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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 November 2016

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Our live coverage across the day

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Our news, travel, weather and a few other things that catch our eye is done for the today.

We'll be back from 8:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, 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.

Hindus urged not to donate new fivers at Leicester temple

A Hindu temple has urged worshippers not to give new five pound notes in donations after the Bank of England confirmed they contain animal fat.

The notes, produced in Cumbria, are made from small amounts of tallow, derived from animal waste products, which has angered a number of groups who are against animal harm.

Vibhooti Acharya, president of one of Leicester's largest temples, said it has caused "anger" among Hindus.

She said the temple's committee was considering a ban on the notes.

You can read more here.

Temple
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Whitehaven Academy: Claims that complaints are being brushed aside

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Complaints about the crisis-hit Whitehaven Academy have been "brushed off" by a top education official, it's being claimed. 

A parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the regional schools commissioner Janet Renou wrote to her saying she had been assured Bright Tribe, the body that runs the school, was committed to improving it - despite concerns about poor exam results and turmoil in the school's management. 

The Department for Education says the commissioner is working with Bright Tribe to address the school's challenges and make urgent improvements.

Whitehaven Academy
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Woman who spent years in a permanent vegetative state 'died from overdose'

A Barrow woman who spent nearly four years in a permanent vegetative state after taking drugs died from a brain injury resulting from the overdose, an inquest has ruled.

Jodie Simpson, 38, fell ill after taking drugs in 2012. 

Her mum, a trained nurse, knew there was no hope of recovery but it took four years before a judge finally told medics to stop keeping her alive. 

Jodie Simpson
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Jean Simpson told a coroner she lost all faith in the professionals who handled her case because it dragged on for so long.     

Jodie's brother Michael Devlin told the inquest that his sister had a history of drink and drug use. 

He said she had been on a "weekend bender" of drink and drugs before he found her collapsed at her home.

The coroner stressed that there was no evidence that she intended to take her own life      

Weather: A cloudy and mild evening

BBC Weather

This evening will be cloudy and there will be a few spots of rain for a time. Because of the cloud, temperatures will be milder than last night so frost is unlikely, except on the tops of the hills.  

Lows of 5C (41F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic
BBC

Police to hold a web chat for people concerned about terrorism

The Cumbrian police officers dedicated to tackling terrorism say we should be 'alert' but not alarmed. 

This evening, the force is holding a web chat, via a Facebook Page, to dispel myths about terrorism. 

It will take place between 18:00 and 19:00. 

Generic photo of armed police
PA

Watch: A Year on from the Floods

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

If you haven't already seen it - earlier this week After the Deluge: A Year on from the Floods was broadcast on BBC 1.

I recommend watching it. 

Council considers sharing offices

A Cumbrian council is considering whether to share offices with the county council and Lake District National Park Authority. 

South Lakeland District Council says it's taking part in a study to see if a shared "public sector hub" in Kendal is feasible. 

Councillors are expected to make a decision next year, with any work unlikely to start before the end of the decade.

It's part of a wider project that the district council hopes will save £850,000 a year.

Tour of Britain 'brings £5m to Cumbria'

It's estimated that the Tour of Britain cycle race added more than £5m to Cumbria's economy. 

Stage Two of the event was held in Cumbria in September and hoteliers, retailers and transport operators were among those to benefit. 

The data analysts, Frontline, have compiled the figures for the event organisers. 

 The figures also show that the event attracted 175,000 spectators - up from just over 100,000 when stages of the race were held in Cumbria in 2015.

Tour of Britain in Carlisle
BBC

Your photos: The sky on fire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Nessa86 from Millom for sharing this photograph.

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Sun through clouds
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Police see an increase in number of people they are stopping for drink driving

Police in Cumbria are renewing their warnings to people to think before drinking or taking drugs and getting behind the wheel.

The call comes as officers have seen an increase in the number of people they are stopping on suspicion of drink driving. 

Eighteen drivers in Cumbria were arrested on suspicion of drink driving last weekend.

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PA
Nicola Moore

A woman is convicted of defrauding a charity which handed out grants to victims of last year's devastating Storm Desmond floods.

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Doctor 'didn't know correct policy on feeding tube'

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

A doctor who supervised the insertion of feeding tube into a Cumbrian man who later died has told an inquest that she wasn't aware of the latest hospital policy on the procedure.

Dr Suraya Hossain was giving evidence into the death of Michael Parke, from Cockermouth, who died at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven in December 2012. 

The coroner is hearing evidence into the deaths of two patients who died after feeding tubes were wrongly inserted into their lungs.

Amanda Coulthard died in 2015 in Carlisle.

The inquest into both deaths is expected to last 19 days.

West Cumberland Hospital sign
BBC

Severe disruption: A66 Cumbria westbound

BBC Travel

A66 Cumbria westbound severe disruption, between Bolton Road and Main Street affecting B6542.

A66 Cumbria - A66 in Crackenthorpe blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the Bolton Road junction and the Main Street junction, because of an overturned vehicle. Congestion to the B6542 junction.

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Parents of children at struggling Cumbrian school are 'disgusted' with recent events

Parents have told BBC Radio Cumbria that they're "disgusted" with recent events at a struggling Cumbrian school, but also offered support to staff.

Last week, a critical report was published by Ofsted into the Whitehaven Academy. 

It prompted staff to declare no confidence in the trust that runs it and to threaten strike action. 

The Bright Tribe Trust says there have been recent improvements - and a strike would risk the progress it has made.

A group of parents have got together and created the Whitehaven Academy Action group and have released this statement:

It was never our intention to challenge the trust but this began when we were both disgusted with the treatment of the previous principal and also began to uncover worrying information... which we then felt was right to share with other parents. We have never suggested that we represent the views of all parents only that we want the best education for our children.

Several recent media articles, the Ofsted report and the response of the staff have strengthened our resolve to support the school and particularly the staff. As an action group we will continue to work with staff and students to improve the school and, as concerned parents, we intend to fully support the staff in their effort to secure a future for the school."

Poppi Worthington death: Second inquest 'likely' to be in Spring

It's likely to be several months before we have any further information about the death of Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington. 

We've been told that the second inquest into her death will "likely" be in Spring.

Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts suspended his investigation in September after the Crown Prosecution Service announced it was reviewing the evidence to see whether anyone should be prosecuted over the death of the 13-month-old girl in 2012.

Earlier this week the CPS said it's found no reason to change its decision not to prosecute anyone in connection with Poppi's death.

Poppi Worthington
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Ambulance transfers: Full statement from hospital

Here's the full statement from Dr Rod Harpin, medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust:    

The number of transfers between West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary have risen over the past three years in line with the decision to centralise complex emergency trauma & orthopaedics and general surgery as well as the opening of the Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary. The clinical evidence clearly shows that these changes have led to improved patient outcomes and lives being saved.

Although the numbers of transfers has risen, patients have been transferred safely for their emergency treatment which is testament to our clinical teams at both hospital sites and to our colleagues at the North West Ambulance Service. In addition, we are continuing with our plans to move some less complex emergency surgery back to West Cumberland Hospital to ensure we are providing as much care as it is safe to provide locally in West Cumbria."

Your photos: A clear and calm morning

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ambleside Maggie' for this photo she took this morning.

If you'd like to become a BBC Weather Watcher you can join here.

View from Ambleside
Ambleside Maggie

Applications invited for new affordable homes in South Cumbria

South Cumbrians who are struggling to get on the housing ladder are being encouraged to apply for new affordable homes.

 The Low Cost Home Ownership scheme run by South Lakeland District Council is advertising homes that are significantly under open market value in Grange-over-Sands and Kendal. 

The council says that median house prices in the area have increased by £136,000 between 2000 and 2013. 

 Potential homeowners need to have lived in the South Lakes for at least three years and be unable to afford to buy or rent on the open market.

Artist impression of affordable home
Wainhomes & Russell Armer Homes

Your photos: Atmospheric Windermere

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Wow. Just wow.

Thanks to Roger Kinder for letting us share this stunning photograph he took last night at Waterhead, Windermere.

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

Waterhead by night
Roger Kinder

Liverpool man charged over Cumbria stabbing

A Liverpool man has been charged after a man was stabbed in Cumbria.

The victim was found with stab wounds in Rawlinson Street in Barrow.

John Jennings, 27, of Stamfordham Drive in Liverpool, has been charged with wounding with intent and being in possession of a bladed article, and will appear at Barrow Magistrates' Court later.

Workington woman convicted of defrauding flood charity

A woman from Workington has been convicted of defrauding the charity which raised millions of pounds to help people who had been flooded in Cumbria. 

Nicola Moore, 33, who now lives on Windsor Road, made false representations when she claimed for two grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

A jury found her unanimously guilty of two charges of fraud and she will be sentenced on Friday.

"I take the view these are mean and dishonest offences," Judge Peter Davies told her.

Nicola Moore walking to Carlisle Crown Court
Craig McGlasson

New scheme hopes to improve recycling in Barrow

The Cumbrian town with the worst recycling rates in the county is hoping a new waste collection system will lead to improvements. 

Under a new contract people in Barrow would put all recyclable material in one large wheelie bin. 

However they would no longer get free garden waste collections.

Just under a third of household waste in the borough is recycled - compared with about 50% in Carlisle.

Generic photo of recycling bin
BBC

Number of ambulance transfers from Whitehaven to Carlisle quadruples in four years

BBC Radio Cumbria

Over four times as many patients have been transferred by ambulance from Whitehaven's hospital to Carlisle in the last four years, according to new figures. 

The data, obtained by BBC Radio Cumbria through a Freedom of Information request, shows that between 2012 and 2015, the number of transfers per year increased from 350 to 1,682. 

Ambulance
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In a statement Dr Rod Harpin, the medical director at the trust which runs the hospitals, says:   

The number of transfers between West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary have risen over the past three years in line with the decision to centralise complex emergency trauma and orthopaedics and general surgery as well as the opening of the Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary. The clinical evidence clearly shows that these changes have led to improved patient outcomes and lives being saved."

Weather: Cloudy day turning breezy

BBC Weather

After a cold and frosty start it will be a rather cloudy day with the odd bright spell possible. 

It will turn breezier through the day - making it feel rather chilly.

Highs of 9C (48F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic
BBC

Travel: Accident on Highmoor Lane in Brampton

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on Highmoor Lane in Brampton at the Brampton Hill junction.

You can get all the latest travel information here.

Welcome to our live coverage

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

We'll be bringing you news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast and a bit of whatever else catches our eye around the county through until about 18:00.

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