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  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 December 2015
  2. News, sport and travel resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from BBC Cumbria Live for 1 December 2015.  Have a good evening. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, we do like to see your pictures and comments. Send them to us by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or join our Facebook page.  

  2. Kendal cub scouts pioneer flood awareness badge

    A Kendal cub scout leader's taking his pack through the first badge in flood awareness.


    Rhuari Bennett designed the badge and drew up the programme.

    He says four of the first cubs to study the programme hadn't realised they lived in a flood risk zone until they lookedat the Environment Agency website.

  3. County's schools inch up table

    Cumbria's schools are ranked 82nd out of 150 council areas in the annual Ofsted report, compared with 105th this time last year.

    Fewer of the county's schools are in special measures, or suffering serious weaknesses.

    The report says children in the south of England are more likely to go to schools that are good or outstanding, than youngsters in the north..

  4. Three men jailed for heroin plot led from prison

    Three men from Carlisle have been jailed for their involvement in a plot to supply heroin that was masterminded from prison. 

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Robert Smith, 30, led the conspiracy while he was in Haverigg Prison. It also involved his father Steven Smith, and Scott Croxford.

    All three admitted conspiring to supply heroin. Robert Smith, 30, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Steven Smith, 55, from Weardale Road was given four years and eight months, and Croxford, 27 and from Cant Crescent, was given four years.

  5. Police promise to Wigton after station is sold

    People in West Cumbria are being assured the police will still have a strong presence in the area following the sale of Wigton police station. 

    Wigton Police Station

    The base at Wigton is one of a number of stations across Cumbria that have been sold to raise money. 

    Ch Insp Matthew Kennerley says the police will continue to deploy officers from three main centres in west Cumbria - at Workington, Whitehaven and Cockermouth.

  6. Ex-police officer jailed for fraud

    A former police officer's been jailed for 21 months for fraud.

    Joel Williams admitted five charges at an earlier hearing at Preston Crown Court.

    Afterwards Cumbria Police said he'd been dismissed for gross misconduct at a hearing in October.

  7. Cyclist thanks air ambulance staff after Hartside crash

    A cyclist from Carlisle who crashed on the way down from Hartside pass has visited air ambulance staff to thank them for rescuing her.

    Judith Bradhsaw, paramedic Andy Dalton, and helicopter

    Judith Bradshaw's injuries were stabilised by the ambulance crew, including paramedic Andy Dalton, before she was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 

    Ms Bradshaw spent three days in intensive care. Mr Dalton said: “We were extremely worried about her, it’s brilliant to see her up and about and doing so well.”

  8. Latest headlines: Police confirm body is missing man, and fire crews clear flood

    Here's the top stories so far today:

    - Police say a body found in Workington last night is that of Rory Woodhall, last seen alive a month ago

    - Fire crews had to be called to clear the A590 near Barrow after it was closed by flood water

  9. Amber's penguin suits Virgin train

    Martin Lewes


    Amber Maxfield, who's nine and lives in Carlisle, has helped design a Christmas livery for a train.

    Amber Maxfield and train

    Amber's picture of a penguin is now adorning one of the Pendolinos serving the West Coast Main Line.

    Her picture was one of two chosen after a national primary schools competition. The other is on the East Coast line.

  10. Travel: A590 flooding clear

    BBC Travel

    Traffic's now flowing in both directions on the A590 at Lindal, between Barrow and Ulverston, after firefighters and Highways England staff pumped away flood water.

  11. 1,200 give views on maternity services

    More than 1,200 people have responded to a survey on maternity services in Cumbria.

    Healthwatch Cumbria - which represents patients - also held drop-in sessions around the county. 

    It wanted to hear from women who have used maternity services in the last five years, women hoping to have children, their partners and families. 

    Healthwatch will now analyse the results and report back to NHS organisations. 

  12. Police confirm body is that of missing man

    Police say the body of a man found in Workington yesterday is that of Rory Woodhall, who's been missing for about a month.

    Mr Woodhall was 36 and lived in Harrington Road.

    Police say there are no suspicious circumstances over his death and they've passed details on to the coroner.

  13. Fire fighters pump water from A590

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Highways England says one lane of the A590 is now open at Lindal, and it hopes to have both lanes open soon after flood water was pumped away by firefighters.

    Police are now directing traffic to get past the affected area.

    A Highways England spokesman says the rain the area was heavy even by Cumbrian standards.

  14. Travel: Flooding closes A590

    BBC Travel

    The A590 is now closed in Lindal-in-Furness, between Ulverston and Barrow, because of flooding.

  15. Pensions costs 'causing problems for small firms'

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

    The cost of providing employees with a pension is causing financial problems for some of Cumbria's smaller companies. 

    The government introduced new rules in May, which mean employers must enrol anyone over the age of 22, who is earning more than £10,000 a year, on a pension scheme. 

    Andy Walsh from Coffee Kitchen in Cockermouth will have to join the scheme by October and he says this, coupled with a rise in the minimum wage, will increase his business costs considerably.

  16. Kendal boss ponders smaller purse

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    Kendal Town manager Mike Stringfellow says he's been left frustrated by a cut to his playing budget - but accepts the reasons behind it.

    Mike Stringfellow

    The club last week announced a revised budget which will see some players leaving the club, with more emphasis on youth.  

  17. Training day limits impact of doctors' aborted strike

    Strike action by junior doctors has been put on hold.

    While nationally a number of routine operations and other treatments had to be cancelled, in North Cumbria's hospitals a long-arranged training day meant less activity than usual was planned anyway.

    The Morecambe Bay trust, which runs hospitals in South Cumbria, did not release information on how managers had planned for the walk-out.

    Some outpatients clinics in mental health, which are run by the Cumbria Partnership Trust, had been postponed.

  18. Poppi Worthington: Doctor challenges cause of death

    The death of 13-month old Poppi Worthington from Barrow was not caused by sexual abuse, according to a doctor who disputes the conclusions of a pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination of the baby's body.

    Poppi Worthington

    Poppi died on 12 December 2012, but her death was unexplained and many of the circumstances remained confidential until legal hearings started last week.

    Dr Alison Armour carried out Poppi's post-mortem exam, and alerted Cumbria Police to the possibility of sexual abuse. 

    But yesterday at Liverpool family court Dr Armour's conclusions were questioned by a forensic physician, Dr Victoria Aziz. 

    She said that had Poppi been sexually assaulted, she'd expect more significant injuries. But she said she couldn't explain some of the bleeding.

  19. Travel: Water hazard on A590

    BBC Travel

    Hazardous driving conditions are reported on the A590 at Lindal-in-Furness, because of surface water.

    Get the latest travel news here.

  20. The fells looking windy and cold this morning

    The fells forecast for daylight hours today:

    - Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 5C. 

    - Winds: Southwesterly gale force, gusts 55-60mph. 

    - Cloud: Extensive cloud around 1,600 feet (500m) during the morning with patches on western slopes down to 650 feet (200m), becoming more scattered at 1,600 feet (500m) through the afternoon. 

    - Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain, very poor in hill fog, but improving good in places later.

    - Freezing level: Above the tops.

    Fell walker
  21. Weather: Heavy rain clearing

    There'll be heavy rain first thing, with even some snow possible at first on the northern Pennines. 

    But the wet weather will clear to the north east, leaving a cloudy drizzly day. It'll feel a little milder with the temperature rising to 54F (12C).

    Weather graphic

    Get the latest forecast for where you are here.

  22. Good morning - welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Hello and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live. It feels just like December, doesn't it? We'll be with you until 18:00 bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.  

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or join our Facebook page.