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  1. Updates on Thursday 10 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

    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. Small take up for flood protection grants

    Fewer than 10% of flooded Cumbria businesses and households have bid for government "flood-proofing" grants.

    Only 493 out of about 6,000 people or businesses affected by Storm Desmond have submitted claims to the Property Level Resilience Scheme (PLRS).

    Flood damaged goods

    A flood relief charity boss said it was believed most people were still struggling with immediate finances and not ready to consider future protection.

  3. Pooley Bridge crossing completion 'fantastic news'

    As we reported earlier, the temporary river crossing at Pooley Bridge will open to traffic on Sunday, 20 March - one week ahead of schedule.

    Temporary bridge crossing at Pooley Bridge

    It has been put in place to replace a 300-year-old structure that was washed away by Storm Desmond in December.

    Councillor Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We were hopeful earlier this week that we’d be able to open early, so it’s fantastic to be able to confirm it today.

    "This has been a big project and I have to congratulate the staff from the council and our contractors for the huge effort they've made to bring this in ahead of schedule. It was so important to reconnect the village and get it back open for business and I’ll certainly be there on the 20th to see the first cars going across."

  4. Man injured by mobility scooter

    A man had to be airlifted to hospital after he became trapped between a house and a mobility scooter.

    He suffered injuries to his arms in the incident in Millom, and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

    The Great North's Air Ambulance, The Pride Of Cumbrian, then transported him to to hospital in Preston, where his condition is described as stable.      

  5. Beatrix Potter exhibition to open at Dalegarth

    Tourism chiefs are putting the final touches to a new Beatrix Potter exhibition which will tell the story of the author's relationship with the Eskdale Valley.

    The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway has added the family-friendly feature at Dalegarth Station, having worked with the National Trust in the 150th anniversary year of the writer’s birth. Situated in the downstairs function room of the Fellbites Eatery and gift shop, it is set to open on 21 March at 11:00.

    As well as leaving the National Trust her home at Hill Top in Cumbria, Potter - the creator of Peter Rabbit - also bestowed 4,000 acres of land and 15 farms, including Penny Hill Farm in Eskdale.

    National Trust general manager for the West Lakes, Marian Silvester, said: “Although Beatrix Potter is renowned for being the much-loved artist and author of timeless children’s books, she was also a woman ahead of her time and a conservationist, farmer and driven businesswoman with a passion for nature and the countryside."

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  6. Cumbria flood rescuers set to receive awards

    Personnel from Cumbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service will receive awards next week for outstanding work during the floods.

    A presentation will be staged at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith on Monday.

    Crews from Penrith and Kendal will receive a chief fire officer's certificate of congratulations and the Barrow Blue Watch crew, plus fire control personnel, will receive a chief fire officer's commendation for their work at the height of the floods.

    It follows rescues at Pooley Bridge, Ambleside and the Sizergh Castle area near Kendal.

    Pooley Bridge

    Chief fire officer Jim Onions said: “Our firefighters did an incredible job right across the county during the floods. It’s no exaggeration to say their work saved lives. But even in that context the work on these three rescues was truly exceptional.

    "All three occurred in the most testing of conditions and required extremely high levels of skill, judgement and bravery. As a service, and a county, we should be proud of them and the difference they made that night.”

  7. Travel: Congestion on the roads

    BBC Travel

    On the roads this afternoon, there's slow-moving traffic on the A590 westbound at the Tebay Lane junction at Ulverston. There are roadworks in the area.

    Elsewhere, Hawes Lane in Natland is still closed in both directions between the A591 junction and the Natland Road junction due to the on-going emergency repairs following the floods.

    Keep up to date with all the latest news with BBC Travel.

  8. Man thanked for saving driver and dog after crash

    A man hurt in a crash on the M6 has thanked the Good Samaritan who freed him and his dog from the wreckage after a social media appeal went viral.  

    Dave Dann and his dog Peanut

    Dave Dann, 50, was in his lorry in a queue on the M6 near Carnforth, Lancashire, on Monday when it was in a collision with a milk tanker. He was stuck in his cab until three people rushed to help, with one pulling Mr Dann and his dog Peanut to safety.

    His son's Facebook appeal to find the unknown driver was shared 70,000 times and Wayne Atkinson from Barrow, came forward.

    Mr Atkinson, 57, said: "I don't consider myself a hero. Dave needed a hand to get out of his cab and I was small enough to climb in through his door window."

  9. Bus company makes 'use it or lose it' plea to pasengers

    A Cumbrian bus and coach company is to continue running a coastal public service after a community campaign to save it. 

    Reays was to discontinue the number 60 route between Silloth and Maryport from 26 March, following a drop in passenger numbers and disruptions from flood and storm damage to the B5300 Coast Road.

    The decision has now been reversed, but the company said that as it is not getting any subsidy from the local authority, it could not continue making a loss for long.


    Managing director Chris Reay said: "I must stress that if the number 60 service isn't used, it will be lost."  

  10. North Cumbrian hospital trust almost bottom of national list

    Ben Maeder

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The trust running hospitals in Whitehaven and Carlisle has been ranked almost bottom of a national list which assesses levels of openness and transparency in the NHS.

    The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been classed as having a "poor reporting culture" by NHS Improvement.

    Two-hundred and thirty NHS organisations across the country feature on the list. The lowest ranking in the list is "poor reporting culture" and that's where the North Cumbria Trust has been placed - 224th out of the 230 organisations. 

    It has been in special measures since 2013.

    There are significant concerns about openness and transparency in 78 organisations, including the Morecambe Bay Trust which covers South Cumbria. Only 18 had outstanding levels of openness and transparency, 102 had good levels - including the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  

  11. Weather: A dry and chilly night ahead

    Any rain dying away to leave a dry night with clear spells.

    It will be chilly with a touch of frost, and perhaps the odd patch of mist.

  12. RL Cares charity plans new national rugby league museum for 2020

    BBC Sport

    We all know Cumbria is a hot-bed of support for Rugby League, so fans will probably be all for proposals announced today for a national museum dedicated to the game.

    Artist's impression of the proposed Rugby League National Museum

    Charity RL Cares has revealed plans to establish a National Rugby League Museum by 2020 and has commissioned a feasibility study.

    Dr Kevin Moore, the director of the National Football Museum, will lead a working group to look into a potential location in the UK and funding opportunities.

  13. Man jailed over attack on brother

    A man who committed a savage attack on his brother has been jailed for 16 months.

    Alexander Sessford, 34, punched sibling Robert in the face and then stamped on his arm four times as the assault continued.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard the victim suffered a bruised eye socket and arm after the attack, which happened in the city on 7 August.

    Sessford was convicted of a common assault on his brother and sentenced today for the offence, which occurred while he was subject to a suspended prison term for a theft. 

    Previously of Carlisle but latterly of Bentley, Doncaster, he was said to have almost 40 other crimes on his record.

  14. Bed shortage leads to Barrow A&E delays

    BBC Cumbria

    A shortage of available beds at Barrow's Furness General Hospital is putting pressure on the Accident and Emergency unit, bosses say.

    Doctors in hospital

    Health officials say some people are having to wait for more than four hours before receiving treatment.

    They're blaming "bed blocking" - a term used when patients no longer need to be in hospital but are not well enough to cope on their own without care. This means they have to stay on the wards and take up beds that other people may need.

    A&E delays in England have reached record levels, official figures show.  The data for January from NHS England showed 88.7% of patients were dealt with in four hours. The target is 95%.

  15. BreakingBomb disposal team responding to Seaton find

    A 100m (300ft) police cordon has been set up in Seaton after a "small piece of ordnance" was found outside an address in Quality Corner.

    The News and Star is reporting builders dug up what they believe to be a mortar shell from the garden of a house.

    Cumbria Police said the item, which was reported shortly after 10:00, is not believed to pose a risk to the public. 

    Officers are at the scene awaiting the arrival of the bomb disposal team.

  16. Playground tig ban and other 'ridiculous' school rules

    A primary school in Leeds has introduced a temporary ban on children playing "tig" during break times after "clothes were torn" and pupils were left "upset".

    Youngsters in a school playground

    The school has stopped the game, also known as "tag" or "you're it", to allow the children "some time to settle down a bit", according to the headmaster.

    The ban is the latest in a line of stories from around England of educational establishments outlawing everyday activities, many of which are remembered fondly from people's own school days. 

    BBC News looks back at other forbidden school activities that have made headlines - including a ban on conkers in some Cumbrian schools.

  17. BBC School Report: Sunny outlook for Workington pupils

    BBC Cumbria

    Pupils at St Joseph's School in Workington have been learning about being weather forecasters as part of the BBC's School Report project.

    St Joseph's School pupils read a weather forecast

    It's the 10th annual News Day, with about 30,000 students in schools across the UK making and broadcasting the news.

    School Reporters are striving to post stories to their websites by a 14:00 deadline, when the BBC will link to those sites via its interactive map.

    Pupils are also going on air and online on the BBC throughout the day, from the Today programme to BBC News at Six.

    Some will even guest edit part of the News Channel and CBBC's Newsround.