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  1. Updates on Friday 4 December 2015

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from BBC Cumbria Live for 4 December 2015, and this week. Good luck with the weather over the weekend, and we'll be back with more updates from 0800 on Monday.

    You can send us pictures and comments by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or join our Facebook page.  

  2. Weather: Very wet and very windy

    BBC Weather

    Heavy rain will move in this evening, and there'll be gales. Temperatures won't fall much below 50F (10C)

    Pressure chart

    There are amber warnings for rain from Storm Desmond (in the yellow circle) tomorrow. Forecasters say between 150mm to 200mm (6-8in) of rain could fall on high ground, and more flooding is likely. 

    Check here for the latest forecast where you are.

    Environment Agency flood warnings can be found here.

  3. Carlisle boss hopes to take QPR defender

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    Carlisle United manager Keith Curle hopes to offer trialist Queen's Park Rangers defender Addison Garnett a short-term deal with the club.

    Keith Curle

    The club are waiting for clearance from FIFA before signing the 19-year-old, who has spent the last month training with the United squad.

    Carlisle visit Welling United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

  4. Councillors reject plan at "Penrith pong" works

    Councillors have refused permission for a new building at a factory near Penrith that's been the focus of a long-running row over smells.

    Omega Proteins plant

    The company proposed a new building where vehicles carrying animal protein could be parked. It would be designed to contain and filter out odours.

    Officers said that because the new building would extend outside the plant's existing boundary into open countryside, its impact on the landscape would outweigh any benefits.

    Councillors at an earlier meeting said they wanted to visit the site before making a decision. Today at the site visit they decided to agree with the officers' recommendation.

  5. Fell-top assessors find snow on Helvellyn

    The Lake District rangers who check on winter conditions on England's highest mountains started working this week.

    View more on twitter

    Graham Uney and Jon Bennett will take turns to walk up Helvellyn, which is over 3,000 feet (914m) high to check on conditions underfoot and factors such as the risk of avalanche. Their reports can be found here.

  6. Latest headlines: Storm Desmond threatens more floods, and the Penrith pong plan's turned down

    - Forecasters say more flooding is 'likely' this weekend

    - Eden councillors have rejected company plans to contain the "Penrith pong"

    - Kendal's museum launches a huge digital exhibition

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  8. Poppi Worthington death: 'No evidence of abuse by father'

    The lawyer representing the father of Poppi Worthington has today told a hearing there was no evidence to substantiate a finding that Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington was sexually abused before she died.

    Thirteen-month-old Poppi died suddenly in December 2012. The pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination suggested that Poppi may have been been sexually assaulted. 

    At the last day of a Liverpool family court hearing today, Karl Rowley QC, representing Poppi's father, said the pathologist had mis-interpreted some of the evidence and called into question her conclusions. 

    But Jane Cross QC, representing Cumbria County Council, said no credible alternative explanation had been put before the court.

    Mr Justice Peter Jackson will give his judgement in January.

  9. Travel: A595 still closed

    BBC Travel

    The A595 remains closed between Thursby Roundabout in Allerdale and Belle Vue Roundabout in Papcastle because of flooding. There's a diversion in operation via the A596.

    You can get the latest travel news here.

  10. Poppi Worthington judge hears final lawyers' debate

    Lawyers have been making their final submissions in a court hearing that's re-examined the death of a toddler from Barrow.

    Poppi Worthington

    Poppi Worthington, who was 13 months old, died suddenly in Barrow in 2012, but details of her death have only been made public in a family court hearing in Liverpool that's now drawing to a close.

    A pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination said Poppi might have died because of a sexual assault. But today Karl Rowley QC, for her father Paul Worthington, said she'd misinterpreted some of the evidence.

    Jane Cross QC, for Cumbria County Council, defended the pathologist, saying she'd approached the case with great care.

  11. Barrow boss plans more spending in new year

    BBC Sport

    Paul Cox says he's already planning how to strengthen his Barrow squad in the January transfer window. 

    Paul Cox

    The new Bluebirds boss takes charge of his second game tomorrow - at home to Boreham Wood in the National League.  

  12. Floods: Warning of more rain this weekend

    Weather warnings from the Met Office say there could be up to 100mm (4in) of rain in parts of Cumbria this weekend, and more flooding is likely.

    The heavy rain and winds gusting at up to 70mph are being brought in by a storm the Met Office has just named Desmond, coming off the Atlantic.  

    Pressure Chart

    The red warm fronts on this pressure chart for Saturday noon represent streams of moist air that will mean hours of heavy rain for the north of England.  

    You can see the warnings and an updated forecast for where you are here.

    The Environment Agency posts its flood warnings here.

  13. BreakingTravel: Overturned lorry blocks A66

    BBC Travel

    Traffic's queueing both ways on the A66 near Brough after a lorry was blown over. Police say the road is blocked.

    You can get the latest travel news here.

  14. Man who punched girlfriend spared jail

    A Carlisle man who punched his girlfriend because she had been talking on the telephone has been spared an immediate prison sentence. 

    The court heard Mark Malloy, 21, of Dalton Avenue, hit Naomi Phillipson so hard she was left winded and struggling to breathe. 

    At the time he committed the offence, Malloy was subject to a suspended prison sentence for breaking a man's nose at a pub in the city.

    At Carlisle Crown Court today, he was given a one-year prison sentence suspended for two years. He was also given a 50-day rehabilitation order.

  15. Digital museum goes online

    Kendal Museum's opening a website this afternoon featuring pictures of thousands of items that have never been on public display before. 

    Museum photography

    It marks the completion of a project called Looking through a Lens that's seen more than 5,000 items from three collections photographed to an extremely high standard and put online. 

    The museum's also created an exhibition including works created by Cumbrian artist Janette Phillips. 

    It's going on tour in the county next year, when the museum's looking for more venues to host it. 

  16. Drivers warned after flood rescues

    Drivers are being urged not to risk driving through deep flood water after a number of rescues last night.

    Cars in floodwater

    The county's fire service helped a number of drivers stranded in the flooding. There are warnings of more heavy rain this weekend.

    Three schools are closed today because of flooding: Blennerhasset and Nelson Thomlinson in Wigton and St Bridget's Church of England School in Cockermouth. All should be open on Monday.

  17. Watchdog confirms hospitals are out of special measures

    The government health regulator Monitor has confirmed that the trust that runs hospitals in South Cumbria will come out out of special measures.

    Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission said in their latest report that the Morecambe Bay Trust still required improvement, but was making progress.

    This morning Monitor said it would be continuing to provide support to make sure progress was maintained, especially in maternity services.  A specialist improvement director, Fiona Wise, will continue working with the trust.

  18. Health Secretary launches campaigner's new book

    It was James Titcombe's determination to find out why his baby son Joshua died soon after birth in 2008 that finally prompted regulators to identify the scale of shortcomings in maternity services at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.  

    Now he's written his story:

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  19. Homes start clean up after flooding

    Alison Freeman

    BBC Look North

     The clean up is under way at homes in Flmby after last night's flooding:  

    House sin Flimby
  20. Headlines at lunchtime: West Cumbria clears up after floods, and mother fights deportation

    Roads and rail hit by floods

    - Mum threatened with deportation after 10  years in UK

    - Health Secretary launches Cumbrian campaigner's book

  21. Carlisle loan defender fancies permanent move

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    On-loan defender Mark Ellis has told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport he would be interested in joining Carlisle United from Shrewsbury permanently. 

    Mark Ellis

    The 27-year-old should be involved in Sunday's FA Cup tie at Welling, having extended his loan into the new year.  

  22. West Cumbria floods: 'Drains overwhelmed'

    Flash floods inundated homes, roads and a railway line in a small area of West Cumbria last night. It was just too much rain in a short period, according to the Environment Agency.

    Quote Message: There was 40mm (1.5in) or more in three or four hours and often the road drainage and small watercourses can't handle that amount of rainfall, and that's why you get these hotspots of flash flooding." from Andy Brown Environment Agency flood risk manager
    Andy BrownEnvironment Agency flood risk manager
  23. Travel: A595 still closed due to flooding

    BBC Travel

    The A595 is still closed while Highways England engineers deal with flooding between Thursby Roundabout in Allerdale and Belle Vue Roundabout in Papcastle. 

    There's a diversion in operation on the A596. 

    You can get the latest travel news here.

  24. Ancient cables to be replaced in Grange

      Electricity cables dating back to the 1930s are to be replaced in Grange-over-Sands.  

    Linesman at work

    Less than one mile of cable is involved, but it supplies nearly 1,000 people and replacing it will cost £137,000.  Work should start in the new year.  

  25. Landslips and flood waters block rail line

    Network Rail says two landslips and four lots of flood water are blocking the Cumbria coast line between Carlisle and Workington.

    Flooded tracks and landslip near Aspatria

    Northern Rail's running replacement buses, but that service has been hampered because some roads are still flooded.

    Martin Frobisher, Network Rail's route managing director, said they are trying get services running as soon as possible, but they can only reopen the line once engineers are certain it is safe.  

  26. Boy band star Matt Pagan sings for hospice

    The Carlisle singer Matt Pagan, who's a member of the boyband Collabro, is giving a special performance at the city's Sands Centre tonight. 

    Matt Pagan

    He'll join local school children in a concert to raise money for the Eden Valley Hospice.

    Matt says the hospice cared for his grandfather before he died in 2013. 

  27. Mother faces deportation after 10 years

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    A woman living in Carlisle says she's living in fear of being deported because of a three-year delay in processing her application to stay in the UK. 

    Nadia McWhirter

    Nadiya McWhirter has been in the UK for almost 10 years, arriving on a work visa, which has now lapsed. 

    Since then she's had two children and married their British father.

    In a statement the Home Office told BBC Radio Cumbria that all applications are considered on their individual merits, including any exceptional circumstances, and in line with the immigration rules.  Those found to have no right to be in the UK will be asked to leave. 

  28. Fell forecast: 80mph gusts

    BBC Weather

    Fell walker

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

    - Winds: Gale force westerly, gusts 50mph, turning SW with gusts 80mph later. 

    - Cloud: Patchy hill fog down to 500m (1,600ft). 

    - Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain, but locally good in any clearer slots. 

    -  Freezing level: around the summits      

  29. Flooding leaves roads still closed

    The A595 is still closed in Wigton this morning. This is what it was like when the beck flooded at Burnfoot last night.

    Flooding in Wigton

    Matthew Eden sent this picture to our Facebook page. How bad was it where you are?

  30. BreakingTravel: A689 and A595 closed by flooding

    BBC Travel

    The A689 in Carlisle is blocked at the Kingmoor Road junction because of flooding. 

    The A595 is closed at Wigton because of flooding.  All A595 traffic is being diverted via the A596.

    Get the latest travel news on the BBC Travel website.

  31. Flooding clean-up in West Cumbria

    Flash flooding swept water into homes and over roads in West Cumbria last night.

    Fire crews received 220 calls between 17:30 and 22:00.  Maryport and Flimby were particularly badly hit.

    Flooding Maryport
    Quote Message: All the neighbours were rallying round, running up and down the street grabbing sandbags. But you just couldn't stop the water." from Sean Pattinson Grasslot, Maryport
    Sean PattinsonGrasslot, Maryport

    There are weather warnings for severe gales and heavy rain this weekend.

    The Environment Agency also has flood warnings in place for Cumbria this morning and you can see the latest updates here.

  32. Travel: A595 closed, and disruption on trains between Carlisle and West Cumbria

    BBC Travel

    A landslip at Wigton's closed the tracks west of Carlisle. Replacement buses are running to Workington.

    On the roads, the A595 is closed in both directions between Belle Vue Roundabout in Cockermouth and Thursby Roundabout in Thursby.  

    And Cross Country trains into Scotland are disrupted because of problems on the Frth Road crossing.

    You can find the latest updates here.

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    Martin Lewes


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