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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Friday

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By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. BBC Cumbria Live: That was Thursday 17 December 2015

    Live updates for Cumbria have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.  

    In the meantime you can keep in touch: Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.   

  2. Rain warning 'still uncertain'

    Meteorologists say a warning of heavy rain for Saturday night is still subject to "a lot of uncertainty".

    A statement from the Met Office says rainfall totals of 20mm (0.75ins) are likely quite widely, with more on hills. These amounts, the forecasters say, would not normally cause concern, but a yellow warning - the lowest level - has been posted because of the state of watercourses after events of the past fortnight.

    The Met Office says an updated forecast will be issued as more information becomes available.

  3. Lucy, 10, draws mascot for new health service

    A ten-year-old girl from South Cumbria has designed a logo for the health service that helped her.

    Lucy Weston suffers from a painful condition that causes inflammation in the heels of growing children.

    Drawing of blue elephant

    Her family celebrated the end of a long spell of therapy from the Cumbria Partnership Trust with a trip to Africa, and that inspired her entry to a competition to design the logo for a new website explaining children's services.

  4. Police confirm crash victim's name

    Police say a woman who died in hospital after a crash near Kendal was Margaret Patterson, who was 84 and came from Kendal.

    She was driving a silver Kia Picanto which was in collision with a red Ford Focus at the junction of Burton Road and Helmside Road on Monday morning.

    Junction on A65

    Officers have appealed for witnesses, in particular the driver of a silver 4X4 vehicle who's believed to have seen what happened.

    The driver of the Ford, a 26-year-old-man from Kendal, was not badly injured.

  5. Government insurance scheme 'will help thrice-flooded'

    A government-backed flood insurance scheme will help people even if they've been flooded several times, according to a director who visited Carlisle today.

    Aidan Kerr, from Flood Re, said the scheme would operate from next April and would cover anyone living in a flood area.

    Figures published by the Scottish Flood Forum suggest as many as one third of the people flooded in Carlisle were not insured.

  6. Police seek 'Good Samaritan' who rescued assault victim

    Police are trying to trace a woman who intervened in an assault in Brampton.

    Carlisle Road

    It happened in Carlisle Road, on 11 December when a 25-year-old woman was punched in the face.

    Police say they need to talk to a woman who stopped and gave the victim a lift to a friend's house.

    A man's been arrested and released on police bail until next month.

  7. Zoo ordered to move manure that poses 'escape risk'

    Barrow councillors say a zoo has 28 days to move a heap of manure so large that officials feared it might create a route for baboons to get over a fence.

    The South Lakes Safari Zoo contested whether the heap of rhino and giraffe manure posed an escape risk. Staff said some had already been moved, but officials said some was still falling into a ditch.  

    Councillors said they wanted it moved away from a fence within four weeks. 

    The zoo also has four weeks to demonstrate aerial walkways, that go above a number of enclosures, are safe. Councillors were shown photographs of what appeared to be rotten wooden supports.

  8. Travel: Bridges remain closed

    BBC Travel

    Bridges are still closed  on main roads at Langwathby, Eden Bridge in Carlisle, Eamont Bridge on the A6 near Penrith, Middleton, near Sedbergh, and in Cockermouth.  

    A number of other bridges are still to be inspected on more minor roads, and this afternoon engineers said Bell Bridge, which takes a minor road across the Caldew near Welton, between Dalston and Caldbeck, was unsafe and should not reopen.

  9. Cumbria police get £500,000 boost

    Home Office funding for Cumbria Police will go up by £500,000 next April, to £99.7m.

    Police logo

    The extra money - a 0.5% increase - was welcomed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes. The police also get about £35m a year from a share of the council tax.

  10. £50,000 haul of counterfeit cigarettes pulled in

    Police and trading standards officers have revealed they stopped a van on the M6 and found 30,000 counterfeit cigarettes and 500 pouches of rolling tobacco inside.

    The operation happened two weeks ago, but details have only just been made public.

    A man has been arrested and put on police bail until January.

  11. Weather: Why has it been so mild recently?

    Unseasonably warm weather across the UK has seen daffodils blooming as far north as Ayr in Scotland. 

    Temperatures are expected to continue in the double figures for the next week.

    Find out why we're experiencing such unusual weather here.

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    Video caption: Why is it so mild?
  12. Cumbrian council 'helped to share countryside costs'

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    Rural areas such as Cumbria will get additional money to reflect the extra costs they face, according to Local Government Secretary Greg Clark. 

    It's part of the funding settlement, an announcement of what support councils will get from central government over the next four years. 

    The government says it will more than quadruple its Rural Services Delivery Grant, which aims to help with the extra cost of providing services in sparsely populated areas. Most Cumbrian councils receive money from this.

  13. M6 sign change clarifies A591 closure

    Martin Lewes


    There has been frustration in the central Lake District over how the closure of the main road through the national park is publicised. 

    Some warnings haven't made it clear exactly which bits of the A591 are closed, and businesses fear visitors might think villages like Grasmere are inaccessible.

    So the changing of the message on motorway gantries was celebrated with some robust language...

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  14. Flood-hit households to get £500 grant

    A flat rate grant of £500 has been announced for every flooded household in Cumbria.

    It's part of the money from central government, the Communities and Businesses Recovery Scheme.

    It's intended to help with immediate expenses such as finding temporary accommodation.

    Households where the council tax is paid by direct debit will have the payment made directly into a bank account. Other residents will need to apply to their local district council.

  15. MP claims cutback flood scheme could have saved homes

    A Cumbrian MP is claiming that a £4m flood scheme in Kendal, which was shelved to save money, could have saved 440 homes in the town.

    Kendal street and flood debris

    Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said repairs in the town could cost £50m.

    A study by the accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers has put the potential bill for Cumbria as a whole, at £500m.

  16. Bishop records Christmas video message after floods

    Here's the Bishop of Carlisle's Christmas message on the value of relationships as Cumbria begins to recover from the flooding:   

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  17. Cark lights up for Christmas children appeal

    The man behind the Christmas lights display known as the "Cark Illuminations" says he hopes to beat his £3,000 appeal record this year.

    House covered in Christmas lights

    Jeremy Voakes spends more than a month every year putting up the decorations on his house in Cark.  Money collected from people who come to see it goes to the NSPCC.

  18. Nature reserve 'saved homes from flood'

    Conservationists say a nature reserve near Penrith, which is also part of the town's flood prevention scheme, is a model for what could be done in other parts of Cumbria.

    Thacka Beck in flood

    Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Thacka Beck reserve was built into the town's flood defences by the Environment Agency in 2010. Excess water's held there in meanders, instead of rushing on to flood some 380 homes and businesses downstream.

    A campaign called Slow the Flow is aiming to encourage similar schemes. Tim Jacobs, who's based with the wildlife trust, says they're best combined with traditional defences.

    Kevin Scott, from the trust, said: “Penrith was unaffected by the recent floods thanks to engineering and natural processes coming together to create a brilliant flood defence."