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  1. Updates on Friday 2 December 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished this service of news, travel reports, regular weather forecasts and other interesting things for the day, and for this week.

    We'll be back on Monday; one year on from the awfulness of Storm Desmond. 

    If you've stories or pictures you think we could  share with the county, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.  

    Have a good weekend.        

  2. Barrow players 'attracting top scout', says Curle

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says at least one Barrow player is attracting interest from a Premier League side.

    Keith Curle

    The United boss was asked whether he'd been keeping tabs on the Bluebirds this season.

    Quote Message: They're on a very good run, they've got some very good players, we had a look at them pre-season, we've been monitoring the players, they've got some good players there that have been attracting interest from league teams and even a Premier League club as well." from Keith Curle Manager, Carlisle United
    Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United
  3. Health trust hunts for nurses coming back to work

    One of Cumbria's health trusts is trying to tempt nurses who've left the vocation to return with a recruitment event in Carlisle at the weekend.

    The Partnership Trust looks after a wide field of work including mental health, cottage hospitals and community services.

    The event's funded by the Brampton League of Friends, at the Halston, starting at 10:30 on Sunday.

    Liesje Turner from the trust says recruiting staff is a major challenge and there are around 800 registered nurses in Cumbria who aren't currently practising.

  4. Travel: Long delays at Grizebeck on A5092 and on A66

    BBC Travel

    There are 30-minute delays on the A5092 at the junction with the A595 at Grizebeck.

     And traffic's queuing eastbound again on the A66 in the roadworks between Embleton and Dubwath.

    You can find the latest travel reports here.

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    Video caption: Liberal Democrat peer Tony Greaves is suggesting moving the UK capital out of London.
  6. One year on: Storm Desmond remembered

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

    Next week, BBC Radio Cumbria will be assessing the state of the county one year on from Storm Desmond.  

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    Video caption: Storm Desmond in Cumbria remembered a year on

    When the storm began on 5 December, parts of Cumbria had already suffered flooding, but nothing prepared people for the record-breaking deluge to come.

    British records for 24-hour and 48-hour rainfall would tumble, thousands of people would be driven from their homes, businesses would be inundated.

    BBC Radio Cumbria's coverage starts from 06:30 on Monday in Mike Zeller at Breakfast.

  7. That student calendar: The dramatic reason why

    Climbers from Newcastle University have revealed why they've revealed all in a fund-raising calendar for the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue team.

    The volunteers rescued two of their members who'd fallen from Gimmer Crag in the Lake District, one sustaining serious multiple injuries.

    The female climber was picked up by a helicopter in what the team described as "a stunning and brave bit of flying in very poor conditions" and flown to the Preston Royal Hospital.

    It's understood she's since made a full recovery.

    Quote Message: They did an absolutely amazing job and I can't praise them highly enough." from Oliver Grady Newcastle University Mountaineering Club
    Oliver GradyNewcastle University Mountaineering Club
  8. Police seek man who tried to grab woman's phone

    Police have released this CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with an attempted robbery.

    Image of man with scarf over face

    The woman was walking alone on Abbey Road, near hospital student accommodation, when she was grabbed from behind by a man who tried to take her mobile phone.

  9. Carer jailed for stealing £6,000 from client

    A nurse practitioner caring for a pensioner who suffered from paranoia took more than £6,000 from her client, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

    The court was told that Elaine Lowery, 50, had gone with the woman to a bank to draw £16,000 to furnish a new home and set up a funeral plan.

    Most of the money was spent correctly, but Lowery was found to have pocketed £6,242.

    Lowery, from Gable Road, Whitehaven, admitted two charges of theft. 

    Recorder Abigail Hudson said it was unlikely her client would see the money again because Lowery did not have the means to repay it.

  10. Driver injured in crash that closes A590

    Police say the driver of a silver Ford Focus that left the road on the A590 near Greenodd was taken to the Furness General Hospital, but is thought not to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

    Officers say they're hoping to reopen the road about now.

    They're keen to hear from any witnesses to what happened, or who saw a distinctive blue Ford Focus ST that was in the area at the time.

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    Severe accident: A590 Cumbria westbound

    BBC Travel

    A590 Cumbria westbound severe accident, between A5092 and Turnoff at Arrad Foot.

    A590 Cumbria - A590 in Greenodd closed and queuing traffic westbound between the A5092 junction and the Turnoff at Arrad Foot junction, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  12. Woman sentenced over floods charity con

    A woman who made two fraudulent claims to the charity helping people recover from the floods has sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.

    Nicola Moore, 33, who now lives in Windsor Road in Workington, denied the charges but was found guilty by a Carlisle Crown Court jury this week.

    Her home was flooded, but she first applied for a grant to replace items that belonged to her landlord, and then for possessions for which she had already been given money.

    Judge Peter Davies also ordered Moore to do unpaid work, observe a curfew, and pay £350 compensation to the Cumbria Community Foundation.

    Nicola Moore
  13. Travel: A590 still closed at Greenodd

    BBC Travel

    The A590 is still closed westbound at Greenodd, causing delays between Newby Bridge and Ulverston. Traffic is being diverted along the A5092 and the A595.

    The latest travel reports are here.

  14. Better paths to castle as part of £75,000 project

    Resurfaced pathways and new information boards are to be provided at Kendal Castle as part of a major grant payout through South Lakeland council.

    Kendal Castle

    There'll also be a safer route to the castle from the town centre.

    Eleven projects will benefits from the £75,000 package of grants, including "bike boxes" in the town centre and new bus shelters.

  15. Cumbrian farmers told of help from Prince's fund

    Farmers in Cockermouth have been hearing about a new programme set up by the Prince of Wales.

    Prince of Wales

    The Prince, pictured here on a visit celebrating the Herdwick breed of sheep, has called his Farm Resilience Programme "the most far-reaching programme" he's ever offered.

    The initial aim is to help 20 small dairy, livestock and mixed farms around the town.

    Nationally, £1.5m is being made available by the Prince's Countryside Fund.