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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 February 2017

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

We've now finished posting news, weather forecasts and other items from around the county for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again tomorrow from 08:00. As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Dozens rescue couple lost on Scafell Pike

BBC Radio Cumbria

More than 70 mountain rescue team members were involved in a 12-hour search for a couple lost on Scafell Pike on Tuesday night.

Chris Gillyan from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, who led the search, said the conditions were so severe at one point the operation had to be suspended because rescuers "couldn't stand up in the driving rain".

The couple were extremely cold but otherwise unhurt, the rescue service said.

In all, the operation involved seven mountain rescue teams, six search dogs and a coastguard helicopter. 

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

Weather: Storm Doris heads for Cumbria overnight

BBC Weather

We're expecting strong winds, heavy rain and snow overnight, and into tomorrow.

Gusts of 50-60mph and up to 70mph on coasts and hills. Travel could be disrupted and some damage to trees and buildings is also possible.

Snow is expected over high ground. Accumulations of 3-6cm are likely above 200m (650ft) with 10cm or more above 300m (980 ft). At low levels, 1-3cm in places.

See the details of your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Man sentenced over indecent images of children

A north Cumbrian man, who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children over six years, has been sentenced.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 42-year-old David Nowak had almost 700 photographs and videos on a laptop and a hard drive. 

Nowak, of Jollybeard Gate in Alston, admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children, and one possession offence.

He was given a 36-month community order and must sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

The facts about Copeland ahead of tomorrow's by-election

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

The home of England's highest mountain and deepest lake... and other interesting facts about Copeland - the place politicians are currently scrapping over.

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There's a full list of candidates in the by-election here: http://bbc.in/2mc8Nz6

Work to start on battery power storage facility

The company behind a plan to create one of the world's largest battery-power storage facilities says work will start on site in Barrow next month.

The former Roosecote Power Station will be redeveloped by Centrica to top-up demand for electricity during periods of high demand. 

The 49MW stored in the batteries will be able to kick in within a second at times of peak demand and able to power about 50,000 homes, the company said.

Diagram of new plant
Centrica

Prime Minister enters hospital petition row

BBC Radio Cumbria

Theresa May has been drawn into the row over a petition on the West Cumberland Hospital.

Yesterday, a campaign group took a petition signed by 30,000 people to Downing Street.

During Prime Minister's Questions earlier, Labour MP for Bolton South East, Yasmin Quereshi, said the group was not allowed to take it to Number 10 itself. 

The Prime Minister accused the MP of getting her facts wrong: "The petition was accepted by Number 10 yesterday so I suggest to the honourable lady that she considers what she said in her question." 

Number 10
BBC

Your pictures: Windy west Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

Thank you to Robin, one of our BBC Weather Watchers, for this photo taken near Allonby earlier today.

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Choppy water and rocks
BBC

Last day of campaigning in Copeland by-election

The seven candidates hoping to become Cumbria's newest MP are in the final hours of campaigning ahead of tomorrow's Copeland by-election.

It was triggered by the resignation of Labour's Jamie Reed last month. There's also a by-election in Stoke.

Head of politics at University of Liverpool, Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, said: "Clearly the Labour Party has the most to lose in both of these places. These have been Labour seats for a very long time and it's very unusual for the main opposition party to lose a by-election."

The polls open at 07:00 tomorrow.

Ballot box
BBC

Cumbria Police council tax share to rise

Cumbria Police's share of the council tax bill is to go up by 1.91%. 

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, says he understands any tax increase is "unwelcome", but it will mean the force will have enough funding to protect officer numbers over the next year.

It'll mean an increase of £4.14 a year for band D properties.

Cumbria Police logo
BBC

Appeal to trace suspected shoplifter

Cumbria Police are trying to trace a man (pictured below) in connection with alleged shoplifting offences in the Kendal area, including one incident at Currys PC World in Kendal on 17 February.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Man in shop
Cumbria Police

Plasma trial success for Great North Air Ambulance

Three people probably would have died without a new blood plasma treatment which is now being extended, an air ambulance has said. 

Since May 2016, one of the Great North Air Ambulance Service's two helicopters has been using plasma when treating patients with blood. 

The charity said a review of five months data has proved a success so will now also use it on both aircraft. Plasma helps form blood clots and stop bleeding.

The Great North Air Ambulance team
GNAAS

We're delighted to see evidence that using fresh frozen plasma alongside red blood cell transfusions, when stabilising patients with life threatening injuries, has had such a positive impact."

Dr Rachel HawesAircrew doctor
The bags used in transfusions contain a mixture of blood and plasma
GNAAS

The air ambulance said three of the 36 people who were given the plasma and blood mixture ended up being "unexpected survivors" thanks to the new treatment.

The plasma and blood mixture is delivered daily to the air ambulance by Northumbria Blood Bikes and Blood Bikes Cumbria, with support from the Henry Surtees Foundation, from the blood laboratories at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Weather: Possible showers later, very windy and wet overnight

BBC Weather

There's the risk of one or two showers creeping into parts of Cumbria this afternoon. Feeling less mild with highs of 8C (46F).

A band of heavy and persistent rain will track up towards the county through this evening and overnight. The rain turning to snow across the highest of ground, winds will be strong and gusty. Lows of 2C (36F).

There are weather warnings in place overnight for wind and snow - See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Cumbrian badminton player fears for future of her sport

An Olympic badminton player from Cumbria says she fears for the future of her sport following a decision to cut funding.

Badminton is one of seven sports to have lost appeals against UK Sport funding cuts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle.  

Lauren Smith from Carlisle said she might have to get a part-time job or find sponsorship to continue playing for the British team.

Badminton racket and shuttlecock
BBC

Given the strength of evidence we were able to present to justify investment, we cannot believe UK Sport has concluded they should stand by their decision and award zero funding to our GB programme"

GB Badminton

Cumbrian student nurse up for top award

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A student nurse in Cumbria is one of five finalists being considered for one of the profession's top awards.

Zoe Butler, who's in her third year at the University of Cumbria, is shortlisted for her work raising awareness about mental health issues among school children.

The winner of the Andrew Parker Student Nurse award will be announced at a ceremony in London in May.

Zoe Butler
BBC

Power cut in Ulverston

Electricity North West says almost 200 homes in Ulverston are without power at the moment.

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Weather warnings in Cumbria tomorrow

BBC Weather

Strong winds and snow are expected to affect parts of Cumbria tomorrow.

An amber warning for winds will be in place for most of tomorrow. Gusts of up to 80mph are expected.

Any snow is likely to fall on higher ground only. Heavy rain is also likely tomorrow.

See here for more details on weather warnings for Cumbria.

Amber warning sign
BBC

Fears for Cumbria's farms after Brexit

There are fears Cumbria's farmers could suffer if restrictions are placed on migrant workers after the UK leaves the EU.

The Country Land and Business Association will tell MPs today that its members rely on seasonal workers for stability and future growth.

It wants to see a scheme allowing migrants of EU and non-EU countries to enter the UK for a set period of time and for a specific job.

Cows in field
BBC

Row over west Cumbrian health petition

A row's broken out after the Labour MP for Workington said she was stopped from handing in a petition to No. 10 Downing Street.

Sue Hayman claims she had permission to hand over the signatures of 30,000 people opposed to plans to downgrade services at the West Cumberland Hospital.

The Health Minister, Philip Dunne, said Sue Hayman might not have observed the protocol of giving five days notice.

Sue Hayman
Labour North

Weather: Dry and windy

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start followed by a largely dry but very windy day with a moderate westerly wind.

Variable amounts of cloud and some decent bright, sunny spells, particularly further north. Feeling less mild with highs of 8C (46F).

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

One day of campaigning left in Copeland by-election

There's just a day to go before the crucial by-election in Copeland in West Cumbria.

People will vote to elect a new MP, after Labour's Jamie Reed stepped down from Parliament in December.

Labour and the Conservatives have the strongest track-record of support in the constituency. The NHS and the nuclear industry have been the most prominent issues in the campaign.

You can find a full list of candidates here.

Ballot box
PA

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. Getting cooler again and a brisk wind on the walk into work kept things fresh too!

We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that take our fancy from around the county until about 18:00.

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