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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful information about Cumbria for today, and this week.

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

    • There was a rising spate of complaints in Kendal, after a key bridge over the River Kent was once again undermined by its swollen waters after heavy rain, and closed to all traffic for at least a week
    • And while we're on the subject, Pooley Bridge braced itself for the start of work on the replacement to the three arches over the River Eamont that gave the Lake District village its name, but were swept away by Storm Desmond
    • And Archie Workman, from south Cumbria, who made such a name for his interest in all things to do with drains and their ironwork that he now gives talks on the subject, pondered his response to an inquiry...
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    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00. 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. Cumbria's weather: Scattered showers and windy

    BBC Weather

    A few scattered showers are possible, but on the whole it will be a largely dry night with clear spells and variable cloud.

    It will be windy in places with lowest temperatures around 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Bus company counts costs of Kendal bridge closure

    The bus company Stagecoach says the closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal costs it more than £1,000 a week.

    The bridge is one direct link between its garage in the town and the central area, and it has had to divert several routes while the bridge is closed.

    Engineers say the structure may be closed for repairs for up to 10 days after it was undermined again by the River Kent, which was swollen by heavy rain.

    Victoria Bridge
    Quote Message: Our passengers can understand that there's nothing much we can do, it's happened a few times recently so people almost understand the alternative arrangements that we operate with, but I think they share our frustration." from Tom Waterhouse Stagecoach
    Tom WaterhouseStagecoach
  4. Veteran remembers Afghanistan service in museum exhibition

    Sian Hall

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    A Cumbrian soldier featured in an exhibition about serving in Afghanistan says he doesn't believe the conflict will ever be over.

    It's been 18 years since the war in Afghanistan started, and although most British troops have been withdrawn, the United States continues to fight the Taliban.

    Peter Fearon

    Peter Fearon was a sergeant with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and has contributed his memories to the collection at Carlisle Castle, which is on show until 4 September.

    Quote Message: Just like all the wars before, we go in, we come out, it's the poor people who have to live with that who actually live there, they're the ones who'll will suffer when we leave, so really, have we achieved anything? Realistically, I would say not." from Peter Fearon
    Peter Fearon
  5. Ombudsman orders council to say sorry to family

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cumbria County Council has been ordered to apologise to a father and his children, and to pay them more than £1,000 in compensation, after a watchdog found failings in the way he was helped to care for his daughters.

    The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman ruled that the authority’s mishandling of a children’s services complaint caused the family “distress, uncertainty and frustration”.

    The council accepted that the service was not good enough but has now promised to act on the recommendations, stressing that “significant improvements” had been made.

    The complainant, identified in the report only as Mr Q, asked the council for help in 2015 because he felt unable to cope with his two daughters, and the next year there was an allegation of physical assault by the father on one of his daughters.

    He later claimed that the council had not provided him with adequate support, had not shown “empathy or sincerity” and failed to deal properly with his complaints.

    Cumbria House, Carlisle
  6. Carlisle recycling firm's plan to extend opening hours granted despite concerns

    News and Star


    Plans by a Carlisle-based recycling firm to permanently increase its operating hours have been given the green light this week despite concerns over noise and light pollution.

    North West Recycling entrance
  7. Work poised to start on new Pooley bridge

    Cumbria County Council says it is now ready to start work on the new bridge at Pooley Bridge, and will start by removing the temporary crossing next month.

    The three stone arches of the original historic bridge were swept away during Storm Desmond in 2015.

    Pooley Bridge artist's impression

    It will mean no car access from the western side of the River Eamont and the steamer pier until next spring, although a footbridge will be put into place and parking will be provided.

    This will take about a week, during which time a bus service will be provided to take visitors around the lengthy diversion.

    The £5m project should be complete in time for next summer.

    Quote Message: We appreciate there will be disruption for the local community, businesses and visitors while there’s no road crossing the river and I’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this period.” from Councillor Keith Little Cumbria County Council
    Councillor Keith LittleCumbria County Council
  8. Manager who stole £45,000 electronic goods is jailed

    A Currys PC World account manager who stole more than £45,000 of high value goods from the firm's Kendal store has been jailed.

    Joshua Charles Nicholson

    Joshua Charles Nicholson, 25, exploited a loophole in the company's system to create bogus invoices and receipts which allowed him to take goods including iPhones, televisions and computers from the company's Kendal store..

    Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, said he had "no idea" why he had stolen around 100 items, and admitted theft and two charges of making a false representation.

    Recorder Michael Murray jailed Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, for 18 months.

  9. Kendal and Workington kick off for new season

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    A new Northern Premier season gets under way for both Workington Reds and Kendal Town tomorrow.

    The Reds host Pickering Town in what will be manager Danny Grainger's first in charge.

    Kendal Town main stand

    Kendal host Prescot Cables against the continuing backdrop of supporter unrest, a major overhaul of playing staff and a 4-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare last Saturday.

    Quote Message: It's going to be a rocky road, we know that, and as long as we finish out of the bottom two, we can go for mid-table. from Steve Edmondson. Manager, Kendal Town
    Steve Edmondson.Manager, Kendal Town
    Quote Message: It is on a shoestring, people are working tirelessly to turn it round, there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully the club can move forward."
  10. Flood warnings issued for central Lakes

    Flood alerts at the Environment Agency's lowest level have been issued for two areas of the central Lake District.

    The agency says recent heavy rain has left lake levels high, and it has issued the alerts for rivers in the Brathay and Derwent Water areas.

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    Severe accident: A66 Cumbria eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, from Dacre to Stainton.

    A66 Cumbria - A66 in Dacre blocked and it's slow eastbound from the Dacre junction to the Stainton junction, because of an accident.

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

  12. Cumbria's weather: Rain edging away later

    BBC Weather

    Rain persisting at first this afternoon before edging away to the southeast, allowing more in the way of drier spells.

    It will be rather windy throughout.

    Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

    Weather graphic

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

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    Severe accident: A66 Cumbria eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, from Newbiggin to Newbiggin.

    A66 Cumbria - A66 blocked, queues and delays eastbound from the Newbiggin junction in Penrith to the Newbiggin junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  14. Carlisle sign teen Dane Sorensen on loan deal

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United have completed the signing of Danish under-21 forward Elias Sorensen, on a season-long loan deal from Premier League Newcastle United.

    The 19-year-old scored 17 goals in 19 appearances last season as well as two goals in two games for his country.

    Elias Sorensen in Newcastle strip

    He appeared twice for Newcastle's first team on their Asia Cup tour this summer against Wolves and West Ham.

    He's been a target for the Carlisle boss Steven Pressley for five weeks with a deal finally completed today despite interest from higher division clubs.

  15. Businesses angry as Kendal bridge shuts again

    Businesses have been expressing their frustration over the latest closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal, after divers discovered new damage cause by the River Kent when it was in spate earlier this week.

    The bridge was first damaged by Storm Desmond, and temporary repairs were made, but since engineers began work to fix the structure permanently, it has been undermined and closed twice, and heavy rain today is expected to make matters worse.

    Bridge closed signage

    Cumbria highways officials say the perfect solution would be a new bridge, but that would mean closing one of just five road crossings that connect the two halves of the town for many months and needs major capital investment.

    Cumbria County Council officials say the latest closure is likely to last a week to 10 days, and they will have engineers working all the available hours to get the work done as soon as possible.

    Quote Message: To get to work in the morning and for guests to get here it's just a nightmare for everybody." from Jennifer Boow General manager, Riverside Hotel
    Jennifer BoowGeneral manager, Riverside Hotel
    Quote Message: Whatever they're trying to do obviously is not working so there has to be a plan B." from Patrick Brennand fuel station owner
    Patrick Brennandfuel station owner
  16. Police step up patrols to deter 'loutish drunkeness'

    Police in Allerdale say they are taking new measures to try to prevent "drunken, loutish behaviour" on the streets of Workington after three people were charged following an incident in the town centre last week.

    Police stock picture

    A no drinking zone was already in place but enforcement is being stepped up, including patrols by police officers and community support officers, and extra signs pointing out the restrictions on consuming alcohol in the street.

    Quote Message: The partner agencies are determined to make this vital shopping area free from drunken loutish behaviour and from people causing anti-social behaviour. " from Sgt Mitchell Franks Cumbria Police
    Sgt Mitchell FranksCumbria Police
  17. More patients contacted over bogus psychiatrist

    Health authorities in Scotland have started sending letters to patients treated by the bogus psychiatrist, Zholia Alemi, who was jailed last year by a Carlisle Crown Court judge for fraud and then turned out to be unqualified.

    Zholia Alemi

    Alemi had worked for 22 years all over the UK, despite her lack of qualifications, and just one Scottish health board has traced 395 patients she was involved with, 24 of whom she ordered detained under mental health legislation.

    Now all Scottish health boards are reviewing their records and BBC Scotland understands the first letters are about to be sent, "to offer appropriate advice and support".

  18. Police hunt man after racist abuse

    Police in Carlisle are trying to trace a man who shouted racist abuse at another man in Fusehill Street in the city at about 05:00 on Wednesday morning.

  19. Cumbria's weather: Wet all day

    BBC Weather

    It will be a wet start for many with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west, some heavy and thundery.

    It will be rather breezy throughout, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

    Weather graphic

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