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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    That was Tuesday 2 February 2016. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all your news, weather and travel. 

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

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Two in every five patients in A&E 'could go elsewhere'

    A large proportion of visits to one of the county's hospital accident and emergency departments could've been treated elsewhere. 

    A study conducted by the Morecambe Bay NHS trust found that almost 40% of A&E attendances were 'potentially avoidable'.

    While the research was conducted at the Furness General Hospital, the trust says the situation is the same at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary just over the border. 

    Dr Paul Grout, a clinical director at the Morecambe Bay trust, said some patients turned up needing hospital treatment when if their problems had been picked up sooner, they could have been treated at home.

  3. Weather: Cold with showers that could be wintry

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay quite windy overnight, with bands of showers moving though toward the south east.  These could be wintry, with temperatures falling to about 3C (37F).

    Weather graphic

    The latest forecast for where you are is here.

  4. Jordan Watson murder trial hears closing speeches

    The trial of three men for the murder of Carlisle teenager Jordan Watson is in its final stages, with barristers giving the jury their final submissions.

    Jordan Watson

    Brahnn Finley and George Thomson, who are both 19, and 20-year-old Daniel Johnston deny murdering the 14-year-old in Upperby cemetery last June. 

    For the prosecution, Simon Medland QC said the motive was Mr Thomson's infatuation with Jordan's girlfriend. 

    But Ben Myers QC, defending, said there was no evidence his client had left his home that night, and he'd been set up.

    The trial continues

  5. Railway bank repair 'will take four weeks'

    Network Rail says work to prevent future landslides on a stretch of the Settle-Carlisle line near Appleby will take four weeks.

    A temporary timetable, with some train services replaced with buses, has been brought in to allow single-track working.

    You can check the latest BBC travel news here, and you can check services on the line in detail here.

  6. Man jailed for beating teenager who was feeding ducks

    A man has been jailed for attacking a teenager who was feeding ducks at a Lake District beauty spot.

    Joseph Martin, 18, was handing out bread to birds at Bowness-on-Windermere last April when he was "savagely beaten", Carlisle Crown Court heard.  

    Carl Ward, 34, attacked him after his wife tackled Mr Martin over perceived littering.

    Ward, of Greengarth, Workington, admitted wounding and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

    The court was told Ward stuck his thumbs into the throat and eye of the 18-year-old, before punching him several times. Judge Peter Davis told Ward: "Violence in public cannot be tolerated."

  7. Shap youngster's moment of space fame

    A pupil from Shap primary school's been featured on national TV asking the British astronaut Tim Peake questions about life on the International Space Station.

    Tim Peake

    Cody, one of hundreds of children in a museum in Liverpool to link up with the space station, watched as Major Peake showed how, in weightless space, you can play ping pong with water.  

    Cody from Shap

    And afterwards Cody told BBC reporter Ed Thomas he'd asked whether it was fun to drink bubbles of water - and had been told, yes, it was.

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  8. Holiday park boss tells minister: 'Maintain the drains'

    The owner of one of the largest holiday parks in the Lake District has urged Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to help get more work done to prevent flooding.

    Henry Wild

    Henry Wild, who owns the 450-pitch Skelwith Fold park, is chairman of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, and John Whittingdale, whose responsibilities include tourism, was a speaker at the annual conference.

    Mr Wild says there needs to be a body with clearly defined powers and funding to act on behalf of communities at risk of flooding, and to make sure there are ways to remove surface water from the land. 

  9. Youngest Channel swimmer 'trained in Windermere'

    The youngest person ever to swim the English Channel hardened themselves to cold water by training in Windermere, according to a new account.

    Tom Gregory

    Tom Gregory made his attempt in 1988, crossing from France to England in just under 12 hours.

    His preparation had begun three years earlier when he swam first first a width of Windermere, then half a length, and finally the full 11 miles of England's longest lake in 1987. 

    It was vital acclimatisation. "People who die while swimming the Channel - and they do - tend to die of hypothermia," says Tom. "If you can handle the cold you're half way there."

    No one will ever beat Tom's record - there's now a minimum age of 16 for official Channel attempts.

  10. Deputy mayor of Allerdale dies

    Bill Bacon, the deputy mayor of Allerdale, has died at the age of 80.

    Councillor Bacon had represented Moss Bay for Labour since 2007, and served as mayor in 2013-14.

    Bill Bacon

    He held a number of posts and was chairman of the Friends of Siddick Pond, where he'd just succeeded with a £15,000 grant for improvements to visitor facilities.

  11. Jordan Watson trial told of 'childish outpourings'

    A jury's been told letters written to Jordan Watson's girlfriend by George Thomson, but never sent, were not statements of intent to kill but childish outpourings. 

    Ben Myers QC, who's representing Mr Thomson, 19, was making his closing speech at Carlisle Crown Court. 

    In the letters, Mr Thomson wrote he would kill for the 14-year-old girl. The prosecution claim Jordan, who was 14, was brutally murdered because of Mr Thomson's obsession with the girl.

    Mr Thomson and Brahnn Finley, and 20-year-old Daniel Johnston, all deny murder. The trial continues.

  12. Colourful skies catch Cumbrian eyes

    Martin Lewes


    The nacreous clouds that hid behind Storm Henry last night and this morning have certainly attracted a lot of interest.  

    Andrew Nicholaides, Andy Horrocks, Sandra Stalker and Josselin Lamberti contributed these - many thanks.

    Nacreous clouds
    Nacreous clouds

    Beautiful they may be, but these clouds reportedly create a chemical reaction that damages the ozone layer.

    More nacreous clouds
    And yet more nacreous clouds

    If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

  13. Police launch new recruitment drive

    Cumbria Police says it wants to recruit 108 new officers to join the force.

    Police badge

    It currently has 1,120 officers and 95 community support officers.  

    A spokesman said the recruitment drive is essential to maintain numbers. The closing date for applications in 19 February.

  14. Youngsters quiz astronaut on board ISS

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Teacher Vicki Capstick from Shap C of E Primary said the questions suggested by children were intelligent and thoughtful. 

    She said: "A lot were about home comforts and how he felt about not having them for six monthd."

  15. Pupil to ask astronaut: 'How fun is it to drink water out of a bubble?'

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    I have been speaking to headteacher Anne Maud, of Shap C of E Primary School in Cumbria.

    She has brought 24 children from Years Three and Four to the event.

    They are all "extremely excited", she said.

    Eight-year-old Cody Greaves will ask Major Tim "How fun is it to drink water out of a bubble?"

    She said they were "really surprised" to be successful as they only entered with 24 individual videos on the last day.

  16. Pupils getting ready to message astronaut

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Excitement is building at the World Museum in Liverpool as children from Shap C of E Primary in Cumbria are joined by a cardboard cutout of Major Tim Peake.

    He is taking part in a live space talk with hundreds of school children from England and Wales.

    Children from Shap C of E Primary in Cumbria are joined by a cardboard cutout of Major Tim Peake.
  17. Foodie fundraisers help flood charities

    Two fine dining events have together raised well over £10,000 for charities including the Cumbria Community Foundation flood appeal.

    Staff from the legal firm Baines Wilson LLP and Barclays competed to feed 90 guests at the Lodore Falls hotel, raising £12,000 for the appeal and two other charities.

    Castle Dairy staff

    And in Kendal, staff and apprentices from the Castle Dairy (pictured), which was itself flooded out in December, took over the kitchens and restaurant at at Kendal College to raise £600 with a tasting menu. 

    The Castle Dairy's used by the college as a training facility, but it's currently being redesigned after kitchens less than a year old were wrecked by flood water.

  18. School kids get to put questions to astronaut

    Astronaut Tim Peake is taking part in a live space talk with hundreds of school children from England and Wales at a Liverpool museum

    The event at the World Museum is being live streamed to thousands of schools, who will simultaneously carry out simple experiments. 

    Major Peake made history when he became the first British person to walk in space.

    Cody Greaves

    Cody Greaves, eight, is one of six children chosen to put their question to Major Tim this afternoon. 

    He is a pupil at Shap CE Primary in Cumbria.

    The European Space Agency says it has never done an event like this before.