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  1. Across the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful or interesting information 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, let us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.

    Keep your head down while Storm Jorge passes overhead, and have a very good weekend.

  2. Weather on the fells tomorrow: Extremely windy

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 0-1C (32-34F) throughout the day
    • Winds: South-westerly winds, strong to near gale force, in the morning period, slowly veering southerly in the afternoon and strengthening with gusts to 75-85mph in the late afternoon and a significant wind chill
    • Cloud: Overcast at first with bases at 2,600ft (800m) or higher, becoming well-broken or scattered, above the summits except in showers, where it could fall as low as 330ft (100m)
    • Weather: Any early rain will clear east, leaving it mainly dry with sunny spells but some showers and thicker cloud will push in from the west, with snow above 850ft (250m), in the afternoon
    • Freezing level: Around 2,000ft to 2,600ft (600-800m) throughout
    • Visibility: Moderate to start, becoming good to very good later, but possibly poor in any showers in the afternoon
    Swirral edge in blizzard

    The assessors for the Lake District Weatherline report say the build-up of snow on the sides of areas like Swirral Edge and the forecast rapid rise in temperatures will mean avalanches are a real hazard.

  3. Youngsters line up to pay tribute to nation's submariners

    Children from Dane Ghyll School in Barrow were among the guests of honour in the BAE shipyard in Barrow to launch a £300,000 appeal to create a national memorial for the Royal Navy submarine service.

    Dane Ghyll pupils

    Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson from the Submariner Memorial Appeal said there would be a competition to design the memorial which will be installed next year at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

    "The competition will result in a fitting monument which commemorates the sacrifice of those who have died whilst in the submarine service and their families," Vice Admiral Wilkinson said.

    The shipyard at Barrow has built the majority of Britain's submarines, including the very earliest, HMS Holland.

  4. Cumbria's weather: Heavy rain later

    BBC Weather

    There will be patchy drizzle this evening and the odd clearer spell, with more heavy rain pushing in later.

    Lowest temperatures will be from 3 to 6°C (37 to 43°F)

    There is a Met Office yellow warning for tonight's rain, with up to 60mm (2.4in) predicted on high ground.

    Weather graphic

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

    There is another Met Office yellow warning, this time for wind, tomorrow.

  5. Travel: Kirkstone Pass reopened, police say

    BBC News Travel

    Police say the Kirkstone Pass between Ambleside and Ullswater has now reopened, after being closed earlier today because of snow and ice.

    This was the webcam picture at 16:10.

    Kirkstone webcam
  6. New operating theatre dropped in by crane at hospital

    A new £2.5m operating theatre is being delivered in prefabricated parts and dropped into a space between two buildings at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which serves patients in both South Cumbria and North Lancashire.

    Graphic of operating theatre and suite

    The building, complete with pre-operative bays and other rooms, is to create extra capacity so the existing theatres can be refurbished.

    Work will start preparing the site next week and it is hoped the facilities will be handed over to the hospital in June.

    Some operations are also being transferred to the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, where two mobile day surgery units are being brought in to provide the capacity.

  7. Councillors approve £5 a year tax increase, and a new HQ

    Eden councillors have agreed to buy an office block in Penrith, meaning years of searching for a way to move out of the Town Hall and the Mansion House, with staff divided between the two buildings, should be over soon.

    Voreda House Penrith

    At the same meeting the council agreed a tax rise for the coming year, which will add £5 a year to the charge for typical Band D property.

    The leader of the Conservative opposition on the council, Gordon Nicolson, who put the price of the offices at £3m, has questioned whether the council should make such a move when plans are afoot to replace it with two all-purpose councils for the whole of Cumbria.

    But council leader Virginia Taylor, who heads the coalition of Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors elected last summer, said it would secure a sustainable future of local authority jobs in Penrith, keeping the services and decisions close to the people involved.

    Quote Message: By utilising an existing building, which we’ll be able to move to in a comparatively short timescale, we avoid the costs, delays and disruption associated with building from scratch." from Virginia Taylor
    Virginia Taylor
  8. Tickets website sees surge in Lake District inquiries

    The Trainline website says it has seen huge increases in the number of people inquiring about tickets to several Cumbrian destinations.

    Figures the company put out today show it has seen a huge increase for Windermere, which was the third largest in the country, with Ulverston, Carlisle and Kendal also in the national top 10.

    Windermere station
  9. Girders replacement halts trains on Furness line

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Network Rail is spending £2.5m at Barrow Station to replace the girders that hold up the track above a passenger underpass between the platforms.

    Barrow underpass

    Trains will be replaced by buses this weekend and next between Ulverston and Millom while the work takes place.

    (What we cannot tell you is what the lady in the advertisement has just seen, hiding round the corner...)

  10. Man 'badly hurt with club on pitch and putt course'

    Police say a man in his late 50s had to be treated in hospital for facial injuries inflicted with a golf club on the pitch and putt course at the Glebe in Bowness.

    It happened at about 15:45 yesterday and a 57-year-old man is still in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

  11. Virus 'pods' installed at hospitals as concern grows

    It's been confirmed that the hospitals in Whitehaven and Carlisle have put special pods in place to test anyone with symptoms of Coronavirus.

    There have been a series of rumours in the county today that patients have been put into isolation or attended hospital with the virus, none of which are, as far as the BBC can establish, true.

    MP Simon Fell moved to reassure people as well:

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    The pods are so people can be tested for the illness without going into areas of the hospital, such as the A&E department, where they might infect others.

    NHS England says anyone suspecting they may have become infected should ring 111, rather than going to their GP or a hospital, and follow the advice they are given.

    There is more advice here.

  12. Lane near Sedbergham closed after landslip

    Bell Lonning near Sedbergham, north of Caldbeck, has been closed after the bank down to the River Caldew was undermined.


    The unclassified road, which leads north towards Welton, will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, although they should dismount.

    A county council spokesman said it was not yet known how long it would be closed for.

  13. Cumbria's weather: Wet, with snow at first in places

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy and chilly this afternoon with further rain, and some snow on the hills for a time, perhaps with accumulations.

    The snow level will rise as milder air moves in, with highest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

    Met Office yellow weather warnings for the snow on high ground, and for the rain, have been posted.

    Weather graphic

    Another yellow warning, for strong winds from Storm Jorge, has been published for tomorrow from 12:00, through to noon on Sunday.

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

  14. Fire crews called to blaze at city recycling plant

    Fire crews from the two Carlisle stations, Longtown and Brampton, were all called to the Hespin Wood recycling centre north of the city at 05:30 this morning, after fire broke out in a warehouse.

    The fire, now out, was described as challenging because of its location deep in a pile of debris.