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  1. Progress made in cutting council's carbon emissions

    Barrow Borough Council says it is making good progress with its plans to cut carbon emissions in the borough.

    The council, which declared a climate emergency in July, says it has made an "excellent start" and hopes to have a strategy in place by the spring once Lancaster University has drawn up data on council carbon emissions across Cumbria.

    Meanwhile UK and European funding is sought for Low Carbon Barrow to provide grants to homeowners and businesses for "examplar" projects, provide electric vehicle charging and run a programme of community engagement.

    Clock tower and Barrow town hall.
    Image caption: Barrow Town Hall
  2. BreakingOne person dead in Cumbrian farmhouse fire

    One person has died and a 72-year-old man has been taken to hospital following a fire at a farmhouse near Broughton in Furness this morning.

    The police and fire service are investigating and are treating the fire, which broke out shortly before 09:00, as unexplained at this stage.

    At the height of the blaze seven fire appliances were at the scene, which is a property at Thwaites.

    The A595 is currently closed at junction with Broadgate.

  3. Man taken to hospital from farmhouse fire

    A man's been taken to hospital after a major fire at a farmhouse in south Cumbria.

    Emergency services are still dealing with the blaze at Thwaites, near Broughton in Furness, which broke out shortly before 09:00.

    Cumbria Fire Service has sent seven appliances, including a water bowser, to what it's described as a "significant" fire.

    The North West Ambulance Service said one man had been taken to hospital. It could not say how seriously injured he was. The ambulance service says it's still at the scene.

    The A595 has been closed at the junction with the A5093 at Thwaites up to Duddon Bridge.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A595 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A595 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from Lady Hall Lane to Chapel Brow.

    A595 Cumbria - A595 Mains Brow in Duddon Bridge closed and queues in both directions from the Lady Hall Lane junction to the Chapel Brow junction, because of a fire at a building.

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

  5. Sixty transgender hate crimes reported to police

    Cumbria Police says almost 60 transgender hate crimes have been reported to it in the last three years.

    That’s according to data obtained by BBC Cumbria following a Freedom of Information request.

    Transgender hate crime recorded by the police in the UK has nearly doubled over the past three years, according to national figures.

    Cumbria Police Logo
  6. Weather on the fells: Very wet, becoming very nice

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 6C to 8C (43F to 46F)
    • Winds: Westerly winds at 20mph to 30mph, gusting up to 35mph at first, but these will become southwesterly
    • Cloud: Bases will be around 1,300ft to 2,300ft (400m to 700m) in any rain at first, but the cloud will quickly rise well above the summits and become well-broken
    • Visibility: Very poor in early rain. As any rain clears in the morning period, it will become very good.
  7. Council cash brings three 'changing places' loos

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    Seriously disabled people visiting places in South Lakeland are to get access to specialist loos.

    South Lakeland District Council has committed £50,000 towards special Changing Places toilets which are bigger and better-equipped than traditional facilities for disabled people.

    Changing places toilet

    Eight bids were submitted and four met the criteria for cash to pay for feasibility studies.

    Three applicants now plan to provide changing places toilets in Cartmel, Kendal and Millerground, Windermere, and all three will also be granted £20,000 to help their project become a reality.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5092 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5092 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, at B5281.

    A5092 Cumbria - A5092 in Gawthwaite blocked in both directions at the B5281 junction, because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

  9. Cumbria's weather: Dry this evening, rain moving in later

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry this evening with a few clear spells.

    Tonight, cloud will thicken with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later and lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  10. Colourful show as gallery prepares for £9.6m facelift

    Martin Lewes


    Paintings by four artists known as the Scottish Colourists are providing the final major exhibition before the Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal closes for a redevelopment costing nearly £10m.

    The Post-Impressionist painters were active at the beginning of the last century, and their work will go alongside paintings from the Kendal gallery's own collection that were influenced by them.

    S J Peploe, Luxembourg Gardens

    The four included artists like S. J. Peploe, who painted the Luxembourg Gardens (above) in 1910, and were seen at the time as the equals of French masters like Picasso, and are said to have influenced many British artists since.

    The exhibition opens this weekend and runs until February. The gallery reopens in 2022.

  11. Lorry driver in bridge crash 'sought by police'

    It has emerged that the lorry driver who got lost near Sedbergh and seriously damaged an ancient bridge turning round, drove off as soon as he was able, and has still not been found.

    Police are thought to be trying to find the driver, who is not a UK national.

    Meanwhile, Cumbria Highways engineers say it could be months before the bridge, listed for its historic interest, is open again, but the authority will try to recover the cost from the haulage company.

    A diversion, through the scenic but narrow and steep road out of Dentdale and down Barbondale, is being signposted.

    Millthrop Bridge with lorry in place
  12. Fifth burglary drives widow from her Cockermouth home

    A Cumbrian businesswoman has abandoned her Cockermouth home after being raided five times by different criminals, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

    John McKechnie, 24, Scott Hodgeon, 30, and a 17-year-old youth travelled from Preston to target the house, and in less than 10 minutes, took £1,000 cash and did damage and stole property together valued at £5,600.

    Among the sentimental items snatched from a clearly-labelled "memories" box was a photograph of the householder's deceased husband, the last to be taken while he was still alive.

    McKechnie, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Hodgeon, 30, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, Preston, and the youth admitted burglary and received respective jail terms of 54, 37 and 36 months.

    The judge heard it was the fifth such burglary and the widow could no longer face living there and he told the three they must be severely punished.

    Quote Message: This is one of the worst examples of non-confrontation dwelling house burglary I have ever seen." from Judge James Adkin
    Judge James Adkin
  13. Plaza closure 'costing business thousands a week'

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A business owner in Carlisle says she is losing thousands of pounds a week because of the road closure caused by the crumbling Central Plaza Hotel.

    Laser Quest car park

    Laura Waters owns three businesses, including Laser Quest, and the entrances to all of them are opposite the derelict hotel, which is threatening to fall into the street, so they are all closed.

    The city council, which is responsible for the building, says it could be months before the building is safe.

    Laura Waters says the situation is devastating her business.

    Quote Message: We've already had to lay off four staff members, we have no income coming in, we are losing over £5,000 a week in income and we are refunding thousands of pounds a week, and we do still have ongoing costs for that building." from Laura Waters
    Laura Waters
  14. Milk round couple bring back the glass bottle and float

    Katy Booth

    Reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The company running a milk round in Kirkby Lonsdale says a move to be more environmentally responsible has meant more people asking for the traditional glass bottles, and a return to the old-fashioned milk float.

    Borders Wholesale says many customers have been asking for the reusable bottles and have also welcomed a change to the vehicle that delivers their milk.

    Milk Float
    Quote Message: People want to go out and ride on it and they like hearing it, they'll get up early in the morning deliberately knowing what time it's passing their window." from Sarah Cutter Borders Wholesale
    Sarah CutterBorders Wholesale
    Quote Message: And there's feedback from some tourists as well, through B&Bs saying they've heard a milk float, is that right or am I imagining things?"
  15. More details of new Carlisle bypass on show in plans bid

    More details of the new road to be built around the southern side of Carlisle have been made public in a formal planning application that brings the £112m project a step closer.

    Still from video of artists impression of new road

    The documents include a graphic video impression of what the new road will look like from the air as it wends its route through the countryside on the southern side of the city.

    Apart from helping traffic avoid the city centre, the new road will open the way for thousands of new homes to be built in a series of small communities under the name of St Cuthbert's Garden Village

  16. Union leader says Scots border could bring opportunities

    An international border between an independent Scotland and England could bring opportunities for business, according to a leading trade unionist in the county.

    Craig Johnston from the transport workers’ union, the RMT, campaigned for Scottish independence in the referendum five years ago.

    This morning the Carlisle MP John Stevenson warned there could be economic problems because of a "hard" border, but Mr Johnston says there are already differences between the two countries in education and social care.

    Quote Message: It might be a bit of an economic stimulant to us that we have a border just up the road." from Craig Johnston
    Craig Johnston