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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 January 2017

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Barrow suffer a narrow home defeat by Southport on their return to National League action.

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel reports, weather forecasts and and the odd brighter moment from the social networks for today.

A reminder of the main points:

We'll do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, if you have a picture to share or some news you think we should know about, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.  

Have a very good evening.

Re-enacting a Cumbrian stage debut for one of the greats

Who knew? A nice little scoop for a Cumbrian arts and ents magazine.

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MP seeks urgent meeting over future of threatened post office

The Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock says he wants an urgent meeting with the Post Office over the future of the Ulverston branch, following today's announcement that it could be relocated and franchised out.

John Woodcock

Mr Woodcock said: “I will be asking management for guarantees that Ulverston Post Office will not be closing; we need immediate assurance that there is no question of key services leaving the town and we need to safeguard jobs."  

There's also been an angry reaction on social networks.

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Driver freed by fire crew in Barrow crash

A driver was freed by firefighters after his car crashed on Abbey Road in Barrow this morning.

It happened soon after 08:00 and the road was closed for some time.

He was taken to the Furness General Hospital by ambulance but it's thought he suffered only minor injuries.

The eyes of the online correspondents turn towards Copeland

Martin Lewes


The writ's yet to be moved in Parliament that will set a date for the by-election in Copeland to replace the Labour MP MP Jamie Reed, who resigned before Christmas, but political writers are already moving about the place and speculating on the outcome.

Jamie Reed

Andrew Gimson of Conservative Home took what he calls a "staggeringly expensive" train from London to find Labour voters disenchanted with the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Humiliation could be in prospect, he suggests.

It is striking that just now, these profoundly traditional Labour voters respect May more than they respect their own leader.

Andrew Gimson

An article in The Conversation, which prides itself on combining academic rigour with journalistic flair, sees the West Cumbrian poll as a key test for the Corbyn leadership.

Analysis by Ben Williams from the University of Salford says that normally the opposition could be confident of holding a seat at this stage in a Parliament, but he sees a Conservative victory as well on the cards.

Over at Number Cruncher Politics, Matt Singh isn't so sure: "I’m going to say that a Tory gain is possible, but no more than that."

The Huffington Post reckons Labour may delay the election until May, hoping for an increased turn-out and working on the row about local health services to ensure support.

Ullswater Yacht Club hoists national honour

Ullswater Yacht Club has been named club of the year by a national sailing magazine.

Ullswater Yacht Club
Ullswater Yacht Club

The award, which will be presented at the London Boat Show on Thursday, follows a roller-coaster year for the club, starting deep in floodwater last winter, winning Cumbria Tourism's event of the year prize in July, holding a series of special events, and with treasurer Rob Watson winning a Royal Yachting Association lifetime achievement award from the Princess Royal in November.

Commodore Peter Lewis said: “We have had an amazing year. We are delighted to win this award and it is for every club member who has worked so hard over the past year to help UYC and to ensure that we can all continue to sail on our beautiful lake.”

Academy trust 'disappointed' as teachers strike for second time

The trust running Whitehaven Academy says it's disappointed that a number of teaching staff have taken strike action there today, for the second time in a year. 

Teachers on picket line

The union, the NAS - UWT, told BBC Radio Cumbria about half of the school's staff were involved in the action over claims of poor management and working conditions. 

Jeremy Rowe is the executive principal of the Whitehaven Academy: "Like parents, we're disappointed that we weren't able to avoid this.  We tried but there was no reply from the NAS/UWT."

The evil imps of autospell catch out a Cumbrian MP

Travel: Accident slows traffic on Shap Road in Kendal

BBC Travel

There's been a two-vehicle accident on the A6 Shap Road in Kendal at the Crescent Green junction.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Lorry driver denies charge after fatal crash

A lorry driver will go on trial before a jury later this year after a crash in which a man died.

Nigel Stevens, 55, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, where he denied causing the death of David Joseph Mitchell by dangerous driving.

The charge arises out of a collision last year near Wigton in which Mr Mitchell, 53, of Waverton, who was driving a van, was fatally injured. 

Mr Stevens, of Greenrigg Cottages, Wigton, was released bail to go on trial on 19 June.

Brewer warns competition may mean moving from home

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

One of Cumbria's leading craft brewers is warning that it may not survive unless it moves, increases output and leaves the "real ale" market.

Dave Bailey in brewery

Dave Bailey, the owner of Hardknott Brewery, says it will have to leave Millom and move closer to the M6 because of financial pressures. 

He says he is having to lower the price of its beers to stay competitive, as more real ale is produced in Cumbria.  

Two sent for crown court hearing after death of woman, 91

Two people will appear at crown court in Carlisle next month charged with manslaughter following the death of a 91-year-old woman in Cockermouth. 

Maude White died at Wyndham Hall Caravan Park in the town last May. 

Jacqueline Fairclough, 42, and 72-year-old Peter Fairclough, both from Wyndham Hall Caravan Park, have been released on bail to a hearing on 6 February. They gave no plea today.

Travel: Delays on A66 as lorry is recovered

BBC Travel

Police say recovery work after an accident earlier today is causing delays in the Warcop area.

You can get the latest travel news here.

Post Office 'seeks partners' for Ulverston branch relocation

The Post Office looks likely to close its Ulverston branch and relocate it in a shop in the town.

Ulverston post office

A statement said it was looking at 37 branches around the country "as part of its efforts to secure its services in communities around the UK for the long term".

The Post Office says it went through the same process with 93 branches last year, nearly half of which have now relocated into retail stores.

Roger Gale, a director of the Post Office, said: "With consumer habits changing, and the high cost of maintaining premises in prime high street locations, franchising helps us to keep services where our customers want and need them."

Cumbria's weather: Drizzle passing through

BBC Weather

A band of rain and drizzle is expected to move through the county this afternoon. 

There'll be a brisk westerly breeze, with temperatures of 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are, here.

Charities say Cumbria's family debt mirrors national figures

Charities in Cumbria believe the county is mirroring the national trend, with more households running up record levels of debt. 

Figures from the Trades Union Congress suggest that the average household owes £13,000 on credit cards, loans and overdrafts. 

Citizens Advice Bureaux in Cumbria say they are noticing an increase in people getting into debt in the county.

Calls for urgent mental health reform made in south Cumbria after May's announcement

North West Evening Mail


Snowdrops before the snow drops

Look what's apparently bloomed in the central Lake District! 

It's been very mild, so there may even be the odd daffodil close to flowering, just in time for snow.

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If that odd daffodil is in your garden, we'd love to see it; email us a picture.

Health commissioners 'offer advice and support' to hospital

The Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, through which GPs commission health services from hospital trusts and other healthcare providers, says it's aware of the investigation at the Cumberland Infirmary.

“We have been notified by North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust (NCUH) of an incident regarding a small number of saline bags at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle which appear to have been tampered with. This was discovered on 4 January.

We have been offering support and advice to colleagues at the Trust and are closely monitoring the situation.

Our number one priority is the safety of patients being cared for in the hospital and we are working very closely with the Trust to secure all the necessary assurances.”

CCG spokeswoman

Hospital saline probe: Regional press on case

Martin Lewes


Our regional newspapers were quick to report on the news that police are probing saline bags at a Carlisle hospital:

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In Penrith, the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald posted the news as well.

Weather on the fell tops: Wind dropping off a bit, visibility falling

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 0C, rising to Plus 3C. 
  • Winds: Gale or severe gale force westerly, gusts 55mph, decreasing strong, gusts 45mph later. 
  • Cloud: Scattered cloud 2,000 feet (600m), becoming more widespread 1,600 feet (500m) from mid morning, with patches around 1,000 feet (300m). 
  • Visibility: Good, falling moderate in rain and poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Around 3,000 feet (900m) at first, rising above the tops.

The Lake District rangers who go to the top of Helvellyn every day to check on conditions say it was a quiet day yesterday, but that could change. Their report is here.

Police: Saline probe at hospital 'in early stages'

Police have put out a statement on the investigation at the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle into saline bags being tampered with:

We can confirm that we have been notified by the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle of a number of bags of saline solution which have been tampered with.

The investigation is at an early stage and inquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances and the Constabulary is working closely with the hospital.”

Poppi Worthington

A second inquest into the death of Cumbrian toddler Poppi Worthington is to resume before the end of June, officials confirm.

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Saline bags: What are they used for?

Martin Lewes


Saline solutions are used for a wide variety of purposes in hospitals, for example as a drip to rehydrate patients.

They contain sterile water with small amounts of sugar and salt, so for example they can supply fluids to a patient so ill they might be unable to keep water down.

Sometimes medicines are injected into the bags to they can be fed directly into a patient's bloodstream.

Malicious tampering is not unknown; in 2015 a nurse was jailed for life, with a minimum of 35 years, for injecting insulin into bags at Stepping Hill hospital. A number of patients died.

It is not yet known what type of tampering has happened in Carlisle.

'Patient safety is our absolute priority'

Here's the full quote from the medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust on the saline bags which appear to have been tampered with:

I can confirm that the Trust contacted the police on Wednesday 4 January regarding a small number of saline bags at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle which appear to have been tampered with.

We immediately implemented our serious incident procedures and there is no indication that any patients have been adversely affected but we continue to monitor this closely.

Patient safety is our absolute priority and we will continue to work closely with the police.”

Dr Rod HarpinMedical director

If patients have any questions or concerns they can contact the Trust on 01228 814 247.   

BreakingPolice called in to Carlisle hospital after saline bags 'tampered' with

Police have been called in after saline bags at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle appeared to have been tampered with.

The problem was discovered last Wednesday by a member of staff who alerted senior clinicians straight away.

Details were only released today.

Cumberland Infirmary

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust says there is no indication that any patient has been harmed, but this is being monitored.

Medical director Dr Rod Harpin said: "We immediately implemented our serious incident procedures."

Medicines across the hospital have been checked and security has been stepped up.

BreakingNew Poppi inquest 'not before May'

A new inquest into the death of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington will take place during the three weeks after 15 May, it has been announced.

Poppi Worthington
Family picture

Poppi died in 2012 at the age of just 13 months, and despite a long-running series of investigations and legal hearings, the circumstances surrounding her death have never been conclusively established.

A High Court judge concluded she was sexually assaulted by her father Paul before her death, but he has always denied this, and the Crown Prosecution Service has never brought charges.

Cumbria senior coroner David Roberts says he's now planning to hold a second inquest last autumn, but that was put on hold while the CPS reviewed the evidence again; in November it confirmed no charges would be brought.

Travel: Crash blocks Abbey Road in Barrow

BBC Travel

Abbey Road in Barrow-In-Furness is blocked in both directions near the Duke Street junction because of a one-vehicle accident. 

The latest travel news is here.

Cumbria's weather: Bright and breezy with a few showers

BBC Weather

A chilly, bright and quite windy morning with perhaps a few showers, and a band of rain and drizzle moving in from the west.  

There's a brisk westerly breeze and temperatures could reach about 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are, here.

Teachers walk out at troubled Whitehaven academy

About half the teaching staff at a West Cumbrian Academy are taking industrial action today. 

Whitehaven academy

Dozens of teachers who are members of the NASUWT union will take part in a day of strike action at Whitehaven Academy - but the school will remain open.  

Two other unions are still balloting members and all three are due to meet managers from the Bright Tribe Academy Trust on Friday.

The trust accepts there are problems but says progress is being made.

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic in Egremont

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays on the A595 in Egremont, near Morass Road, this morning.

And a warning for later; a lorry overturned on the A66 near Warcop earlier, and the recovery operation later today is likely to cause delays.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye around the county until about 18:00.

If you have a picture to share or some news you think we should know about, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.