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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 January 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with updates through to 18:00 on the news, weather and traffic.

    In the meantime you can contact BBC Cumbria in all the usual ways: You can tweet us, email us, or contact us through our Facebook page

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Weather: Mainly dry and frosty

    Tonight will be mostly dry with a few wintry showers in the southwest. Patchy frost in places too with lows below freezing of -2C (28F).

    Derwentwater with snowy fells

    And we should be able to look forward to a few more days of views like this one of Derwentwater, photographed by Emily Burnham. If you've taken a picture to rival it, you can tweet us, email us, or contact us through our Facebook page

    Weather Graphic

    The latest forecast for where you are can be found here.

  3. Woman who attacked PC spared jail

    A woman from Kendal has been spared jail after stabbing a police officer. 

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Christina Nisbet wounded PC Gary Finch, narrowly missing an artery, as he protected a female colleague. 

    The officers had taken Nisbet, 25, back to her home in Achorite Road following reports that she'd threatened to jump off a bridge. 

    Nisbet was given a 16-month prison sentence suspended for one year and ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service.

  4. The icy glow of winter over ancient stone circle

    The pink light at sunset and sunrise on snow-covered peaks is known as Alpenglow. 

    Castlerigg, near Keswick, is thought to be one of the oldest circles in Britain, so this light could have shone over it for 5,000 years.

    Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Stuart David sent us this excellent photograph. If you've pictures of the weather, or anything else to say, you can tweet us, email us, or contact us through our Facebook page

  5. Jordan Watson accused 'a fantasist' - witness

    A man accused of murdering a schoolboy was a fantasist who claimed he was a gangland hit man, a jury at Carlisle Crown Court was told. 

    A teenage colleague of George Thomson said he didn't take his threats against Jordan Watson, including boasts of earning thousands for killing three men in gangland hits, seriously. 

    The witness cannot be named for legal reasons.

    Mr Thomson, and two other men, who are all from Carlisle, deny murdering Jordan Watson on 15 June last year. 

    The trial continues.

  6. Volunteers have three-month deadline to find new base

    A group of volunteers supporting the flood victims in Cumbria has moved to bigger premises but faces an uncertain future. 

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    Video caption: Flood charity faces uncertain future

    Eden Flood Volunteers came together just after the floods, when they started collecting furniture, utensils and cleaning products to pass on to people who had been washed out of their homes. 

    Originally based in the old fire station in Penrith, the group has now moved to a new location which is big enough to cope with all the donations they keep receiving. 

    But as volunteer Kerry Anne Wild explained, the new premises have only been offered free for three months, and after that the group will have to find £35,000 a year in rent if they are to continue with their work  

  7. In pictures: Transport Secretary visits washed-out roads

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin met local people and officials this afternoon at the part of the A591 which was washed away in Storm Desmond.

    Patrick McLoughlin

    The minister was announcing plans to reopen the road before the main summer tourism season.

    Minister next to another bridge

    He also toured other places where the floods last month damaged roads, including St Sundays Bridge, between Kendal and Old Hutton (pictured), Middleton between Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh, and Stainton..

  8. Death crash helicopter 'had no faults', inquest told

    An inquest has been told there was nothing wrong with a helicopter which later crashed causing the death of one of Cumbria's richest men, Lord Ballyedmond, and three others.

    Crashed helicopter

    A senior air accident investigator told the jury in Norwich how the Augusta Westland helicopter was "behaving normally" before its final flight in March 2014. 

    The inquest has already heard how the helicopter should have taken off 'no later than 19:00' because of fog that was so thick that even an RAF search and rescue crew could not land in it using military equipment. 

    But the helicopter did not leave Lord Ballyedmond's Norfolk estate Gillingham Hall until 19:22. Seconds later it crashed into a nearby field. The inquest continues.

  9. Driver found dead after car hits wall

    A woman who was found dead after her car crashed into a wall in Distington is believed to have fallen ill at the wheel.

    The woman, who was driving a green Suzuki car, crashed at about 13:00 in Boot Brow.  

    No other vehicles are thought to have been involved. Police say they think she suffered a "medical episode".

  10. Man with milestone donation thanks flood fund

    The man who received the one millionth pound handed out by the Cumbria Community Foundation's flood fund has been talking about escaping from his home with only one change of clothes and a mobile telephone.

    Keith Watson

    Keith Watson, who's 33 and lives in Keswick, uses a wheelchair.  

    His home flooded so deeply he would have drowned had he not been helped out of his flat before the waters rose.

    Mr Watson said: I have been moved twice since the floods. At first I was in the town centre in a flat which had four steps and I couldn’t reach the kitchen counters to cook. 

    "Now I am staying in a cottage which has full disabled access but is slightly out of town - it takes me 20 minutes to get into town and it’s all uphill on the way back.

    "I am really grateful to Cumbria Community Foundation for this grant, it will really help me as I have no insurance.”

  11. Minister: Wrecked road will reopen by end of May

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's promised that the A591, which was torn apart by floods and landslides, will reopen by the end of May.

    The road, which links the northern and southern halves of the Lake District, is vital to the local tourism industry.  


    Mr McLoughlin said contractor Kier Highways has been appointed to repair the stretch washed away near Dunmail Raise.

    The road to the north of this point is currently the subject of complex survey work because the hillside, which stretches up to Helvellyn, is said to have been destabilised by landslides and flooded becks.

    The minister said that once the necessary work had been identified a contractor will be appointed to do the repairs.

  12. Snow-ploughed road to nowhere

    Martin Lewes


    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter John Bowness is covering events on the A591 at Dunmail Raise today.  

    Drivers might have had a problem even if the road wasn't washed out just beyond the cars in the distance.

    Dunmail Raise after snow clearance
  13. Video: Help promised for flooded cricket clubs

    Eight Cumbrian cricket clubs wrecked during Storm Desmond last month have been promised support from the game's governing body.

    Officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board are touring grounds across Cumbria to see what's needed to get the clubs back on their feet.  

    Dan Musson

    The ECB's Dan Musson says it's in the interest of the sport to make sure grassroots cricket thrives.

  14. Parents asked to collect children from Caldbeck school

    Fellview School at Caldbeck has closed because the heating boiler has stopped working. 

    The school will also be closed tomorrow but should re-open on Monday. 

    Parents have been asked to collect children as soon as possible.

  15. Flood appeal nears £5m milestone

    The Cumbria Community Foundation, which announced this morning that it had handed out £1m in grants to help people who'd been flooded, has now raised just short of £5m.

    That includes a £1m donation from the government. The fund, which has an overall target of £6m, expects to share in another £1m announced by the government after Lancashire and Yorkshire were also hit by flooding.

    Annalee Holliday from the fund says people will continue to need help for quite some time yet. 

    Quote Message: This is not just for the next couple of months this is going to go on for the next 12 months at least, so we're not just spending all the money now, there will be money when people when start moving back into their properties."
  16. MP Woodcock steps up attack on Trident policy review

     Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has described the idea of reviewing Labour party policy on Britain's nuclear deterrent as "deliberately provocative nonsense".

    The current policy is to support a new generation of submarines to carry the Trident nuclear missiles, but leader Jeremy Corbyn is a long-standing supporter of Britain ceasing to have nuclear weapons.

    It's thought the Prime Minister, David Cameron, will ask Parliament later this year to vote for the new submarines to be ordered, and last night Ken Livingstone, who's leading the Labour defence policy review, said he believed nuclear policy could be dealt with in time.

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  17. Main headlines so far: Cumbria's seen the most widespread snowfall of the winter so far, and the Cumbria flood appeal's given away its first £1m

    • Large areas of Cumbria woke up to a covering of snow this morning - but it seems to have caused little traffic disruption
    • In Kendal drivers have been getting used to having one fewer ways to cross the River Kent after Victoria Bridge was closed at short notice
    • The Cumbria Community Foundation says its now given away more than £1m in grants - half of them to people who were insured, but still needed help
    • Carlisle United could get a big TV cash windfall from a fourth round FA cup-tie - but they've got Yeovil in the way in a third round relay first.
  18. Hospitals trust cancels ops as winter pressure grows

    Managers at the trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven say they had to postpone treatment for 43 patients last week because of pressure on services.

    The trust says it did carry out 400 operations last week, and would be trying to rearrange dates for patients who'd been asked not to attend.

    Helen Ray, chief operating officer for the trust, appealed for people only to use accident and emergency services if they aren't able to use local pharmacies or family doctors.