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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 October 2017
  2. Mobile crane fire blocks M6 as tyres explode
  3. County cleans up after downpour floods homes and roads
  4. Bridges stay shut as engineers check for downpour damage
  5. 'Chennai Six' campaigners hand in petition at Downing Street

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast, on a day dominated by two stories; here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo (maybe of renewed flooding), you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. £755,000 grant to recruit overseas GPs for North Cumbria

    North Cumbria is one of three areas in England to win a £755,000 grant to recruit family doctors from overseas.

    It's part of a pilot scheme to bring in doctors from overseas for training before they can work independently in the UK.

    They'll be recruited for placements of 6-12 months to take part in scheme which is also recruiting UK doctors to go into general practice.

  3. Don't drown, turn around, as they say in the USA

    Martin Lewes


    With another warning of heavy rain and road flooding for tomorrow, take a look at this picture taken at Forge Bridge in Eskdale during the floods there.

    Floating BMW

    This car is actually afloat, according to Alexander Knott, who was kind enough to send it in to us.

    It's a salutary reminder that it doesn't take a lot of water to wash a car away.

    A crew from Cumbria Fire and Rescue helped a driver whose car was being washed down a river at Egremont yesterday, and in the USA, the majority of people who die in floods, die in cars.

  4. Wind warning as former Hurricane Ophelia sweeps across Atlantic

    A second weather warning's been posted for Cumbria, this time for gales on Monday, as a former hurricane spins up the west coast of the British Isles.

    The weather system formerly known as Ophelia is forecast to drop from hurricane to tropical-storm force winds, similar to a Force 10 Atlantic gale, when it arrives off the west of Ireland.

    In Cumbria, the Met Office says winds could gust widely to 60mph, with 70mph to 80mph in exposed areas.

  5. Windermere rises again at National Trust lakeside centre

    Less than a week after a grant of £648,000 was announced to help move National Trust buildings to higher ground on the Lakeside attraction of Fell Foot park, Windermere has been proving just why it was necessary:

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  6. Cumbria's weather: Turning windy and very wet again

    BBC Weather

    It'll be cloudy and windy tonight with outbreaks of rain, turning heavy and persistent over the hills.

    Drier with a few clear spells further east. Lows of 12C (54F).

    There's a yellow warning of rain, which could cause local flooding on roads and possibly property.

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, and details of the weather warning, here.

  7. Pictured: How tyres turned into bouncing bombs on the M6

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    I tramped across country today to cover the story of the blazing crane on the M6, and captured this photograph showing the footprints of one of its tyres, blown off the motorway and cartwheeling across a field as it exploded in the heat.

    Marks in field of bouncing tyre

    The M6 will be closed northbound again at 22:00 tonight while the company that crane belonged to, Ainscough, sends in two more cranes to recover the wreckage, and for the damaged road surface to be repaired.

    It's expected to reopen at 06:00.

  8. Police find 'noises' caller is on wanted list himself

    Police in Barrow who responded to a call about suspicious noises on a roof found they were being caused by pigeons.

    But apparently their journey was not entirely wasted, as the details of the caller corresponded to a warrant out for a breach of a community order.

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  9. What's small, white and fluffy, and lives on Walney?

    Struggling across the cobbles, the first seal pup of the winter explores his new world on the South Walney Nature Reserve.

    Seal Pup

    It's the third year running that the animals have given birth at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve confirming it as a breeding place for seals.

    The arrival of the breeding season is expected to see more people visiting Walney --- although Cumbria Wildlife Trust wardens warn that pups should not be disturbed.

    You can watch the seals here.

  10. Dave from Workington hoists Britain's best-known bridge

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Tower Bridge in London must be one of Britain's best known bridges, and as it opens to let boats sail up and down the Thames, it may well be Dave Wilson from Workington who's pressing the buttons.

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    Quote Message: It's the ultimate toy - brilliant."
  11. New heavy rain and flood warning posted for county

    The Met Office has just posted a yellow warning of rain for tomorrow, starting at 03:00.

    The forecasters say up to 50mm (2in) is expected quite widely, with up to 80mm (3in) on higher ground.

    The warning says that after recent rain, flooding on roads is probable and flooding of some homes and businesses is also possible.

  12. School appeals after vandals set fires

    Staff at Kingmoor Junior School in Carlisle say it's been hit by a series of incidents of vandalism.

    Kingmoor school

    Children have been seen climbing on the roof, and equipment in the grounds has been set on fire.

    A spokesman for the school said the youngsters seen on the roof, particularly on Saturday nights, were putting themselves in danger.

    Quote Message: We have taken great pains to try to prevent unauthorised access to the roof of our building as it is fragile and contains numerous skylights."
  13. Academy 'chain' takes in two more schools

    The Cumbria Academy Trust has taken in two primary schools and says it's now one of the county's largest chains.

    Academies are funded directly from the government and are independent of local council control.

    The newly-added members are Tebay and Yanwath primaries; the trust already oversaw Yewdale Primary in Carlisle, and Longtown, as well as William Howard secondary school in Brampton and Workington Academy.

  14. M6 to be closed again as burned-out crane is recovered

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    Police say the M6 northbound will have to close again for a time later as the wreckage of a 110-tonne crane is recovered and the road surface repaired.

    There was major disruption earlier as tyres on the large vehicle exploded in the heat, blowing blazing rubber across both carriageways between junctions 36 and 37.

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    Quote Message: Later this afternoon and probably into the evening evening there will be a massive recovery in place." from PC Carl Walsh Cumbria Police
    PC Carl WalshCumbria Police
  15. Four bridges being checked after floods

    Cumbria highways engineers say they're keeping four bridges closed while they're checked for damage after yesterday's floods.

    They include the A595 at Holmrook Bridge, Kersey Bridge south of St Bees on the B5345, the Forge at Eskdale, and Egremont Bridge.

    There's a page on the county council website showing the latest position.

  16. Cumbria's weather: Fine and breezy

    BBC Weather

    It will stay fine this afternoon with a mixture of sunny spells and some fair weather cloud.

    It will be breezy, perhaps turning windy around Irish Sea coasts later with the chance of some rain.

    Temperatures will be about 14 C (57F).

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are, and details of a yellow warning for rain tomorrow, here.

    And while we're on the subject of the weather...

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  17. Travel: M6 reopens southbound, and one lane northbound

    BBC News Travel

    Police say the southbound carriageway of the M6, closed earlier after a crane caught fire, is now reopened.

    One lane on the northbound side has also now reopened.

  18. Inspectors give hospitals all-clear on feeding tubes

    Inspectors say staff at hospitals in North and West Cumbria are now handling nasogastric tubes, which are used to put food directly into the digestive systems of seriously-ill patients, safely.

    However it needs to improve the insertion record for patient care plans, and develop a policy around the use of the tubes for pregnant women.

    Cumberland Infirmary

    The Care Quality Commission was asked to look into the way staff handled the tubes, training, and other matters, after an inquest into two deaths at hospitals in Whitehaven and Carlisle.

    A report published today says staff follow the best practice, and there have been no serious incidents since April 2015.

    Quote Message: The work does not stop here and all of our staff are committed to continuing to make further improvements in safety for our patients.” from Dr Rod Harpin Medical director, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
    Dr Rod HarpinMedical director, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust