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  1. Friday 12 May 2017

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Carlisle v Exeter

James Law

BBC Sport

Carlisle score twice in two second-half minutes to salvage a draw against Exeter in a frenetic play-off semi-final first leg.

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Our live coverage across the day

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Here are the main stories we have covered today:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday. Hope you have a good weekend. 

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Ward at Cumberland Infirmary closed over norovirus outbreak

Ex-scout chief's victims 'showed great courage'

A former scout leader from Cumbria has been jailed for historic sex abuse.

Norman Thompson, now of Belted Will Close, Wigton, admited abusing seven boys, the youngest of whom was nine years old, between 1984 and 2000.   

The judge sentenced Thompson, 66, to 16 years in prison.

Det Insp Ralph Henderson from Cumbria Police said: “Firstly I would like to thank the victims in this case who have shown great courage in talking to detectives, decades after the abuse occurred. Without their bravery in coming forward and speaking about these terrible offences, Thompson would likely have never faced justice for his actions.

He said that Thompson "abused the position he held" as a scout leader and  throughout the investigation showed "a lack of remorse for his actions and the impact they have had on the lives of the men who endured the abuse".

Norman Thompson
Cumbria Police

North Cumbria Trust says it is 'working as normal'

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust says it has been affected by the cyber attack but it is working as normal.

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Gate with official notices

Campaigners say access rights on the military training area near Appleby, Cumbria, are threatened.

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Football: Checkatrade Trophy to continue in current format as United vote in favour

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United has voted in favour of keeping Premier League and Championship academy sides in the Checkatrade Trophy, despite acknowledging that was not what their fans wanted. 

The club's vote contributed to a 66.6% majority from EFL clubs, which means the competition will stay in it's current format - with a few changes. 

In a statement today, the club's board said: "We know the views of fans - that is crystal clear, but putting the extra money to good use we can make the club better in the long run. 

"That said, we are all realistic. The competition must find a way to reconnect with fans to have any sustainable future beyond the next two years, and there is a lot of work to do." 

General Election: Where are the tightest battles in the North East & Cumbria

BBC Look North Political editor Richard Moss gives his take on where the tightest battles are likely to be in the North East and Cumbria.  

North East battlegrounds to be tightly contested

'No evidence patient data has been accessed' in attack

NHS Digital has released a statement about the attack which is affecting a number of NHS service across England including the Cumberland Infirmary.

It says: "A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations.

"The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.

"At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. 

"We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this.

"NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations.

"This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.

"Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available."

Cumberland Infirmary among a number affected by IT failure

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is one of a number affected by today's IT failure which is believed to be caused by a large-scale cyber attack.

Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottinghamand Hertfordshire have also been affected.

GPs are resorting to using pen and paper, according to newspaper the Blackpool Gazette, and phone and IT systems have been shut down.

NHS England says they are aware of the issue and are looking into it. 

NHS England hit by 'cyber attack'

More on the IT issues at the Cumberland Infirmary - NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure, believed to be caused by a large-scale cyber attack.

We'll bring you more as we have it. 

Travel: Delays expected on A66

BBC News Travel

IT issues affecting Cumberland Infirmary

Cumberland Infirmary is currently undergoing computer problems. 

The trust that runs the Carlisle hospital and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven says it can't give further details at the moment. 

We'll bring you further news when we get it.

Travel: Lowther Street in Carlisle re-opened

BBC News Travel

Lowther Street in Carlisle has re-opened after this morning's accident.

Air ambulance marks 15th anniversary

An air ambulance service that's flown thousands of missions in Cumbria is celebrating 15 years of saving lives this weekend. 

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has a helicopter base at Langwathby near Penrith. It costs more than £4.5m pounds to run the service every year and is funded entirely from charitable donations. 

GNAAS helicopter

Former scout leader jailed for abuse

A former scout leader from Cumbria has been jailed for historic sex abuse.

Norman Thompson admited abusing seven boys, the youngest of whom was nine years old, between 1984 and 2000.   

Carlisle Crown Court was told that during trips to the Lake District and abroad, he abused them, took pictures, and showed them child pornography - actions described by the prosecution as the "grooming behaviour of a predatory paedophile".

The judge described Thompson, now 66, as a "disturbing and manipulative man" and sentenced him to 16 years in prison.

Norman Thompson

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of rain, some sunshine later

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy with a chance of showery rain developing. There will be some sunshine later this afternoon but this could trigger one or two isolated heavy, thundery showers. 

Feeling warm and humid inland with highs of 17C (63F).

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

Weather graphic

Kendal firm named 'UK Business of the Year 2017'

A South Cumbrian company has won a top award from the Federation of Small Businesses. 

Kendal Nutricare was named UK Business of the Year 2017 and also picked up the Exporter of the Year accolade.

The company's Kendamil infant formula is expected to go on sale in 150 Morrisons supermarkets next month. 

Travel: Lowther Street in Carlisle closed after crash

BBC News Travel

We've received further information about this morning's crash on Lowther Street in Carlisle.

A motocyclist suffered minor injuries when he was involved in a collision with a car at about 10:30. 

The road is closed between Drovers Lane and Victoria Place while the recovery of the vehicles is on-going.

Police ask people to avoid the area if possible.

Carlisle United fans urged to 'come and support us'

Carlisle United face Exeter City on Sunday, in their biggest game of the season so far. 

The Blues take on the Devon side in the first leg of the League Two play off semi final.

The team's captain is urging fans to get down to Brunton Park.

Come and support us, make it a fantastic atmosphere, make it a fantatsic event".

Danny GraingerCarlisle United captain

Award hope for Beacon Museum

Whitehaven's Beacon Museum is battling it out with other local attractions for a prestigious award.

It has been shortlisted in the "Visitor Attraction of the Year" category in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.

In the past year visitor numbers have increased by a quarter - to more than 24,000.

Beacon Museum

Crash in Carlisle blocks road

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

There's been a crash in Lowther Street in Carlisle. 

The police say a car and a motorbike are involved and the road is blocked. Police say the motorcyclist is "conscious and breathing".

More information when we receive it.

Family tribute to wall-crash grandfather

A grandfather who died when his car hit a wall in the Duddon valley on Saturday, was a well-known and popular character in the area, his family has said.

John Baxter, from the village of Ulpha, was still climbing the hills and cycling the valleys of the Lake District at the age of 70.

John Baxter
Family photo

In a statement, his family said he was "a lifelong Morris dancer and folk singer and a very proud left-handed engineer", who would be missed by everyone who knew him.  

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

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

  • Temperatures at 3000 feet: 7C (45F) rising to 11C (52F).
  • Winds: Fresh or strong southeasterly, dropping light to moderate by midday. 
  • Cloud: None expected in the morning then occasional patches above 800m in the afternoon, becoming more persistent above 600m in the evening. 
  • Visibility: Good through the morning and for most places in the afternoon although becoming hazy. Nearby hills occasionally obscured in afternoon rain. 
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Dalston Doggie blood donors needed

Supplies of blood are needed to save the lives of dogs, a North Cumbrian vet has said.

Graham Lewis from Paragon Vets in Dalston is appealing for owners to add their dogs to a "donor list" to be called on in an emergency.

Blood can be ordered from a bank but, for very sick animals, that can be too late.

Animal donors are given treats, while owners get a discount when their pets' need vaccinations.

'Shocking state' comments are 'insulting' say farmers

Declaring the Lake District a World Heritage Site would be "a disaster", says environmentalist, writer and newspaper columnist George Monbiot.

He believes it risks locking the National Park into what he describes as a "shocking state" with overgrazing by sheep.

Farmers say his comments are "insulting".

The National Trust says he has raised "fair challenges" and that many of them were addressed in the World Heritage bid and management plan. 

George Monbiot

Cloudy with patchy rain later in the day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a real mixed bag of weather today.

Some brightness for Cumbria amid the cloud but then we'll see patchy rain spreading north into the county.

It'll be fairly heavy and quite persistent at times and it will feel quite muggy out there today as well.

Temperatures up to about 19C. 

Abbie Dewhurst and weather map

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