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  1. Across the county, through the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast and other useful information for Cumbria, for today and this week.

    Major breaking developments and travel reports will appear on the main Cumbria news page and we'll be back to resume live coverage on Monday from 08:00.

    If you want to get in touch with news or send us a photo you can email us, or tweet in our direction.

    Have a very good weekend, especially if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the Carlisle match tomorrow!

  2. Cumbria's weather: Slightly milder with patchy cloud

    BBC Weather

    It will be a slightly milder night with patchy cloud for most places, but some clear spells developing overnight and lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. National BBC poetry festival comes from Cumbria

    A major BBC poetry festival called Contains Strong Language comes from Cumbria next week.

    It will be featured in programmes on Radio 3 and Radio 4, as well as BBC Radio Cumbria, and include readings and performances by writers including Jacob Polley (pictured) and Karen Lloyd, who is from Kendal.

    Jacob Polley
  4. Sixth defendant appears in court on McKnight murder charge

    The sixth person accused of murder after the body of Lee McKnight from Carlisle was found in a river in the city in July, has made a first formal appearance in Carlisle Crown Court.

    Carlisle Crown Court

    The 17-year-old, who can’t be identified because of his age, is accused of murder having previously been charged with assisting an offender as part of the same police investigation.

    The youth, who appeared over a video link, was remanded in custody to appear with the five other defendants on 12 October.

  5. Empty nests in Cumbria as ospreys fly off for the winter

    The two ospreys fledged at the Cumbria Wildlife reserve at Foulshaw Moss have now left, according to Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

    Osprey at Foulshaw

    The two females will now follow their parents, probably to West Africa, for the winter.

    With two chicks also hatched and flown from the nest at Bassenthwaite, and possibly other breeding successes at Cumbria's less-publicised nests, the return of the birds to Cumbria is now nearing the end of its second decade.

    The father of the two chicks at Foulshaw Moss was one of the Bassenthwaite birds, hatched in 2008.

  6. Cumbria health chief 'not surprised' by tighter rules move

    Cumbria's public health director says he's not surprised that the Government is considering new national lockdown restrictions.

    The Prime Minister could introduce stricter rules within a week, after his advisors there could be a "significant" number of deaths by the end of October if action isn't taken.

    Covid test stock picture

    The restrictions could result in some hospitality businesses having to close or open shorter hours.

    Colin Cox, the public health director, said cases seemed to be rising more quickly across the country than expected.

    Quote Message: We seem to be in the foothills of a second wave at least, so I'm not surprised the government is considering that sort of measure at the moment." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox
  7. Motorcyclist badly hurt in crash near Sedbergh

    A motorcyclist was badly hurt in a crash near Sedbergh on the A684 this morning.

    Crash scene

    The rider, who police say is a man from south Cumbria, was flown by air ambulance to hospital in Preston with serious spinal injuries after a collision with a Range Rover.

    The driver of the Range Rover, also a local woman, is not believed to be seriously injured, and she was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

  8. Walker flown to hospital after 50m fall in Borrowdale

    A walker was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after falling around 50m (160ft) down rocky ground above Seathwaite on the Hanging Stone ridge.

    His fall, just after 10:00 yesterday, was seen by two other walkers on the path in Borrowdale who called the emergency services.

    Scene of rescue with air ambulance

    Volunteers from the Keswick mountain rescue team were first on the scene, finding the 54-year-old man and giving first aid for various injuries before carrying him in a special vacuum mattress, to minimise movement, to the Great North Air Ambulance.

  9. Colin Firth movie gets first screening at Spanish festival

    A film starring the actor Colin Firth and shot in the Lake District has its premiere today.

    Firth stars with Stanley Tucci in Supernova, about a gay couple travelling across England after one of them is diagnosed with dementia.

    It is being given its first screening at Spain's San Sebastian Film festival.

    Stanley Tucci with Colin Firth on set
  10. Cumbria's weather: Dry and settled with some patchy cloud

    BBC Weather

    High pressure nearby will keep conditions largely dry and settled through the day with patchy cloud and sunny spells for most areas, and highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

    Weather graphic

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

  11. Top Cumbrian police officer leads Northern ireland inquiry

    Press Association

    A senior police officer from Cumbria is overseeing an investigation into a possible breach of coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland.

    Deputy Chief Constable Mark Webster has been appointed to lead detectives who are investigating events at the funeral of the veteran republican Bobby Storey in Belfast on 30 June, and a number of those who attended have been invited to attend a voluntary interview.

  12. Skippers start training to take command of new vessel

    These five mariners have started training to command MV Swift, the largest new boat to take to the waters of Windermere in 80 years.

    Five trainee skippers in front of new boat

    Rob Beale, Mihai Nichita, James Ellis, Nick Thompson and Tony Stockton will undergo intensive training to navigate England's longest lake and provided they and the vessel pass muster with the Marine and Coastguard Agency for the vessel's passenger certificate, Swift will go into service later this autumn.

    Instead of the traditional propellor and rudder, Swift is controlled using "azimuth thrusters" and a bow thruster, making the vessel far more controllable.

    One of the five, Rob Beale, is well-known locally for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the entire Windermere Lake Cruises fleet and wrote an award-winning book, “Lakeland Waterways”, in 2015.

  13. Weather on the fells: Fine, warm and excellent visibility

    • Temperature at 3,000ft (900m): 9C to 12C (48F to 54F)
    • Winds: A light easterly to northeasterly breeze, with gusts to 15-20mph
    • Cloud: Patchy fog on eastern fells in the morning, but this will soon burn off leaving just high level cloud
    • Weather: Dry, fine and warm, with hazy sunshine
    • Visibility: Excellent
    • UV Index : 3-4 (Moderate) in the middle of the day.
    Great Gable

    Our thanks to Joe Hewer who sent in this photo of Great Gable, saying he'd found 80 cars parked in Wasdale at a time of year when he would normally expect 10 on a midweek day.

  14. Plans go on show for new 'biopharm' factory in Ulverston

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Plans go on show today for new £350m development in South Cumbria, reviving the idea of a new biopharmaceuticals plant in Ulverston.

    Artist's impression of new plant

    A new company believes it could create up to 250 jobs in the town, using land that would have been the site for a similar project by the multinational giant, GlaxoSmithKline.

    Pat McIver is a director of Lakes BioScience, which was already formulating a plan for a manufacturing facility using living organisms to make antibodies that will combat bacteria and viruses, and he says it is a field where the UK needs more capacity.

    Quote Message: What we want the factory to do is to make antibodies for medicines, modern medicines, we'll make antibodies for companies that need a manufacturer." from Pat McIver
    Pat McIver
  15. County's tourism industry fears new round of restrictions

    Restrictions on parts of the hospitality industry, such as reduced opening hours for pubs and restaurants, could be a new blow for Cumbria's "fragile" tourism industry.

    It's emerged that the government is considering bringing in new nationwide regulations over the next few weeks, to avoid a full national lockdown later, and keep schools and other businesses open while reducing the rise in coronavirus infections.


    Within the past week a survey has shown many firms serving the county's visitors fear they will not make it through the winter and Cumbria Tourism Chairman Jim Walker says it's a serious concern.

    Quote Message: £2bn out of our £3bn annual income has been lost already, so provided it is clear, and we'd like to see more evidence, that hospitality is a contributor to the crisis, we will obviously do whatever is necessary, but it would be good to see further evidence to understand that better." from Jim Walker
    Jim Walker
  16. Brunton Park to spread just 1,000 fans across the stands

    Carlisle United fans are looking forward to urging on their team from the stands this weekend for the first time since before the lockdown, although it will not be the usual matchday experience.

    Brunton Park

    United's game against Southend is one of eight English Football League matches taking part on a government crowd pilot.

    Simon Clarkson, who chairs the Carlisle United Supporters Group, says the 1,000 tickets are limited to season ticket holders.

    Quote Message: They've been split so there's 400 terracing tickets across two areas and 600 seats across the two main stands either side of the ground so we're going to be well-spaced-out." from Simon Clarkson
    Simon Clarkson
  17. Barrow's climbing Covid-19 spread worries health chief

    Cumbria's director of public health says stopping the spread of coronavirus in Barrow is challenging, because it's come into the town as a number of separate case, rather than spreading from one or two individuals.

    Earlier this summer, after suffering high numbers of cases and fatalities earlier in the year, Barrow went for weeks with barely any Covid-19 infections, but now the rate of increase is worrying the county's public health team.

    Colin Cox says that as well as observing the rule of six, people should not gather in groups coming from more that two households, to avoid more stringent restrictions being imposed.

    Colin Cox
    Quote Message: When there's not a single outbreak going on, but a number of different routes of transmission it becomes more difficult to see where it's coming from and to stop it spreading." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox
  18. Old railway trail should be reopened by end of December

    It's hoped to have the rebuilt trail from Keswick to Threlkeld, washed away in places by the Storm Desmond floods, reopened by the end of December.

    The original trail was on a former railway trackbed and bridges, and there has been some criticism of the way it's been surfaced to be an easier route for people using wheelchairs and buggies.

    Rebuiilt route

    A new 300m section has been built to complete the accessible route, three bridges have been replaced, and measures have been taken including planting oak trees to protect the river bank from erosion in future floods.

    Mark Eccles, Head of Park Management with the Lake District National Park Authority said: “Despite the Covid-19 situation, we’ve managed to keep the project to schedule."