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  1. Updates on Wednesday 19 October 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    We've now come to the end of our live updates for today.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    I hope you have a lovely evening.

    If there's a story or a photo you'd like to share with us today, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

  2. Arrests in Barrow as part of drone and dog raids

    Three arrests have been made in Barrow today as part of raids in the Ormsgill area of the town.

    Police officers, drones and dogs were deployed for several hours this morning and this afternoon.

    A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and abstracting electricity, a 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

    Police car

    The Ormsgill area was targeted after the police identified it as needing extra attention to tackle crime.

  3. Your photos: Autumn in The Lakes

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    I love watching the seasons changing. 

    The colours in this photo are just beautiful. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cumbrian Stargazer' from Hawkshead for it.

    If you haven any photos you'd like to share you can email them to us.

    View from Hawkshead
  4. Man accused of assaulting rugby player 'struck out in fear'

    A man accused of assaulting a Workington Town rugby league player has told a court he struck out because he feared he would be attacked.

    Callum Phillips, who has represented Scotland, was knocked unconscious by a single punch during an incident in the centre of Workington in March.

    Carlisle Crown Court has heard Mr Phillips remembered being outside a takeaway. His next memory was waking up in hospital, receiving stitches to facial injuries.

    Conor Paul Irving, 22, is on trial having pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Phillips, causing him actual bodily harm.

    Giving evidence today Irving, of Brierydale, Salterbeck, Workington, said he spoke to Mr Phillips and attempted to resolve a previous problem. 

    He told the jury "He starts coming towards me. I just punched him. I thought he was going to hit me. It was just a spur of the moment thing when I was scared."

    The trial continues.

  5. BreakingJoshua Titcombe death: Midwife struck off over failures

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A midwife who used to work at Barrow's hospital has been struck off over her care of a baby at the Furness General who later died.

    Lindsey Biggs will no longer be able to work as a midwife. 

    She'd already been sacked by the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust earlier this year over the death of another baby this spring.

    Joshua Titcombe was one of 11 babies who died needlessly due to failings in care in the Barrow maternity unit.

    Joshua Titcombe

    His father James, who campaigned for the investigations into the baby care scandal, tweeted this afternoon:  

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    We will bring you more news from the NMC when we get it.

  6. Family pay tribute to man who died on Cumbrian fell

    The family of a man who died after falling in the Cumbrian fells have paid tribute to him.

    Kevin Ryan who was 50 and from Cleethorpes, died after falling down the face of Dove Crag in the Lake District on Saturday.

    In a statement his family said that he was 'very experienced' and the group were all "very well equipped" and he was an inspiration to them all.

    The family also thanked the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team who attended.

  7. Power cut affecting 140 properties in Kirkby Stephen

    About 140 people in Kirkby Stephen are without power due to a high voltage fault.

    Engineers from Electricty NorthWest are on site now repairing it.

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  8. Protesters dressed as corpses outside Success Regime public meeting

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    About 140 protesters were stationed outside the Success Regime's public meeting today. 

    They are opposed to proposed changes at the West Cumberland Hospital - including the removal of consultant-led maternity care.

    Protesters in Whitehaven
    Protesters in Whitehaven
  9. Two arrests after fatal crash in Northumberland

    Two people have been arrested after a fatal crash in Northumberland.

    A 20-year-old driver crashed on the A69 near Hexham and the car rolled over in the road at about 01:15, Northumbria Police says.

    The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not yet been named by police.

    A man, 27, and a woman, 21, have both been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

  10. Travel: Abnormal load on A689

    BBC Travel

    There could be delays for drivers in Cumbria on the A689 heading towards Gretna.

    It's because of an heavy load that will be travelling along that road this afternoon.

    There will be a number of slow moving loads following the same route over the coming days apart from Saturday.

  11. Packed public meeting about future of Cumbria's health care

    Two public meetings are being held today which will give people the chance to have their say on proposals for changes to healthcare services in West Cumbria.

    The proposals have been put forward by the Success Regime, a body set up to improve healthcare in North, East and West Cumbria and save money.

    The meeting at Whitehaven's United Reformed Church is under way, and there's another at the Wave centre in Maryport at 18.30 this evening.

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  12. MP asks PM to visit West Cumberland Hospital

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    Copeland Labour MP Jamie Reed has invited PM Theresa May to visit the West Cumberland Hospital where proposals to remove consultant-led maternity services have met bitter opposition.

    Mr Reed raised the issue at Prime Minister's Questions and has previously asked her to intervene in the decision over services.

    Ms May said decisions should be made locally, and didn't say whether she'd visit the hospital.

    Jamie Reed
  13. Weather: A showery afternoon

    A few showers are expected in Cumbria this afternoon, some will be heavy.

    Temperatures will reach 13C (55F) in a fresh breeze.

    You can see a detailed weather forecast here.

    Weather graphic
  14. Driver dies in overturned car at Hexham

    A driver has been found dead in their overturned car on the A69 in Northumberland.

    Police believe a second vehicle may have been involved in the crash but failed to stop.

    It happened one mile east of the Bridge End Roundabout, Hexham, at about 01:15 and the victim was declared dead at the scene.

  15. Fifty year old gala folds because of lack of volunteers

    Sedbergh's annual gala has folded after more than 50 years.

    The event, featuring traditional sports such as fell-running and wrestling as well as craft stalls, has been running since 1964. 

    But because of a lack of volunteers it is no longer able to continue.

    The remaining committee members say the event's funds won't be distributed to other charities for two years in case a new group of volunteers comes forward.

  16. Poppi Worthington: MP warns against police officer becoming a 'scapegoat'

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    A Cumbrian MP says a police forceshould face further action in connection with failings during an investigation into the death of a Barrow toddler.

    Poppi Worthington was 13 months old when she was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow, Cumbria, in December 2012.

    The BBC understands Cumbria Police detective inspector Amanda Sadler admitted gross incompetence in connection with the investigation. She has been demoted to the position of sergeant.

    Poppi Worthington

    Barrow and Furness Labour MP John Woodcock told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that the failings within the force were so "manifest" that it shouldn't all be pinned on one person. 

    He said "I would strongly warn against the idea that one officer could be made a scapegoat for this and the force sail on without further sanction."

  17. Poppi Worthington: MP questions how police officer remains on the force

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    A Cumbrian MP has questioned how a police officer involved in the "botched" investigation into the death of Poppi Worthington has remained in a senior position at the force.

    The BBC understands former Cumbria Police Detective Inspector Amanda Sadler admitted gross incompetence in connection with the investigation and was demoted to sergeant.

    Poppi was 13 months old when she was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow in December 2012. No-one has ever been charged.

    Quote Message: There are so many professions where failings on that scale would mean you would no longer be in that profession and I think people who are looking at what has happened over Poppi Worthington ... will fail to understand why, essentially, this looks like the police protecting one of its own rather than facing up to the full accountability." from John Woodcock Barrow and Furness Labour MP
    John WoodcockBarrow and Furness Labour MP
    Poppi Worthington