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Cumbria's weather: Dry this evening, rain moving in later

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It will be dry this evening with a few clear spells.

Tonight, cloud will thicken with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later and lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

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

Colourful show as gallery prepares for £9.6m facelift

Martin Lewes


Paintings by four artists known as the Scottish Colourists are providing the final major exhibition before the Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal closes for a redevelopment costing nearly £10m.

The Post-Impressionist painters were active at the beginning of the last century, and their work will go alongside paintings from the Kendal gallery's own collection that were influenced by them.

S J Peploe, Luxembourg Gardens
Lakeland Arts Trust

The four included artists like S. J. Peploe, who painted the Luxembourg Gardens (above) in 1910, and were seen at the time as the equals of French masters like Picasso, and are said to have influenced many British artists since.

The exhibition opens this weekend and runs until February. The gallery reopens in 2022.

Lorry driver in bridge crash 'sought by police'

It has emerged that the lorry driver who got lost near Sedbergh and seriously damaged an ancient bridge turning round, drove off as soon as he was able, and has still not been found.

Police are thought to be trying to find the driver, who is not a UK national.

Meanwhile, Cumbria Highways engineers say it could be months before the bridge, listed for its historic interest, is open again, but the authority will try to recover the cost from the haulage company.

A diversion, through the scenic but narrow and steep road out of Dentdale and down Barbondale, is being signposted.

Millthrop Bridge with lorry in place
Louise Keighley

Fifth burglary drives widow from her Cockermouth home

A Cumbrian businesswoman has abandoned her Cockermouth home after being raided five times by different criminals, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

John McKechnie, 24, Scott Hodgeon, 30, and a 17-year-old youth travelled from Preston to target the house, and in less than 10 minutes, took £1,000 cash and did damage and stole property together valued at £5,600.

Among the sentimental items snatched from a clearly-labelled "memories" box was a photograph of the householder's deceased husband, the last to be taken while he was still alive.

McKechnie, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Hodgeon, 30, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, Preston, and the youth admitted burglary and received respective jail terms of 54, 37 and 36 months.

The judge heard it was the fifth such burglary and the widow could no longer face living there and he told the three they must be severely punished.

This is one of the worst examples of non-confrontation dwelling house burglary I have ever seen."

Judge James Adkin

Plaza closure 'costing business thousands a week'

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A business owner in Carlisle says she is losing thousands of pounds a week because of the road closure caused by the crumbling Central Plaza Hotel.

Laser Quest car park

Laura Waters owns three businesses, including Laser Quest, and the entrances to all of them are opposite the derelict hotel, which is threatening to fall into the street, so they are all closed.

The city council, which is responsible for the building, says it could be months before the building is safe.

Laura Waters says the situation is devastating her business.

We've already had to lay off four staff members, we have no income coming in, we are losing over £5,000 a week in income and we are refunding thousands of pounds a week, and we do still have ongoing costs for that building."

Laura Waters