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  1. Monday 16 January 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Today began and ended with health stories; here are some of the key reports:

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow.  As always, 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.        

  2. Cumbria's weather: Dry and cloudy at first, with rain later

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will start largely dry and cloudy, with hill fog. There will be some rain in the north later but it will stay mild and frost-free.  Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Egremont cocaine dealer is jailed

    A drug dealer from Egremont has been sent to prison. 

    Richard Bennett, who is 24 and from Beck Green, was arrested when the police searched his home last May and found cocaine with a street value of more than £1,000. 

    Carlisle Crown Court was told evidence from his phone showed he'd been supplying the drug for up to five months, including one message offering to supply "in bulk". 

    Bennett admitted supplying cocaine and was sent to prison for four years and eight months.

  4. Your pictures: Even a grey morning's nice in Grasmere

    Here's another nice picture from the people at Faeryland Grasmere.

    Swan in Grasmere on grey morning

    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.        

  5. Man, 70, flown to hospital after A66 crash

    A man in his 70s was flown to hospital after a crash involving four cars and a lorry on the A66 near Penrith.

    A66 crash scene

    The crash happened soon after 13:00, and the road was closed until after 16:30.

  6. Teenager was chased through Carlisle at 100mph, court told

    A teenage driver never dropped below 70mph as he sped down the A7 through Carlisle with a police car in pursuit, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

    The police driver told the court that he reached speeds of 90-100mph before he caught up with Nuno Tomas, 19, from Whitehill Road, Carrutherstown, (pictured) in October.

    Nuno Tomas outside court

    Judge Barbara Forrester told Tomas, who admitted dangerous driving: "Had there been an accident, the chances are it would have been a fatal one."

    She sentenced Tomas to eight months in custody, suspended for two years, banned him from driving for a year,  and ordered him to do unpaid work and a rehabilitation requirement, pass an extended test and submit to a night-time curfew.

  7. Travel: A66 reopens after crash

    BBC Travel

    The A66 is reopening after the crash that closed it in both directions between Penrith and Culgaith, but congestion may last some time.

    You can find the latest travel reports here.

  8. Trust apologises for feeding tube errors blamed for two deaths

    The chief executive of the trust which runs North Cumbria's hospitals has apologised for the errors which led to the deaths of two patients.

    Michael Parke, from Cockermouth, died at the West Cumberland Hospital in December 2012, and Amanda Coulthard, from Penrith, died in the Cumberland Infirmary in April 2015.   

    Both suffered pneumonia after feeding tubes were inserted wrongly into their lungs instead of their stomachs.

    Today Cumbria's senior coroner, David Roberts, spent three hours describing "gross" failings in their treatment, and concluding that they died of neglect.

    Chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust Stephen Eames (pictured) said: "The trust fully takes on board the conclusion of HM senior coroner Roberts. Patient safety remains of paramount importance to the trust and we expect high standards of patient care at all times. These were not met for Michael or Amanda and we sincerely apologise for this.

    Stephen Eames
    Quote Message: As a direct result of these incidents I'd like to reassure the public that we have taken action to ensure this does not happen again. We will now fully consider all of the evidence heard at the inquest and the coroner's conclusions to ensure any further actions are taken as quickly as possible. from Stephen Eames Chief executive, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
    Stephen EamesChief executive, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
  9. Barrow street remains closed after 'House of Lords' fire

    Police say the southern end of Abbey Road in Barrow will remain closed until at least Wednesday, while repairs to the road and gas supplies take place.

    The work follows the fierce blaze last week (pictured below) which gutted the former working men's club known in the town as the House of Lords.

    Fire at House of Lords building
  10. Police hunt vandals who scratch beauty spot cars

    Vandals scratched at least eight cars on the Under Loughrigg Road near Ambleside, police said.

    Under Loughrigg

    The damage happened on 14 January, with the words "no parking" carved into some paintwork.

    Police say they'd like to hear from anyone whose car has also been damaged, and from any other witnesses.

  11. Labour leader meets Copeland campaigners

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was in Copeland yesterday, where a crucial by election will take place in the coming months. 

    Labour is hoping to hold on to the seat, which will be vacated by Jamie Reed, the Labour MP who's standing down at the end of this month. 

    But the Conservatives are hopeful of overturning the partY's narrow majority. 

    It's understood Mr Corbyn came for a private meeting with party members in Whitehaven, but did not do any media interviews.

  12. Israeli pianist to headline Askham music festival

    The Israeli pianist Noam Greenberg is to be the headline act at this year's Askham Hall music festival.

    Noam Greenberg

    It's the second year running that the Askham Hall hotel owner, Charles Lowther, has organised the three days of concerts.

    Mr Greenberg will be accompanied by the German cellist Julian Arp, violinist Jaqueline Shave and viola player Claire Finnimore, for concerts on 24, 25 and 26 of February.

  13. Foster parents campaign starts in North Cumbria

    A new campaign to encourage more people across Carlisle and Eden to think about becoming a foster carer starts today. 

    Cumbria County Council says it needs foster families to give permanent homes to a mixture of young and older children but it also needs 'short break' carers who can give up a few hours a week to help children with additional needs. 

    Two sessions are being held,, on Saturday 4 February at the Crown and Mitre Hotel in Carlisle and Thursday 9 February at The George Hotel in Penrith to give people more information.  

  14. 'Scotsman' will steam through as Settle-Carlisle line reopens

    The famous steam locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, will haul one of the first trains to run the length of the Settle-Carlisle railway line after it reopens on the last day of March.

    Flying Scotsman

    The line's been closed for almost a year after a huge landslip undermined the tracks at Eden Brow, near Armathwaite.

    The train will run from Oxenhope on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway, and tickets for the ride are £220.

    There's also a taste of steam to be had on the line next month when Tornado, the modern steam loco, will haul a train as far as Appleby on the 14, 15 and 16 February.

  15. Coroner finds two patients died after 'gross' medical failings

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    Two patients died at hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven as a result of neglect, a coroner found, citing what he called "gross" medical failings.

    Michael Parke, from Cockermouth, died at the West Cumberland Hospital in December 2012, and Amanda Coulthard, from Penrith, died in the Cumberland Infirmary in April 2015.  

    Both suffered pneumonia after feeding tubes were wrongly inserted into their lungs instead of their stomachs.  

    Coroner David Roberts said that in the lead up to Mr Parke's death there had been  a 'shambolic implementation' of new policy regarding the tubes with a 'total absence of leadership' at the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust. 

    He said Mr Parke died as a result of systemic neglect. 

    In the case of Amanda Coulthard, Mr Roberts said she'd suffered individual neglect when nurses failed to record test results correctly. 

    The coroner has written to the Secretary of State and NHS England to ensure issues identified in Cumbria can be addressed nationally.      

    The Trust has been contacted for a response.

  16. Appeal hopes to open the way to replace stiles with gates

    The Friends of the North Pennines have launched an appeal to allow people who buy a gate, to have their name, or their chosen message, on a plaque.

    The idea is that a gate makes the path accessible to people who might struggle with stiles, even if it's just because their dog can't get over.

    Dave Fruin, the charity's chairman says it might enable people to set up a memorial to a loved one, or just leave their own mark on a favourite walk.

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    Video caption: Appeal launched to replace North Pennines stiles with gates
  17. Scotch and piping hot, the award winning pies of Kirkby

    A Cumbrian butcher has won two gold awards for Scotch pies. 

    Dales Traditional Butchers in Kirkby Lonsdale was among about 100 bakers and butchers competing in the 18th World Championship Scotch Pie Awards at Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire. 


    The judges were impressed with its Scotch and haggis pie (pictured), and its pork & chilli jam pie.    

  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A66 Cumbria eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A66 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, between A6 Kemplay Bank and B6412.

    A66 Cumbria - A66 closed and heavy traffic eastbound between Kemplay Bank Roundabout in Penrith and the B6412 junction in Culgaith, because of an accident involving lorry and three cars.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  19. Cumbria's weather: Brighter with light winds

    BBC Weather

    It will become brighter during the afternoon. There will be light winds and temperatures of about 10C (50F) .

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest forecast from where you are here.