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Summary

  1. North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust to exit special measures
  2. New calls for the government to do more to help ex-soldiers held in India
  3. Wednesday 29 March 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our live updates have now ended for today. 

We'll be back tomorrow to bring you all of the county's news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00.

Have a good evening. 

Weather: Cloudy with patchy rain and light drizzle

BBC Weather

A lot of cloud through the evening and overnight which could lead to light rain and drizzle that could be heavier at times. 

Freshening winds and lows of 10C (50F).

Evening forecast for Whitehaven
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See a detailed forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between B5295 Egremont Road and Moor Row turn off.

A595 Cumbria - A595 Egremont Road in Whitehaven blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the B5295 Egremont Road junction and the Moor Row turn off junction, because of an accident.

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

Analysis: What Westinghouse bankruptcy means for Cumbria nuclear plans

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

The consortium behind Moorside,  NuGen, says that it's continuing to operate in a "business as usual" manner. 

The joint venture is made up of French firm Engie, which holds a 40% stake, and Japan's Toshiba owns the rest.

Westinghouse is a Toshiba-owned US company that's due to manufacture three AP1000 reactors for Moorside. It has filed for US bankruptcy protection .

Toshiba has said that only Westinghouse's US operations would be affected by the bankruptcy filing - but it doesn't appear to have said anything concrete about Moorside. 

The GMB union says that it's now time for the government to step in and end the uncertainty surrounding the whole project. 

Fewer deaths on the fells in 2016 say mountain rescuers

There has been a fall in the number of incidents that Mountain Rescue teams had to respond to in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to an umbrella body.

According to an annual report produced by The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association , mountain rescue teams were called out to 436 incidents in 2016, compared to 536 in 2015.

Infographic of Mountain Rescue statistics for 2016
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The report also shows a sharp fall in the number of fatal accidents.

In 2015, 30 people died as a result of incidents that had been reported to mountain rescue teams.

In 2016 eight people died.

Armed robbery 'terrifying' for victim

More now on the armed robbery investigation by Cumbria Police into reports that a woman was attacked at knifepoint in a Carlisle park yesterday.

Two men demanded a woman gave them her phone and handbag in Melbourne Park last night.

This will have been a terrifying incident for the victim. Her injuries may not have been serious but that does not dilute the seriousness of the offence committed.

Det Sgt Fiona MurrayNorth Cumbria CID

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Your photos: Wastwater at night

Thanks to Ben Bush for sharing this picture he took at Wastwater over the weekend. It's spectacular.

If you like to know details - it's a four shot panorama using 4 x 20 second exposures.

If you have any photos you'd like to share you can  email us .

Wastwater
Ben Bush

Police investigate armed robbery in North Cumbria

An investigation's begun into a reported armed robbery in a Carlisle park.

Cumbria Police say that two men demanded that a woman give them her phone and handbag in Melbourne Park yesterday at 21:05.

A knife was held to the woman's face during the attack causing minor grazes.

One of the men has been described as in his late 20s, around 5ft 9in tall with a thin build. 

The other man is said to be aged 17 or 18 and 5ft 9in tall.

They were both wearing dark coloured jogging bottoms, hooded tops and scarves covering their faces.

Cumbrian museum completes decade-long project to catalogue rare birds

An extinct bird from New Zealand is one of hundreds of specimens that have been newly identified at a South Cumbrian museum. 

All 1,681 specimens of the bird collection contained in Kendal Museum's World Wildlife Gallery have now been catalogued with the help of students, staff and volunteers over a 10 year period. 

A specimen Masked Bowerbird
Kendal Museum
Masked Bowerbird

The museum has found 10 birds in its catalogue that are currently on the  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species meaning they are endangered or critically endangered. 

The extinct Huia from New Zealand has also been found in the collection along with the possibly extinct Eskimo Curlew and the Ecudorian Turquoise-throated Puffleg hummingbird .

A specimen Resplendent Quetzal
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Analysis: Moorside supplier files for US bankruptcy

Theo Leggett

BBC Business News Reporter

Westinghouse is a long established engineering company which constructed the United States' first commercial nuclear reactor in the 1950s.

It still provides technology for nuclear power stations around the world.

However, massive cost over-runs at power station projects in South Carolina and Georgia, as well as heavy losses linked to the takeover of another nuclear business in 2015, have brought it to the brink of collapse.

The bankruptcy filing will allow the company to continue operating while it renegotiates contracts and holds talks with its creditors.

Increase in lifeboat crew call outs

Lifeboat crews in the North of England were called out more than 1,000 times last year which is an increase of 8%, according to the RNLI.

Nationally, the charity says its teams saved more than 550 lives.   

There were 104 launches in Cumbria last year compared to 64 the year before.  

lifeboat crew
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Moorside supplier and partner files for bankruptcy in US

BBC Business News

Artist's impression of Moorside nuclear power station
NuGen

Westinghouse, Toshiba's US nuclear unit, has filed for US bankruptcy protection.

The company is due to supply the nuclear reactors that would be used in the proposed new nuclear power  station at Moorside.

There've been concerns about the future of Toshiba after it announced that its total losses could exceed 1 trillion yet (£7.3bn) following the writedown of Westinghouse. 

Toshiba is also owns 60% of the joint venture that is developing the new Cumbria power plant, NuGen. 

Weather: Cloudy with increasingly persistent rain

BBC Weather

Cloudy with patchy rain, becoming heavier and more persistent later. Highs of 14C (57F).

There'll be more rain overnight, with temperatures no lower than 10C (50F). 

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic
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Hospitals boss determined to put trust 'amongst the best in the country'

BBC Cumbria

A Cumbrian hospital trust placed into special measures following a review into high death rates is to come out of the failure regime after four years.

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust was one of 11 highlighted in a report made in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal in 2013.

The Cumberland Infirmary
BBC

NHS Improvement said it had achieved "major improvements in the services it offers patients".

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) warned there is still "work to do".

Stephen Eames, the Chief Executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, gave this reaction to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning:

There are very many good ratings across many of our services and that's a massive improvement on where the trust has been before. My job - and I'm determined to do it - is to put this trust amongst the best in the country.

Nigerian delegation visits Cumbrian schools

A group of teachers and trainers from Nigeria have been visiting schools in Cumbria this week.

The partnership with Universal Learning Solutions and the University of Cumbria is hoping to improve teaching methods in both Nigeria and here in Cumbria.

One of the schools they visited was Stramongate Primary in Kendal. 

Delegation from Nigeria visits Kendal school
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Delegation from Nigeria visits Kendal school
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New calls for the government to do more to help ex-soldiers held in India

There have been new calls for the government to do more to help six former British soldiers held in India for firearms offences. 

Chester's Labour MP Chris Matheson told the Commons he wants the UK government to do more to help to bring them home. 

 One of the men is John Armstrong from Wigton. He was among those who were arrested in 2013 and jailed for five years last year. 

The men have appealed against their sentences.

John Armstrong
BBC

Watch: Sir Tony Cunningham visits the estate he grew up on

BBC Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria is doing a special community project on the Salterbeck estate in Workington.

Sir Tony Cunningham, the former MP for Workington, grew up on the estate. 

He returned to share some memories:

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Match report: Chester 1 - 2 Barrow

BBC Sport

Barrow kept their National League promotion hopes alive with their second away win inside four days.  

You can read the full match report here.

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft : 6C (43F)
  • Winds : Strong south to southwesterly gusting 40mph 
  • Cloud : Broken at 700m (2,300ft) occasionally down to 400m (1300ft) in the east becoming extensive above 500m (1,600ft) and down to 200m (650ft) at times in the west 
  • Visibility : Generally moderate or good becoming poor at times 
  • Freezing level : Above the summits

If you're planning to tackle one of the higher peaks today, don't forget to check the  fell top conditions from Lake District Weatherline  before you go.   

Travel: Roadworks close the A592 in both directions, diversion in place

BBC News Travel

Just a reminder that the A592 is closed in both directions between B5360 (Bowness-On-Windermere) and Fellside (Near Fell Foot) because of sewer works.

There's a diversion in place via the A590 at Newby Bridge and the A591 to Windermere. Businesses are open as normal at either end.

We're told they'll be in place until 31 March.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain, turning heavy and persistent across western hill slopes. The best of any drier weather will be towards the east. 

It will turn breezy from the south-west, but will feel warm in any shelter and brighter breaks.

Highs of 12C (54F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

weather graphic
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