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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    We're now stepping side to let the software post breaking major news or travel reports through the night.

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

    If there's news you think we should know, or if 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 evening.

  2. Views sought on new Carlisle link road

    BBC Cumbria

    People are being asked for their views on plans for a southern link road for Carlisle.

    Cumbria County Council Council has opened a public consultation for six weeks.

    Map
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    Severe accident: A6071 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6071 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Blackbank Turn-Off to Gaitle Caravan Park Turn-Off.

    A6071 Cumbria - A6071 in Blackbank closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the Blackbank Turn-Off junction to the Gaitle Caravan Park Turn-Off junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  4. 'Blue belt' protection for Cumbria coastline habitat

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Two coastal areas in Cumbria have been included in a swathe of new marine conservation zones which have been announced by the government today.

    The Solway Firth and the Copeland coast are among 41 "blue belts" specially created to protect habitats and species such as seahorses, rare jellyfish and mussel beds.

    Cumbria Wildlife Trust says their protection is crucial to the recovery of underwater habitats that have been over-exploited.

    However, some fear the designation will not restrict activities like commercial fishing enough to make a big difference.

    Solway Firth
  5. Health trusts make progress on merger with no name

    Two of the health trusts that provide a large range of services across Cumbria say they are pressing ahead with a merger, but are still to decide what the new organisation will be called.

    The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust, which runs, as the name suggests, hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, and the Cumbria Partnership trust, which provides mental health care and services such as district nurses across the entire county, already share a chief executive.

    Officials held a six-week consultation online, through social media and with local events, and they say 1,300 people made comments that will be taken into account.

    There was no agreement about whether the name should refer to North Cumbria, Cumbria, or the Lake District, and directors say they will decide on that later.

  6. Village plans party to celebrate bridge reopening

    People in Burneside just outside Kendal are planning a party tomorrow to celebrate the reopening of a bridge badly damaged by Storm Desmond four years ago.

    New bridge

    The Ford Bridge was at first thought to have survived, but the central piers supporting it had been undermined, and eventually it was closed in 2017.

    The new design has no central supports beneath the 29m (100ft) span, allowing more water to flow underneath so it is less likely to be damaged in future.

    The closure divided the village and councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways, said: "I fully appreciate the closure of the bridge has had a significant impact on the local community and I’d like to thank them for their patience and understanding."

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    Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, near Castle Gardens.

    A596 Cumbria - A596 in Workington blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the Castle Gardens junction, because of an accident.

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

  8. Four people rescued after car hits wall

    Firefighters rescued four people - including a baby - after a car hit a brick wall on the A-road between Grizebeck and Lowick Green yesterday afternoon.

  9. Weather on the fells: Pretty claggy

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Around 9C to 10C (48F to 50F)
    • Winds: At summit level, strong to gale force southwesterly at 35-45mph, with gusts to around 50-55mph
    • Cloud: Thick layers at bases of approximately 600ft to 1,300ft (200m to 400m)
    • Visibility: Moderate, but poor in hill fog and rain
    • Pollen: Moderate. UV: Low
  10. Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Good morning: We'll be posting news, main travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets that may drop from the county's social networks, through the day.

    If there's news you think we should know, or if you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

  11. Cumbria's weather: Rain and drizzle easing

    BBC Weather

    There will be further outbreaks of rain and drizzle throughout the night, although they will tend to ease.

    It will remain cloudy overnight and it will be misty in some areas, with lowest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  12. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We're now stepping side to let the software post 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. If there's news you think we should know, or if 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 evening.

  13. Town's deputy mayor with a record says 'I'm a changed man'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    The new deputy major of Workington is a convicted conman who swindled thousands of pounds out of women he met through internet dating, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has confirmed.

    David King, who says he is a “changed man”, was jailed for four years in 2006 after admitting four charges of obtaining money by deception from two women between January and April 2004, contacting them through dating sites and then asking them to invest money.

    Mr King, who was received into the Roman Catholic Church in December 2017, said his last offence was committed over 17 years ago.

    The 74-year-old insisted he had never denied his past and had paid back “every penny” to his victims, which he said amounted to a total of £48,000.

  14. Factory cordon lifted after chemical fire

    A police cordon around an 800m area imposed after a fire at a textiles factory has now been lifted.

    Cummersdale factory with fire engine

    Fire broke out at the Stead McAlpin factory, at Cummersdale near Carlisle, at 11:00 this morning, and ambulance crews treated six workers, although none were thought to be seriously affected.

    People in the one home within the cordon were advised to stay inside and other members of the public asked to avoid the area, while the fire was allowed to burn itself out.

  15. BreakingSix people treated after factory fire

    Police now say six people were taken from the Stead McAlpin factory by ambulance staff after reports of a chemical fire at the textile printing plant earlier.

    But they say that five were taken only as a precaution and the sixth had suffered only "minor issues", while everyone else at the plant accounted for.

    A 400m cordon has been established around the site, and residents at the one house within it have been advised to stay inside with windows and doors closed.

    Police say that on professional advice the fire is now being allowed to burn itself out, and people are being warned to avoid the area.

    Police cordon
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    Severe accident: A5092 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5092 Cumbria both ways severe accident, around Lowick School Bunkhouse.

    A5092 Cumbria - A5092 in Lowick closed and very slow traffic in both directions around the Lowick School Bunkhouse junction, because of an accident involving one vehicle.

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

  17. BreakingFactory zone cordoned off after 'chemical incident'

    Police have cordoned off an area 400m in all directions around the Stead McAlpin textiles factory in Carlisle after reports of a chemical incident.

    Fire crews are also at the scene.

    We'll bring you more when we have it.

  18. Volunteers call to check 'disturbance' of bird colonies

    There's a call for volunteers to stand watch to see if anything is disturbing the bird colonies on St Bees Head.

    Staff working with the Colourful Coast Partnership, named because of the red rocks of the cliffs, say that while bird numbers generally are increasing, some species, including guillemots and puffins, are not.

    St Bees Birds

    Dave Blackledge, the RSPB site manager said: "We know that boats and climbers can sometimes unintentionally disturb the birds, but we also want to know if there’s anything else, like birds of prey or drones, which could be having an effect."

    There is already a voluntary agreement among fishing crews to stay clear of the cliffs, but Natural England will gather information from the volunteer watchers to see if more needs to be done.

  19. Now Crimestoppers puts a price on dealer's head

    The charity Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £3,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for selling cocaine and heroin in Carlisle.

    Louis Simpson

    Louis Simpson was first listed as wanted by Cumbria police in December, saying the 25-year-old was involved in a conspiracy to supply drugs.

    Simpson originates from the Merseyside area and police believe he has now returned to Liverpool, but Crimestoppers say the reward is meant to encourage anyone who knows where he is to come forward.