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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful and interesting items about 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 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. Crime rates jump 'because of better reporting' say police

    Cumbria police say a 53% increase in reported violent crime and a 26% increase in sexual crime are both the result of better record-keeping and people being more willing to say they've been attacked.

    Police officers

    The increases were reported at a meeting called by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, today.

    The deputy chief constable, Mark Webster, said the Cumbria force was one of only two in the country to be graded as outstanding for the way it kept crime figures, and compared with other police areas, Cumbria was the second safest.

    Peter McCall said it would be easy to sensationalise the figures, but there were good reasons and victims of crime were getting a better service.

    Quote Message: I am assured by the Chief Constable that the actual level of crime in the county hasn’t increased but we are better at recording and getting an accurate perspective of what is happening." from Peter McCall
    Peter McCall
  3. Lifeboat crews called out to help rescue dog from cliffs

    Whitehaven coastguards and the St Bees lifeboat volunteers were called out after a dog fell part of the way down cliffs at Kells.

    St bees lifeboat crew watching cliffs

    The St Bees crew stood by while the coastguard climbed part of the way down the cliff to rescue the pet.

    • HM Coastguard and the Wasdale mountain rescue team were also on the cliffs south of Whitehaven yesterday, after a walker slipped, injuring an ankle, on the path down towards St Bees.
  4. Workington stadium: Reaction comes in

    Social media reaction has been it seems mostly one-sided over today's decision by Allerdale councillors to review plans for a shared stadium for the town's football and rugby league teams.

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  5. Cumbria's weather: Long clear periods and mostly dry

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight, there will be long clear spells and most areas will remain dry.

    However, there is a risk of occasional showers developing, with gentle winds and lowest temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

    Weather graphic

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

  6. Family of Kylan-J joins fight for new treatment

    News and Star


    The family of a toddler with a life-limiting muscle disorder have backed a campaign for other people to receive a new drug which saved their boy’s life.

    Kylan J Heslop
  7. Rugby League World Cup boss warns on stadium decision

    The chief executive of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup has warned that fixtures will not come to Cumbria unless the stadium he was promised is built.

    Workington Stadium concept

    Jon Dutton said the board planning the tournament in two years' time would meet to discuss the implication of today's Allerdale council decision, but said the games would go elsewhere if the stadium was not available.

    Quote Message: We would like to reiterate that if the council do not deliver on their bid pledge to us, we will have no alternative but to relocate the games awarded to Allerdale to another region.” from Jon Dutton
    Jon Dutton
  8. Driver in A66 death crash warned she faces prison sentence

    A woman who admitted her dangerous driving caused the death of a young Penrith man has been warned by a Carlisle Crown Court judge that she faces a prison sentence "of some length".

    Jordan Wilson, who was aged 20, died on 1 June last year, two days after a Suzuki Swift in which he was a front seat passenger collided with a flatbed HGV on the A66 between Penrith and Keswick.

    Hannah Rose Bowman

    Hannah Bowman, 21, of Vicarage Terrace, Nenthead, near Alston, was behind the wheel of the Suzuki at the time of the crash, and the court was told she had she had been warned before she set out that she was too tired to drive.

    Judge James Adkin adjourned the case until a sentencing hearing on 19 July for the preparation of impact statements by the family of Mr Wilson, and a pre-sentence report on Bowman.

    Judge Adkin said of the likely punishment: "It is a custody case, and a custody case of some length."

  9. Tourism leaders welcome ministers 'zone' announcement

    Leading tourism figures in Cumbria say the government's announcement of a new Tourism Zone, with extra support for training and other developments, is something they have been working towards for 18 months.

    Gill Haigh

    The managing director of Cumbria Tourism said she was already working with the county council, the local enterprise partnership and the Lake District National Park Authority to make sure Cumbria is one of the areas picked to be a "tourism zone".

    Quote Message: Being a Tourism Zone would open up great opportunities to further develop the value of Cumbria’s Tourism industry, as well as helping us to tackle some of the challenges businesses are facing."
    • The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says he and business people met the immigration minister Caroline Nokes this week to tell her that plans for a minimum salary for workers from overseas would be "completely unrealistic and seriously harmful" to the tourism industry.
  10. Furious sports club say future in old stadiums in doubt

    Workington's rugby league and football clubs say they've been left in fear for their future now plans for a new shared stadium are in doubt.

    Allerdale borough executive meeting

    The council's new executive, meeting today, asked officers to review the plans, and see whether a smaller stadium would reduce the £27m cost.

    But Barry White, a director of Workington Town Rugby League Club, said the 8,000 capacity was a requirement to host world cup matches in 2021.

    He said both clubs, currently based in grounds built in the 1930s, could now face decline.

    Quote Message: People aren't going to come to these sorts of stadiums, they're not going to come to a run-down stadium like that." from Barry White
    Barry White
  11. Village chapel reopens as arts centre

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    A Cumbrian community will see years of work come to fruition today when their former Methodist chapel re-opens as an arts and visitors centre.

    The work on the building in Nenthead near Alston has been part funded by a £1.7m lottery grant.

    Many original architectural features have been preserved in the chapel which now houses a cafe, art gallery and community space.

    Nenthead chapel interior
  12. Ministers announce 'tourism sector deal' to boost industry

    The Prime Minister has today added the tourism industry to a list of policy initiatives being announced in the final weeks of her term in office.

    Theresa May and ministers in the departments of culture and business say they will bring in what they call a tourism sector deal, with 130,000 new hotel rooms to be built, the establishment of up to five "tourism zones" which will receive government support for promotion and training, and a government strategy to increase the numbers of business events and conferences out of the main season.

    There will also be new qualifications, including two new "T levels", in Catering and Cultural and Heritage Attractions. although the only spending commitment with a specific sum of money attached is a £250,000 competition to provide broadband in conference centres.

    You can read the policy document here.

  13. Councillors defend new delay in stadium plan

    Allerdale councillors say the new review of the plans for a sports stadium on the site of the Workington Reds ground is necessary to defend the council's interest.

    The council changed political control in the May elections, and the coalition of Conservatives and Independents now in charge has always had doubts about the scheme, which would create a shared base for the town's football and rugby league teams, with offices let out to Sellafield and the NHS providing an income.

    Mark Jenkinson, the council's deputy leader, said the potential liability was up to £95m, in the worst case, and officers have been asked to look at decreasing the cost by reducing the size of the development.

    Asked whether more delay to stop and chance of the stadium being ready for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021, Mr Jenkinson said more talks would be held with the Rugby League.

    Quote Message: What we can't do is rush into a decision.
    Quote Message: Today's decision will be used for further discussions with the Rugby League World Cup and see where we end up." from Mark Jenkinson
    Mark Jenkinson
  14. Warning issued after disabled sailor dies on Windermere

    Martin Lewes


    A safety warning's been issued about sailing boats after the death of a man on Windermere when a boat capsized with two people, one an instructor, on board earlier this month.

    The boat was based at Blackwell, a centre that specialises in helping people with disabilities go sailing, and the man who died had limited mobility, although he was an experienced sailor.

    Dinghy like the one that capsized

    The report by the Marine Accidents Investigation Branch says the boat, like many small vessels, had a retractable keel, and a strap designed to keep it lowered when in use was not in place.

    This meant that when the boat was blown over in gusty winds, the keel retracted, making it more difficult for rescuers to turn it the right way up, and the sailor, a 57-year-old man from Heversham, near Milnthorpe, was trapped underneath.

    The MAIB report, sent to every centre using such vessels, stresses the need to make sure the strap is used to secure the keel, and procedures for righting vessels whether or not the keel is in place.

  15. Cumbria's weather: Continuing sunny and warm

    BBC Weather

    It will continue warm and fine today with almost unbroken sunshine, and feeling humid.

    It will be breezy at times with a moderate south-easterly wind and highest temperatures from 23C to 26C (73F to 79F).

    Weather graphic

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

  16. BreakingCouncillors put Allerdale stadium plan on hold

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The newly-elected council administration in Allerdale has ordered a review of plans to build a new sports stadium in Workington.

    The decision, taken after 20 minutes of discussion, prompted cries of anger from the public gallery at a meeting of the council’s ruling executive.

    Artist's impression of new stadium

    The council changed political hands in May, when elections meant Labour lost control to a coalition of Conservatives and Independents.

    It calls into question the future of the proposed 8,000-seater ground, which would have been shared by Workington Town and Workington Reds, and used for fixtures in the next Rugby League World Cup.

  17. Chef who attacked colleagues in kitchen is sentenced

    A chef who attacked two colleagues in the kitchens of the Armathwaite Hall Hotel in the Lake District has been given a suspended prison sentence.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard 37-year-old Peter Dowdall threw a steel bowl at one colleague and punched him, then picked up a knife which he used to cut the face of another worker.

    Dowdall, of Monkhouse Road, Workington, admitted assaulting both men causing them actual bodily harm.

    He was given an eight-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity.

  18. New Allerdale executive to discuss £27m stadium plan

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    A decision is expected today on whether Cumbria will get a new £27m sports stadium, which would host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 if it is finished in time.

    The Labour administration that ran Allerdale Borough Council until last month was enthusiastic about plans to build the new 8,000 seater stadium, to be shared by Workington's football and rugby league sides.

    But May's local election saw the ruling Labour executive booted out in favour of an independent-Conservative coalition, and the new deputy leader had previously called the proposed stadium a "vanity project" and a potential "white elephant".

    That new executive will make a decision on whether to go ahead with the plans at a meeting this afternoon