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  1. Across the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting Cumbria's news and other information for today and this week, although major breaking news directly affecting the county will appear on the BBC Cumbria news page.

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

    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, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend

  2. Cumbria's weather: Showers dying away, rain later

    BBC Weather

    Any showers at first this evening will die away to leave it dry for a time overnight.

    Increasing cloud later on though will bring rain by dawn, with light to moderate southeasterly breezes and lowest temperatures -1C to 2C (30F to 36F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Barrow and Workington matches go ahead ... so far

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    National League football is going ahead, and so Barrow will be entertaining Wrexham tomorrow, as planned.

    Holker Street stand

    The NPL Northwest games for Workington and Kendal are going ahead, as things stand, as are tomorrow's local rugby union and Sunday's Challenge Cup tie for Workington Town at Sheffield.

    The Carlisle half marathon is also going ahead on Sunday.

  4. Lauren Smith reaches semi-finals in All-England badminton championships

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Lauren Smith from Longtown and her partner Marcus Ellis reached the semi-finals of the All England Open with a brilliant comeback victory over Hong Kong duo Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet.

    Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis

    The English pair lost the opening game 26-24 before facing match point in the second, but fought back to take it 22-20 and then won the decider 21-11.

    "It's incredible and something you dream of," Smith told BBC Sport.

    The Commonwealth silver medallists aim to become Britain's first gold medallists at the event since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.

  5. Axe attacker who stabbed couple jailed for 15 years

    A masked criminal who carried out a terrifying axe and knife attack on a Workington couple at their own home has been jailed for 15 years.

    Drug addict Tony Joynes, 41, stabbed both people in the house as they defended themselves, and Carlisle Crown Court heard they had now left the area.

    Tony Joynes

    Joynes, of no fixed address, denied charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and wounding with intent, telling a trial he was armed and disguised in response to threats from Liverpool drug dealers, but was found guilty by a jury.

    Judge Nicholas Barker imposed a 15-year jail term for the latest crimes and added an extended three-year licence period.

    Quote Message: You are a dangerous, unpredictable threat ...You have a history of disturbing violence and your previous convictions present a litany of that disturbing and dangerous violence.” from Judge Nicholas Barker
    Judge Nicholas Barker
  6. Fell running events hit by virus alert

    At least two fell running events in Cumbria have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Fellsman, which runs down the eastern edge of the county over a 61-mile course over the Yorkshire Dales in late April, and takes more than 42 hours to complete, has been cancelled.

    And the Middle fell race, which was to have taken place this Saturday 14 March in Wasdale, has been postponed until December.

  7. Seven homes must come down because of old mine shaft

    Seven homes in Workington will have to be demolished because old mine works underneath them have become unstable.

    The Coal Authority has confirmed that one of the terraced properties on Hunter Street has suffered structural damage.

    Hunter Street, Workington

    Tim Marples, head of public safety at the Coal Authority, said that resin had been injected into the material originally used to fill the top of the shaft, and monitoring equipment was installed to warn if there was more movement.

    Engineers say the only permanent solution is to grout the whole depth of the shaft, thought to be about 180m (590ft) deep.

    The authority will be meeting residents this evening at the Washington Hotel, with the MP Mark Jenkinson in the chair.

    Quote Message: These situations are rare yet we are very experienced in dealing with these type of incidents to keep people safe and provide peace of mind." from Tim Marples
    Tim Marples
  8. Appleby training centre folds after losing funding

    A centre in Appleby that's been offering apprenticeships since the 90s has gone into liquidation.

    It means 14 staff members at the Appleby Training and Heritage Centre will be made redundant.

    A statement on the centre's social media said the centre had lost vital funding last year, and had failed to find a secure future.

    Trustees say they're looking at moving current students to other training centres.

  9. Storm tides and waves undermine Cumbrian coast railway

    Work to repair damage to a bridge under the Cumbrian coast railway line by storms yesterday could take into next week to repair, according to Network Rail.

    Land subsiding next to tracks

    The company says high seas and a spring tide hurled shingle into the bridge so hard that it damaged the stonework, destabilising the track above.

    Trains between Whitehaven and Workington have been replaced with buses while engineers assess the damage, and a temporary timetable has been brought in until the repairs are complete.

  10. Travelling burglar given two-and-a-half-year sentence

    A travelling burglar who went on a two-day Lake District crime spree has been jailed for almost two-and a-half years.

    Bradley Higham

    Bradley Higham, 42, visited Windermere and Bowness in October 2018, burgling an unoccupied hotel room being used by Japanese tourists, and sneaking into two guest houses, stealing cash from one which he handed back to a staff member who caught him in the act, and charging drinks he consumed in a lounge to one of the rooms at another.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard Higham also went to Windermere Library where he forced a charity box and stole £30.

    Higham, of Laurel Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, who has more than 150 offences on his record, admitted three counts of burglary, fraud, theft and going equipped, and he was jailed for 876 days by Judge Nicholas Barker

  11. New and persistent cough? Probably got virus, says health chief

    Cumbria's director of public health says the assumption now is that people with a new and persistent cough and a fever have probably got coronavirus, and they will only be tested if they need hospital treatment.

    Colin Cox

    Colin Cox said people who go home and isolate themselves because they have a cough, as advised yesterday, should not expect to be tested unless their condition deteriorates.

    Quote Message: The assumption is now, if you've got a cough or a fever like that, you've probably got coronavirus, and so there will be no testing of people in that situation, the testing that's going to be done will be mainly in hospital situations or other high-risk settings to confirm whether people have or have not got it when they're actually much more seriously ill." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox

    You can find the latest advice about the virus here.

  12. New Keswick head injuries centre opens today

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    A new centre to help people recover from brain injuries is officially opening in the Lake District today.

    Sign outside building

    Calvert Reconnections near Keswick will use what's being described as a "unique" approach, combining outdoor activities with more traditional therapies and even work placements.

    Jill Beswick, the clinical lead, says she hopes people will be able to live as full a life as possible after spending time at the centre.

    Quote Message: All these things really give people opportunity around social interaction and buidling their skills again." from Jill Beswick
    Jill Beswick
  13. United wait for the details on suspended matches

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United says the club is waiting to hear what happens next, after the English Football league suspended games until at least 4 April.

    Andy Hall, the club's media officer says the Blues will do what they are advised to do, and he hopes a lot more will become clear over the next week.

    Quote Message: What we don't know is how the EFL will now manage the situation... for us four fixtures, some of the teams have five fixtures, this is now a big job for us all to work out what we do next." from Andy Hall
    Andy Hall
  14. BreakingLocal elections postponed for a year over coronavirus

    The government has announced that May's local and mayoral elections in England will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    It comes after the Electoral Commission said on Thursday the polls should be delayed until the autumn to "mitigate" the impact of the virus.

  15. Independent wins Keswick town council poll

    The independent candidate, Peter Terry, polled the most votes in a town council by-election held in Keswick yesterday.

    The Labour party candidate Jean Murray got 186 votes and Tim Fisher, also an independent, got 129 votes.

    Turnout was just over 25%.

    Polling station sign
  16. County engineers reopen road after clearing storm debris

    Cumbria highways engineers have released pictures of the debris swept across the B5300 between Maryport and Silloth by several days of high spring tides and waves whipped up by gale-force winds.

    Road covered in sand and rocks

    A county council spokesman said the road should be open later this afternoon.

  17. Travel: Longtown bridge reopens to light traffic

    BBC News Travel

    Esk Bridge at Longtown has now reopened to light vehicles controlled by temporary traffic lights, after engineers installed the necessary scaffolding to repair damaged stonework.

    Damage to stonework

    A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said heavy good vehicles would still have to divert via the M6 until repairs were complete in about two weeks.

  18. Dairy farmers gather after show takes advice on virus

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    The Borderway UK Dairy Expo is being held in Carlisle today, after directors took advice on whether they should call it off because of coronavirus.

    Hundreds of farmers are attending the event, showing their own animals and meeting colleagues and suppliers in one of the leading events of its kind in Britain.

    David Pritchard, the joint managing director and event organiser, says it's been a difficult decision to let the event go ahead.

    David Pritchard by show ring
    Quote Message: Government advice at the moment is to continue, so we've taken that advice, and we've talking to our staff, we've talked to some of our key customers and the feeling is that we still go ahead." from David Pritchard
    David Pritchard
  19. Sport Relief says: Where are all the Cumbrians?

    Today is Sport Relief Day, when people across the UK take part in fundraising events, but just one group in Cumbria receives money from the Sport Relief charity.

    Happy Mums helps mothers who need support with mental health issues, with money to help mothers go to support groups,

    Sue Wicks, head of investments at Comic Relief, says she hopes more people in Cumbria will take advantage of the support that's on offer.

    Quote Message: Give it a go, the first stage of an application is really quite short, half a dozen questions, tune in this evening, look at the show and hopefully you will see organisations across all of the themes ... and you might think, if they can do it, we can do it." from Sue Wicks
    Sue Wicks
  20. County confirms new total of confirmed virus cases

    Cumbria County Council says the latest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county is 13, with seven now in South Lakeland.

    Corona virus image

    It was announced yesterday that with the numbers rising, only those with more serious illness will be tested, so the actual total of people infected will be much higher.

    The government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said there were probably between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected in the UK at this time.

    There is more advice here.