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  1. Police cybercrime unit expands
  2. Farron calls for Stronger Towns Fund cash

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  1. MP Farron calls for cash to help smaller towns

    Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron wants the Government to allow more Cumbrian towns to benefit from a new fund.

    Mr Farron says the Stronger Towns Fund, worth £1bn in England, is only available to areas with a population of more than 30,000 people - meaning that in Cumbria only Carlisle and Barrow will benefit.

    Tim Farron

    The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale says the rules should be changed so that towns with more than 10,000 people, such as Kendal, Penrith and Ulverston, could be allowed to share the money.

    He's made his case in a letter to the Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire.

  2. Travel: Lakes resurfacing means diversions and delays

    BBC News Travel

    Two roads are being resurfaced in the Lake District, meaning some diversions and probably delays.

    At Blawith the roads to Coniston, the A5084 is closed, and some diversions could be lengthy for larger vehicles.

    And the main road through the central Lakes, the A591, is being resurfaced in Ambleside.

    Both jobs, according to Cumbria County Council, could last until 1 June.

  3. Weather on the fells: Mainly clear with isolated showers

    • Temperature at 3,000 (900m) feet: Around 4C (39F) at first, rising to around 8C (46F)
    • Winds: At summit level, initially northwesterly at around 18 to 22 mph, but easing to northwesterly 8 to 12 mph by late morning
    • Cloud: Scattered layers at around 500ft to 800ft (150m to 250m) at first, slowly rising to patchy layers at around 2,600 to 3,000 feet (800m to 900m) by late morning, but falling in isolated showers
    • Visibility: Mainly good, but locally poor in any isolated heavy showers, hill fog or early mist
    • Pollen Levels: Low UV Index: High
  4. Police expand specialist cybercrime unit

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A new unit has been set up at Cumbria's police headquarters to expand work against cybercrime such as sexual exploitation, hacking and financial fraud.

    Woman officer at work at computer

    The specialist officers, who have already done work leading to the arrest of dozens of paedophiles looking for child abuse images, will be joined by three new staff including two detectives, more space and new areas of operation.

    The Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has put a budget of £250,000 into the development and says that while officers out on patrol may give more public reassurance, police work in high-tech offices is now at least as important.

    Det Insp Ian Harwood says their work includes getting information out of computers and mobile phones for a range of wide investigations, with many jobs being referred to them every week.

    Quote Message: We deal with online sex abuse and cybercrime, and we also have a digital forensics unit that extracts data from digital devices used in crime." from Det Insp Ian Harwood
    Det Insp Ian Harwood
  5. Weather: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry this morning once the mist patches clear and there will be some sunny spells.

    There will be little change this afternoon, and highest temperatures will be from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest detailed BBC Weather forecast for where you are by clicking here.

  6. Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Good morning: We'll be posting news and other information of note for the county through the day.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, from J35 for A601 to J36 for A590.

    M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J35 A601(M) Carnforth to J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now stepped back to allow the software to post any breaking major news or travel reports through the night.

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. As always, if you've got any stories or photos to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  9. Weather: Dry and clear later with a chance of mist

    BBC Weather

    It should be dry tonight and there will be long clear periods.

    There will be the chance of some mist developing later in the night, with lowest temperatures from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest BBC Weather forecast for where you are by clicking here.

  10. Travel: A595 closed at Distington bypass

    BBC News Travel

    The A595 is closed northbound on the Distington bypass after a four-vehicle crash. Southbound is open but traffic is said to be very slow.

  11. Firefighters investigate blaze after home gutted

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a couple's home in Hillcrest, Workington, earlier today is being investigated.

    Both occupants were treated by paramedics and one was taken to hospital according to the fire service, although it's not thought they were seriously hurt.

    Crews from Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport spent more than two hours dealing with the blaze after being called at 04:40.

    The firefighters also rescued one of the couple's three dogs, with the other two pets being out of the house by the time they arrived.

  12. Councillor takes on chains of office for coming year

    Carlisle's office of Mayor - and the regalia that goes with it - has changed hands for the coming year.

    Councillor Marilyn Bowman

    Councillor Marilyn Bowman has served on the city council representing Stanwix Rural since 1999 and was executive member with responsibility for the economy for nine of those years.

    She takes over from Jessica Riddle, and the new deputy Mayor is Councillor Pam Birks.

  13. Final countdown to Euro elections

    People in Cumbria will be able to vote for political party representatives in the European Parliament this week.

    Polling is on Thursday. The UK is taking part because member nations of the EU are legally obliged to elect members to the EU parliament and MPs in in the UK parliament failed to pass a withdrawal deal for Britain to leave the EU in time.

    You can find out how it all works and which parties have put up lists of candidates in the North West here.

    Brexit flags
  14. Police concerned for safety of missing man

    Police say they are concerned for the safety of a man reported missing by his family in Barrow on Saturday.

    Jonathan McMillan

    Jonathan McMillan, 28, is said to be 6ft (1.8m) tall and was last seen wearing dark clothing.

    Police say people who see him should contact officers on 101 rather than approaching him.

  15. Shap Pool ready to make a splash after £100,000 facelift

    Shap's swimming pool is preparing to reopen this weekend after a £100,000 refurbishment that survived damage from Storm Hector and contractors going into administration halfway through the work.

    The scheme included making the pool and other facilities more accessible, a new rain shelter and a mural designed by youngsters from the village primary school.

    The doors open again at 13:00 on Saturday with free entry to celebrate what the committee calls the Shap Splash.

    The picture below, of course, was the pool before the work was complete and before the wall at the end blew down.

    Shap Pool
  16. Knives mean prison, judge warns

    As we told you earlier, a judge has jailed a man for showing a blade during a violent Workington bookmakers dispute, and he warned: "People who carry knives in public get locked up."

    Craig Graham, 28, of Victory Crescent, Maryport, had "flashed" the three-inch blade, a Stanley-type knife attached to a keyring, in a confrontation in a bookmakers in in March.

    He put the blade away, but the shop manager had pressed a panic alarm and alerted police.

    Graham admitted possessing a bladed article and was jailed for eight months.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge James Adkin told him: "The problem here is 100 people stabbed to death this year (in the UK) because of knives".

    You can read more about those 100 deaths here.

    Quote Message: The message needs to go out: People who carry knives in public get locked up." from Judge James Adkin
    Judge James Adkin
  17. Travel: M6 southbound slowed by two-vehicle crash

    BBC News Travel

    A two-vehicle accident between junctions 37 and 36 on the M6 has partly blocked the southbound carriageway, causing several miles of slow traffic.

  18. 'Lack of specialists forces patients to travel'

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    The people in charge of the NHS in Cumbria say a shortage of specialists, not money, is the main reason why some patients have to travel long distances.

    Jack and Anne Aspinall

    Jack Aspinall, 81, pictured with his wife Anne, lives in Barrow but will have to make a 70-mile (110km) round trip to Kendal three times a week for the rest of his life because he has just been diagnosed with kidney failure and the dialysis centre for Morecambe Bay is at the Westmorland General Hospital.

    Quote Message: I feel more upset about him having to travel for this dialysis treatment than the treatment itself" from Anne Aspinall
    Anne Aspinall
    Quote Message: There aren't enough specialists and equipment to provide it in every locality so there has to be a decision based on all the factors" from Dr Geoff Joliffe Chairman, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group
    Dr Geoff JoliffeChairman, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group