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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful and interesting information about Cumbria for today, and this week.

    Here's a reminder of some of today's main developments:

    We'll be back on Monday at 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.

  2. Prisons ombudsman says staff 'lost control' of cells

    An independent report into the death of Keith Abbott at Haverigg Prison says it is hard not to conclude staff lost control of parts of the prison, allowing acts of serious violence.

    The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's report follows the conclusions of an inquest into Mr Abbott's death today.

    The report repeats much of the evidence heard of a serious and very violent sexual assault on Mr Abbott before his death, but also spells out failings in mental health care.

    It says that although the prison inspectorate had found a lack of supervision in the billets including Mr Abbott's cells in 2014, two years later staff had told the ombudsman's investigators "they were sometimes unable to go in when prisoners were unlocked because of low staffing levels".

    Quote Message: It is hard not to conclude that there was an effective loss of control in parts of the prison which allowed acts of serious violence to take place undetected." from Elizabeth Moody Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
    Elizabeth MoodyActing Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
  3. Cumbria's weather: Thickening cloud and rain moving in

    There may be a few cloud breaks around during this evening before thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain move their way in from the west.

    The wet weather should ease again later in the night with lowest temperatures from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Prisoner's partner 'sad, but questions answered'

    The partner of Keith Abbott, the Haverigg Prison inmate whose death by hanging was investigated by the inquest that ended today, gave her reaction through a solicitor.

    Linda Bailey had heard the jury conclude that prison staff had not taken adequate steps to keep Mr Abbott safe, and that insufficient staff levels had contributed to his death.

    Ms Bailey said she was pleased with the jury's conclusions.

    Quote Message: The inquest has gone a long way in answering the many questions I had unanswered following Keith's death.
    Quote Message: The prison was clearly an unsafe environment, and it is extremely sad that it has taken Keith's death to recognise that and close the billets down."
  5. More new homes for locals to be built in Lake District

    Lake District planners have increased the number of new homes they will give permission for, in the local development guidelines being drawn up for the next 15 years.

    Housing estate in Grasmere

    In one of a number of changes proposed to the draft local plan, the park authority will aim to give permission for 1,200 houses, rather than the 900 originally planned, most of which would be subject to conditions meaning people would have to work locally or have other local restrictions to occupy them.

    The planners are also preparing significant changes to the way they were proposing to treat so-called "showcase areas" around Windermere, Keswick and Ullswater, because during consultation last year many of those making comments "felt this approach was too supportive towards development".

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, near Rosehill.

    A595 Cumbria - A595 in Parton blocked and stationary traffic in both directions near the Rosehill junction, because of an accident.

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

  7. Power engineers on standby for 60mph Storm Freya

    Electricity North West says it is putting extra engineers on standby for Storm Freya, which is expected to sweep across Cumbria with winds gusting to 60mph in many areas on Sunday night.

    The yellow warning from the Met Office says the wind could get up to 80mph on coasts and hills.

  8. 'Substantial changes made' at prison, inquest told

    Haverigg prison, heavily criticised today by an inquest jury, has seen "substantial changes" according to coroner Kally Cheema.

    Keith Abbott, 32, was found hanged in his cell in July 2016, after he was seriously sexually assaulted.

    Asked whether adequate steps were taken by staff at HMP Haverigg to keep Mr Abbott safe, the jury's foreman announced its unanimous conclusion: "No."

    The inquest heard the jail's operational capacity had been slashed from 644 to 260 following Mr Abbott's death, and that prisoners' billets on what was a former RAF base had since been closed down.

    But the verdict comes on a day when the prison's continuing serious drug problem has been highlighted by the monitoring board of local people who visit to the prison to act as a watchdog there.

    Haverigg Prison sign
  9. BreakingHaverigg prison inquest: Staff did not keep inmate safe

    A jury at the inquest into the death of a Haverigg Prison inmate found hanged in his cell has concluded staff did not take adequate steps to keep him safe.

    Keith Abbott, a 32-year-old with a history of mental health problems, was found dead on the morning of 15 July, 2016, in single occupancy cell while serving a four-year sentence at Cumbria's only jail.

    Keith Abbott with partner Linda Bailey

    A pathologist concluded Mr Abbott, pictured with his partner Linda Bailey, died due to hanging, and also found he was subjected to a serious sexual assault in the hour before his death, which the jury found had contributed to his death.

    Factors which probably also contributed to his death, jurors found, included admitted roll check failings, no medication for mental health at the prison, internal communication issues, a lack of CCTV and "insufficient staff levels".

  10. Lakes park drops 'cable cars' from planning guidelines

    The Lake District National Park has dropped controversial references to using a cable car system, called gondolas, to carry people to the Whinlatter forest near Keswick, from its draft new planning guidelines for the next 15 years


    The idea was to reduce the amount of traffic on narrow roads by encouraging visitors to park close to Bassenthwaite Lake, and it was part of a larger scheme to develop so-called Showcase Areas near Windermere, Keswick and Ullswater.

    The park planners now says that with regards to the Whinlatter Visitor Centre: "Following feedback, the wording has been amended to make it clearer that there is currently no preferred option for transport or the experience, and specific reference to a gondola has been removed."

    The statement makes it clear that planners are not ruling out gondolas, but they see them as one of the options for transport, with low-emission vehicles being another.

    You can read more here.

  11. 'Repotting time' for trees in Kendal's main streets

    Martin Lewes


    Nine trees which have been in planters in Kendal's main streets, Highgate and Stricklandgate, for 10 years, are to be given their freedom.

    Tree in planter

    The hornbeams have now outgrown the giant pots in which they arrived, and next week they will be planted out in Gooseholme Park to grow to their full size and maturity.

    A new generation of similar trees, but rather smaller, will then replace them with the bill for removing the old trees paid by South Lakeland council, and the cost of the new ones footed by Kendal Town Council..

    Any spring flowers removed in the process will be given to community groups for use elsewhere.

  12. Minister speaks of 'new measures' to stop jail drugs

    The prisons minister and Cumbrian Conservative MP Rory Stewart says measures are being taken to reduce the quantity of drugs getting into Haverigg jail.

    Mr Stewart was responding to a report from prison monitors which said drugs such as spice were causing problems on a weekly and sometimes a daily basis.

    The Penrith and the Border MP said some drugs were impregnated into paper which the prisoners then chewed, but technology was being used to combat this.

    Quote Message: We're now having to introduce new machines to check letters coming in, even letters from solicitors are being impregnated, clothing's being impregnated, we're introducing X-ray body scanners so we can pick up on people bringing drugs concealed inside their bodies."
    Quote Message: It's a continual battle to stop people accessing this and we must do better." from Rory Stewart
    Rory Stewart
  13. Air ambulance crews feature in new TV documentary

    The work of Cumbria's air ambulance will be shown on television on Sunday.

    The first programme in the new series of Emergency Helicopter Medics features a man who was injured during a mountain biking event in the Lake District, and the helicopter crews worked with the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team..

    The More4 programme includes footage of Dr Theo Weston from Penrith, who's one of the longest-serving doctors with the Great North Air Ambulance.

    GNAA at Kendal
    Quote Message: It's great to have them with us, it's fantastic publicity for us, and I think this particular series is different, it clearly highlights the benefit of having enhanced care to the scene that quickly." from Dr Theo Weston
    Dr Theo Weston
    • Emergency helicopter Medics is on at 21:00 on Sunday 3 March.
  14. Man in hospital after 'jumping' from bridge

    Emergency services were called to Eden Bridge in Carlisle just after 22:00 last night after reports that a man had jumped into the river.

    By the time police and the fire and rescue services arrived, it's understood he was out of the water, and was taken to hospital for observation.

  15. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with the chance of drizzle

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy afternoon, and while most areas will be dry, there could be a few spots of drizzle.

    Winds will be light, with highest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

    Weather graphic

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

    The Met Office has posted a yellow warning for very strong winds on Sunday night.

  16. United sign up 'exciting' 16-year-old defender Jarrad

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley says 16-year-old academy defender Jarrad Branthwaite is a "really exciting" prospect.

    Steven Pressley and Jarrad Branthwaite

    Jarrad, a local boy who has been with the club since he was eight years old, signed professional papeers for a two-year deal this week.

    At 6ft 4in (1.93m) tall, he will already be one of the tallest players in the squad

    Quote Message: Bringing through our own young players is a pivotal part in how I see this club moving forward." from Steven Pressley
    Steven Pressley
  17. Schools: 94% of families get first choice

    Cumbria education officials say 94% of families applying for a secondary school place this autumn have been given their first choice.

    There were 4,980 applications for places, an increase of 93 on last year.

    School children