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  1. Updates on Tuesday 23 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    Our live coverage has come to an end for another day, but we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

    In the meantime, 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

  2. BreakingTwo dead, three injured in Carlisle crash

    Two women from Carlisle have died in a crash on the A595 on the outskirts of the city, police said.

    A boy aged three and a 74-year-old man have been seriously injured and flown to hospital in Newcastle.

    It is believed all four were travelling in the same vehicle.

    Insp Phil Davidson from Cumbria Police told the BBC that despite earlier reports of six vehicles being involved, the collision involved two vehicles.

    A third casualty, a man, received minor injuries.

    He said there was initial confusion over the number of casualties and the number of vehicles.

    The collision happened between the Orton Park roundabout and Peter Lane, which remains closed.

  3. Weather: A frosty night, cloudier tomorrow

    After another sunny day, skies will stay clear overnight with a widespread frost. There may be the odd shower towards dawn, with sleet or snow on the fells. 

    Fog may develop in some places, including Keswick. Minimum temperature -3C (27 F).

    Wednesday will be another cold day with a little more cloud than today. There will be one or two showers around, these wintry over high ground. Maximum temperature 5C (41 F).

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  4. MP wants Kendal's maternity unit staffed around the clock

    Women in the South Lakes should regain a 24-hour staffed maternity unit in Kendal, according to the area's MP. 

    The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has been responding to a review of maternity services which calls for women to be given more choice over where, and how, they give birth. 

    But the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale says his constituents don't have access to a full range of options. And he wants overnight midwives at the Westmorland General Hospital to be on-site, not on-call.

    Westmorland General Hospital
  5. New appeal for information in child abduction inquiry

    Police investigating an attempted child abduction near Cockermouth last month say they have eliminated a blue van from their enquiries.

    Officers say a man approached a nine-year-old girl who was playing outside her home in Great Broughton at about 16:45 on 20 January.

    He is then said to have engaged in a brief conversation with her before grabbing her hand and trying to pull the child away.

    The suspect is described as aged in his 50s with short brown hair. He was wearing a black leather jacket and blue denim jeans.

    Cumbria Police have made a renewed appeal and asked anyone with information to contact Workington CID on 101.

  6. BreakingChild flown to hospital after Carlisle crash

    The Great North Air Ambulance says it has flown a child to hospital after a serious crash near Carlisle.

    And the North West Air Ambulance has confirmed it has also been called to the scene.

    The A595 between the Orton Park roundabout and Peter Lane is closed.

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  7. Rail repairs still hindered by landslip

    Network Rail says it still hasn't worked out the best way to repair a stretch of the Settle to Carlisle line that was damaged by a huge landslip.

    Settle Carlisle line repair work

    About 500,000 tonnes of earth is still moving down the embankment, two miles north of Armathwaite. Eighty engineers are working on the problem. 

    At the moment, they're carrying out preparatory work, which includes building access roads across farmland and studying soil samples to understand the ground conditions. 

    Settle Carlisle line repair work

    It's hoped this work will mean repairs can be carried out quickly when experts have decided on the best solution. In the meantime, buses will continue to run between Appleby and Carlisle.

    Settle Carlisle line repair work
  8. The people who want the UK's gun laws relaxed

    Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales. 

    The last real conversation around gun laws in the UK followed the West Cumbria shootings in June 2010, when 12 people were killed by Derrick Bird.

    Now, there's a campaign to get regulations in Britain relaxed.

    display of guns
  9. Rory Bremner heads to Cumbria

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    TV impressionist Rory Bremner is performing the first of three shows in Cumbria to raise money for people affected by flooding in the county over the festive season. 

    Tonight, he'll be compering and performing in a two-hour comedy night at Penrith. The premises has been used by volunteers collecting and distributing food, furniture and essential items to flood victims. 

    All proceeds from the shows go to the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

    We'll be hearing from Rory Bremner in tonight's Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Rory Bremner
  10. 'Multiple vehicles' involved in serious collision

    The Great North Air Ambulance has confirmed it's attending a multi-vehicle crash near Carlisle.

    It happened between the Orton Park roundabout and Peter Lane.  

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  11. BreakingAir ambulance called to Carlisle crash

    In the last few minutes, an eyewitness has told us an air ambulance has been called to the scene of a serious crash near Carlisle.

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  12. BreakingEmergency services at scene of serious crash near Carlisle

    A serious crash near Carlisle has shut part of the A595.

    Police, firefighters and paramedics have been called to Newby Cross and the road has been closed between the Newby West roundabout and Orton Grange.

    It's thought up to six vehicles could be involved and a large emergency service presence has been reported in the area. 

    Drivers and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

  13. BreakingSerious crash shuts A595 at Dalston

    There are reports of a serious crash on the A595 at Dalston, near Carlisle, involving up to six vehicles.

    It's happened between the Orton Park roundabout and Peter Lane.

    An eyewitness has told us four police cars, two ambulances and two fire engines are at the scene.

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  14. Staff surveys shed light on attitudes to working in NHS in Cumbria

    Just 18% of staff at the organisation which oversees Cumbria's healthcare would be happy for it to care for their friends or relatives.

    That's according to the results of a survey of staff at the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. It found only a quarter of employees would recommend it as a place to work. 

    Elsewhere, while there have been improvements at the North Cumbria hospital trust, it's still well below average when it comes to staff recommending the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven as a place to work or be treated. 

    Staff at hospitals in south Cumbria follow the national average, while those at the partnership trust, which looks after mental health services and community hospitals, are happier than average to recommend the trust as a place to work and be treated.

  15. University of Cumbria appoints new vice chancellor

    The University of Cumbria has named its next vice-chancellor. 

    Prof Julie Mennell, the current deputy vice chancellor at the University of Sunderland, will take over in August, succeeding Professor Peter Strike. 

    Julie Mennell

    She said: "Although the university itself is not yet 10 years old, many of its component parts have, for many years, played a significant role in the cultural and economic life of the region. 

    "The challenge for us moving forward is to continue to build on this legacy, creating a vibrant institution of high academic merit that provides opportunities for all those who have the potential to benefit from the experience of higher education, with reach and impact across Cumbria, Lancashire and beyond."

  16. Missing boy found safe

    In the last few minutes, Cumbria Police have said Jack Loughran, the 14-year-old reported missing from his home in Barrow, has been found and is safe and well.

  17. MPs undecided on EU vote

    Cumbria's two Conservative MPs are yet to reveal how they're going to vote in the crucial EU referendum.

    Rory Stewart, the MP for Penrith and the Border, says although he has made up his mind, he's not ready to tell his constituents.

    Quote Message: The really important thing, I believe, is that this time around, unlike the 1970s when there last was a referendum, is that we as politicians are here to listen. I really want this to be a referendum where people are making their own minds up." from Rory Stewart Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border
    Rory StewartConservative MP for Penrith and the Border
    Rory Stewart

    But John Stevenson, who represents Carlisle, says he isn't sure whether he will back the 'in' or 'out' campaign. He spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

    Quote Message: My own view at this moment in time is I still want to think about it, I still want to decide whether it's in the best interests of this country to remain or to leave but, most importantly, the message I would get out there, it is up to the British people." from John Stevenson Conservative MP for Carlisle
    John StevensonConservative MP for Carlisle
    John Stevenson

    Cumbria's four other MPs say they will vote for Britain to stay in the EU in the June 23 vote.

    They are Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, and Labour MPs Sue Hayman (Workington), John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) and Jamie Reed (Copeland).

  18. Bakery boss proud at 'most inspiring business' honour

    Sian Hall

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    The owner of a Cumbrian bakery says he's delighted his business has been included in a list of 1,000 companies across the UK which are said to be inspiring Britain.

    Bells of Lazonby outside

    report by the London Stock Exchange featured Bells of Lazonby, near Penrith. 

    It has been running for 70 years and employs more than 200 people. 

    Inside Bells of Lazonby

    I went behind the scenes to have a closer look at what the company does.  

    Managing director Michael Bell told me the business is good at predicting future trends. 

    He said: "We got in on the coffee shop market at the right time and we're already looking and seeing what the next trends are and we've got one or two ideas - some of them will fly and some of them will be dogs."

    Inside Bells of Lazonby
  19. Walker falls nearly 500ft in Lake District

    A walker has been flown to hospital after falling nearly 500ft from Helvellyn.

    The man, aged 27, fell from Swirral Edge and a nearby group raised the alarm. 


    An air ambulance called to the scene had to turn back because of wintry weather and poor visibility. 

    Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, working with the neighbouring Penrith team, called in a coastguard helicopter which, while battling the severe conditions, winched the injured man to safety and flew him to hospital in Preston. 

    The incident happened shortly before 15:00 on Monday. No details of the man's injuries have been released.