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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We'll be back with the county's news, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or join our Facebook page

    Do have a very good evening.

  2. Two bailed as police investigate 'flood thefts'

    Two men from Carlisle have been released on bail after police arrested them in the Petteril Street area of the city as they were allegedly carrying items stolen from homes that had been flooded.

    Police said the pair, aged 30 and 43, also been questioned on suspicion of going equipped for burglary and are due to be interviewed again on 30 January.

  3. Workington cup tie postponed again

    The cup tie between Workington and Clitheroe, which was due to take place tonight, has been postponed for a second time because of a waterlogged pitch

  4. Weather: Showers with hill snow, frost later

    The showers and wind should ease into the night, although there may be sleet and hill snow earlier. 

    It'll become cold with a frost under clear skies and temperatures falling towards 0C (32F).

    Weather graphic

    You can see the latest forecast for where you live here.

  5. Government peer urges tourists to visit flood-hit counties

    Tourists have been urged to visit areas such as Cumbria at Easter to help them recover from the floods.

    Lord Courtdown, representing the government, said ministers were committed to supporting businesses affected by the bad weather.

    "We are currently working with Visit England and Visit Britain to highlight what is on offer and encourage visitors to book holidays to the region in the Easter period," he said.

    Lord Courtown was responding to calls at question time to support flood-hit tourist attractions like the Jorvik Viking Centre in York.

  6. Sister of man jailed in India staying strong

    A Foreign Office minister has called in the Indian High Commissioner after six former soldiers received five-year jail terms in India for possessing unlicensed weapons.

    The men, including John Armstrong from Wigton in Cumbria and Nick Dunn from Ashington in Northumberland, were security guards on an anti-piracy ship which strayed into Indian waters.

    Joanne Armstrong

    John Armstrong's sister Joanne has been telling me that her brother will come through it.

    I'll have the full story for those in the north of the county on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. Teenager 'lured to cemetery and killed over girlfriend', court told

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The jury in the trial of three men accused of murdering a Carlisle teenager has been told the boy was killed by a man with an "obsessive desire" for his girlfriend.

    Opening his case, prosecution barrister Simon Medland QC said George Thomson lured 14-year-old Jordan Watson to a cemetery on the pretext that he wanted him to sell knives on his behalf.

    The real reason, Mr Medland said, was that Thomson, aged 19, wanted to kill Jordan so he could go out with his girlfriend.

    Mr Thomson, 19-year-old Brahnn Finley and 20-year-old Daniel Johnston, all from Carlisle, deny murder. 

    The trial at the city's crown court continues.

  8. Corby Castle peer 'in good mood' before helicopter crash, inquest told

    The inquest into the death of Lord Ballyedmond - one of Cumbria's richest men - in a helicopter crash in Norfolk in 2014 has heard evidence from his son. 

    Edward Haughey said that before the crash his father had been at his Norfolk estate, Gillingham Hall, overseeing the final stages of a big restoration. 

    He said his father, who also lived at Corby Castle, near Carlisle, was in a good mood and appeared very relaxed. 

    The helicopter took off in thick fog and crashed shortly afterwards in a field, killing Lord Ballyedmond and three other men. The inquest continues.

  9. Travel: Bridge closure in Kendal causes delays

    BBC Travel

    The partial closure of the Victoria Bridge in Kendal's continuing to cause delays in the town.

    There are also delays on the A66 between Crackenthorpe and Kirkby Thore because of roadworks.

    On the trains, there are delays of up to 15 minutes on the West Coast Main Line because of a signalling problem at Oxenholme.

    You can get the latest travel reports here.

  10. Transport Secretary says Pooley Bridge replacement is a priority

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said reconnecting the two sides of the village of Pooley Bridge will make "a massive difference to the community".

    Quote Message: We’ve worked closely with the county council to make sure the funding is available to allow this to happen and we’ll now be switching our focus to plans for the permanent replacement.” from Patrick McLoughlin Transport Secretary
    Patrick McLoughlinTransport Secretary

    Stewart Young, the leader of Cumbria County Council, said he wants to ensure Pooley Bridge is open for business as soon as possible.

  11. Teenager 'was murdered in rivalry over girlfriend'

    One of the three men accused of murdering teenager Jordan Watson killed him so he could go out with his girlfriend, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

    Jordan's body was found at Carlisle's Upperby Cemetery last June. He had suffered head and neck injuries. 

    In his opening statement, prosecuter Simon Medland QC alleged George Thomson killed 14-year-old Jordan so he could go out with his girlfriend.

    Mr Thomson and Brahnn Finley, who are both 19, and Daniel Johnston, 20, deny murder. All three are from Carlisle.

    The trial continues.

  12. The wide view: The A591, from gap to landslides

    A wide-screen picture shows Dunmail Raise to Thirlmere, and where the temporary road announced earlier today will go. 

    The unsurfaced road will allow for a shuttle bus while more permanent repairs are made.  It will be open to cyclists and pedestrians, but not other vehicles, linking through to the minor road on the western side of Thirlmere.

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  13. Workington AFC cup tie hangs on pitch inspection

    Tonight's Workington AFC v Clitheroe cup tie at Borough Park is subject to a 17:00 pitch inspection   

  14. Lorry driver arrested after Shap crash death

    A Polish lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal accident near Shap early this morning.

    Police say the woman who died was 54 and came from Shap.   

    She was driving a Ford Focus that was in collision with a heavy goods vehicle.

    Police have appealed for witnesses and have now reopened the road.

  15. Pooley Bridge to get temporary span by Easter

    Martin Lewes


    A new temporary bridge is to be installed at Pooley Bridge to replace the 300-year-old arches that were swept away by the floods last month.

    Pooley Bridge washed away

    Local people in the tourism industry had said their livelihoods are at risk because they've been cut off from the thousands of visitors to Ullswater on the other side.

    A county council spokesman said the bridge, costing £300,000, would be paid for from the £40m promised by the government to replace local infrastructure.  

    Planning will also start on a permanent replacement.

  16. Lord Ballyedmond inquest hears from pilots' widows

    The inquest into the death of Lord Ballyedmond, who died with three other men in a helicopter crash in 2014, has heard of the grief of the widows of the pilot and co-pilot.

    Lord Ballyedmond

    Lord Ballyedmond, otherwise known as Dr Edward Haughey, lived some of the time at Corby Castle near Carlisle.  

    The crash happened as his aircraft took off from another estate he owned in Norfolk.

    The widow of the co-pilot, Captain Lee Hoyle, told the hearing in Norwich that her husband would not have taken chances with safety.

    Coroner Jaqueline Lake said the inquest will focus on events leading up to take-off, the training of the pilots - particularly when taking off in low visibility, the weather conditions and the regulation of private helicopters.

  17. Weather: More showers and a chilly wind

    There'll be more showers this afternoon which could be heavy in places and fall as snow over high ground. Temperatures will rise to about 6C (43F) with a strong north-westerly wind creating a high wind-chill.  The latest weather forecast for where you is here.

    Weather graphic
  18. Three deny killing Carlisle teenager

    The trial of three men accused of murdering Carlisle teenager Jordan Watson has begun at the city's crown court. 

    George Thomson and Brahnn Finley, both 19, and 20-year-old Daniel Johnston, who are all from Carlisle, all deny murdering the 14-year-old. 

    Jordan Watson

    Jordan's body was found on 16 June last year at the city's Upperby Cemetery. 

    The trial is scheduled to last up to four weeks.

  19. 'Drain celebrity' tickets going fast

    Archie Workman, who's so fascinated by drain covers that he produces calendars featuring them, is also now doing talks. Ticket sales are apparently going well.

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