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  1. Updates on Monday 14 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for BBC Cumbria live today - but before we go....

    Just to prove winter isn't always dreadful, here's a picture Patrick Neaves took of Blencathra yesterday. Cumbria's motto - lift up thine eyes until the hills...  


    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. If you want to get in touch email us or tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

  2. Weather: Mild and cloudy with occasional rain

    I will be a cloudy and mild night with rain persistent for a time this evening, but turning light later. Temperatures will fall to around 41F (5C).  You can find your local forecast here.

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  3. Winter pressures on the health service

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    It's a critical time of year for the NHS, and all this week Look North is bringing you a series of reports on how the health service across the region is preparing for winter. 

    It's forecast to be one of the toughest yet for them, and already the pressures are apparent. 

    I'll be looking at the pressures on hospital beds, accident and emerhency departments and the ambulance service.


    Join me on Look North at 18:30 pn BBC One all this week.

  4. How gallery battled to stop flood

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Staff and volunteers moved exhibits upstairs as water flooded into the basement of the Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal.

    Abbot Hall

    Because of the flooding risk next to the river, the gallery keeps its treasures in secure conditions. But a few oil paintings did make contact with water and are being assessed by experts. 

    On the top floor, currently home to a exhibition of the work of the Italian painter Canaletto, various design features kept the air dry and protected the paintings. Below, the gallery's cafe was badly flooded and will be closed for some time.

  5. Hospitals score highly in cancer survey

    South Cumbria's hospitals have come out top in a survey of 45 health trusts for the care of cancer patients.

    The survey was carried out by iWantGreatCare, a website that gathers patient reviews of health services.  The views of more than 100,000 patients were included.

  6. Top headlines this afternoon: Key county bridge reopens and another project to find a new use for Grange's derelict lido

    • Appleby's bridge has been reopened after being declared safe following last week's flooding
    • The Army has cleared the way for earlier repairs on the A591
    • A £50,000 grant has been awarded for new Grange pool 'development brief'
  7. Pooley Bridge without its bridge 'a ghost town'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    People in Pooley Bridge have been told it could take until Easter to install a temporary river crossing.

    River Eamont and remains of bridge

    Colin Hindle, who runs a tea shop in the village, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "It's made us close to being a ghost town, apart from one or two BT engineers and hardy regular visitors. It's cut us off quite significantly. 

    "There's a big detour, for anyone coming from Penrith it's four miles further and for farmers who've got land on both sides of the river it's 28 miles there and back. It's taken the heart out of us."

  8. Travel: Diversion after Kendal crash

    BBC Travel

    The A65 Burton Road in Oxenholme, just outside Kendal, is still blocked between the Helmside Road junction and the Oxenholme Lane junction, because of an accident. 

    There's now a diversion in operation via Natland Road.  

  9. Appleby bridge to reopen

    Engineers who've been inspecting the underwater parts of the main road bridge in Appleby have declared it safe to reopen from 16:00 this afternoon.

    Town Bridge, Appleby

    Local people had faced an eight-mile diversion to get from one side of the river to the other.

  10. Burglary victim' moved into care home'

    An elderly man was left so distressed by a burglary that he moved into a care home, a court has heard.

    Jamie Wilson, 26,of Dowbeck Road, Carlisle, smashed his way into the 88-year-old man's Belle Vue house in Carlisle during the summer while the victim was in hospital.

    Jailing Wilson for 16 months after he admitted burglary, Judge Peter Hughes QC said he had deliberately targeted the elderly man.

  11. A592 reopens through Lake District

    The A 592 is now open for its whole length through the Lake District - from near Penrith to Newby Bridge - leaving the A591 as the main closure.

    Kirkstone Pass

    The road had been cut by flooding in the Glenridding area, and the surface damaged.

    But across the county 15 bridges remain closed because they're damaged or have collapsed, and a number of others are still to be inspected.  The main bridge across the River Eden in Carlisle is still closed, awaiting inspection by divers.

    The full county council list is here.

  12. Blackburn's Ewood Park to host Carlisle v Plymouth

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle United will play their first match of 2016 against Plymouth Argyle at Blackburn's Ewood Park, as Brunton Park recovers from flood damage.

    Ewood Park

    The League Two club's ground, close to the rivers Petteril and Eden, was flooded following Storm Desmond.

    Championship side Blackburn have agreed to host the fixture on 2 January while flood recovery work takes place.

  13. Government gives £50,000 to help find new use for lido

    A £50,000 Government grant is going to South Lakeland District Council for the derelict swimming pool at Grange-over-Sands. 

    Grange lido

    It will be used to pay for a development brief to bring it back into use - but not as a pool, which has already been ruled out as too expensive.   

    The pool has been closed since the early 1990s, and numerous schemes to renovate it, or find another use, have come to nothing. 

  14. New group set up to look at Cumbria flood protection

    Over the weekend it was announced Environment Secretary Liz Truss had set up a group to work on new flood protection measures for Cumbria in the wake of Storm Desmond.

    The Cumbrian Floods Partnership group will look at how defences can be improved in the communities worst-hit by record rainfall in recent weeks.  

    It will be made up of community groups, the Environment Agency and local authorities.  

    Rescuers in flood water on Carlisle's Warwick Road
  15. Army and Amir join flood recovery work

    Soldiers from 2 Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, which recruits in Cumbria, have also played a major part in the rescue effort.

    Amir Khan and soldiers

    Boxer Amir Khan brought volunteers from his own trust and the charity Penny Appeal. They served hot meals at a community centre, handed out presents to children and delivered food parcels.

  16. On Look North at lunchtime: 'Urgent action needed' over A591 repairs

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A week on from the devastating flooding which hit Cumbria, many roads are still closed - including the A591 - a crucial route linking the tourist towns of Keswick and Grasmere. 

    It's been so badly damaged in parts it may take until Easter to repair. As Peter Marshall reports those most affected say urgent action is needed.


    Join us for this and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.