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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    BBC Cumbria Live has finished for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with updates on the county's news, weather and travel.

    If you've got any pictures or news to send in, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page.    

  2. The out-of-hours health helpline that isn't 'fit for purpose' - and what's being done about it

    Cumbria's local medical committee, which represents family doctors, has roundly criticised the regional 111 non-emergency helpline for delays and poor standards.

    The county's GPs ran their own Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) until last October. Then the 111 service, which crashed when it was first tried in 2013, was brought back in, but Dr Peter Weeks from the LMC says it's still not good enough:

    Quote Message: The systems essentially were falling over over Christmas and CHOC again had to take the calls back from the 111 service on the 2 and 3 of January . It's a system that is not fit for purpose at the present time." from Dr Peter Weeks
    Dr Peter Weeks

    Magnus Hird is the regional clinical lead for 111 in the North West. He told BBC Radio Cumbria it had been a busy few months for all healthcare providers because of the floods and usual winter pressures, but he accepted the service isn't good enough

    Quote Message: Performance is not where we'd like it to be at the moment. There have been some longer waits for calls to be answered or for callbacks from clinicians and we're working really closely with the ambulance service and its partners to put in place a number of steps and improve service to patients." from Magnus Hird
    Magnus Hird
  3. 120mph driver admits danger driving charge

    A man who drove at up to 120mph has admitted a dangerous driving charge at Carlisle Crown Court today.

    The court heard police couldn't keep up with Matthew Rogers, from Rudyard Avenue in Stockton-on-Tees, along the A685 between Tebay and Ravenstonedale. 

    But he was arrested a short time after details about his car were circulated. The-28-year-old will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court next month. In the meantime, he's been banned from driving.

  4. Doctors: Health 111 helpline 'appalling'

    Cumbrian GPs have described the performance of the 111 service - the 24-hour-a-day number that people can ring when they need access to health care - as "frankly appalling".

    Cumbrian doctors had run their own service, called Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC), since the 111 service failed when it was first introduced.

    The 111 number  was re-introduced to Cumbria in October last year, run by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). 

    But doctors from Cumbria's Local Medical Committee now say calls from patients are taking too long to be answered, some calls are being abandoned and the service is causing unnecessary trips to A&E.

    This evening NWAS said it is working hard with the doctors to improve standards.

  5. Travel: Floods cause new delays for rail passengers

    BBC Travel

    Buses have replaced train services between Newcastle and Carlisle after a landlsip and flooding between Hexham and Prudhoe.

    And passengers using the West Coast Main Line are being urged to check train timestables because of disruption caused by the closure of a viaduct at Lamington in the Scottish Borders.

  6. Man jailed for chilling harrasment campaign

    A man who subjected his partner to threats and unwanted texts and telephone calls has been jailed for two-and-a-half years at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Stuart Hardy

    Stuart Hardy, 24, from Scalegate Road in Carlisle, admitted a number of offences which David Birrell, prosecuting, described as "chilling".

    The court was told Hardy refused to admit the relationship was over and had threatened to disfigure his ex-partner's new boyfriend with acid. 

    Judge Peter Davies told him: "You need to be taught a lesson. These sorts of offences will not be tolerated."

  7. Farmers jailed after 116 stolen sheep found on land

    Two farmers who were found to have 116 sheep stolen from other breeders across the north of England have been jailed for three years each.

    Charles Raine, 66, and his nephew Phillip, 47, who farm near Bowes, County Durham, were convicted last month atTeesside Crown Court of conspiracy to use criminal property.

    Sheep being identified by farmers

    Police held a series of "identity parades", including one at Kirkby Stephen (pictured), where farmers who'd had sheep stolen were invited to see if they recognised any of those recovered from the Raines' farm.

    Judge Tony Briggs said the crime was an attack on peoples' hard work. "It is entirely and utterly inexcusable."

  8. Puddles and mud still blight Carlisle United's HQ

    Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground and buildings were flooded again last month.  

    Today BBC Radio Cumbria sport has been to see the drying-out work under way.

    Brunton Park boardroom with the carpets ripped up

    From the boardroom to the dressing rooms, carpets and furniture have been stripped out and fixtures removed, but water still stands on the floor.

    Brunton park changing room with puddle

    You can see more pictures on BBC Radio Cumbria Sport's Twitterfeed.

  9. Kendal rescue volunteers see record year

    Kendal's mountain rescue team was called out a record 73 times last year.

    The volunteer team's work included flood rescues and providing support for ambulances in heavy snow last March.

    As with all mountain rescue teams in England and Wales, the £50,000 a year it costs to run the team is largely raised in donations from the local community.

  10. Man admits having more than 1,000 child abuse images

    A 58-year-old man has admitted six charges of possessing more than 1,000 indecent photographs of children.

    At Carlisle Crown Court today, Eric Rohtla from Crooked Holme Farmhouse in Brampton near Carlisle entered guilty pleas to possessing a total of 1,330 category A, B and C images of children. Category A is the most serious. 

    He'll be sentenced by a judge at the crown court later this month. 

  11. Travel: Flooding stops trains to Newcastle

    BBC Travel

    Northern Rail services have been replaced with buses between Newcastle, Hexham and Carlisle because of flooding on the rail line between Hexham and Prudhoe.  You can get the latest updates here.

  12. Green Party leader tours flood-hit South Lakes

    The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is touring parts of South Lakeland that were badly flooded last month.

    Ms Bennett will see Staveley, Burneside and Kendal, and visit the flood frelief centre in the Westmorland Shopping Centre

  13. Fisherman's accurate casting reconnects phone customers

    A telephone engineer has been reconnecting customers cut off by bad weather with the aid of a fishing road and a good aim.

    Dave Cameron-McIntosh cast a line across the swollen River Eamont after the bridge at Pooley Bridge was washed away, taking telephone lines with it.  Once the fishing line was across the river, it could be used to pull new cables across the water.

    Dave Cameron-McIntosh and Hilda Noble

    He repeated the feat after high winds at the weekend felled a telegraph pole carrying the line across a gorge to Hilda Noble's remote farm near Brampton.

    Colin Hind, Openreach operations manager for Carlisle, said: "Fishing rods have become a useful part of our toolkit."

  14. Bus driver sorry for Tebay crash which injured children

    A bus driver who crashed into a house in Cumbria, injuring 17 people including seven schoolchildren, has apologised after being fined.

    The single-decker Stagecoach bus hit a car before ploughing into the house on the A685 in Tebay on 16 June.

    Tebay bus crash

    Gerrard Chard, 61, of Orton Road, Tebay, pleaded guilty in a letter to driving without due care and attention.

    In his written mitigation, he said: "I would like to apologise to anybody hurt or inconvenienced by my contribution to this event."  

    He was fined £75 and ordered to pay £105 costs and given six penalty points at Carlisle Magistrates' Court.

  15. Video: Pupils use shuttle bus to beat flood damage

    Schoolchildren in Cumbria have started using a shuttle bus system to get around the devastation caused by Storm Desmond.

    The main spine road through Lakeland, the A591, was eroded in floods at Dunmail Raise but now pupils are taking a bus to the site, walking on a makeshift path around the broken section of road and then boarding another bus on the other side.

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    Video caption: Pupils use shuttle to beat flood damage

    Dozens of children attending schools in Keswick and Grasmere are now using the system and several said they were pleased to be able to continue their exam studies.

    Nick Raymond from Cumbria County Council said it was vital to open temporary access along the route.

  16. Head hails new route for pupils around A591

    A key Cumbrian road partly washed away by Storm Desmond that has reopened for school pupils has been hailed by the headteacher.

    The A591 is closed to general traffic between Dunmail Raise, north of Grasmere, and Thirlmere.

    However, youngsters are now being transported by shuttle bus before being escorted along a new path and on to a second vehicle for school.

    Keswick School head Simon Jackson said it is "an important step".

    He added: "The closure has caused a great deal of disruption. This has been a really difficult time.

    "The community has been rallying round and trying to get back to normality as quickly as possible.

    Pupils use the new path
  17. Main headlines: Students use 'flood shuttle' for first time, as the Met Office confirms a record-breaking December, and the county's police commissioner studies new crime figures

    • Students from Keswick and Grasmere used shuttle buses and a special path to get past a washed out section of road on the first day of term
    • New figures show a sharp jump in a particular sort of violent crime. Police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes will discuss them at a meeting tomorrow
    • Carlisle United's manager says that playing home matches at Lancashire grounds isn't affecting the players
  18. Tebay bus crash driver fined

    A bus driver's been fined and given six penalty points after his vehicle collided with an oncoming car and crashed into a house.

    Magistrates in Carlisle heard that students from Kendal College and the Queen Katherine School were on board when the accident happened in Tebay  last June.  

    Seventeen people were hurt, including the car driver, whose Kia was flipped on to its side.

    Gerrard Lionel Guy Chard, 61, of Orton Road, Tebay, admitted by letter that he'd been driving without due care and attention. He was fined £75 with £105 costs.