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  1. Across the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    Major breaking reports will appear on the Cumbria page.

    If there is news you think we should know, or a photograph of the county you think other people might enjoy seeing, you can email it to us, or send a tweet.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. Have a very good weekend.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J36 for A590 to J37 for A684.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) to J37, A684 (Kendal), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well. Matrix sign set to 50 mph.

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

  3. Cumbria's weather: Breezy with showers easing

    BBC Weather

    Showers will tend to ease and clear intervals will develop as the night progresses.

    It will be breezy with lowest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Headteacher welcomes £1bn schools 'catch-up' money

    A Cumbrian headteacher has welcomed the government's £1bn investment into education to provide catch up plans for disadvantaged pupils in the county.

    Clem Coady, from the National Association of Headteachers in Cumbria, says the money can be spent on "bespoke" catch-up plans for youngsters.

    He says there is a small minority of disadvantaged children who aren't able to learn from home and this money will be a great help to them.

    Children in class
    Quote Message: Whether schools use that for purely academic purposes, or pastoral purposes to prepare the children for learning, we'll look at the evidence and we'll go with that." from Clem Coady
    Clem Coady
  5. Farmer faces sentence for car defects after pensioner dies

    A farmer whose car collided with an elderly pedestrian, who later died, has admitted dangerous driving after his vehicle was found to have multiple defects.

    Scott Anthony Mark Horn, 28, faces no charge in relation to the actual collision between his Ford Focus and pensioner June Godwin, 87, at Bridge Lane in Penrith.

    She suffered a head injury and died in Penrith hospital just over a month later.

    Horn, of Frith Lane, Brampton, Appleby, appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle today and admitted one charge of dangerous driving.

    Prosecutor John Moran said examination of Horn’s vehicle had shown three tyres were below the legal tread limit, and Horn had admitted none of the windscreen wipers were working, as they "had all been ripped off a few days previously by his ex-girlfriend".

    Horn was bailed to appear for sentence at Carlisle Crown Court on 20 July.

  6. Midsummer visitors warned that virus rules still apply

    People hoping to greet the midsummer dawn at Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick and celebrate the solstice, are being warned that the coronavirus laws still apply.

    Castlerigg Stone Circle

    The National Trust, which cares for the ancient monument, says it hopes people will not travel to the monument.

    Tom Burditt from the trust said: “We’re encouraging people all over the country to make the most of the longest day by noticing and enjoying the moment close to where they live: by experiencing a dawn or sunset in their garden or local green space, noticing the flowers closing up, the birds singing, the colours of the clouds, the stars coming out or the mystical light."

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, from J40 for A66 to J39 for B6261.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J40, A66 (Penrith) to J39, B6261 (Shap), because of an accident.

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

  8. South Cumbria's hospitals start to resume normal service

    The trust that runs the hospitals in Barrow and Lancaster serving south Cumbria says it can now start catching up on some of the routine work delayed because of the Covid-19 epidemic.

    Furness general hospital

    As the numbers of people with coronavirus infections grew to some of the highest levels in the country, some non-urgent appointments and operations were delayed and other clinics were done in other was such as over telephone or video links.

    Kate Maynard, the interim chief operating officer for the Morecambe Bay trust said that normal services would be resumed in a phased way, and doctors were now deciding which patients should now be seen urgently.

  9. Your coronavirus information round-up

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    New traffic measures will be in place in Penrith town centre from tomorrow to widen the pavements so social distancing in easier.

    The main road through the town centre is closed to through traffic, with restricted access via Sandgate and Burrowgate for vehicles that need access for deliveries, plus for residents and disabled badge holders.

    Some on-street parking will be restricted and diversions will be in place.

    Allerdale council has a poster businesses can can download once they have completed the necessary steps relating to Covid-19

    The aim is to reassure customers and staff by giving them confidence that businesses are taking responsibilities seriously.

    The council’s website has the poster and a lot of guidance on how to make your business safe at this present time.

    Covid-19 allotments sign

    Cumbria Police say they’ve had a very good response to their online domestic abuse surgeries and have been able to support a lot of victims as a result.

    The next one is on Monday between 11:00 and 12:00.

    You can send them a question by private message through Facebook Messenger if you would prefer to remain anonymous, or you can post your question on the event page, and questions will be answered by trained counsellors from partner agencies.

    Questions from anyone are welcome, whether you are, or think you may be a victim of domestic abuse or you are worried about a friend, neighbour, family member or colleague

    You can find a wide range of advice and contacts for local groups at the BBC Radio Cumbria Make a Difference page or at the Cumbria County Council website.

    And you can go to theBBC News website or app for the latest national news and information.

  10. Maryporters line up for fish when the boat comes in

    Fresh fish is being sold from the harbourside in west Cumbria for the first time in more than 40 years.

    The coronavirus pandemic caused a crash in fish prices and the closure of markets, but now, fishermen in Maryport are selling directly from the town's harbour, and say it's proving very popular.

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  11. New doors open for Vincent after pandemic wipes out job

    A Carlisle man, who was made redundant during the pandemic, has found new opportunities after appealing for help on social media.

    Vincent Walden

    Vincent Walden, 26, who is a graphic designer, lost his job earlier this month after several weeks on furlough.

    He put an appeal for work on Facebook, which was shared more than 50 times and he says work has come flowing in.

    Quote Message: I feel absolutely over the moon that I am as busy as I am, but I'm also a little bit stressed because I've never dealt with it this way before so I'm looking forward to how I figure it out! from Vincent Walden
    Vincent Walden
  12. Cumbria's weather: Showers, some heavy through afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Showers are expected to break out this afternoon and they could be sharp and heavy at times.

    Highest temperatures will be from 16C to 19C (61 to 66F).

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Barrow teenager to await trial for 'false claims' charges

    A teenager from Barrow accused of making false claims of rape and trafficking has appeared in court in Preston.

    Eleanor Williams, 19, is charged with seven counts of perverting the course of justice.

    She was not asked to enter a plea and was remanded in custody.

    The prosecution say Miss Williams made various claims about five men, and faked text messages and social media posts about her allegations.

    The teenager was told that her trial may not happen until August 2021, because of delays relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, but Judge Mark Brown said that was a "worst case scenario" and he hoped it could be brought forward, if the situation improves.

    Preston Crown Court
  14. Daffodils plan to remember victims of pandemic

    A Cumbrian memorial to people who've died with coronavirus is being planned in the Eden Valley.

    It's hoped to plant daffodils, and install sculptures and benches, along seven miles of rural roads between Armathwaite and Low Hesket, creating what the organisers are calling a memorial daffodil walk.

    Belinda Fox, who came up with the idea, says it could be the first of many such walks in the country, and she wanted it to be accessible to anyone.

    Quote Message: People can walk, cycle, it's accessible if you're in a wheelchair, and part of it as well goes on the A66 and that's on a bus route." from Belinda Fox
    Belinda Fox
  15. Weather on the fells: Showers moving in this afternoon

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 11C (52F)
    • Winds: Moderate winds for much of the day, gusting at around 25mph to 30mph from south-east backing to south-westerly later in the day
    • Cloud: Base around 1,600ft to 2,300ft (500m to 700m), dipping to 1,000ft to 1,600ft (300m to 500m) within showers arriving this afternoon
    • Weather: A cloudy day with showers developing, these most frequent and heaviest this afternoon and evening with a slight chance of thunder and lightning
    • Visibility: Good, deteriorating afternoon and evening
    • UV index: 5 to 6 (Moderate to High)

    The Lake District mountain rescue volunteers have asked walkers to stay well within their limits while the coronavirus remains at large, because of the difficulties added to call-outs by the precautions the teams must take.

  16. Police investigate Barrow sex attack

    Officers in Barrow are investigating after a woman in her 50s was sexually assaulted in the town.

    It happened yesterday morning just before 05:00 outside Westfield Terrace on Salthouse Road.

    Officers say they would like to speak to a man who was in the area at the time, described as being in his 20s, of medium build, with short fair hair, and wearing dark shorts and pushing a black mountain bike.

  17. Hospitals confirm rare illness affected four children

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    A rare inflammatory illness linked to coronavirus has affected four children in hospitals serving south Cumbria.

    The condition has been named PIMS, and is similar to Kawasaki disease, and breakthroughs in antibody testing confirmed the link to Covid-19.

    Furness General Hosptal

    Furness General Hospital saw at least one child with the condition in April and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary treated children in March and May.

    Researchers stress that it is extremely rare with about 100 cases seen UK-wide, and once diagnosed, the treatment is well-known and effective.

    The Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust says in every case here, the children didn't need intensive care treatment and recovered.

  18. Lake District road closed after crowds bring parking chaos

    The road down the east side of Coniston Water will be closed this weekend after what police and council officials describe as "large amounts of inconsiderate parking, anti-social behaviour and littering" over previous weekends.

    Ambulance squeezing past parked car

    Cyclists, walkers and residents will be able to get through, and emergency vehicles, which have been hampered by traffic in places over the past few weeks.

    The long narrow road also has no public toilets, like much of the rest of the Lake District, although there are steadily more open, and a website now shows where they are available, along with where the busiest car parks are.