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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 25 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. How it was on Monday 25 January, 2016

    We've now finished posting updates on the news, weather and travel for Cumbria.  We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

    If you've news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page.    

  2. Weather: Dry night, gales later, rain coming

    Any showery rain will soon clear away eastwards this evening leaving most of the night dry and chilly with clear spells. 

    However further rain will return to Cumbria late in the night and the wind will pick up to gale-force. Temperatures will fall to 6C (43F)

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

  3. Flood alerts issued as heavy rain threatens

    Flood alerts, the lowest level of warning, have been issued for a number of Cumbrian rivers.

    The Environment Agency says about nine hours of rain is expected tomorrow, starting in the early hours, and accompanied by gale force south to south-westerly winds.

    The warning says: "Some localised flooding and minor impacts can be expected on Tuesday and Wednesday with flooding of low lying land and roads leading to some travel disruption."

    The Met Office weather warning for tomorrow says two bouts of rain are expected, giving up to 50mm (2in) in many parts, and up to 100mm (4in) in the mopst exposed upland areas.

  4. £4.05 police tax increase 'pays to keep bobbies on beat'

    The Cumbria Police and Crime commissioner Richard Rhodes says he wants to increase the force's share of the council tax by nearly 2 per cent, to maintain the numbers of officers.

    Richard Rhodes

    The increase would add £4.05 to the benchmark Band D council tax rate, bringing the police portion to £216.63 a year.

    Mr Rhodes said: "To maintain numbers has been a battle at a time when the overall policing budget has been reducing."  

    Quote Message: The people of Cumbria tell me that they want to see visible policing in their communities." from Richard Rhodes Police and crime commissioner
    Richard RhodesPolice and crime commissioner
  5. 'Exhausted' mum who shook baby could get child back

    A little girl who suffered a brain injury after being shaken by her loving but exhausted mother might be able to return to her parents' care, according to a judge after a family court hearing.

    The youngster suffered a head injury when aged about eight months, Mr Justice Hayden had heard. 

    Her mother said her daughter fell and banged her head, but Mr Justice Hayden concluded that the only logical explanation was shaking. Nevertheless, he said social workers should explore the possibility of the little girl being allowed to return home. 

    The judge said the little girl could not be identified. But he said Cumbria County Council had responsibility for her welfare, and had asked him for rulings which would help social workers make decisions about future care.

  6. Education Secretary 'alarmed' by Poppi Worthington case

    The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has admitted she is "alarmed" at the circumstances surrounding the death of Poppi Worthington, the Barrow toddler whose death prompted a judge to criticise Cumbria's police and social serices. 

    Nicky Morgan

    The case was raised in the House of Commons by the Barrow and Furness Labour MP John Woodcock during questions to the Education Secretary.

    Ms Morgan told him: "I am alarmed and, as I already said in my earlier answer, Cumbria is in formal intervention from my Department.

    "It is being supported by an interventions adviser. The services at the most recent inspection were still found to be inadequate and as I said we will review progress in March this year as part of the broader package of reforms we know we need to introduce to tackle failing children's social service department which only let down the most vulnerable."

  7. Flood-hit businesses get extra time from taxman

    Accountants say businesses hit by the flooding in December will get extra time to fill in their tax return forms.

    Flooded Appleby

    A spokesman for the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants said, though, that taxpayers need to contact HMRC before the 31 January deadline for tax returns.  

  8. Teenage driver in 110mph police chase admits dangerous driving

    A teenage driver who crashed after leading police on a chase that reached speeds of more than 100mph has admitted dangerous driving.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Ethan Johnstone, 18, from Creighton Avenue in the city, forced other drivers to take evasive action as he raced in darkness through residential streets at 80mph.

    He finally lost control of his Fiat Brava and crashed near Calthwaite.

    Judge Peter Davies said he wanted more information about Johnstone's background before passing sentence next month.

  9. Detective tells how 'feisty' 78-year-old tackled gunman

    A detective investigating an armed robbery earlier in Maryport says the criminal was tackled by a 78-year-old woman.

    Det Insp Dan St Quintin said: "She's very, very brave, a community hero really."

    Maryport Post Office

    The man had walked into the post office brandishing a pistol just before 11:30. He's said to have stolen a significant amount of money and police, some armed, are still searching the area.

    The robber is described as skinny, 6ft (1.82m) tall, and wearing a shiny black jacket.

    Quote Message: She's 78-years-old and very feisty at the same time" from Det Insp Dan St Quintin
    Det Insp Dan St Quintin
  10. Trains 'went over undermined bridge'

    Rail accident investigators have started an inquiry into how trains were allowed to go north from Carlisle and over the Lamington Viaduct in the Borders, after the bridge had been undermined.

    Lamington viaduct

    A statement from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch this morning said a driver reported a dip in the tracks at 07:30 on New Year's Eve.  

    A speed limit imposed by signallers was at first removed by track maintenance staff, the statement says, but was then reimposed after they'd observed another train crossing the bridge.  The viaduct was closed a few minutes later, and it's not expected to reopen until March.

  11. Second school strike called off

    Directors at a West Cumbrian school say a second strike in a dispute over working conditions has been called off.

    Members of the NASUWT union at Whitehaven Academy walked out for a day last week, and there were talks with managers on Friday.

    This morning the academy's director of schools Gary Kelly said the union had called off a strike planned for next week. No one from the union has been available for comment.

  12. Poppi case prompts 'burden of evidence' debate

    The Children's Commissioner says there needs to be a debate over the level of proof required in child sex abuse cases.

    Poppi Worthington

    It follows the case of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington in Barrow. Last week a family judge ruled - on the balance of probabilities - that her father Paul sexually assaulted her shortly before she died in 2012. 

    He denies any wrongdoing and has never been charged. Shortcomings in the police investigation meant vital evidence was lost.

    But Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield says police and other agencies need to have a 'serious conversation about what can be the best evidence':

  13. Body found in search for missing man

    Coastguards found a man's body in 15ft of water near Cargo, close to the mouth of the River Eden, this morning.

    Police say they're still trying to confirm the identity of the man, but they don't believe there's any reason to be suspicious about his death.

    The remains were found as coastguards were looking for Andrew Fleming, who was 61 and had been missing from his home since New Year's Eve.   Police say Mr Fleming's family has been informed.

  14. Work starts on Waterhead improvements

    Work is starting on a facelift for one of the Lake District's best-known tourist attractions. 

    Waterhead artist's impression

    £300,000 will be spent on the promenade at Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere. The work (pictured) will include widening the promenade - which is seen as a gateway to Ambleside and the north Lakes - as well as repairs and resurfacing.  

  15. Motorway stays closed after man dies near Carlisle

    Police have confirmed a man died in an incident on the M6 near Carlisle that's left the motorway closed southbound for more than six hours.

    Officers were called soon after 07:30 when it was reported a man had jumped from a bridge near junction 45.

    Police say diversions will be in use for at least another couple of hours

  16. Main headlines: Armed robber hits post office, and bridge fatality closes M6 north of Carlisle

  17. Curle eyes two more players in transfer window

    Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says he's trying to sign two more players - one of whom might be available to play against Everton in the FA Cup.

    Keith Curle

    There are just eight days left in the transfer window, but Curle says he won't be spending money just for the sake of it.

    "I'm not in the habit of wasting money," he told BBC Radio Cumbria. "We're still negotiating with clubs for availability because we're going for players that are highly thought of in higher divisions."