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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us.

Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.

Weather: Cold night and showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

The showers will gradually clear overnight, and it'll turn dry for most areas. It'll be a cold night with a few patches of frost across rural parts. Light winds, and lows of 4C (43F). 

Further showers will come and go throughout the day tomorrow, but we will see bright spells at times. A band of rain will spread to the east later. Highs of 11C (52F).

See the forecast for your area here.   

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Dog alleged to have been thrown from fourth floor 'enjoying life at foster home'

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Midwife 'doesn't recall being told mother was unwell'

A Barrow midwife, who cared for the mother of a baby who died, has insisted she wasn't told the mother was feeling unwell. 

A Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing over whether Gretta Dixon is fit to practice has resumed today.

Parents Hua and James Titcombe say they "repeatedly" told Gretta Dixon that Hua was feeling unwell at the Furness General the day before their son Joshua was born. He died from an infection at nine days old.

Miss Dixon is accused of not getting a doctor to assess Mrs Titcombe, but she told the hearing today she has "no recollection" of being told she was unwell beyond a "mild headache" and feeling tired. 

The hearing continues. 

Joshua Titcombe

Damaged Lake District road could be reopened earlier than hoped

The flood-damaged A591 between Grasmere and Keswick, which has become known as 'the gap', looks set to be reopened ahead of schedule. 

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, made the announcement on a visit to the route, which was closed after the December storms. 

It was due to reopen by the end of May but it's hoped it will now be on 13 May.   

Damaged road

Appeal for help to find missing man

The police are continuing to appeal for information about a missing man from North Wales who's thought to be in Cumbria. 

Timothy Edwards, who's 45, went missing on Friday.

It's thought he may have been driving a black BMW, registration number KJ03 DJZ, which was found parked at Langthwaite Wood near Crummock Water yesterday. 

He's described as being tall, of medium build, with short dark brown hair. 

Timothy Edwards
Cumbria Police

Cumbrian author would have been unimpressed with tributes

The Cumbrian author Hunter Davies has been speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria for the first time since the death of his lifelong partner, the novelist Margaret Forster. 

His new memoir, The Co-op's Got Bananas, is dedicated to his late wife. She died earlier this year.

Hunter Davies says that the obituaries and appreciations of her talents were well-deserved but she would not have cared: "When she died there was a massive Twitterati with people competing to remember their favourite book. She would have been bored rigid, not interested."

Hunter Davies and Margaret Forster

Ginger nut biscuit 'crisis over'

More on the update we brought you earlier - full production has resumed at Carlisle's McVities factory which flooded in December, leading to a national biscuit shortage.

The temporary closure of the Carlisle site hit supplies of ginger nuts, Crawford's custard creams and Carr's water biscuits, among others.

United Biscuits said there had been "substantial flood damage" to electrical equipment and ovens.

Manufacturing director Mark Taylor said customers had written to ask when the biscuits would be back on shelves.

Cumbrian motorsport team in action this weekend

The Langwathby-based team are in action at Silverstone this weekend.

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Lots of questions for developer over proposed nuclear power station

People living near the site of a proposed nuclear power station in west Cumbria say they have lots of questions to ask the developer, Nugen. 

Fears were raised after 1,600 households received letters which implied their homes could be subject to compulsory purchase orders, if the development at Moorside goes ahead. 

NuGen has apologised for the alarm that was caused and the chief executive, Tom Samson, has agreed to attend meetings in the area every quarter to ensure residents feel included in the process. 

Jayne Laine, a town councillor says: "What are we leaving for future generations, for kids and for their kids? Also if they are building 6,000 temporary houses here, where are the jobs for local people."  

Sellafield site
Sellafield Ltd

Weather: Showers this afternoon

There may be a few showers in Cumbria this afternoon, with light to moderate winds which will be blustery along the coast. Temperatures will be around 12C (54F). 

Any showers will clear tonight, and it'll turn cold, with a few patches of frost in rural areas. 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Campaign starts to get national status for Coast to Coast

A campaign is under way to secure National Trail status for the Coast to Coast Walk devised by the writer and walker, Alfred Wainwright

The 190 mile route, which links St Bees Head in west Cumbria with Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire, first appeared in one of his books in 1973. 

There are 15 National Trails in England and Wales. The campaign to acquire the status for the Coast to Coast is being led by the Wainwright Society and the Conservative MP, Rishi Sunak, whose North Yorkshire constituency contains a large stretch of the route.

He says many businesses depend on it. 

Birds on St Bees Head

Family enjoying charity auction prize with 'grumpy' shepherd

James Rebanks, sheep farmer and author, auctioned off a visit to his farm for the Cumbria Community Foundation's Flood Fund. One of the lucky bidders is visiting today and James has been given some rules by his wife!

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Flood alert for south Cumbrian coast

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the coast at North Morecambe Bay. 

The flood alert is in force for the high tide at 11:57 at Heysham and 12:04 at Barrow.

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.

People are warned to stay away from the coast .  

The tide is forecast to peak between 11:57 and 13:57.  

Waves crashing on rocks

Cumbria to get more than £1m for pothole repairs

More than £1m is coming to Cumbria to repair potholes. 

It's Cumbria's share of a national fund of £50m announced in the budget. 

But the Local Government Association says this is nowhere near enough, and that the true cost of repairing the country's roads is more than 230 times that amount. 

Car going past pothole

However, the Roads Minister Andrew Jones says the Government is spending as much as possible on the country's roads.

"It is one part of a record £6.1bn nationwide on local highways maintenance between now and 2021. If we look at the figures for Cumbria for this financial year alone, it's £1.5m on potholes and a further £25m on local highways maintenance."   

Flooded houses to be auctioned off

A number of houses in Cumbria that were flooded in December will be sold at auction this week. 

Some, which have been flooded twice in the last 10 years or so, are expected to be sold for just 65% of their estimated pre-flood value.

Auction House Cumbria, which is based in Carlisle, says it sold two flooded properties earlier this year and it's holding another auction later this morning.  

Flood damaged goods outside a house

Further details on major roadworks on A595

People in West Cumbria are being invited to find out more about planned roadworks that will disrupt journeys on the busy A595. 

Highways England says a Victorian embankment supporting the road north of Whitehaven, between the Low Moresby roundabout and the Lowca junction, needs to be replaced. 

One idea is to build a temporary road to help motorists avoid long diversions while the work takes place.

There's a public drop-in session at Lowca Village Hall this afternoon at 14:00.

A595 near Whitehaven

Missing girl found by police

A 14-year-old girl who was missing for 11 days has been found "safe and well". 

The police say she was found in the Wigan area last night. It was thought she may have travelled to Cumbria.

New power plants proposed for south Cumbria

Two new power plants could be built in south Cumbria to provide back-up supplies at times of peak demand for electricity. 

Centrica wants to create a small gas-powered plant in Barrow on the site of its former Roosecote power station. It also wants a bank of batteries to store power and feed it back into the grid when needed. 

The proposed new gas-powered station would generate just one fifth of that from the old Roosecote plant, which was demolished last year. Able to power 50,000 homes, it would kick in within fice minutes, running for a total of a few hours every week. 

The batteries could be putting power into the grid within a second.

The company will apply for planning permission in the coming weeks.   

Gas plant

Cumbrian boxer to fight for world title

Liam Conroy from Barrow will fight for a youth title in June.

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Biscuit factory back in full production after floods

The United Biscuits factory in Carlisle is now back to full production after being flooded in December. 

The temporary closure led to a national shortage of biscuits including Carr's water biscuits, McVitie's ginger nuts and Crawford's custard creams. 

Mark Taylor from United Biscuits says there was extensive damage: "We had five feet of flood water that damaged equipment, that left silt and mud behind. It was a fantastic team effort to clean the place up, repair it and get it back in great shape."

Flood outside biscuit factory

Travel: delays in Keswick

BBC Travel

The A5271 Crosthwaite Road in Keswick is closed in both directions between Crosthwaite Roundabout and the B5289 High Hill junction because of roadworks.  

There are temporary traffic lights and roadworks on the A6 in Levens at Levens Hall.

And a reminder that the A591 is still closed between Grasmere and Keswick after the winter floods.

See all the latest details here. 

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Mostly dry this morning with a few sunny spells. Winds light to moderate but they will be blustery along the coast. Temperatures will be around 12C (54F). 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

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