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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    That was BBC Cumbria Live for Thursday 28 January 2016. 

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

    If you can help us tell those stories,  you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.

  2. National park welcomes £2m boost to path and bridge repairs

    The Lake District national park authority's welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement of a £2m boost to help repair flood damage to footpaths and bridges from the succession of storms that have swept the region over the past six weeks.

    Chairman Mike McKinley said: "We will now prioritise the delivery of practical work across the national park to ensure visitors have the best possible experience."

    Warning sign on closed footbridge

    The national park's rangers have been surveying 2,000 miles of footpaths and 1,400 bridges since the storms caused floods and landslides.  

    A number of routes have had to be temporarily closed.

  3. Benefit fraudster 'had thousands in the bank'

    A man who carried on claiming council tax and employment support allowances while he had almost £90,000 in the bank has been given a suspended prison sentence.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Gerard Mayne, 62, admitted making two false representations involving a total overpayment of more than £15,500.

    Judge Peter Hughes imposed an eight-month jail term, but having heard Mayne, of Kirkby Street, Maryport, was a man of previous good character, he agreed to suspend the sentence for two years.

    Mayne was said to have paid back all of the ill-gotten cash. He must also pay £1,000 costs.

  4. The next storm heading this way dubbed 'Gertrude'

    The bad weather heading for Cumbria over the next 48 hours has been dubbed Storm Gertrude by the Met Office.

    Most of its worst effects will be felt in Scotland, but the southern edges will bring heavy rain and winds gusting to hurricane force to parts of Cumbria, according to weather warnings.

    You can see the latest forecasts from the BBC Weather centre here.

  5. Police name man who died on M6

    Police say a man who was found dead on the M6 near junction 45 on Monday was Brian Wellburn, 56, and came from the Annan area.

    Police say that they're still investigating how Mr Wellburn came to be on the carriageway.

    The motorway was closed for a number of hours, causing long delays.

  6. Cameron: Extra money aimed at helping tourism businesses

    David Cameron has been making it clear his visit to Grasmere today focused on helping the area's tourism industry recover from the flooding.

    David Cameron meeting tourism leaders

    The Prime Minister met a group representing both the tourism industry and the Lake District National Park Authority

    Quote Message: "I wanted to give the very clear message, backed by tourist businesses here in Cumbria, that Cumbria and the Lakes are open for business and let's advertise and promote that to the rest of Britain, and the world and let's also spend money to making sure that the footpaths and the by-ways, one of the things that people come here to Cumbria for is to walk, let's make sure they are fixed as well." from David Cameron, speaking in Cumbria today.
    David Cameron, speaking in Cumbria today.
  7. Jordan Watson trial: Defendant insists on his innocence

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The man accused of being the ringleader in the murder of a Carlisle teenager has again denied killing 14-year-old Jordan Watson.

    It came as Simon Medland QC closed his cross examination of George Thomson, who's said to have killed Jordan because he was obsessed with the teenager's girlfriend.

    Mr Medland asked him: "This is not a series of unfortunate incidents. In this case all the features are pointing at you. You got on top of him and with one of your knives pulled it across his throat."

    Mr Thomson replied: "No."

    Mr Medland continued: "You told him to shut up when he was screaming for his life."

    "No," Mr Thomson repeated.

    Mr Medland added: "You thought you were too good and that you would get away with it"

    Mr Thomson again replied: "No."

    MR Thomson and Brahnn Finley who are 19, and 20-year-old Daniel Johnston, all from Carlisle, deny murder. The trial continues.

  8. Grasmere pupils put PM in the picture

    Youngsters from Grasmere primary school wrote to David Cameron after the floods to describe the impact on their lives.  Today he came to see them.

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  9. Weather: Very wet and very, very windy

    It'll be a wet night, with persistent heavy rain across much of the area. 

    It will also be windy, with widespread gales, possibly severe on high ground and in exposed coastal parts such as Barrow. Temperatures will fall to about 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic

    There are severe weather warnings for the wind and rain tonight and tomorrow, and even snow, later tomorrow.

    You can see the latest forecast and the warnings for where you are here.

  10. PM meets children who wrote to him after floods

    Here's Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to local children from Grasser Primary School in Grasmere who wrote letters to him after the floods earlier this month.

    David Cameron
  11. Farron: Cameron's cash 'woefully inadequate'

    Westmorland and Lonsdale Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron's described an announcement by the Prime Minister of more money for Cumbria as "nothing but a token gesture".

    David Cameron is visiting flood-affected areas in the county on the day £2m for infrastructure repairs and a £1m advertising campaign to attract more visitors was announced.

    Mr Farron said: "There is a £460m shortfall in the funding required to repair flood-damaged roads and bridges across Cumbria. 

    "Cameron’s £2m is nothing but a token gesture, which will leave local residents, businesses and councils to pick up the lion’s share of the bill."

    He added:

    Quote Message: Various ministers and now even the Prime Minister have visited the A591, but very little real help has been delivered – local people feel very let down."
  12. Cameron talks to Lake District National Park Partnership Business Task Force

    After announcing extra cash for tourism and flood repairs, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to members of the Lake District National Park Partnership Business Task Force at Allan Bank House.

    PM meets Lake District National Park Partnership Business Task Force
  13. Violent partner back in court over new offences

    A man who was jailed for a year for an attack on his partner that left her with multiple injuries has been remanded in custody after contacting her again.

    Christopher Stainton, 52, from Blackwell Road in Carlisle, had been issued with a restraining order when he was sentenced for a sustained attack on Paula Long.

    Today he appeared before magistrates in Carlisle charged with breaching that order by making contact with Miss Long, and breaking a window at her home.   

    Stainton admitted the offences, and magistrates decided he should be sent to crown court for sentence.

  14. '£2m will be spent through Lake District National Park Authority'

    The Prime Minister's told BBC Radio Cumbria that an extra £2m announced today will be spent specifically on paths and footbridges in the Lake District, rather than main roads and highway bridges. 

    It's understood the money will be distributed through the national park authority.

    David Cameron in Grasmere

    Speaking in Grasmere, David Cameron said £40m would be spent by the Department for Transport on work such as restoring the A591, which was washed away and hit by landslides.

    The Prime Minister said: "There's another £2m for making sure that we repair byways and footbridges because they're very important for people who come here to walk."

    Mr Cameron also announced a £1m advertising drive to attract more visitors.

  15. Cameron's flood cash 'inadequate', say local politicians

    Two leading politicians have now attacked new funding for flood works in Cumbria announced today by the Prime Minister as not going far enough.

    Pooley Bridge

    A £1m publicity drive and £2m for repairs to tourism infrastructure have been unveiled, with David Cameron set to visit Grasmere, which has been cut off from the north since the A591 was washed away at the start of December.

    But Westmorland and Lonsdale Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron says it is "nothing but a token gesture".  

    Councillor Stewart Young, the Labour leader of Cumbria County Council, says the amount is "totally inadequate".

  16. Three days of weather warnings ahead

    Martin Lewes


    Cumbria has almost the full set of Met Office severe weather warnings for the next three days; rain, gales, snow and ice.  Only dense fog is missing.

    The first warning, for rain, kicks in at 15:00 this afternoon. Currently though, forecasters see the main threat as for north of the Scottish central belt.  Rainfall in Cumbria's predicted to be up to 60mm (2.3in) over high ground.

    The more severe warning is for wind, starting at 03:00 tomorrow. Forecasters say the wind could gust to 80mph, with a risk of damage to power supplies.

    Finally, from 21:00 tomorrow, the Met Office says showers will turn increasingly to snow, although again this applies primarily to Scotland.  

    In Cumbria, the forecast is for up to 3cm (1.1in) of snow on land above 200m (650ft), with icy roads.

  17. Flood funding 'drop in the ocean', claims Labour

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    A government pledge of an extra £2m to boost tourism following recent floods "is a drop in the ocean", shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy has said.

    David Cameron is visiting parts of Lancashire and Cumbria hit by floods. He said it's important to ensure that visitors aren't put off.

    But Ms McCarthy commented: “With water levels rising again and more homes and businesses at risk, all resources are welcome.

    "But with damage in the county estimated at in excess of half a billion pounds, this is a drop in the ocean."

    Flooding in Carlisle
  18. Weather warnings force 'big sleep' charity delay

    Warnings for heavy rain, gales and even snow have forced organisers to postpone the annual "big sleep" event, which raises money to help pensioners pay winter heating bills.

    More than 200 people had signed up to sleep in a field behind the Low Wood hotel on the shores of Windermere this Saturday.  

    It will now take place on Saturday 27 February.

    Andy Beeforth, the chief executive of the Cumbria Community Foundation said: "We knew that some people will be disappointed but safety is paramount."  

    He said there was still room for more participants.

    Related events by occupational therapists from the Cumbria Partnership Trust, who are sleeping in Honister Slate Mine, and students who are spending the night at the West Lakes Science Park, are still going ahead.