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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria News

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful and interesting things from around Cumbria for today and this week.

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

    If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Driver who lost control ran into school group at castle

    A driver who lost control of his car at Sizergh Castle near Kendal and ran into four school students and a teacher has been given a suspended 15-month prison sentence.

    Keith Dootson

    Keith Dootson, now aged 77, of Scott Lane, Aspull, near Wigan, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving in July 2017.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that as he struggled to get his Toyota Yaris out of a parking space, Dootson caught the accelerator too hard, and with wheels spinning on the gravel, hit four teenagers, throwing two into the air, and also struck 57-year-old teacher Adele Nicholl.

    Ms Nicholl suffered hand and leg injuries, one teenage girl was treated in hospital, and three other students were left with cuts and bruises.

    Judge James Adkin heard Dootson had not driven since the incident, had surrendered a driving licence held for nearly 60 years and led an "otherwise blameless life".

  3. A pebble for each victim to remember Sri Lanka attacks

    People have gathered in Carlisle to pay respects to the victims of the Sri Lanka attack.

    Man placing pebble by market cross

    Glass pebbles were placed around the Market Cross in the city centre, to represent the 253 who died in the attacks on Easter Sunday.

    Arthur Paintup, who grew up from Sri Lanka but now lives in Cumbria, and gave a speech at the vigil, said the island had to find a way to look beyond religious intolerance to live and get on together.

    Quote Message: There's been so much communal violence in that country and it has suffered enormously as a consequence." from Arthur Paintup
    Arthur Paintup
  4. Merged colleges get 'good' rating from Ofsted

    The merger of Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College has resulted in good standards, according to the first report on the combined college by inspectors.

    Furness College

    The report says the merger has been managed effectively to minimise the impact on students' progress, and most complete their courses successfully and achieve their qualifications.

    The areas where the report has criticisms, include helping apprentices develop their skills in English, not having sufficiently high expectations of of learners with high needs, and not challenging the most able students enought o make sure they achieve their full potential.

  5. Police investigate attempted robbery on bridge

    Police in Penrith have appealed for witnesses after a teenager on his way to work early on Wednesday morning was attacked on a footbridge over the railway line near Brunswick Terrace.

    He was approached by a white man in his early 20s who at first asked for small change and then forced the victim to the ground and tried to go through his pockets.

    The teenager escaped unhurt and nothing was stolen.

    Police say the suspect was around 5ft 7in with dark shaved hair and wearing a grey hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms.

  6. Cumbria's weather: Outbreaks of rain and freshening winds

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue this evening and overnight, and it will be mostly cloudy.

    Winds will freshen during the evening and lowest temperatures will be from 1C to 4C (34F to 39F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always click through to the latest detailed BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  7. Cockermouth school in last eight for national award

    Fairfield Primary School in Cockermouth is in the final shortlist of eight for the Times Educational Supplement primary school of the year award.

    Fairfield Primary School

    The school, which has also been shortlisted for an award for healthy activities, will find out whether it has won on 21 June, in a reception at the House of Commons.

  8. Flood defences get green light from city planners

    The first part of a £25m flood defence scheme for Carlisle was approved by city planners today.

    £6m will be spent raising the flood defences at Melbourne Park and land at the entrance to the Tesco supermarket off Warwick Road.

    Stuart Mounsey is from the Environment Agency, which is leading the project, said the time had been taken to get the project right and it would be complete by 2020..

    Quote Message: A Storm Desmond level of protection was important to the people of Carlisle, so again we had to make sure the design met that, and we had the funding to do that, so all of that does take time." from Stuart Mounsey
    Stuart Mounsey
  9. Barrow 'in a good place' as Evatt signs for three years

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow, who close their National League campaign with a trip to Gateshead, have announced that manager Ian Evatt (pictured) has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

    Ian Evatt

    The chairman Paul Hornby says the positivity around the club at present both on and off the field means they are already looking forward to next season.

    Quote Message: It's just brilliant, where we are at at the moment, it's the start of a story, the start of a journey." from Paul Hornby
    Paul Hornby
  10. Birds charity opens up hide to watch badgers at reservoir

    Martin Lewes


    The RSPB has opened a hide at Haweswater where people can watch not birds, but badgers.


    For many years the reserve at Haweswater was the home to England's only nesting golden eagles, and wardens staffed a hide with telescopes that was visited by thousand of people every year.

    With the last eagle having disappeared some years ago, the wardens are setting up guided visits to observe a badger set elsewhere in the area, from a hide that means the creatures will not be disturbed.

  11. Pressley rues 'massive blow' of midfield injuries

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley says it's a "massive blow" to lose injured midfielders Jamie Devitt and Kelvin Etuhu for tomorrow's crucial game at home to Crawley.

    His side are two points below the League Two playoff places, with just two games of the season left, starting with Crawley tomorrow.

    Pressley says Devitt will certainly now make the Crawley match and Etuhu could be out until after the satart of next season with a torn hamstring.

    Steven Pressley
    Quote Message: Again, we just have to try to find a way to deal with the situation." from Steven Pressley
    Steven Pressley
  12. Travel: Wind turbine load to crawl through county

    BBC News Travel

    A load of wind turbine parts will be moving slowly along the A66 from Scotch Corner to Penrith, and then north up the M6 into Scotland this afternoon.

    Police say drivers should allow extra time for journeys.

  13. Cumbrian estates offer centuries-old oaks to Notre Dame

    Estates including Muncaster and Hutton in the Forest in Cumbria have offered to provide oak trees, hundreds of years old, to help repair the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after it was destroyed by fire.

  14. Family wins second bid for new home

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A firefighter from Ulverston and his family have been given consent for a new home near his ageing parents although some councillors argued it was in the wrong place.

    Oliver Prosser had put in a second application for the house on a field off Carley Lane after having a scheme for two houses refused consent, at a meeting where the committee encouraged him to reapply for a single property.

    Carley Lane, Ulverston

    Although councillors had previously agreed the principle, several members said they were still opposed to the house on the west side of the road, when existing housing was all on the east side, but a vote went in favour of the scheme.

  15. Adventurer Sean dons big badge for London Marathon

    The record-breaking long distance cyclist and triathlete Sean Conway, who lives in Coniston, is running the London Marathon in something a little more ornate than singlet and shorts.

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