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  1. Rail passengers advised not to travel

    Rail operator Northern has advised passengers not to travel on many of its routes in the North West "due to increasingly poor conditions following torrential rain across the region".

    The firm said routes covering "north of Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria" were affected and a number had "experienced issues with flooding and... seen closures and significant disruption".

    A spokesman said Northern had worked "alongside Network Rail throughout the night to prepare as many rail services as possible to resume on Thursday, [but] despite this hard work, flooding is persisting, and it has become increasingly difficult to operate a reliable service".

    Regional director Chris Jackson added:

    Quote Message: We have worked for the last few days, in conjunction with colleagues from across the industry, to keep our services operating and, where possible, supported those services with replacement buses when the flooding meant running trains was impossible.
    Quote Message: Unfortunately, we have had to make the difficult to advise our customers that they should not travel before 12:00 on Thursday across many of our North West routes.
    Quote Message: The situation is constantly changing so I urge anyone who needs to make essential journeys over the next few days to allow extra time for travel and to check carefully before setting off.
  2. Heavy rain causing some problems

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Heavy rain has been causing problems in Cumbria.

    The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings - for the River Eden in Carlisle, at Rickerby Park, the Swifts and Stoneyholme golf courses.

    Also in Wigton, where the Environment Agency has warned that properties in the Station Road area are at risk of flooding, and the Keswick Campsite is also under a flood warning.

    Among the roads affected are the A6 which is closed in both directions, from M6 J42 (Carlisle South) to The Beeches Farm.

    And many rivers are covered by flood alerts - that's the lowest level of warning.

  3. Carlisle man jailed for attacks on two women

    A Carlisle man's been jailed after punching and kicking his former girlfriend before throwing an Xbox and pouring a bowl of Weetabix over her head.

    Cyril Greer, 38, headbutted one window and smashed a second at his former girlfriend’s home on 9 August after an argument.

    She ended their relationship but Greer returned to her home four days later and repeatedly punched and kicked her, leaving her with blurred vision, bruising and lumps to her head.

    Later the same month, Greer launched another sustained attack on a female friend at a different address repeatedly punching and hitting her.

    Greer, of Dalton Avenue, admitted an actual bodily harm attack on his friend and admitted a common assault on his former partner. He was jailed for 44 weeks.

    Cyril Greer
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    Video caption: Kendal wild swimmer takes on January daily dip for Crisis

    A wild swimmer takes on a daily dip in icy waters throughout January to fundraise for the homeless.

  5. Weather on the fells: Cloudy with showers, rain by evening

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: About -1C (30F).
    • Winds: A strong westerly breeze in the morning, easing into the afternoon with gusts up to 40mph to 45mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy cloud across the fells throughout the day. Thicker cloud will build in towards the evening. Cloud bases of around 1,000ft to 2,000ft (300m to 600m).
    • Weather: A dull and cloudy day, with the odd scattered shower but some bright spells. Areas of rain will push in from the south-west later on in the evening.
    • Visibility: Generally good, but poor in any showers and above the cloud bases.
    • Freezing level: Around 2,300ft to 2,600ft (700m to 800m) through the day.
    Frozen snow

    Wes from the Fell Top Assessors took the picture above of wet snow that has frozen on Helvellyn - producing lots of ice above 2,300ft (700m).

  6. Weather on the fells: Dry with bright spells and patchy clouds

    • Temperature at 3000ft: Around -4C to -3C (25F to 27F).
    • Winds: Light to gentle southerly breezes in the morning, turning moderate into the afternoon with gusts up to 20mph to 25mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy clouds throughout the day, with cloud bases around 1,000ft to 1,600ft (300m to 500m).
    • Weather: Dry today, with variable cloud and bright spells across the fells. High-level cloud will begin to build in towards the evening.
    • Visibility: Generally good, very good in bright spells. Visibility will reduce slightly when high-level cloud approaches into the evening.
    • Freezing level: Around 1,000ft to 1,300ft (300m to 400m) throughout the day.
    View of Great Rigg

    Jon from the Fell Top Assessors who took the picture of Great Rigg (above) says it was heavy going in the soft snow with waist deep drifts in the hollows. He also warns that in constant wind don't rely on being able to turn back and simply retrace your footprints, as such markings quickly disappear in such conditions.

  7. Weather on the fells: Wet and cloudy with sleet and snow

    • Temperature at 3000ft: Around -3C to -2C (27F to 28F).
    • Winds: Light to gentle variable winds this morning, turning generally south-easterly and moderate this afternoon with gusts up to 25mph to 3 mph.
    • Cloud: Overcast conditions all day. Cloud bases will be around 1,600ft to 2,300 ft (500m to 700m) for much of the day.
    • Weather: A wet and cloudy day today, with rain and sleet across the fells and with snow on higher slopes. These will ease into the evening.
    • Visibility: Generally poor, very poor in areas of rain, sleet and snow.
    • Freezing level: Around 2,000 to 2,300ft (600m to 700m) in the morning, decreasing to 1,300ft to 1,600ft (400m to 500m) this afternoon.
    Helvellyn summit

    The Fell Top Assessors team who took the picture (above) of the summit of Helvellyn say snow and ice remains quite resistant with poor conditions forecast today.