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Summary

  1. Cumbria one of 12 in Conservative expenses row
  2. County leads with mental health 'hub'
  3. Hay wagon driver critically injured as crash blocks M6
  4. Thursday 16 March 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other morsels from the county for today.  Here's a reminder:

Cumbria's police force was named as one of 12 that have sent files to the Crown Prosecution service about Conservative Party spending in the last general election campaign;

A lorry driver was badly hurt in a crash that's blocked part of the M6 for much of the day;

And it's emerged that a number of Cumbrian schools are reviewing security and even considering hiring guards , after a lack of fencing contributed to poor inspection reports at two comprehensives.

We'll be back to do it all again tomorrow from 0800; 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 .  

Have a very good evening.

Youngsters get a try at talking goals

It was BBC School Report day, when staff went out to give school students a chance to find out more about broadcasting.

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Drugs gang await sentence for plot to bring drugs into county

A gang of men has admitted plotting to bring drugs into Cumbria.

Police seized drugs worth tens of thousands of pounds when two couriers were arrested on the M6 heading for Carlisle. 

Two Carlisle men, Jonathan O'Neil, 28, from Creighton Avenue and Darren Snowden, 45, of Brookside, along with three other men all admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Stone also admitted conspiring to supply heroin and cannabis.

Also appearing at Carlisle Crown Court were Andrew Berry, 25, of Bower street in Carlisle and Levi Howard, 30, of High Cliff, Barrow, who admitted to conspiring to supply cannabis.

They'll all be sentenced tomorrow. 

Medics go wild for Lakes training course

Claire Grogan is one of 60 medical specialists taking part in a course based on the shores of Ullswater, training them to provide advanced medicine in remote areas.

Today, as a final test, they were taking part in a mocked-up search and rescue mission.

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Council leader seeks urgent talks on cottage hospital closure plans

The leader of Cumbria County Council, Stewart Young, says he's seeking urgent talks with hospital trust officials over planned closure of beds at three of the county's cottage hospitals.

The county's clinical commissioning group (CCG) has agreed  to accept most of a range of proposals from the Success Regime , including ending inpatient care at Alston, Wigton and Maryport.

Stewart Young
Cumbria County Council

Mr Young said: "We will be calling on them firstly to assure us that no beds will close unless and until properly worked through solutions for the affected communities have been agreed."

The CCG said it was keen to work with the council.

A spokesman said: "We are very clear that unless we have to, for safety and operational reasons, we will not be closing beds until we have robust alternative services in place.”

Hay wagon driver 'critical' after M6 crash

Martin Lewes

Reporter

A lorry driver's said to be in a critical condition in Carlisle after a crash on the M6 earlier.

The man, who's 73 and from North Yorkshire was heading north when his vehicle, loaded with hay and heading north, swerved into the central reservation crash barrier at junction 44 .

Police are appealing for witnesses. Traffic is being diverted around the roundabout above where the crash happened.

Severe accident: A595 Cumbria eastbound

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, between B5307 Caldcotes and A7 Bridgewater Road affecting Dunmail Drive.

A595 Cumbria - Very slow traffic on A595 Bridge Street eastbound in Carlisle between Caldewgate Roundabout and Hardwicke Circus, because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to the Dunmail Drive junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cumbria's weather: Rain clearing to a colder, breezy night

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will ease away to the southeast through this evening, allowing skies to clear. This will make for a colder night, breezy with only a few showers.  Temperatures will fall to about 3C (37F).

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BBC

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

Travel: Key Carlisle street partly blocked by crash

BBC News Travel

Bridge Street, Castle Way and Caldewgate in Carlisle are all congested after an accident involving two vehicles near Sainsbury's supermarket.

Your photos: Reservoir swan shows its best side

Hannah Kelly's been getting close to this swan on Harrington reservoir, and sent us this photo to prove it; many thanks, Hanna.

Swan
Hannah Kelly

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Conservatives: Fine was about national spending, not constituency campaigns

The Conservative Party nationally has said this morning's Electoral Commission report , imposing a £70,000 fine for breaching general election campaign expenses rules, exonerates constituency campaigners.

Twelve police forces, including Cumbria, have reported the results of investigations to the Crown Prosecution service to see whether legal proceedings should be taken because spending supporting individual candidates had not been reported locally.

The Commission's report says there was a risk that candidate campaigning would take place, and it did, but it's not possible to determine what proportion was spent locally.

A statement said the party viewed spending as a national matter.

Police tweet that means 'we're nearly there'

The M6 has been closed or restricted near Carlisle for more than three hours since a lorry loaded with hay swerved into the central reservation barrier.

The message from police is that they're not taking longer than they have to!

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Cumbria leads project to help youngsters with mental health problems

Cumbria has been chosen to lead a new scheme to help children, young people and employees with mental health issues. 

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A Time to Change Hub will see a number of organisations come together to improve attitudes towards mental health. 

Three years ago figures from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessmen t found that issues of self harm, suicide and hospital admissions were higher than the national average. 

Caroline Robinson, from Carlisle and Eden Mind, says the figures are scary: "The rural nature of the county has a lot to do with it, because access to services is more difficult."

Something like the Time to Change hub will mean we can access those areas more readily."

Caroline Robinson

Cumbria's weather: Rain spreading in later

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually spread to all parts and become heavier for a time during the afternoon there'll be a brisk southwesterly breeze and temperatures reaching around 12C (54F).

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

County's museums call for volunteers to help care for collections

People with an interest in Cumbria's history are being asked to volunteer for a new project. 

Museums around the county want people to help them care for their collections. There's also a plan to make them more accessible, by putting information online. 

Beacon museum
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Cumbria's Museum of Military Life in Carlisle, the Beacon in Whitehaven (pictured), Ruskin Museum in Coniston and local museums in Keswick and Penrith are among those taking part.  

M6 delays after hay wagon hits central barrier

Traffic is being diverted over the roundabout on junction 44 on the M6, after a lorry collided with the central reservation on the northbound carriageway.

Hay wagon on crash barrier
BBC

An air ambulance has taken one casualty to hospital but there's no word on their condition.

Delays are expected for some time.

Your pictures: The tumbling waters and towering crags of Newlands

Newlands is one of the most spectacular valleys in the Lake District, and even on a hazy day, the views are excellent. 

Newlands valley head
Miriam Slack

Miriam Slack enjoyed the waterfalls and crags at the western end, and was kind enough to share them with us.

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Travel: M6 delays as truck hits central barrier

BBC News Travel

A lorry's gone into the central reservation, blocking the northbound side of the M6 at junction 44, Carlisle. 

One carriageway may have to close on the southbound side.

Police arrest three after Carlisle attack

A 36-year-old man was treated in hospital for minor injuries after an attack in Carlisle yesterday.

It happened behind shops on Petteril Bank Road at about 15:30.

Two men, aged 42 and 34, and a 38-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of assault and affray, and released on police bail.

Schools 'fear inspectors may mark them down for security'

Caz Graham

Reporter

Rural schools across the county are assessing their security, amid claims that inspectors could downgrade their ratings if it's not judged to be good enough. 

The Queen Katherine School in Kendal, and Kirkby Stephen Grammar School (pictured) have started complaints proceedings against the schools regulator Ofsted, claiming they were judged "inadequate" simply because they don't have perimeter fences.  

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School
Google

Kim Allen, a health and safety consultant for schools in the North West, says the issue's been raised at a number of schools. 

She said: "We got at least half a dozen schools where I've either been to the schools or I'm talking to them about what measures they can put in place."

Some of them are talking about fences, some of them are talking about security guards which has never been known in this county. I despair."

Kim AllenHealth and safety consultant

Weather on the fell tops: Cloudy, then colder

Temperature at 3,000ft: 3C 

Winds: Strong to near-gale force westerly or southwesterly wind, gusts 50-60mph. 

Cloud: Widespread cloud 2,000ft, locally 1,000ft on western upslopes, lifting and breaking during the evening. 

Visibility: Generally moderate or poor, improving mostly good later. 

Freezing level: Above summits at first, lowering to 3,000ft in afternoon then 1,300ft in evening.

The report on winter conditions up there from Lake District rangers is here .

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in

BBC Weather

It'll be a mild, cloudy start to the morning with some mist and fog across Cumbria and some outbreaks of rain, gradually spreading to all parts. 

There will be a brisk southwesterly breeze with temperatures reaching around 12C (54F) .

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Travel: Overturned truck hinders M6 junction traffic

BBC News Travel

If you're heading south into Lancashire, you may need to know that a lorry's overturned on the roundabout at junction 35, where the M601 leaves the M6. Traffic is said to be coping well at the moment.

Otherwise there's just the long-running roadworks on the A590 between Barrow and Ulverston, and at Yeorton Brow in Egremont, on the A595.

Tories fined over election expenses as Cumbria force asks for charged to be considered

The Conservative Party has been fined £70,000 for a breach of election expenses rules, the Electoral Commission has said.

The fine follows an investigation into alleged misreporting of expenses during the 2015 general election campaign.

It comes as 12 police forces, including Cumbria , asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges over election expenses.

Conservative battle bus
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Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things of interest from around the county, until about 16:00.

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