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  1. Updates on Wednesday 26 October 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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  2. Repairs to Appleby flood defences 'almost complete'

    Repairs to the flood defences in Appleby are almost complete, according to the Environment Agency.

    The Agency says the River Eden's flow was the highest ever recorded , when it flooded about 170 homes and businesses in the town last December.

    The organisation says most of its work in the town has involved repairing structures that form flood defences, including the embankment at the cricket pitch. It's also built a permanent flood defence wall at the swimming pool car park, cleared debris from the river Eden's channel, and removed damaged trees on its banks.

    The Agency says it's due to finish repairs to the flood defence walls at Holme Farm Bridge, in the next few weeks.

    Flood defence repairs in Appleby

    You can see details of everything the Environment Agency and partners are doing to recover from Storm Desmond and prepare for winter 2016 here.

  3. Reduced opening hours at Penrith Library

    Penrith Library will no longer open on Sundays. It will also close an hour earlier, at 18:00, on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    Cumbria County Council says the changes are being introduced after a public consultation which drew responses from more than 100 library users. 

    The situation will be assessed in six months' time.

    Generic picture of a library shelf
  4. Penrith composer wins national competition

    A woman from Penrith who composed an opera chorus has won a national competition.

    Ella Jarman-Pinto wrote the music for the Streetwise Opera and worked with people who had experience of homelessness and mental helth issues.

    The 24-year-old's work will be performed in Newcastle on 9 March next year.

    Ella Jarman-Pinto
  5. A590 crash: Two people flown to hospital

    Air ambulance crews have flown two people to hospital following a serious crash on the A590 near Levens this morning.

    Cumbria Police were called at 10.22 this morning.  The collision involved two vehicles – a Peugeot Partner and a Vauxhall Vectra.

    The driver of the Partner, a 75-year-old man, and the passenger, a 68-year-old woman, both from Yorkshire, were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries.

    The driver, of the Vectra, a 29-year-old man from Grange, wasn't injured.

    Great North Air Ambulance at the scene of this morning's crash

    The road was closed for more than four hours but it has now re-opened.

  6. Man denies stealing two vehicles worth £60k

    A man has gone on trial accused of burgling a house in Kendal and stealing two vehicles, valued at £60,000, that were parked outside.

    Steven Fletcher, 39, faces three charges following a late night break-in on Windermere Road in May last year, while the occupants were asleep inside. Fletcher has pleaded not guilty to burglary. He also denies the theft of a £20,000 Kia Sportage and a £40,000 Range Rover Evoque.

    The court has heard that a separate vehicle and mobile phone, both belonging to Fletcher, of Blackrod, near Bolton, were tracked in the Kendal area at around the time of the burglary. His phone was also in the same area as the stolen vehicles which were later driven south and out of Cumbria.

    Today in court, he was asked by his barrister if he was involved. He replied "100 million percent, no".

    The trial continues.

  7. 'The best leader Cumbria never had' - tributes pour into union man Steve Gibbons

    News and Star

    Newspaper

    Tributes have been pouring in to a popular Whitehaven man who has died in the United States.

    Steve Gibbons - a former Copeland mayoral candidate, Labour activist and trade union official - died on Friday having suffered a heart attack two weeks earlier during a trip to Las Vegas.

    Steve Gibbons
  8. Travel: A590 re-opens in one direction following serious crash this morning

    One of the busiest roads in South Cumbria has re-opened in one direction after a serious crash this morning.

    Within the last hour,Cumbria Police said the westbound carriageway of the A590 at Levens was open again, although the eastbound carriageway was still closed.

    The police have thanked drivers for being patient.

  9. Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project

    The Prince of Wales is joining talks with British and French ministers about how to tackle the crisis in the quality of the world's soil. 

    The discussions will also consider how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming.

    The International Development minister, and conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, will be among the delegates.

    Prince Charles
  10. Cumbrian town shortlisted for High Street award (even though it's called Main Street)

    Judges from the Great British High Street competition will visit Kirkby Lonsdale on Friday after the town was shortlisted for an award.

    Kirkby Lonsdale Main Street

    The community shops that line the high street (which is actually called Main Street) have helped win Kirkby one of the final three places in the village class.

    The other competitors are Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales, and Langport in Somerset.

    Half the marks in the final decision will come from the judges; the other 50% will come from the public vote on the website.

  11. Nearly two thirds of people 'could be at risk of identity fraud'

    Weak passwords are putting people in Cumbria at risk of cyber attack, according to research from the government.

    A poll by Ipsos MORI found only 38% of people in the North West are following the latest advice of using three random words as a password.

    The Cyber Aware campaign recommends the use of separate passwords for emails, social media and bank accounts, and they should contain numbers, symbols and capital letters.

    Password on computer screen
  12. Mental health services in Cumbria under scrutiny as shocking rates of self harm are revealed

    North West Evening Mail

    Newspaper

    A rallying call has been made to improve mental health services in Cumbria after shock figures revealed that the number of children and young people self-harming has risen dramatically in the past decade.

    Generic picture of self harm - posed with model
  13. Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem 'clash' referred to French police

    The alleged clash at the European Parliament earlier this month between one of Cumbria's MEPs UKIP's Steven Woolfe and UKIP's Mike Hookem has been reported to the French police.

    European Parliament president Martin Schulz said he had referred the "regrettable" incident after a probe.

    The parliament's advisory committee on conduct concluded the two men's account of events "diverged substantially".

    Mike Hookem and Steven Woolfe
  14. Grasmere tourist businesses still suffering losses because of Storm Desmond

    Some tourist businesses in Grasmere say it will be next year before trade is back to normal.

    The A591 was closed just to the north of Grasmere last December, and even though it's now almost six months since it reopened, not all businesses have seen visitor numbers return to expected levels.

    Stretch of A591 washed away

    Michael McGregor from Dove Cottage says they were affected when international tour operators decided to remove Grasmere from their programmes for the whole year.

  15. Travel: Serious crash closes A590 at Levens

    Emergency services are dealing with a serious accident on the A590 at Levens.

    Police were called to the incident at 10.22 this morning.

    The road is closed in both directions between Newby Bridge and Brettargh Holt roundabout.

    Motorists are being diverted via the A592 to Windermere. The road is expected to be closed for quite some time.