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Martin Lewes


Live updates have finished for the day.  We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, weather and travel updates.

In the meantime you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.      

Weather: Heavy rain dying out - then the same again tomorrow

BBC Weather

There'll be some more heavy showers in Cumbria over the next few hours. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, which will be in place until 21:00 tonight. 

Temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

Any showers will become lighter overnight, with lows of 11C (52F). There's another yellow warning for torrential downpours tomorrow

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

Travel: Breakdown causes M6 delays

BBC Travel

There are delays on the M6 northbound from junction 26 because of a broken-down vehicle. You can find the latest travel news here.

Cumbria's plutonium to be highlighted in Westminster Hall debate

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has secured a debate in Parliament to highlight the need to turn the stockpile of plutonium at Sellafield into nuclear fuel.

Jamie Reed

The debate will be in Westminster Hall - a third chamber, used for members of parliament to raise local issues.

The MP said: "I have approximately 140 tonnes of plutonium sitting in my constituency and there's no plan for it.  It's not a waste, it's an asset, and the longer we leave it the harder it is to do anything with it."

A minister will have to  reply to the points Mr Reed raises tomorrow morning.

Swimmers head home after Windermere plunge

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Ten thousand people are thought to have taken part in the Great North Swim in Windermere over the past three days.

Cumbria Pride holds Orlando vigil

Cumbria Pride - a group which promotes equality and diversity in the county - says it will be holding a vigil to remember those killed in Orlando. 

It will take place in Fisher Street in Carlisle, at 18:30 this evening, with a minute's silence at 19:00.

Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the early hours of Sunday morning in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, which left 53 people injured.

Map of nightclub

Poppi Worthington: Family background 'must be considered'

A senior midwife's backed a report today that says more notice should be taken of family history when considering whether children are at risk.

Sascha Wells, who's head of midwifery at the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust, was speaking after a serious case review was published into the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington.

The report found Poppi's mother and two previous generations of the family had been involved with social services, and social workers didn't take enough account of this.

Ms Wells said she agreed: "We mustn't look at a mother in isolation - we must look at a whole family and beyond perhaps what we feel we already know, just to make sure we have all of the salient facts." 

How Yeovil player made his move to the northern border

County childrens' services boss: 'We didn't do enough'

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's children services officials say they accept they didn't do enough to protect other children after the death of Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington.

The 13-month-old died suddenly in December 2012, and in January a family court judge said he believed she'd been sexually assaulted by her father Paul Worthington. He denies this and has never been charged. 

Today a serious case review said social workers should have kept a closer eye on Poppi's family because of a history of "intergenerational experiences of neglect and abuse".

The review does not cover events after the child's death, but Cumbria's director of children's services John Macilwraith said: "We recognise and accept that we did not do enough and quickly enough to support and remove the sibling children." 

"The learning for Cumbria County Council is how do we support all of our partners and work better to make improvements to our services for Cumbria's most vulnerable children."

John MacilwraithCumbria's director of children's services

Weather: Showers developing

Heavy showers could develop in some places around Cumbria this afternoon. A yellow weather warning, the lowest level of alert, has been published saying the downpours could cause local flooding. Temperatures could reach up to 19C (66F). 

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

Poppi's death 'could not have been prevented'

The death of a Barrow toddler could not have been foreseen or prevented, a senior official said after a serious case review was published today.

The report was into the death of Poppi Worthington - although it refers to her only as Child N. It says her mother's background and the history of social services involvement with her family, were not seen as risk factors.  

Gill Rigg

Afterwards Gill Rigg, who chairs Cumbria's Local Safeguarding Children Board said: "The serious case review, which I would stress was independently authored by somebody who had absolutely nothing to do with the agencies in Cumbria, has concluded that there was nothing that could have been forseen about her death."

Poppi's family had 'intergenerational experiences of neglect and abuse'

Details of the chaotic family environment experienced by Poppi Worthington's mother were revealed in the Serious Case Review.

It found there were elements of her own childhood that had been difficult and traumatic. 

Her family had "intergenerational experiences of neglect and abuse" and frequent contacts with children’s social care and other services.

It added:

(Poppi's mother) had experienced significant historical traumas and loss which were, in themselves, clear indicators that her parenting may have been compromised and that her children could be at risk."

Poppi Worthington report: How officials missed opportunities

Colin George

BBC News Online

This report into the death of Poppi Worthington sheds light on how midwives, doctors and health visitors all failed to piece together various factors which should have rung alarm bells.

Poppi's mother had a troubled upbringing, and gave birth to her first child at 16. It was put into care.

Her fifth child was six weeks old when she became pregnant by Paul Worthington with twins, Poppi and her sibling.

The Serious Case Review says no-one asked whether her repeated pregnancies and relationship with a man 17 years her senior were cause for concern.

Poppi seemed like a happy child, but this exterior was never questioned by professionals. And her parents never sought treatment for her after she broke her leg.

All of this led up to her sudden death after being apparently sexually abused by her father.

Now, as prosecutors consider whether to bring charges against him, and a new inquest is due to be held later this year, this may be one more step to finding out why she died.

Poppi Worthington: Broken leg went unreported

Poppi Worthington, the Barrow toddler whose death led to criticism of Cumbria's social services and police, suffered a broken leg which was only diagnosed in the post-mortem exam, according to a serious case review published today.

The report says the fractures were healing - but neither of her parents had sought medical help for the incident that could have caused them.

A review showed several other children in the family had been treated for injuries while they were still infants. 

While none of these were suspected to be deliberate, they were all treated in isolation, so they did not trigger further inquiries which might have resulted in Poppi's family getting appropriate support.

The report recommends there should be a policy regarding injuries to "immobile infants".

Poppi: Many changes made since toddler died, officials say

Cumbria's Local Safeguarding Children Board, the body which oversees the welfare of the county's youngsters, says there've been many changes in the four years since the death of Poppi Worthington at the age of 13 months.

It says the various agencies now work more closely together through a system called a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub or MASH. 

And Cumbria County Council's children services department, which had been rated inadequate by inspectors, is now one grade higher, described as "requiring improvement".

The statement also said much more was now known about child sexual exploitation, and the agencies might today have made "an appropriate response".

How the Poppi Worthington case unfolded

The Poppi Worthington case has been long and complex.

Here are some of the key dates in the four-year battle to ascertain exactly how and why she died in a house in Barrow in December 2012.

  • February 2013: Former coroner Ian Smith opens and adjourns an inquest into Poppi's death, during which no records were taken
  • July 2014: The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) begins an investigation into how the Cumbria force handled its inquiry into Poppi's death
  • October 21, 2014: An inquest lasting just seven minutes, determines Poppi's death is "unexplained". No other details are revealed
  • March 2015 - Cumbria Police say Poppi's father and the woman arrested over her death will not face criminal action
  • November 2015: Some details of Poppi's death are made public and highlight police failings, including not preserving items for forensic testing

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

Poppi Worthington report covers family's troubled history

Martin Lewes


Poppi Worthington, the Barrow toddler whose death prompted a judge to criticise Cumbria's police and social services, was born into a family which had been in contact with social services for three generations, according to a serious case review published today.

Poppi's mother cannot be identified to protect her and other children in the family. But the report praises her courage in meeting the report's author, Clare Hyde MBE.

Cumbria's social services had said the family was not known to them before Poppi's death. However, the report reveals an older child had attracted attention from officials, as had Poppi's mother and grandmother.

But despite this background, the report says Poppi's mother was seen as a "competent and coping mother" of subsequent children.  It recommends social workers should in future use family history and genealogy "to identify patterns of risk".

It says such a background and childhood could have "compromised her capacity to parent.".

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

Poppi's mother 'compromised by her own childhood experiences'

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Poppi Worthington's mother's "capacity to parent" could "have been compromised by her own childhood experiences", according to a report.

Despite this the family was offered no help or support by the authorities at the time, the Serious case Review into her death found. 

The report says that in future all professionals and authorities need to show more "professional curiosity" and they need to better share information about family histories which could lead to earlier interventions. 

The county council also says that many changes have been put in place since Poppi's death in December 2012.

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

Father did not take part in Serious Case Review

Poppi's father Paul Worthington, who was accused by a judge of sexually assaulting her before her death, did not take part in the Serious Case Review.

Back in January Mr Justice Peter Jackson, sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, ruled that - on the balance of probabilities - Mr Worthington "perpetrated a penetrative ... assault on Poppi".  

In his judgement, he said he could not accept Mr Worthington's evidence relating to the collapse of Poppi at the family home and was "not impressed" with his account of the events leading up to her death.

Mr Worthington has always denied any wrongdoing and earlier this year issued a statement saying he did not accept the findings and had never hurt his daughter.  

Paul Worthington
Kelvin Media

Poppi Worthington had 'complex' family background

The LSCB report described Poppi Worthington as a "happy, healthy and thriving baby who was being appropriately cared for" before her death. 

However, the household and family background was complex, and the mother's "capacity to parent" could "have been compromised by her own childhood experiences". 

The report said that in future all professionals and authorities needed to show more "professional curiosity" and share information about family histories which could lead to earlier action. 

Gill Rigg, chair of Cumbria LSCB, said: "While the review has identified important learning regarding working with families with complex histories, there is nothing to suggest that her death could have been predicted or prevented. 

"If there is further learning from how agencies worked together post [Poppi's death], the LSCB will ensure this is acted upon. I am however confident that much has already changed in all of the agencies involved."

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

BreakingPoppi Worthington death: Authorities showed 'very little professional curiosity'

Authorities showed "very little professional curiosity and scepticism" about the family situation of Poppi Worthington, the toddler who died after apparently being sexually abused by her father.

The 13-month-old was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow in December 2012.  

In January a judge said her father, Paul Worthington, 48, sexually assaulted her before her sudden death. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault but not charged with any offence. 

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

Today a Serious Case Review by Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board into her death found midwives, health visitors and GPs failed to question Poppi's outward appearance as a "happy" child.

It also found there was "little understanding of the need and risk" of people in the same situation as Poppi's mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Weather: Warnings issued for downpours

The Met Office has now issued heavy rain warnings for Cumbria for the next three days.

The warnings all call for heavy showers and thunderstorms, dropping up to 25mm (1in) of rain within an hour, possibly causing local flooding and disruption to travel.

The warning starts from noon today, and covers from 10:00 until 21:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

You can get the latest forecasts here.

New 'Matron Boards' show who's in charge of local hospital wards

Patients and their relatives will now be able to see who's in charge of wards at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital.

'Matron Boards' are being displayed at the entrance to all the wards, showing details of who the ward matron is and how to contact them. There will also be postcard-size versions handed out.

It's hoped the boards will make it easier for patients to get help and to understand who is looking after them.

Matron Neil Anderson and his 'Matron Board'
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Matron Neil Anderson with the board for his ward

Men in Cumbria are turning down potentially life saving cancer test

Some 9,000 men in Cumbria could be risking their lives by failing to take a test which could detect the early stages of bowel cancer.

The county council invited 20,000 men to take part in a screening programme last year, but has been disappointed by the take-up rate for the home tests.

Cancer Research UK says screening like this saves lives.

It can make a real difference in picking up the disease at a very early stage and when there are a lot more treatment options available to people. We see much better survival rates for people when their cancer's picked up at an early stage."

Fiona OsgunCancer Research UK

Watch: EU Referendum debate

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Ten days to go until the EU Referendum takes place, and last night BBC Look North hosted a debate to discuss it.

We had the Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire and journalist Rod Liddle on the panel, among others.

Liddle argued that short-term troubles caused by leaving the EU would be "worth it in the long-run", while Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah said that "the people who suffer when things go wrong with the economy are not the rich, they are poor people and young people who don't yet have a job".

You can watch it here.

Interest in at-risk hotel building

BBC Cumbria

Several people have shown interest in Carlisle's Central Plaza Hotel after appearing on a list of at-risk buildings.

Carlisle's Central Plaza Hotel

Next Archdeacon announced for Carlisle

The Diocese of Carlisle - the Church of England in Cumbria - has appointed the Reverend Jonathan Brewster as the next Archdeacon of Carlisle.

He is currently Vicar of Christ Church with St John and St Saviour at Highbury in London, and will begin his ministry in Cumbria in September.

He replaces the Venerable Kevin Roberts who has been appointed as the new director of the Christian charity ReSource. 

Reverend Jonathan Brewster - will become Archdeacon of Carlisle in September 2016
Diocese of Carlisle
Reverend Jonathan Brewster

Football violence in Marseille: A personal view

BBC Radio Cumbria producer Tom Burrows was in Marseille to watch England play Russia at Euro 2016 and witnessed violence outside and inside the stadium.

He was sitting in a bar on the main square before the game on Saturday when a group of Russian fans stormed the main square.

It was raining chairs and bottles and we had to run. Flags were being stolen by Russian fans, which seemed to be trophies... a way of goading the England fans. The police were there pretty quickly and came in with the tear gas straight away."

Tom BurrowsBBC Radio Cumbria producer
England fans climbing a fence in the ground at Marseille to avoid attack by Russia fans

Weather warning issued by the Met Office

More on the weather situation - the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain today, from midday until 9pm.

Scattered heavy thundery showers are expected to develop leading to slow-moving downpours. Some parts will inevitably miss most, or all, of the heavier rain.

Some 15-20 mm could fall within an hour in scattered locations, bringing the risk of flooding, especially if across urban areas.   

Met Office weather warning, Monday 13th June
Met Office

Thousands of men in Cumbria are ignoring bowel cancer tests

Thousands of men in the county are ignoring the screening programme for bowel cancer.

Figures from Cumbria County Council show 20,000 men were sent the kit last year to carry out a test at home, but 9,000 of them didn't do it.

The free test is offered to people aged between 60 and 74 every two years. 

Perhaps it's something to do with us guys thinking 'Hey, we're invincible'."

Ian StewartCumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health
Bowel cancer cells
Bowel cancer cells

Weather: dull, damp and heavy showers to come

BBC Weather

After a dull and damp start, frequent showers will develop across the region. These showers will be slow moving, bringing prolonged spells of heavy rain and thunder in places. Remaining mostly cloudy throughout.  

Weather forecast, 13th June

Welcome to our live coverage

Mark Elliott

Managing Editor, BBC Radio Cumbria

Good morning.

A grey start and a bit of rain in the air, but some parts of Cumbria could get heavy downpours later. 

We'll be with you until 16:00 to cover all the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Cumbria.

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