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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now stepped back to let the software deal with breaking major news stories and travel reports overnight.

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

    We'll be back 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 evening.

  2. Councils in £250,000 row over therapist service

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    Problems recruiting an occupational therapist have led to one Cumbrian council reclaiming £250,000 from another for failing to meet a service level agreement.

    Carlisle City Council had asked the county authority to provide it with a therapist to help disabled Carlisle residents apply for grants and make improvements to their homes, allowing £250,000 for a member of staff and all additional costs such as equipment.

    But the recruitment drive failed and the county council says it will be several months before it is in a position to provide the service.

    Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson

    Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson (pictured), who holds the health and wellbeing portfolio on the city council, told a recent meeting that she was “very cross” that the city council had found itself in this position.

    A county council spokesman said: “The county council is in the process of making arrangements to return the funds to the city council.

    “It is disappointing that we have been unable to recruit a suitable candidate for the occupational therapist vacancy, despite carrying out a thorough recruitment and advertising process."

  3. Two in iron bar attack 'deserve long jail terms'

    Police say two men who are starting long jail sentences for seriously injuring a man with an iron bar, "thoroughly deserve their time in prison".

    The 33-year-old victim suffered serious facial injuries and memory loss after the attack on Waterside, Kendal, last March, which a judge at Carlisle Crown Court described as "a ferocious and sadistic punishment beating".

    Luke Canning, 22, of Bridge Street, Burneside, and Jordan Jenkinson, 26, of Lound Road, Kendal, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

    Det Supt Vicki Ellis of Cumbria Police said the victim could easily have died, had medical help not arrived quickly.

    Quote Message: Jenkinson has shown little remorse for his violent actions, while Canning throughout admitted to causing the victim grievous bodily harm with intent. They both deserve their time in prison." from Det Supt Vicki Ellis
    Det Supt Vicki Ellis
  4. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with rain in places

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy at first tonight with rain in places.

    Later the rain will move away to the east, leaving partly-cloudy skies and the chance of some mist with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    Weather graphic

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

  5. Man jailed for 'bombarding' ex-partner with threats

    A man who bombarded his ex-partner with threatening Facebook messages as he persistently harassed and stalked her has been jailed for two years at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Ainsley Mackay

    Ainsley Mackay, of High Street, Wigton, admitted both the stalking and intimidation of his former girlfriend earlier this year after the couple's "acrimonious" split.

    Mackay first bombarded the woman with 343 Facebook messages, some of which were described as "extremely threatening", and phone calls through the same social media application, and then made two direct threats as she became a witness in police proceedings.

    Mackay was also banned from contacting the woman through the strict terms of a restraining order for five years.

  6. Your photos: Sun shines on the Wasdale show

    The autumnal weather broke briefly on Saturday and the sun came out, just in time to illuminate the cluster of tents and marquees at Wasdale Show, nestling beneath the huge bulk of Kirk Fell.

    Wasdale Head, with show visible in the middle.

    Richard Finch took this photo as he walked over from Eskdale for the Shepherds' Meet, and was kind enough to send it in.

    Fell runners, as he says, go straight up the front of Kirk as seen from this angle.

    If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.

  7. Lakes planners pass target for approving new homes

    Lake District planners gave the nod to 701 new homes between 2010 and the start of this year, well ahead of the target of 600, according to a report to board members.

    The monitoring report says though that it has proved more difficult to get land for employment uses.

    It says 95% of all applications were approved, against a national average of 88%.

  8. Two burglers held by tenants are jailed

    Two men detained by the tenant of the flat they were burgling have been jailed by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

    The court heard Aaron Wildey was using a shared bathroom when he heard noises and going into his flat he found Richard Ireland (pictured), 30, and 33-year-old Billy Moorhead.

    Richard Ireland

    He also realised money was missing and after a struggle, assisted by other tenants, the two were held and £110 recovered.

    Ireland, of Flower Street, Carlisle, admitted burglary and a separate charge of arson and was given a 45-month jail term, while Moorhead, of Albert Street, Longtown, admitted burglary and was locked up for 18 months.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J42 for A6.

    M6 Cumbria - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at 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

  10. Alston post office could move into closed pub next door

    A plan to move Alston's post office into the pub next door and open seven days a week is being put out to public consultation.

    Alston Crown and Post Office

    The scheme would see the Crown, which is currently closed, revamped as a stationery and sweet shop, with all the usual post officer services like letters, parcels, and some banking from a separate counter.

    The business would open seven days a week, and Post Office says the only thing lost would be a lottery terminal.

  11. Allerdale councillor picked for Tory Workington campaign

    Allerdale council’s deputy leader Mark Jenkinson has been announced as Workington’s Conservative candidate for the next general election.

    Mark Jenkinson

    The politician, who emerged as the preferred candidate during a “competitive hustings” in Cockermouth Town Hall on Saturday, said he was honoured to have been chosen.

    A parish councillor for Seaton and Camerton and borough councillor for Seaton and Northside, he became deputy leader of Allerdale in 2019.

  12. Mansion owners set six-month target for fire repairs

    Katy Booth

    Reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The owners of a Cumbrian mansion that was damaged by fire last month say they hope to be back on track with a renovation project by April.

    Scalesceugh Hall as it is now

    Scalesceugh Hall was being converted into a retirement complex when the fire spread through the building last month.

    Some joists have been laid for flooring in the property and owner Bruno Herdeiro says he hopes the project will continue at a pace.

    Quote Message: Six months is the target we have set ourselves, so we want the roof back on, we want all of the windows back in place, we want the building repainted and the stonework repaired." from Bruno Herdeiro
    Bruno Herdeiro
  13. Pressley: Winger missed match for refusing extra training

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle manager Steven Pressley has confirmed winger Nathan Thomas missed Saturday's 4-2 defeat at home to Crewe after refusing to take part in extra training.

    Nathan Thomas CUFC

    The winger also missed the previous weekend's defeat at Newport through illness.

    Pressley said Thomas had apologised, and had been told not to attend because of the illness and because he did not want any "issues" before the Crewe match.

  14. Cumbria's weather: Cloudier with a chance of rain later

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy through this afternoon and later rain may edge into some districts at times, especially those lying further to the east and south.

    Winds will remain light and highest temperatures will be from 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A6 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from A66 to Roper Street.

    A6 Cumbria - A6 Victoria Road in Penrith closed and it's heavy in both directions from Kemplay Bank Roundabout to the Roper Street junction, because of an accident.

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

  16. Kendal growing charity 'could set new seeds elsewhere'

    A Cumbrian gardening charity for people with mental health issues wants to open more centres.

    Growing Well, which is based at Low Sizergh near Kendal, helps people with conditions like depression and anxiety to grow and sell organic vegetables.

    Following the closure of two mental health charities this year in Cumbria, general manager Mary Houston says there's now huge demand for the service.

    Growing Well
    Quote Message: We're a six acre site, there's a cap to the number of people we can have on the site, and I would suggest that the next move for Growing Well is to look at area where a Growing Well could exist very well that could help a community." from Mary Houston general manager, Growing Well
    Mary Houstongeneral manager, Growing Well
  17. Weather on the fells: Cloud rising, visibility improving

    Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 6C to 9C (43F to 48F)

    Winds: Southeasterly at 15mph to 20mph, increasing to 25mph to 30mph through the day. Gusts up to 40mph later

    Cloud: Bases will be around 1,650ft to 2,300ft (500m to 700m) early in the morning, but will quickly rise well above the summits.

    Visibility: Moderate to poor in the early morning, but recovering to generally good.