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

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful information for the county for today, and this week.

    Major developments will be reported on the Cumbria news page, and we'll be back with live updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    If you have news you think we should know or a photo you believe is worth sharing, you can email us, or tweet in our direction.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Cloudier from the east, with drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Tonight it will become cloudier from the east, but there will be a chance of some clear skies persisting in places.

    Some drizzle and patchy fog are likely overnight, with lowest temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

    Weaher graphic

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

  3. Councils put out details for claiming self-isolation money

    All Cumbria's district councils are now operating the system where people on low incomes who are ask to self-isolate through the test and trace system, can claim a £500 payment.

    It is available to anyone claiming Universal Credit; Working Tax Credit; Income-Based Employment and Support Allowance; Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and/or Pension Credit.

    The details can be found on the district or borough council websites.

    Test centre signs
  4. South Cumbrians urged not to travel over county boundary

    Lancashire has now agreed a deal to enter tier three, the highest level of England Covid restrictions, one aspect of which is that people living in South Cumbria are recommended not to travel south over the border.

    People living in the county should not mix with people from other households either inside or outside their home.

    At midnight tonight Barrow will become the first area of Cumbria to move out of tier one and into tier two - high alert, meaning people from different household will no longer be able to mix indoors.

    Graphic of tier restrictions
  5. Rugby league player is jailed for violent assault

    A Workington Town rugby league player has been jailed for violently attacking a man in a bar in West Cumbria.

    Gordon Maudling, of Dalegarth Avenue, Whitehaven, punched another customer twice in the face, and his victim fell face-first onto a table suffering significant disfigurement and a large scar, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

    Mauldling admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to the man and also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine.

    The court heard the 29-year-old was a family man with a job, and former Joint Player of the year, but Judge Nicholas Barker heard Maudling has convictions for assault, and jailed him for nine months.

    Carlisle Crown Court
  6. Small firms group says wages support 'will not be enough'

    Small firms in Cumbria will face a difficult winter as parts of the county move into more stringent coronavirus restrictions, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

    The FSB development manager for Lancashire and Cumbria, Paul Foster, said most had spent money from bounceback loans or other support and had little or nothing to fall back on.

    The government highlights schemes to support businesses in areas where shops or pubs are ordered to close, but Mr Foster said this could only be a starting point.

    "The two-thirds wage support plus small grants for forced closure will not be enough for many in the hospitality sector to survive on, while there is nothing new for those who supply them or those in affected areas who will be hit by the general economic downturn."

    Quote Message: New additional cash injections are required urgently to rescue jobs and businesses.” from Paul Foster
    Paul Foster
  7. Cumbria's weather: Sunny on the coast, cloudier inland

    BBC Weather

    There will be a good chance of some sunny spells along coastlines, this afternoon, and although further inland there may be more cloud it should remain mostly dry.

    There will be light north-easterly winds and highest temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

    Weather graphic

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A590.

    M6 Cumbria - M6 exit slip road closed northbound at J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. A familiar face for Cumbria as Strictly stars step out

    Strictly Come Dancing is back on the BBC at the weekend and this year one of the celebrities taking part is a well-known face from regional TV for Cumbria.

    Ranvir Singh

    Ranvir Singh was the presenter of the regional television news BBC North West Tonight, before she moved to network TV.

    She says she is bound to secrecy even about her first dance.

    Quote Message: There's a little group dance in it, obviously the pros do magnificent dances which blow your socks off, and then we come on..." from Ranvir Singh
    Ranvir Singh
  10. Businesses warned of Brexit disruption in new year

    Businesses in Cumbria are being warned to expect some disruption to trade with Europe in January, whether or not there is a deal, and even if they don't themselves do import or export business.

    Lorries at Port of Cover

    The county's chamber of commerce cites government reports, which say that queues of 7,000 trucks are possible on the approach to Channel ports leading to delays of up to two days, as new sets of customs checks and inspections of goods such as meat are brought in.

    The chamber's chief executive, Rob Johnston said:"Our concern now is for businesses that don’t import or export themselves but rely on imported goods or components."

    He said all companies should check with suppliers to see if they needed to stock up ahead of the end of the Brexit transitional year on 31 December, and the chamber had updated its advice.

    Quote Message: A deal would mean tariff-free and quota-free trade, which is highly desirable, but many of the changes to processes and documentation apply regardless of whether there’s a deal."
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    Video caption: Woman tells how Windermere changed her life

    Lauren Ankers moved to Windermere to recover after being addicted to drugs.

  12. Cumbrian clubs go shopping ahead of transfer deadline

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow target Jamie Devitt has joined League Two rivals Newport County on loan until the new year.

    Jamie Devitt

    The Bluebirds are still thought to be in the market for at least one signing before the 17:00 deadline.

    At the other end of the county, Carlisle United have announced that they're trying to sign Derby County forward Jahmal Hector Ingram ahead of the deadline.

    They're also thought to be trying for another two players.

  13. Police issue warning after fraudsters collect money

    Police in Kendal say they have have investigated a scam where a woman had a telephone call purporting to be from police asking for money to be withdrawn from a bank, and the money was later collected by a woman.

    Officers say they know the fraudsters have telephoned other people, and they have stressed that neither police or a bank would ever telephone people to tell them to withdraw money, or ask for bank details.

    Police logo on van
  14. Woollen Mill announces 600 job losses at 50 stores

    Edinburgh Woollen Mill, which also owns the Peacocks and Jaeger clothing chains and has a headquarters in Carlisle (pictured), is going to shut 50 stores, with the loss of 600 jobs.

    The staff who will be affected have been told, and the store closures will be immediate with most of the shops affected being Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks.

    The company has more than 1,000 stores and 21,000 staff, and announced last week that it was planning to appoint administrators, although there had been interest in parts of the business from potential buyers.

    EWM headquarters in Carlisle
  15. Leading GP says health service 'can cope' with second wave

    The NHS in Barrow "will cope" with a second surge in hospital admissions for coronavirus, according to a GP in the town, Dr Geoff Jolliffe, who also chairs the NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group.

    Barrow borough is facing tougher lockdown rules from tomorrow to cope with rising infections there.

    Dr Jolliffe said the NHS had proved it could cope during the first wave, adding that more had been learned about the virus since then.

    Dr Geoff Joliffe
    Quote Message: I think we've also learned how to organise ourselves better, so we can cope but there will have to be priories and judgements.
    Quote Message: The more we can cope with the virus, the more we can keep the ordinary activity going as well, which is equally important to the population of Barrow and Cumbria." from Dr Geoff Joliffe
    Dr Geoff Joliffe

    Here are the details of what the latest restrictions are.

  16. Man, 92, dies in Wigton fire

    Police have confirmed that a 92-year-old man died in a fire in Wigton yesterday afternoon.

    Emergency services were called to the house in Rydal Close just after 16:00, where fire had broken out in a downstairs room, and fire crews spent three hours at the scene.

    The man's name has not yet been made public, but police say there is no reason to be suspicious about the cause of the fire.