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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now stepped back to let the technology post any major breaking 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 you want to share a photo you've taken, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Cumbria police trace stolen quad bikes and make arrests

    Cumbria police say they have found eight stolen quad bikes, and arrested 11 people as part of an operation to tackle rural crime.

    Operation Lantern was started after a number of quad bikes and other machinery were stolen in rural areas around the county.

    PCSO with farmer and quad

    Officers say that since the start of the year, they've responded to more than a hundred reports of suspicious incidents.

    Supt Sarah Jackson said though that the vigilance of people living in the countryside, and their taking steps to secure their property, was also important.

    Quote Message: Simply removing keys from machinery and bikes and blocking them in using other large pieces of equipment can make it very difficult for thieves and ultimately act as a deterrent. from Supt Sarah Jackson
    Supt Sarah Jackson
  3. Cumbria's weather: Clear spells and showers

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will have clear spells and scattered showers which will be wintry across the hills.

    There will be brisk westerly winds and lowest temperatures from -2C to 1C (28F to 34F).

    Weather graphic

    The Met Office has posted a yellow warning for heavy rain from 18:00 tomorrow, with up to 100mm (4in) by Thursday afternoon.

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

  4. Money secured for Cleator Moor country park

    More than £200,000 has been secured to improve a country park at Longlands Lake near Cleator Moor

    Longlands Lake

    The money, from Sellafield Ltd, will improve wildlife habitats around the lake, and stabilise the banks along the lower River Keekle.

    The project is being run by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and as well as volunteer events, other activities such as bat walks, dawn chorus walks and wildlife awareness sessions are planned.

    Karin Crofts, project officer at the Trust, said many people visited the lake regularly, and they would be running events to try to get locals involved in the projects.

  5. Barrow aim to regain winning ways and take revenge

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow AFC will want to get back to winning ways when they take on Dover in tonight's National League action.

    The Bluebirds will be hoping to regain their grip on the top spot in the table, as well as get revenge against the Kent side who ended Barrow's unbeaten run just two weeks ago.

    The game may feature a debut from Jamie Soule, 19, who joined the Bluebirds last week, initially on a one-month loan, from the Championship side West Brom.

    Holker Street stand
  6. Contain yourself: This is the latest office development

    Martin Lewes


    Four former shipping containers have been delivered to Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, having been cleaned out and turned into offices for small firms and business start-ups.

    Container offices

    Staff at Kingmoor Park, which is Cumbria's only enterprise zone, say they have been "inundated with inquiries from local businesses and budding entrepreneurs".

    The first phase of what is being described as a village will include 34 offices and a cafe, with open space for a communal area, and the basic services such as power, water, a kitchen and WC, and broadband, and stairs and a balcony are yet to be fitted for the upper floors.

    Alistair Fell, the director of Prospus Property which is marketing the development, said the development was in the first of its kind in Cumbria, and could be expanded almost indefinitely: "We have the capacity to deliver as many of these unique offices as demand requires."

  7. Relic of former foundry found by shipyard builders

    Builders working on the new Central Yard development at the BAE shipyard have found a one tonne coke hopper, probably more than 100 years old, buried 5m (18ft) under the ground.

    Hopper with Daryl Catmill

    The hopper which was probably part used in a foundry in the 1900s, has now been cleaned off and put on display in the new building, where it is shown with operations manager Daryl Cartmill.

  8. Cumbria's weather: Rain and hill snow until later

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon is likely to see rain and hill snow for a time before it turns drier later, with strong south-westerly winds.

    Isolated showers are expected later, but many areas will stay dry, with highest 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.

  9. Charity supporters fly out to visit Kenyan school

    Cumbrian supporters of a charity called Small Steps Forward are travelling to Kenya next month to help poverty-stricken orphans and families in a community called Miriu.

    The charity is sponsoring the secondary education of 50 young people.

    David Queen, who helped set the group up, says that without an education many children wouldn't have a future at all.

    Students and parents helped by the charity

    Dave Queen, who has taken student groups from the UK across to meet the young people helped by the charity, says he has seen the good it does.

    Quote Message: These students, who made friends with the students I took over, they were as one, within minutes they were the best friends, and yet my students had all the help that the British system can give them, and my Kenyan students, they had so little." from Dave Queen
    Dave Queen
  10. Met Office posts new rain warning for South Cumbria

    The Met Office has posted a yellow warning for heavy rain tomorrow and on Thursday for part of the county.

    Warning map

    The warning, which runs from 18:00 tomorrow until 15:00 on Thursday, says up to 100mm (4in) of rain could fall, giving a small chance of flooding.

  11. Evatt: I've got no plans to go back to Blackpool

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow manager Ian Evatt has distanced himself from the vacant managers job at his former club Blackpool.

    Evatt enjoyed a six-year spell at Blackpool until 2013 including a year in the Premier League and has been linked with the job after the dismissal of Simon Grayson last week.

    But the Bluebirds boss says he has had no contact from the Seasiders and concentrating on trying to end Barrow's 48 year exile from the Football League.

    Ian Evatt
    Quote Message: I'm more than happy where I am, I love my job, I love what Barrow are doing, the chairman is backing me behind the scenes, and the emotional attachment I have with Barrow now." from Ian Evatt
    Ian Evatt
  12. Bronze Age ring found in county

    A small Bronze Age ring, the first complete example of its kind to be found in Cumbria, has gone on display at the Tulllie House museum in Carlisle.

    Gold plated bronze ring

    The penannular ring, as it is called, is 18mm (0.75in) across, mostly made of gold and dates back around 3,000 years.

    It's not known whether the rings were worn in the hair, nose or ears, or if they were used as a sort of money, but no complete ring like it has been found north of the Welsh border until now.

    Gabrielle Heffernan from Tullie House said: “This ring is just one example of the fascinating cultures of the people who lived here.”

  13. County's toads need road patrols to get to breeding pools

    There's a call for volunteers to help toads to get to their ancestral breeding ponds across Cumbria as spring approaches.

    Toad crossing sign near Grange over Sands

    They often have to cross roads to get from the places where they live to the ponds where they breed, and "toad patrols" are being set up to protect them from being killed by cars.

    The Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile group is also asking anyone who's spotted a toad crossing point in the past to contact them with the details.

  14. Scientists say long-term records show lake getting warmer

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Scientists say the latest study of temperature records of the water in Windermere, going back to the 1940s, show the effects of the changing climate.

    Windermere from the air

    Scientists based at the Freshwater Biological Association have been studying the lake and the life within it and their measurements and those now taken by the government's Centre for Hydrology and Ecology show the lake's average temperatures rising by one degree in the past 20 years.

    They say the rising pattern reflects Met Office records where the ten warmest years in the UK since 1910, have all occurred since 2000.

    Scientists on Windermere

    Dr Stephen Thackaray from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology says new research is now needed to understand the impact of rising temperatures.

    Quote Message: We can be confident that what we're seeing here is actually a trend, a substantial trend." from Dr Stephen Thackaray
    Dr Stephen Thackaray
    Quote Message: We now need to have the clear understanding of what that means for the way that the whole lake functions and how that then impacts on lake users, upon society."
  15. Weather on the fells: Gales, with snow on higher fells

    • Temperatures at 3000ft (900m): 0C to 1C (32F to 34F)
    • Winds: Westerly or south-westerly winds of near gale to gale force through most of the day, with gusts up to 60mph
    • Cloud: Bases will be around 1,650ft to 2,600ft (500m to 800m), but this could be as low as 1,000ft (300m) in heavy showers
    • Weather: Blustery showers, heavy with the risk of hail and thunder, with snow possible above 660ft (200m), possibly merging into longer spells of rain or snow for a time in the afternoon
    • Freezing level: Around 2,000ft to 2,300ft (600m-700m) throughout the day
    • Visibility: Moderate to mostly good for most of the day, but poor temporarily in any heavy showers.

    The assessor for the Lake District Weatherline service found the top of Helvellyn coated in ice, making walking in the gale-force winds treacherous.

    Full winter clothing, footwear and equipment, including an ice axe and crampons, are essential for anyone heading above the snowline, and goggles are recommended given the forecast for strong winds and hail.

  16. Village councillor campaigns to keep GP surgery open

    Health officials will come under pressure today, to prevent the closure of a GP surgery in South Cumbria.

    Askam surgery

    The practice at Askam-in-Furness has about 1,500 patients, but the existing GP has given notice that he will resign in March, meaning local people may have to find places at other surgeries in the area.

    Ben Shirley, the Conservative county councillor for the area, says the other doctors are struggling to cope with the patients they already have.

    The Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group is considering its options today, and Ben Shirley says they must find a way to keep the surgery open..

    Quote Message: We're making the case that they should keep the practice open on the grounds of social isolation and transport issues, and the fact that there are hundreds of homes in the local plan to be built here." from Councillor Ben Shirley
    Councillor Ben Shirley