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  1. BBC Cumbria Live through the day

    We've now finished posting news and other interesting items about Cumbria.

    We will 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 evening.

  2. Cumbrian zoo celebrates two rare births

    Two new additions to The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis in Milnthorpe have been taking their first steps.

    The first is a long nosed potoroo baby, which marks the first time the zoo's potoroos have successfully bred.

    Potoroos are related to kangaroos and wallabies and their babies spend the first months hidden in their mother's pouch.

    Potoroo baby

    The second addition is a lesser tenrec hedgehog - a small hedgehog-like species native to Madagascar and listed as threatened - which is currently too small to have his picture taken.

    The zoo's manager says both animals are very sweet and equally entertaining to watch.

    They're also looking for a name for the baby potoroo.

    Quote Message: “We have a tradition of naming our potoroos after Harry Potter characters. We’ve already had Harry, James, Lily and Snape, so we need a new ‘Potter-oo’ themed name for the new arrival. All ideas are warmly welcomed via the zoo’s Facebook page.” from Jack Williams Manager
    Jack WilliamsManager
  3. Conservation project attracts wildlife to coastline

    A stretch of Cumbrian coastline that was once home to mining is now being filled with different species of birds and wildflowers.

    Since 2008 the National Trust has been carrying out a conservation project at the Haig Colliery, between Whitehaven and St Bees.

    Haig Colliery

    The Trust says it has managed to attract various bird species, including a colony of Jackdaws, red shank and oystercatcher.

    Today volunteers are putting the finishing touches to a sandstone wall along the coast.

    Volunteers working to restore a wall along Ravenhill track, Whitehaven
  4. National Park extension 'could push house prices'

    There's a warning that an extension to the Lake District National Park could push up house prices in some parts of South Cumbria, where people are already struggling to get on the housing ladder.

    It comes from the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, following a proposal from the Friends of the Lake District.

    The charity wants to extend the National Park to include more of South Cumbria.

    Quote Message: Of course we need to make sure that all of South Cumbria reaps the benefits of having Britain’s second biggest visitor destination on our doorstep, but it’s also important that this is weighed up against some of the downsides of being in the National Park." from Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
  5. Video content

    Video caption: Cumbria hidden books encourage summer holiday reading

    Thousands of the children's books are being hidden across Cumbria with clues on social media to find them.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, from J41 for B5305 to J42 for A6.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J41, B5305 (Catterlen) to J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. BreakingMan charged after Wigton stabbings appears in court

    A man charged with attempted murder has appeared before magistrates.

    Richard Moulton, 49, of Station Road, Wigton, entered no plea and was remanded in custody until he appears at Carlisle Crown Court on 30 August.

    He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a bladed article, and assault after an attack in the town left three people injured earlier this week.

  8. New training set to boost construction skills

    It's hoped a new training programme will ensure people in Cumbria have the skills to take advantage of job opportunities in the construction sector.

    SP Training is working with Carlisle College and local employers, including Story Contracting, to try to make sure companies can recruit locally.

    Several projects are in the pipeline, including plans for a Garden Village on the outskirts of Carlisle, and work to upgrade stretches of the A66 to dual carriageway.

    L-R: Tony Higgins (SP Training managing director), Harry Mason (apprentice) and David Kirkup (SP Training construction training manager).

    The organisation that represents home builders has recently warned of a downturn in the industry amid cost-cutting that it says could risk the quality of new homes.

    But Cumbria appears to be bucking this national trend.

    Cumbria Home Builders Group, which represents builders across the county, says despite skills shortages in the industry sales of new homes "continue apace".

  9. Man who died swimming in Ullswater from London

    Police say the man who died after getting into difficulties in Ullswater yesterday afternoon was from London.

    The body of a man in his 20s was found by specialist divers shortly before 23:00 BST on Thursday.

    An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital and later discharged.

    Cumbria Police say they aren't treating the death as suspicious.

    Ullswater
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    Severe accident: A5093 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5093 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from St George's Road to Moor Road.

    A5093 Cumbria - A5093 Horn Hill in Millom closed in both directions from the St George's Road junction to the Moor Road junction, because of accident investigation work.

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

  11. Barrow Council £2.7m cuts plan on target

    Barrow Council says it's on track to save £2.7m.

    Government cuts mean the authority is facing a deficit of nearly £3m by April 2020, it says.

    The council says it has outsourced some services - including waste collection, street cleaning and leisure services - to try to save money.

  12. Cumbrian company secures £20m Sellafield contract

    A Cumbrian based company, Thomas Graham and Sons, has secured a £20m contract with the Sellafield nuclear plant.

    Russel Smith and colleagues

    Thomas Graham, which has been working with the nuclear site for many years, has secured a four-year contract to provide power tools and other hardware, mostly from its store in Egremont.

    The new contract means the 127-year-old family company will be able to create a number of local jobs.

    The company has grown since it was founded in 1892, when Thomas Graham set up a small ironmongers shop in Carlisle.

    Quote Message: Winning this prestigious contract is testament to the hard work from our contracts team and the dedication from everyone across the business to deliver the best products at the best price underpinned by exceptional customer service." from Russell Smith Contracts director
    Russell SmithContracts director
  13. Man found dead after lake search

    BBC Cumbria

    A man has died and a teenager was taken to hospital after they got into difficulties swimming in Ullswater.

    The search began yesterday afternoon and took almost six hours.

    Cumbria Police say they were told just before 17:00 that a man in his 20s and another who's 18 had got into trouble after going into the water at Howtown.

    Emergency services mounted a search, involving volunteers from mountain rescue, a coastguard helicopter and coastguard teams who brought their boats to the lake from bases on the Solway Firth.

    The younger man was rescued, taken to hospital and later discharged. At almost 23:00, the other man was found dead by specialist divers. His family have been informed.

    Ullswater
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  15. Speed restriction in place after Carlisle-Settle landslip cleared

    BBC Cumbria

    A 20mph (32kph) speed limit is in place on the Carlisle to Settle railway line between Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen after Wednesday's landslip.

    Repairs have been carried out following the incident at Dent, which saw services cancelled until yesterday.

    Paul Street, of Network Rail, said: "We've got specialist contractors looking at it.

    "Because the drain system was overwhelmed, it damaged the embankment so we're going to have to look at ways to shore it up, clear out the drains and make sure the embankment is firm and stable so it doesn't fail again."

    The usual speed limit is 60mph (95kmh).

    Construction workers clear the landslip at Dent