carter, 57, formerly of Burnside, admitted seven charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual touching, and one of assaulting a teenage girl several decades ago.

    Carlisle Crown Court

    Carter's barrister, Brendan Burke, told Carlisle Crown Court (pictured): "The only mitigation in reality are his pleas of guilty."

    Judge Andrew Jeffries told Carter: "I have no doubt that you are a dangerous individual."

    Carter was sent to prison for 16 years and six months, with an extended licence period, and he will only be considered for parole after two thirds of the sentence.

  6. Sex offender is jailed for flouting 'no contact' order

    A convicted Carlisle sex offender who breached a court order by contacting a girl on Facebook has been jailed for a year.

    Ryan Light, 33, of Gloucester Road, Carlisle, was originally sentenced by a Carlisle Crown Court judge to a community order for two offences of inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

    As part of that punishment he was also given a sexual harm prevention order, which he flouted when he got in touch with a girl on Facebook in September.

    Back at the court, he admitted one breach and Judge James Adkin imposed an immediate 12-month prison sentence.

  7. New bid to end train strikes is launched

    A new attempt to end the dispute at Northern trains over the role of guards, which has led to a series of strikes on Saturdays that have meant 70% of services being cancelled, is the centre of renewed exchanges between union and company.

    Northern Train

    Earlier today the train company invited the trade union, RMT, to talks at ACAS, suggesting the company would talk about guarantees that a second member of staff would always be on a train.

    The company said it would not be rescheduling tomorrow's skeleton service of trains, even if the RMT called off its strike, but the RMT retorted that it would not call off the strike unless Northern gave more guarantees about the role of the second memberof staff on trains.

  8. Businesses vote to keep 'extra penny' funding programme

    Business owners in Kendal have voted to continue to support an organisation that was set up to promote the town.

    The Business Improvement District involves adding 1% on top of their business rates, with the money being spent on schemes such as marketing programmes.

    In Kendal, these even included arranging for a full-sized replica Spitfire to be parked on the grass at New Road, to mark the centenary of the RAF.

    Of the 271 votes that were cast, 165 were in favour of supporting the BID for another five years.

  9. Flood alerts posted for Derwentwater area

    There's a flood warning in force in Cumbria this afternoon, covering Keswick Campsite, because of the high level of Derwentwater.

    There's also a flood alert, that's the lowest level sent out by the Environment Agency, for the Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwentwater itself.

  10. Lakes campaigners welcome farm subsidies reform

    The Friends of the Lake District say changes to farming subsidies after Britain leaves the EU will be good for the national park's landscapes.


    The government's Agriculture Bill says area payments, which are made to farmers depending on the land they work, will end, with the government providing money only in return for "public goods" such as conservation work, or flood prevention.

    Farmers have criticised the lack of support for producing food, but Jan Darrall, the policy officer at FoLD, said the only problem is that new proposals didn't go far enough.

    Quote Message: We are delighted to see payments for cultural and natural heritage, providing public access and enabling young farmers.
    Quote Message: We are pleased that the Bill covers rural development and that there are references in the policy statement to the value of traditional farming in upland areas.
    Quote Message: We would like to see landscape specifically listed as a public benefit and also the Bill make it a duty rather than a power to make payments for public goods (thereby ensuring it happens and not just may happen if desired)." from Jan Darrall
    Jan Darrall
  11. United hope for cup-tie luck at Lincoln

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United continue their FA Cup campaign with a second round tie at League Two high-flyers Lincoln this weekend.

    United will again be without key defenders Danny Grainger and Tom Parks, but assistant coach Tommy Wright believes they can still win the tie.

    Tommy Wright
    Quote Message: Maybe a bit of luck, or a decision or something like that, you know what cup ties are like, you can get battered or score a lucky goal."
    • Barrow AFC make the long trip to Braintree tomorrow in the National League.
  12. Cumbria's weather: Blustery showers and some sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Further sunshine and blustery showers are expected with highest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Fake doctor 'nearly unmasked four years ago'

    It has emerged that a fake psychiatrist, who worked in Cumbria until she was jailed for trying to rewrite a patient's will, could have been stopped four years ago.

    On her first day working for the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in 2014, Zholia Alemi said she had no previous complaints.

    Zholia Alemi

    But she had received a warning from the General Medical Council, for lying to get approval to section patients and concerns had been raised as early as 2010.

    Last month, Alemi was sent to prison for five years, after she tried to change the will of a patient in Cumbria to benefit herself.

    It emerged she had worked in the UK for more than 20 years, without a medical degree.

  14. Businesses welcome plan to turn shops centre into hotel

    Businesses in Kendal have welcomed the planning permission given to turn the failing K Village shopping centre into a hotel.

    Town centre businesses always opposed the factory outlet centre because it was only a few hundred yards from the main streets and they saw it as drawing potential customers away.

    The centre, built at a cost of about £100m on the site of the former K Shoes factory and completed in 2010, was never completely occupied.

    At the planning meeting Simon Thomas, chairman of the Kendal Business Improvement District said a Travelodge hotel would be far better for the town, because events like the Kendal Mountain Festival said there wasn't enough accommodation for visitors.

    Quote Message: This means they are probably staying in Windermere or Ambleside, which means we are not getting the additional money into businesses pockets." from Simon Thomas
    Simon Thomas
  15. A church full of Christmas trees raises charity jackpot

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    It's hoped thousands of pounds will be donated to local charities, when more than 50 Christmas trees go on show in Dalton in Furness.

    Row of Christmas trees in church

    The festival, in the parish church, features trees decorated around the theme of "a wonderful world".

    The organiser Sylvia Stoker says as well as making the church look beautiful, many good causes benefit.

    Quote Message: Each year we have between £5,000 and £6,000 that we give to charity, people are very generous and very kind." from Sylvia Stoker
    Sylvia Stoker
  16. Judge in Stobart boardroom battle completes hearings

    The High Court in London has finished hearing about the boardroom battle at the top of one of Cumbria's best-known businesses.

    Andrew Tinkler

    Directors at the Stobart Group have sued former chief executive Andrew Tinkler (pictured), saying he conspired with other businessmen to harm the company's interests and asking a judge to rule that he was lawfully dismissed.

    Mr Tinkler, a former cabinet-maker who was chief executive of the business between 2007 and 2017, has denied wrongdoing, saying he was removed for no good reason and has counter-claimed.

    Judge Jonathan Russen is expected to publish a ruling in the near future.

  17. Weather on the fells: Wintry on the higher tops

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): About 0C
    • Winds: Southwesterly 40-50mph in the morning, becoming westerly in the afternoon and easing to 30-40mph
    • Cloud: Scattered or broken cloud above 1,600ft-2,000ft (500m-600m) throughout the day
    • Visibility: Generally good but moderate or poor in showers, which will fall as snow on the summits
    • Freezing level: Around the highest summits
    Assessors walking towards helvellyn

    The fell top conditions reports from Lake District rangers on the Weatherline service start tomorrow, although the three assessors, Graham Uney, Zac Poulton and Jon Bennett set out for an early check on Helvellyn this morning.

  18. Three hundred young Cumbrians 'face Christmas without a home'

    Ewan Murrie


    Nearly 300 young Cumbrians are without a home in the run-up to Christmas, according to a national charity.

    Organisations in the county that deal with the problem, like Carlisle Key, say they are not surprised by the figures.

    Claire Warwick, who runs Carlisle Key, says they deal with near 300 young people a year in Carlisle alone, who have no fixed address even if they are not sleeping rough.

    Quote Message: Often young people are considered hidden homeless so they are sofa surfing or living in supported accommodation for very long periods, it could be up to six months or maybe a year." from Claire Warwick
    Claire Warwick
    Rough sleeper
  19. Cumbria's weather: Sunshine and blustery showers

    BBC Weather

    The forecasters expect a day of sunshine and blustery showers.

    It should not be as windy as yesterday, and temperatures will be around 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic

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