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Summary

  1. Wednesday 12 April 2017
  2. More concerns over Moorside nuclear project
  3. Hospital offers 'pioneering' knee surgery
  4. Two injured in motorway crash

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's the end of our updates for today.

Here's a reminder of what we covered today:

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Weather: Showers before a clear, frosty night

BBC Weather

Any showers will die away over the evening to leave some breaks in the cloud.

It'll get cold enough overnight for a touch of frost in rural places with lows of 4C (39F).

A dry and bright start for most on Thursday that's more cloudy towards the west. 

Highs tomorrow of 11C (52F).

Evening forecast for Carlisle
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Cumbrian man calling for benefit system overhaul

A North Cumbrian man is leading calls for the government to make changes to the benefits system for people with disabilities. 

David Gale has muscular dystrophy and used a motability car to travel from Dumfries to work in Carlisle.

He lost this car following a reassessment of his Personal Independence Payment so used his own savings to pay for a replacement car.

Despite successfully appealing against the reassessment, he says he's now locked into the payment plan for his replacement car. 

He's now started a petition calling for claimants to keep their motability vehicles until the appeals process has been completed.

David Gale from Carlisle
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The government says there are more people on the Motability scheme now than in 2010. 

South Korean firm could step in at Moorside says nuclear professor

A South Korean company could back a proposed nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

It's after more financial problems have emerged at Toshiba, which is the only company left with a stake in Moorside developer NuGen.

Professor Francis Livens, director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that it would be possible for the South Korean company Kepco to take a stake in Moorside.

However, he said that the firm might want to use a different reactor design instead of the planned Westinghouse AP1000 which is produced by Toshiba's US arm.

The Koreans can certainly build these things. The question would be whether they would wish, or choose, to build the AP1000 design or whether, actually, if they bought in they would look to build a different design. Because that would delay the project, the new design would need regulatory approval.

Professor Francis LivensDirector, Dalton Nuclear Institute

The UK Government says the Business Secretary Greg Clark visited South Korea last week for talks on future collaboration, including on potential civil nuclear projects.

Good review from patient for Whitehaven knee surgery

Here's a photo that Mike Farren has shared with BBC Cumbria on Twitter.

Earlier this morning, we were telling you about how West Cumberland Hospital is leading the way when it comes to knee surgery, or osteotomy.

He's one of the people who's had an osteotomy procedure carried out at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Infirmary recently:

View more on twitter

Police praise pubs that pass underage alcohol test

Nine pubs in South Cumbria have been praised by police after they each refused to sell alcohol to a pair of under 18-year-olds as part of a test purchasing operation. 

Cumbria Police asked two 15-year-olds to try buying alcohol from nine pubs across Ulverston as part of a wider operation targeting crime and disorder in the south of the county.

I would like to congratulate all nine premises on passing the test purchasing operation. All licence holders and premises supervisors in Cumbria should take note and ensure that their staff are challenging those who they suspect are under the legal age to purchase alcohol.

Sgt Rupert JohnstonCumbria Police

Man and ferret duo continue Hadrian's Wall trek

A man who is walking the length of Hadrian's Wall with his pet ferret is only eight miles away from Carlisle.

Charlie Hammerton and his pet Bandit set off on the challenge to raise funds to help fight motor neurone disease, which killed Charlie's mother.

The pair started their journey from Tyneside on Monday and it seems all the walking has taken its toll as Charlie had to buy a new pair of boots after suffering from a badly bruised and swollen ankle.The 22-year-old said: "My new walking shoes are helping and we are making good progress, lots of people are supporting us along the way."

Bandit is keeping strong and doing well.

Charlie and Bandit
Charlie Hammerton

Increase in Cumbria out-of-work benefit claimants

BBC Business News

There's been a slight rise in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit, new figures reveal.

According to the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory, 5,230 people were claiming the benefits last month.

It's an increase of 225 when compared with February. 

Nationally, unemployment has fallen by 45,000 to 1.56 million in the three months to February, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

Listen: Clash over plans for nuclear power in West Cumbria

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

This morning, we were talking about the future of the proposed nuclear power station at Moorside.

Its future seems more unclear following large losses at the project's main backer, Toshiba. 

The Unite union has called for the government to step in and guarantee the project.

We spoke to Kevin Coyne, from the Unite union, and Martin Forwood, of Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, about the future of Moorside

Moorside: Sides clash over plans for nuclear power station

Sport: Workington Reds continue play-off push

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

A 2-0 win over Buxton in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division last night has boosted Workington Reds in their promotion push.

The club are now two places and two points outside the play-offs with a game in hand. 

It's just very important that we take care of Saturday and we don't get ahead of ourselves and look too far ahead. We prepare right, you know, the boys have had two really hard games there, Saturday and Tuesday. Really tough tests. So they've got to recover and we've got to just see how the squad takes shape.

Dave HewsonJoint manager, Workington Reds

Workington's next game is at home against Halesowen Town on Saturday. 

Severe accident: A595 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria southbound severe accident, between A5094 Inkerman Terrace and B5295 Ribton Moor Side.

A595 Cumbria - A595 in Whitehaven closed and heavy traffic southbound between the A5094 Inkerman Terrace junction and the B5295 Ribton Moor Side junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Two hurt in motorway quad bike accident

Two people were taken to hospital following after a crash between a quad bike and a trailer on the M6 near Shap.

Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway between J39 and J40 at 17:00 on Tuesday. 

One person had to be freed from beneath the bike.

M6 Northbound between J39 and J40
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Weather: Gale force winds on the fells

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours on Wednesday 12 April:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: +2 Celsius
  • Winds: Gale force west or northwest with gusts of 60mph
  • Cloud: Widespread 450-600m at first in rain and sporadically to 600-750m later in showers
  • Visibility: Moderate in rain during the morning and showers later, otherwise good
  • Freezing level: 1,200m lowering to 800m later

New technology improving knee surgery in West Cumbria

A West Cumbrian hospital is leading the way with a new piece of technology that it says can delay, or even prevent, the need for a full knee replacement.

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As my colleague Ben Maeder has seen this morning, "the nail" is an extendable piece of metal that is inserted into a leg bone during surgery at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Used during an osteotomy, it can be adjusted following surgery - allowing the realignment of leg bones to be done more accurately.

Weather: Cloudy with heavy rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a largely cloudy to start with fairly heavy outbreaks of rain for parts of the county. 

Some sunny spells are due later on this morning with isolated showers.

We can expect highs of 12C (54F), but brisk winds will make it feel rather cool in exposed places. 

Weather: North East and Cumbria

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Trade union calls on government to invest in new Cumbrian nuclear plant

The trade union Unite wants the government to intervene and make an investment in the planned Moorside nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

More concerns have been raised about the financial viability of Toshiba, the owner and sole backer of the project, after it posted losses equivalent to £3.8bn.

The government says it is committed to plans for new nuclear power stations:

The NuGen consortium has always planned to bring in other partners to deliver the project and we engage regularly with a range of developers and investors. The Secretary of State visited South Korea last week for talks on future collaboration between our two countries, including on potential civil nuclear projects.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy statement

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to another day of BBC Cumbria Live rounding up the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county. 

I'll be with you through until 16:00 with all the latest.

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