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  1. Thursday 24 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    Our news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast has now finished for the day.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning to do it all again.

    If you've got a story we should know about or a picture to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.        

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Sustainable silver for students in skills final

    Two Furness College students won silver medals for their presentation on devising a sustainable energy strategy for an island.

    Josh Foster and Chloe Owens

    Josh Foster and Chloe Owens were competing in the UK Finals of the Worldskills competition.

    The two are study for BTECs in applied science, and had to act as government science advisers, making a presentation for a £30bn project.

  3. Lakes rescue teams warn of avalanche risk

    Lake District mountain rescue volunteers say there's been a number of avalanches on some fells.

    Avalanche debris

    Members of the Keswick team say they helped three young walkers from an area of Skiddaw yesterday that had already seen avalanches, and where there was a possibility of more.

    The three were guided down the steep loose slope.  

    Later there were more snow slides, with debris covering the area where the rescue took place.

  4. Police release CCTV after gym thefts

    Carlisle police have released a picture of a man they want to trace after £370 was stolen from lockers in a gym in the city.

    Man going through turnstile at gym

    The main gained entry to the Bannatyne Health Club by following a member on to the premises.  

    Four lockers were raided, and two watches were stolen as well as the money.

  5. Travel: A6071 closed between Longtown and Brampton

    BBC Travel

    The A6071 Carlisle Road is closed in both directions between the Carlisle Road junction in Brampton and the Burn Street junction in Longtown because of a serious accident.  

    You can find the latest travel reports here.

  6. County council warns heavy vehicles are flouting weight restrictions on bridge

    People driving heavy vehicles over a flood-damaged bridge have been warned that it could lead to it being closed.

    Cumbria County Council says that vehicles are ignoring a weight restriction on Ford Bridge in Burneside, which has been in place since it was damaged during the winter floods.

    The road between the village and Skelsmergh on the outskirts of Kendal has recently reopened to traffic after repairs were completed to Sprint Bridge.

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  7. Final member of 'cash for crash' scheme jailed

    A man who owned a Carlisle car garage has been jailed for a year for his part in a scam worth more than £500,000.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Peter Farish, 45, was said to have played an important role in a scam masterminded by serial fraudster Mark McCracken, 48, who received a seven-year prison sentence last Friday.

    Farish, who lives on Cumwhinton Drive in Carlisle and also owned Castleway Motors on Church Street in the city, denied four charges of insurance fraud but was convicted following a tral. 

  8. Listen: The 'drainspotter' back with a brand new calendar

    Mike Zeller

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A South Cumbrian lengthsman and business coach who became well known for his love of cast-iron drain covers has found a new obsession: milk church stands. 

    Archie Workman has created a calendar for next year featuring the concrete blocks that still remain by many farm entrances, where farmers used to leave churns full of milk before modern tanker technology was developed.

    Here's what happened when BBC Radio Cumbria's Neil Smith went to meet him:

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    Video caption: Archie Workman, who found fame for his love of drain covers, is back with a new calendar.
  9. Barrow fans asked to help with food bank drive

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Barrow AFC supporters are being asked to help people who might struggle over Christmas by taking part in a food bank drive for the third year running.

    The club is partnering with the Bluebirds Supporters Trust in an appeal for fans to bring tins or other food items to Holker Street.

    Quote Message: Paul Casson and the club last year matched every donation we received and that's happening again this year, so we're very grateful for that." from Ryan Sutherland Bluebirds Supporters Trust
    Ryan SutherlandBluebirds Supporters Trust
  10. Police chief: How Cumbrian festival drug tests may show the way

    A system of testing recreational drugs for safety, which was piloted at Kendal Calling last summer, has been cautiously welcomed by a national police chief.

    Drug testing team

    Commander Simon Bray, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for drugs, told BBC Newsbeat he was in discussion with the government about it, and it "may very well be useful".

    A number of cities in Switzerland have centres where drug users can have their pills tested, apparently without fear of prosecution, and numbers of deaths from ecstacy use are proportionately half the UK figure.

    You can see the Newsbeat report here.

  11. Ulverston flood project plans pause for winter

    A £9m flood prevention scheme to protect more than 500 properties in Ulverston is packing up for the winter. 

     Work initially expected to finish in August is now set for completion in the next few days on Town Beck. 

    Culvert being rebuilt

    The Environment Agency has been raising walls and rebuilding culverts around The Gill, The Ellers and Brewery Street. 

    Contractors will return in January to work on other stretches of the beck before the scheme is finished in winter 2017. 

  12. M6 crash: One person seriously injured

    One person was seriously injured when a car collided with the rear of a lorry carrying an abnormal load at about 08:00 this morning on the M6 between Penrith and Shap, Highways England says.

    The southbound M6 was closed for two hours, with traffic diverted around Penrith on the A66 and then down the A6 to Shap.

    Cumbria Police had warned of ice on the county's roads, but a spokesman for the agency said adverse weather had not played a part in the accident.

  13. Travel: All lanes now open on M6 but congestion still clearing

    BBC Travel

    Police now say all three lanes of the M6 southbound have been reopened after the earlier crash between junctions 40 (Penrith) and 39 (Shap).

    Traffic is still queuing from Junction 41 (Catterlen) and there are still delays on the diversions on the A66 and A6.

    You can find the latest travel news here.

    Motorway closure
  14. Now avalanches - and it's still only November

    Windblown snow in the fells can build up over a lee slope into what's called a cornice.  

    When it collapses, either because it gets so big, or because there's a thaw, the result can be spectacular and dangerous to anyone in the vicinity.

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