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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, from J41 for B5305 to J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound from J41, B5305 (Catterlen) to J40, A66 (Penrith), because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cumbria's weather: Scattered showers and windy

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers are possible, but on the whole it will be a largely dry night with clear spells and variable cloud.

It will be windy in places with lowest temperatures around 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

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

Veteran remembers Afghanistan service in museum exhibition

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian soldier featured in an exhibition about serving in Afghanistan says he doesn't believe the conflict will ever be over.

It's been 18 years since the war in Afghanistan started, and although most British troops have been withdrawn, the United States continues to fight the Taliban.

Peter Fearon

Peter Fearon was a sergeant with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and has contributed his memories to the collection at Carlisle Castle, which is on show until 4 September.

Just like all the wars before, we go in, we come out, it's the poor people who have to live with that who actually live there, they're the ones who'll will suffer when we leave, so really, have we achieved anything? Realistically, I would say not."

Peter Fearon

Ombudsman orders council to say sorry to family

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cumbria County Council has been ordered to apologise to a father and his children, and to pay them more than £1,000 in compensation, after a watchdog found failings in the way he was helped to care for his daughters.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman ruled that the authority’s mishandling of a children’s services complaint caused the family “distress, uncertainty and frustration”.

The council accepted that the service was not good enough but has now promised to act on the recommendations, stressing that “significant improvements” had been made.

The complainant, identified in the report only as Mr Q, asked the council for help in 2015 because he felt unable to cope with his two daughters, and the next year there was an allegation of physical assault by the father on one of his daughters.

He later claimed that the council had not provided him with adequate support, had not shown “empathy or sincerity” and failed to deal properly with his complaints.

Cumbria House, Carlisle

Carlisle recycling firm's plan to extend opening hours granted despite concerns

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Plans by a Carlisle-based recycling firm to permanently increase its operating hours have been given the green light this week despite concerns over noise and light pollution.

North West Recycling entrance

Work poised to start on new Pooley bridge

Cumbria County Council says it is now ready to start work on the new bridge at Pooley Bridge, and will start by removing the temporary crossing next month.

The three stone arches of the original historic bridge were swept away during Storm Desmond in 2015.

Pooley Bridge artist's impression
Cumbria County Council

It will mean no car access from the western side of the River Eamont and the steamer pier until next spring, although a footbridge will be put into place and parking will be provided.

This will take about a week, during which time a bus service will be provided to take visitors around the lengthy diversion.

The £5m project should be complete in time for next summer.

We appreciate there will be disruption for the local community, businesses and visitors while there’s no road crossing the river and I’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this period.”

Councillor Keith LittleCumbria County Council

Manager who stole £45,000 electronic goods is jailed

A Currys PC World account manager who stole more than £45,000 of high value goods from the firm's Kendal store has been jailed.

Joshua Charles Nicholson
Cumbria Police

Joshua Charles Nicholson, 25, exploited a loophole in the company's system to create bogus invoices and receipts which allowed him to take goods including iPhones, televisions and computers from the company's Kendal store..

Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, said he had "no idea" why he had stolen around 100 items, and admitted theft and two charges of making a false representation.

Recorder Michael Murray jailed Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, for 18 months.

Kendal and Workington kick off for new season

BBC Cumbria Sport

A new Northern Premier season gets under way for both Workington Reds and Kendal Town tomorrow.

The Reds host Pickering Town in what will be manager Danny Grainger's first in charge.

Kendal Town main stand

Kendal host Prescot Cables against the continuing backdrop of supporter unrest, a major overhaul of playing staff and a 4-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare last Saturday.

It's going to be a rocky road, we know that, and as long as we finish out of the bottom two, we can go for mid-table.

Steve Edmondson.Manager, Kendal Town

It is on a shoestring, people are working tirelessly to turn it round, there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully the club can move forward."

Flood warnings issued for central Lakes

Flood alerts at the Environment Agency's lowest level have been issued for two areas of the central Lake District.

The agency says recent heavy rain has left lake levels high, and it has issued the alerts for rivers in the Brathay and Derwent Water areas.

Severe accident: A66 Cumbria eastbound

BBC News Travel

A66 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, from Dacre to Stainton.

A66 Cumbria - A66 in Dacre blocked and it's slow eastbound from the Dacre junction to the Stainton junction, because of an accident.

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

Cumbria's weather: Rain edging away later

BBC Weather

Rain persisting at first this afternoon before edging away to the southeast, allowing more in the way of drier spells.

It will be rather windy throughout.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

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Severe accident: A66 Cumbria eastbound

BBC News Travel

A66 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, from Newbiggin to Newbiggin.

A66 Cumbria - A66 blocked, queues and delays eastbound from the Newbiggin junction in Penrith to the Newbiggin junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, after J45 for A74.

M6 Cumbria - It's slow on M6 southbound after J45 A74(M) Gretna Green, because of a temporary closure and an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Carlisle sign teen Dane Sorensen on loan deal

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United have completed the signing of Danish under-21 forward Elias Sorensen, on a season-long loan deal from Premier League Newcastle United.

The 19-year-old scored 17 goals in 19 appearances last season as well as two goals in two games for his country.

Elias Sorensen in Newcastle strip
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He appeared twice for Newcastle's first team on their Asia Cup tour this summer against Wolves and West Ham.

He's been a target for the Carlisle boss Steven Pressley for five weeks with a deal finally completed today despite interest from higher division clubs.

Businesses angry as Kendal bridge shuts again

Businesses have been expressing their frustration over the latest closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal, after divers discovered new damage cause by the River Kent when it was in spate earlier this week.

The bridge was first damaged by Storm Desmond, and temporary repairs were made, but since engineers began work to fix the structure permanently, it has been undermined and closed twice, and heavy rain today is expected to make matters worse.

Bridge closed signage
Cumbria County Council

Cumbria highways officials say the perfect solution would be a new bridge, but that would mean closing one of just five road crossings that connect the two halves of the town for many months and needs major capital investment.

Cumbria County Council officials say the latest closure is likely to last a week to 10 days, and they will have engineers working all the available hours to get the work done as soon as possible.

To get to work in the morning and for guests to get here it's just a nightmare for everybody."

Jennifer BoowGeneral manager, Riverside Hotel

Whatever they're trying to do obviously is not working so there has to be a plan B."

Patrick Brennandfuel station owner

Police step up patrols to deter 'loutish drunkeness'

Police in Allerdale say they are taking new measures to try to prevent "drunken, loutish behaviour" on the streets of Workington after three people were charged following an incident in the town centre last week.

Police stock picture
Cumbria Police

A no drinking zone was already in place but enforcement is being stepped up, including patrols by police officers and community support officers, and extra signs pointing out the restrictions on consuming alcohol in the street.

The partner agencies are determined to make this vital shopping area free from drunken loutish behaviour and from people causing anti-social behaviour. "

Sgt Mitchell FranksCumbria Police

More patients contacted over bogus psychiatrist

Health authorities in Scotland have started sending letters to patients treated by the bogus psychiatrist, Zholia Alemi, who was jailed last year by a Carlisle Crown Court judge for fraud and then turned out to be unqualified.

Zholia Alemi
Cumbria Police

Alemi had worked for 22 years all over the UK, despite her lack of qualifications, and just one Scottish health board has traced 395 patients she was involved with, 24 of whom she ordered detained under mental health legislation.

Now all Scottish health boards are reviewing their records and BBC Scotland understands the first letters are about to be sent, "to offer appropriate advice and support".

Police hunt man after racist abuse

Police in Carlisle are trying to trace a man who shouted racist abuse at another man in Fusehill Street in the city at about 05:00 on Wednesday morning.

Cumbria's weather: Wet all day

BBC Weather

It will be a wet start for many with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west, some heavy and thundery.

It will be rather breezy throughout, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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

Travel: Kendal bridge closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

Victoria Bridge, which carries the A6 across the River Kent, was closed in both directions last night after an examination of new flood damage.

It's at least the second time rising river levels after heavy rain have undermined the bridge supports as engineers try to make permanent repairs to damage originally caused by Storm Desmond, almost four years ago.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, from J42 for A6 to J41 for B5305.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J42, A6 (Carlisle South) to J41, B5305 (Catterlen), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, from J41 for B5305 to J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J41, B5305 (Catterlen) to J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cumbria's weather: Dry at first, turning cloud with rain

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry and clear start to the night, but turning increasingly cloudy, with some patchy rain pushing in from the west by dawn.

Lowest temperatures will be from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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Project clears the view from lake to the Langdale Pikes

The steep path up to one of the lesser-known hilltops overlooking Windermere has been cleared and rebuilt by volunteers and council workers, with trees being cut back to make the most of spectacular views.

Biskey Howe

Local people from the Windermere and Bowness Civic Society worked with staff from South Lakeland Council's parks team to repair and install new steps up the path to Biskey Howe, clear rhododendron bushes and fell diseased trees.

This week staff from South Lakeland and members of the Civic Society gathered to see the results.

Cumbria sees sharp increase in drug deaths

Official figures show that drug deaths in Cumbria have risen by 40% in five years.

In 2013 there were 102 deaths from drug poisoning in the county, but by 2018 that number had risen to 142.

Heroin being heated

Across England and Wales, fatalities from drug-taking rose by 17% to reach record numbers last year, with the number of deaths passing 2,900.

One company dealing with addiction treatment, UKAT, said that in 2013, local authorities in the North West responding to a Freedom of Information request had spent £89m helping addicts, but in this financial year that sum had fallen to £73m.

Police find driver's drugs after passenger stops bus on M6

A coach driver who had taken drugs was driving so erratically that one passenger eventually pulled on the handbrake to bring him to a halt of the hard shoulder of the M6, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Stuart Jones
Craig McGlasson

Stuart John Jones, 42, seemed to be "in another world", and after police arrived at the bus near Burton-in-Kendal, he was found to be in possession of class A methylamphetamine and class C diazepam and lorazepam.

Jones, of Ffynnongroyw, Holywell, North Wales, admitted dangerous driving and possessing the three drugs.

Recorder Michael Murray suspended a 12-month prison term for two years, telling Jones to complete 200 hours' unpaid work, rehabilitation and a three-year driving ban.

You could have killed somebody because of this irresponsibility"

Recorder Michael Murray

Cumbria's weather: Sunnier, but still cool

BBC Weather

This afternoon should become increasingly dry, with clouds breaking up to reveal a good deal of sunny spells.

The odd shower may still be possible though, and highest temperatures will only be from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F)

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You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, forecast for where you are, here.

Cumbria's weather: Showers, then clouds breaking

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers are possible, but for most places it should be largely dry with clouds breaking through the morning to allow a good deal of sunshine and highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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

CCTV image released in burglary investigation

People over the age of 70 have been targeted in a number of burglaries in west and south Cumbria, police say.

A similar method has been used in all of them with the offender or offenders getting in through an insecure door and searching the premises, apparently unconcerned if the occupants are inside.

Cumbria Police said the offender is always described as smartly dressed.

Among the areas targeted are Kendal, Askam-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness, Millom, Haverigg and Bootle.

A photo of a man police would like to speak to as part of their investigations has been released.

They say the burglaries may or may not be linked and people are being asked to keep their doors locked.

CCTV image in Cunbria burglaries investigation

Watch: Scotch argus butterflies in Cumbria

BBC Cumbria

Every year, clouds of Scotch argus butterflies put on an incredible display in Cumbria, the only place in England where they can be found.

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New operator for West Coast mainline

FirstGroup is to take over the running of the West Coast mainline which runs from London to Glasgow via Cumbria.

Along with Italian firm Trenitalia, FirstGroup said the route would pave the way for an era of high speed rail.

First Trenitalia replaces Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to keep the route.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the bid was part of a shift to a new model for rail.

West Coast mainline

Police concerned about missing man

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a missing Whitehaven man.

Terrence Robinson was last seen in the Windermere Road area late yesterday.

The 34-year-old is 5ft 7in, with short brown hair and was wearing a black hat, black and red football top, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.

Terrence Robinson

Crash death man and teenager named

A man and teenager who died in a crash on a rural road in Cumbria have been named.

The collision involving a Vauxhall Astra and an HGV happened on the B5302 near Abbeytown on Monday lunchtime.

Andrew Frith, 58 and the driver of the Astra, was pronounced dead at the scene along with 15-year-old Jodie-Anne Frith. Both were from Silloth.

Cumbria Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash at about 13:30.

Severe disruption: A6071 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6071 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between A69 and B6413 Front Street.

A6071 Cumbria - A6071 Carlisle Road in Milton closed in both directions between the A69 junction and the B6413 Front Street junction, because of emergency repairs.

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

How can you cut the cost of school uniform

It's the time of year when many parents are buying their children's school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper?

Research by market analysts Mintel suggests British parents spend about £1.2bn on clothing and equipment for school.

The Department for Education (DfE) asked 1,183 parents about uniform costs in 2015 and found it came to almost £213 per child. Adjusting its figures for inflation, it would make the average cost of uniform in 2019 almost £230 per pupil.

Cumbria's one of the few councils in England still offering financial support to parents.

In England schools can use the funding they get from the DfE's pupil premium- money allocated for children from poorer backgrounds.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said funding cuts from central government had resulted in councils finding it "increasingly difficult" to provide grants for school uniforms.

school uniform
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Your photos: Waterspout off Whitehaven

Striking images of a waterspout off Whitehaven were captured yesterday.

Waterspouts are whirling columns of air and mist that can form over oceans, seas or large lakes.

Here are three photos taken by the BBC's Weather Watchers.

Waterspout off Whitehaven
Waterspout off Whitehaven
Waterspout off Whitehaven