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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished live updates for today, and will be back on duty tomorrow from 0800.

    But you can still send in your news - or your latest photographs of our beautiful county - by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or join our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Weather: Dry and frosty with showers later

    The showery rain should ease, leaving things dry for much of the night. In many places clear skies will allow some frost and ice to form, before showers arrive by dawn.  Temperatures will fall to about 0C (32F).

    Weather graphic

    Red sky at night, they say - BBC reporter Nell Dunn caught this shepherd's delight.  You can send in pictures by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or join our Facebook page.


    You can check the latest forecast where you are, here.

  3. Three jailed for £10,000 cannabis plot

    A man from Wigton and two bothers from St Helens conspired to bring cannabis from Merseyside to West Cumbria, a court was told.

    Brian Weldon, 36, and John James Taggart, 41, were said to have been the key players, with Weldon's brother John, 37, as the courier.  Police moved in as the £10,000 drug handover took place in a Wigton car park.

    Taggart, of New Street, Wigton - a previously convicted drug trafficker - was jailed for two years. He admitted conspiring to supply cannabis, and two other offences. The two from St Helens, Brian Weldon of Martin Avenue and John Weldon from Queen Street, were jailed for three-and-a-half years and 18 months, respectively.

  4. Rescue bid starts for mining museum

    The Heritage Lottery Fund says staff will be meeting people from west Cumbria to see if there's a way of saving the Haig Pit mining museum, which has closed its doors citing financial problems.

    A spokesman said they'd be meeting the independent Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie and the Copeland Community Fund and exploring options.

    "Our staff have worked closely with the museum over many years and recognise the importance of the attraction and its heritage to Whitehaven."

  5. Main headlines so far: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visited three flood-hit Carlisle schools, and sightseers are warned off the A591

    Here's the top stories across Cumbria this afternoon:

  6. Travel: Kendal bridge goes one-way after flood damage

    BBC Travel

    The Victoria Bridge in Kendal is closed westbound after divers found new flood damage to its foundations. 

    The bridge links the north-east of the town with Sandes Avenue and Windermere Road, so delays are inevitable. Diversions are in place.

    Get the latest travel news here.  

  7. Education Secretary: 'We'll try to make schools flood-proof'

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says she wants to see if schools at risk of flooding can be rebuilt in a way that means they aren't as badly affected if it happens again.

    Nicky Morgan in school

    Ms Morgan was speaking after touring Trinity School (pictured), the Richard Rose Academy and Newman school.

    She said: "Those schools that are academies will get support through the education funding agency, but I'm listening to what they're saying about wanting to not only replace buildings, but also to do things differently so if there is a future flood, they aren't affected in the same way."

  8. North Cumbria hospitals boss steps down

    Ann Farrar, the chief executive of the trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, is to step down.

    Ann Farrar

    She'll be working with a number of trusts across Durham, Darlington and Teeside.  

    Stephen Eames

    Her replacement is Stephen Eames, whose spent the past three years at the helm of the Mid-Yorkshire trust.

  9. Travel: Lorry fire shuts M6 sliproad

    BBC Travel

    The M6 northbound slip road into the Burton services in South Cumbria is closed and there's queuing traffic because of a lorry fire.  

    Get the latest travel news here.

  10. A591 visitors 'put their safety at risk'

    There's a new warning today for sightseers to stay away from the A591, which was badly damaged by the floods.


    County council engineers say walkers and cyclists have forced their way past barriers, ignored warnings from security staff, and travelled close to heavy machinery which is still clearing tonnes of landslide debris from the road.

    A spokesman said reports that temporary roads had been established on the eastern side of the lake were not true.

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  11. Police hunt for man needed on recall to prison

    Cumbria Police officers are hunting for Kendal man Colin Eaves, who is wanted for recall to prison.He is believed to be in the South Lakes area.Officers would like to speak to anyone who has information about his whereabouts.Call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

    Colin Eaves
  12. Another Lakes rescue team clocks busiest year

    Coniston mountain rescue team says it too has recorded a record year.

    The volunteers responded to 66 incidents, almost 27% up on the previous busiest year in 2012.

    Deputy leader Jeff Carroll said there has been a growing number of mountain-biking accidents, and helping in the floods had involved the team being called out to other parts of the country as well as locally.

    Last week Kendal mountain search and rescue team said its tally of 58 rescues was a record.

  13. Child sex offender 'disowned by family' jailed for four years

    A man has been jailed after admitting child sex offences. 

    Joseph Batty, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.  

    Joseph Batty

    The charges related to two incidents on the 25 and 29 September 2014, involving the same female victim, who was based outside of the county. 

    Batty, of Broad Ings Crescent, Kendal, was jailed for four years at Carlisle Crown Court. 

    The court heard he had been disowned by his family having committed the latest in what were a "long line of sexual offences against females".

  14. Wild lives of railway builders brought to screen

    The lives of the workers who built the Settle to Carlisle railway line are portrayed in a new television drama which starts on ITV tonight.

    Ribblehead viaduct with steam train crossing

    The programme, called "Jericho", is based around a temporary town that was formed by the workers in the 1870s, while they constructed the Ribblehead Viaduct.

    It's on this evening at 21:00.

  15. Grange Lido plan goes back to drawing board

    A plan to reopen an outdoor salt-water swimming pool at Grange over Sands has been refused Government funding because officials don't believe enough people will use it.

    But South Lakeland council, which owns the site, has been given £50,000 to find a more economically-viable future for the 1930s art deco attraction.

    Grange Lido

    The lido, which has a diving board listed for its architectural importance (pictured above) is one of four projects in Cumbria given money from the government's Coastal Revival Fund. 

    The others include restoring the Watch House, an 18th century quay on Whitehaven Harbour and work on a Roman fort at Maryport.

  16. Travel: Flooding on A590

    BBC Travel

    Flooding is causing queues in the usual place at Lindal, between Barrow and Ulverston.

    On the railways, bus services are replacing trains between Prudhoe and Haltwhistle after a landslide brought trees down onto the track.

  17. BBC Director General thanks staff for floods coverage

    Martin Lewes


    The BBC's Director General Tony Hall is visiting BBC Radio Cumbria today.

    Tony Hall

    Lord Hall, who'd earlier toured parts of Carlisle, is spending lunchtime talking to staff at the radio station, a number of whom worked on even as their own homes were flooded.  

    The station's part of Cumbria's emergency planning system, and broadcast around the clock during the flooding.