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Summary

  1. Carlisle killer gets life with minimum 28 years
  2. Former Cumbrian hospitals director suspended from new job
  3. West Cumbrians warned of loan shark risks
  4. Tuesday 7 March 2017

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting the news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast for today. A reminder:

    A man who stabbed the mother of his two children to death in her Carlisle home with a sharp rock has been sentenced to life, with a 28-year minimum term ;

    A health service magazine's revealed that a former Cumbrian hospitals director at the time of the midwifery scandal in Barrow has been suspended from his current job;

    And Carlisle United could drop out of the League Two top three tonight without kicking a ball.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, with full coverage as important decisions are made about the future of hospitals in the county.

    In the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email us  ,   tweet us , or get in touch  through our Facebook page .   

    Have a very good evening.  

  2. Top school with too few children forced to close

    One of Cumbria's top-performing primary schools is likely to to close, because it can't attract enough children.

    Heversham St Peters C of E Primary is down to 15 children, from 88 in 2011, and governors say the falling numbers of families with small children in the area, just north of Milnthorpe, means the school has no hope of becoming viable.

    The school was judged outstanding in inspections in 2007 and 2011, and was joint top performer in Cumbria in the 2016 SATs.

    Jane Clarke, who chairs the governors, said: "There is a choice of good village schools in the wider area, all of which have vacancies. It is very sad to think of the school closing but it is hard to see any alternative."

    The final decision will be made by the government.

  3. Hospital staff 'feel safer reporting problems'

    Staff at South Cumbria's hospitals feel more able to report problems such as unsafe clinical practice, harassment or bullying, according to a national survey.

    Smiling hospital staff

    The results are from an annual national survey of NHS staff .

    The survey said improvement was needed in some areas of training, appraisals and support from immediate managers.

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  5. Tapestry plan to record Kendal's flood memories

    The Quaker Tapestry in Kendal's planning to produce a tapestry about the flooding that swept the town after Storm Desmond in 2015.

    Man showing boy tapestry

    The attraction's main exhibition is 77 tapestry panels showing the history of the Quaker movement. 

    But workshops are planned for April to involve families who were affected by the flooding.

    Bridget Guest, who runs the Quaker Tapestry, said: "Anyone can contribute to the project regardless of their crafting or artistic ability as the stories people have to tell are just as valuable to this project." 

    Tapestry of Wellington boots.
  6. New name for info centres 'may confuse visitors'

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    A new name for Lake District tourist information centres could confuse visitors, according to a leading hotelier.

    Bowness Bay TIC

    The national park authority posted a survey on the Internet to gather public views on calling the centres in Keswick, Bowness and Ullswater, "The Lakes Place".

    The survey closed this morning and so far the authority's only said that the rebranding is later this year and it's too early to talk about it.

    Jonathan Denby, who runs owns several hotels, said it was best to keep the old name.

    He said: "They look for the tourist information office, and they look for the familiar sign."

  7. Cumbria's weather: A wet night

    BBC Weather

    Rain will move eastwards during the evening with some heavier outbreaks, especially over the Pennines where hill fog is also likely. The rain will clear later, with a minimum temperature of 5C (41F).

    Weather graphic

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

  8. Your photos: Derwentwater shines in the early spring sunshine

    Every now and then over the past few days the clouds have parted, and Alan Skinner was one of those who took advantage, with this shot or Derwentwater which he was kind enough to send in.  

    Derwentwater

    As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email us  ,   tweet us    or get in touch    through our Facebook page   .        

  9. Former Morecambe Bay hospitals director suspended

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A former human resources director at the Morecambe Bay hospitals has been suspended from his current role over a redundancy package given to a former Barrow senior midwife. 

    Roger Wilson now has a similar role at the hospitals trust in Warrington and Halton - which calls his suspension "a neutral act".

    It emerged last October that Roger Wilson, when at Morecambe Bay, offered midwife Jeanette Parkinson 14 months more pay than she should have got, and immunity from internal investigation, a package described as "irregular" by the current chief executive, Jackie Daniel.. 

    Furness General Hospital

    During the maternity scandal at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, she'd coined the "musketeer midwives" phrase and failed to identify "significant failings".

    Now the Health Service Journal has revealed the Warrington and Halton trust has suspended Roger Wilson - the trust says that as investigatory processes are still underway, it is inappropriate to comment further. 

  10. Verebes murder: Judge 'cannot understand police decision'

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    We've more now on the sentencing of Miklos Verebes at Carlisle Crown Court for killing his former partner, Melinda Korosi, by stabbing her with a sharp rock.

    Miklos Verebes

    Verebes was found guilty of three counts of rape as well as murder, and Judge Peter Openshaw set a 28-year-minimum term.

    The judge described Verebes as "a domineering and controlling" man who made his partner's life "miserable".

    Two days before the attack Mr Verebes was arrested by police on rape charges hours after being released from prison. 

    He was released without charge and today the judge said he could not understand that decision by Cumbria Constabulary - the matter is under review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. 

  11. Carlisle could slide out of league top three

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United could finally drop out of the League Two automatic promotion places for the first time since 1 October tonight, if fourth-placed Portsmouth win at Crawley. 

    Second-placed Plymouth host Blackpool. 

    Keith Curle

    The United manager Keith Curle says he won't allow negativity around the club, after four defeats in the last six fixtures, to derail their promotion challenge.

  12. Limited seats for key hospitals meeting

    There's limited seating at a meeting tomorrow in Workington to decide whether controversial changes to hospital services in north and west Cumbria should go ahead.

    The proposals, including dealing with all but straightfoward births at Carlisle, with some mums having to travel more than 40 miles from the west coast, will go before the governing body of the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group at 10:00 at the Oval Centre in Salterbeck.

    It's not a public meeting, but the public can watch; however, seating will be allocated, so anyone wanting to go has to email CumbriaCCG-Enquiries@CumbriaCCG.nhs.uk

  13. Breaking'Savage' partner killer given minimum 28 years

    Miklos Verebes, found guilty this morning of killing his former partner Melinda Korosi, has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 28 years.  

    The judge described the killing, done with a sharp rock, as one of "quite unusual savagery and brutality".

  14. Cumbria's weather: Sunshine turning hazy

    BBC Weather

    It'll be mostly dry and fine this afternoon with sunny spells, the sunshine turning hazy later with the odd light shower in places. There'll be light westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 9C (50F). 

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Book about 1898 Derwentwater disaster released

    A book about the Derwentwater disaster which took the lives of five young women from Nelson more than a century ago has been released.

    Derwentwater

    The women, who were all Sunday school teachers, drowned in a boating accident in August 1898.

    They were all buried in a single grave in the east of the county.

    The author, Ray Greenhow, said the story of the tragedy needed to be heard.

    Quote Message: Living close to the area, I made some enquiries in the Keswick area and no-one seemed to know about it. It just seemed wrong that the story was not there for people to understand. from Ray Greenhow Author
    Ray GreenhowAuthor
  16. Guilty verdict in Carlisle murder trial

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    A jury at Carlisle Crown court has found a man guilty of murder and three counts of rape after he attacked the mother of his children in the city last year. 

    Miklos Verebes, 29, and from Hungary stabbed his former partner Melinda Korosi in the head and neck with a sharp stone at her home in Orton Road in September. 

    The jury of seven men and five women took an hour and 45 minutes to find Verebes unanimously guilty of all the charges facing him.

    Police had found Verebes covered in blood, next to Korosi's body; close by was the sharp stone he'd used to kill her.

    He'll be sentenced this afternoon.

    Murder scene
  17. Ambulance caller 'threatened to kill 999 operator'

    A BBC investigation 's found that a threat to kill was among 64 abusive calls received by staff answering 999 calls for the North West Ambulance Service, which looks after Cumbria.

    Stock picture of ambulance call handler

    The figures, obtained through Freedom of Information Requests, covered from 2013 to 2016.

    Other abusive behaviour included racial and sexual slurs. Unions have called for tougher punishments, but the Home Office said sufficient legislation was in place.