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  1. Friday 8 December 2017

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Matt Dolan (r) celebrates one of his goals for Newport County against Carlisle

Newport County twice come from behind in a thrilling second half to earn a point against Carlisle United at Rodney Parade.

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting Cumbria's news for today and this week.

Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again on Monday at 08:00, or maybe earlier if the worst of the snow forecast for the weekend comes here, rather than the Midlands.

Have a very good weekend.

Lake District shines in magazine awards

Lake District businesses and organisations have been the biggest winners in awards run by one of the major magazines for outdoor enthusiasts, The Great Outdoors.

Among the titles given by votes and nominations from readers were Cafe of the Year, which went to Apple Pie in Ambleside, and Book of the Year, which was picked up by Wainwrights in Colour, a coffee table book of photographs by Andy Beck.

A number of retailers were commended, and the top two awards, a special nomination called The Extra Mile, and Campaigners of the Year, went to Fix the Fells, which runs teams of "lengthsmen" who repair and strengthen footpaths

Lengthsmen fixing a path
National Trust

Terry Abraham, the Cumbrian photographer who made his name with films about Scafell and Blencathra, was personality of the year.

Your pictures: Snow and sunshine set the shutters snapping

Cumbria's social networks have been full of pictures of snowy hills today. Here are a few examples, starting with Great Langdale, kindly sent in by Steve Dickinson.

Great Langdale in snow
Steve Dickinson
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If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us,or head to our Facebook page.

Police seek missing woman, 58, from Penrith

Police say they're concerned about Susan Graham, 58, who hasn't been seen since 20 November.

Susan Graham
Family photo

She is of medium build and was last seen wearing a long black jacket with a furry collar and knee-length black boots.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, clear and very cold

BBC Weather

It will be dry overnight with largely clear skies. The brisk winds will also gradually ease, however it will turn very cold, with a widespread frost expected.

Temperatures will fall to -3C (27F).

Weather graphic

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

Ice closes the steep high passes of the Lake District

Police say a number of drivers have found themselves struggling on some of the highest roads in the Lake District today, and some have been closed off until the weather improves.

Roads like Hardknott Pass are too narrow and winding for conventional gritters.

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Veteran defender Hill may play on into fifth decade

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Manager Keith Curle says he can see defender Clint Hill playing for Carlisle United next season.

Clint Hill
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The 39-year-old will make his 15th appearance of the season when United travel to Newport tomorrow in League Two, and says he'll make a decision on his future at the end of the season.

Keith Curle himself played on into his 40s, and believes Hill could do the same.

The time when Clint stops enjoying training and stops enjoying football will be a sad day for football, but personally I don't see it happening very soon."

Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United

Distracted driver who killed man and injured son is jailed

A mother became distracted as she drove along a road near Brampton and ran into a father and son, killing the dad, Carlisle Crown Court heard today.

Alan Schofield, 57, died at the scene and his son Andrew was injured.

Chelsea McLeish
Cumbria Police

Chelsea McLeish, 26, of Bellsfield, Longtown, had been uninsured for two months and had a previous conviction for using her mobile phone at the wheel.

McLeish admitted causing death by careless driving and not having insurance and Judge James Adkin jailed her for a year, with a three-year driving ban.

Chef Matt cooks way into semi-finals

A chef from Cumbria is through to the semi-finals of the BBC TV programmeMasterchef: the Professionals.

Matt Campbell was paired up with another contestant on yesterday's programme to serve a meal at the Institution of Royal Engineers.

The other Cumbrian to make it to this week, Ryan Blackburn, who owns the Old Stamp House in Ambleside, was eliminated in the episode aired last night.

Matt Cambell

Matt says that with training facilities such as those at Kendal College, where he learned his skills, Cumbria's now producing top chefs.

We're flying the flag and there's plenty more chefs from this region that could enter the competition next year and go just as far."

Carlisle cultural gathering could be revived

It is hoped that an event which celebrates the many different cultures living in Cumbria's only city can be revived in time for next summer.

The Carlisle Culture Bazaar had attracted thousands of people, but a lack of organisers forced the event to fold in 2014.

A meeting is taking place on 10 December at Greystone Community Centre to attract new volunteers who'll run the bazaar next summer.

Glenridding health centre gets top rating from inspectors

The health centre in Glenridding has been rated outstanding by Care Quality Commission inspectors.

Glenridding Health centre

The centre's reception staff were the only ones in Cumbria to get 100% satisfaction ratings, while patients rated the centre joint highest in the county overall.

Inspectors praised initiatives such as a video consultation system for elderly and housebound patients, and the integral role the practice plays in many community initiatives.

I am delighted to highlight the exceptional service."

Professor Steve FieldChief inspector of general gractice at the CQC

Police call for witnesses after Milnthorpe driver dies

Lancashire police are trying to trace anyone who saw events leading up to a crash that killed a 46-year-old man from Milnthorpe.

Jason Morgan
Family photo

Mr Morgan died when the Volkswagen Transporter he was driving on the A6 south of Milnthorpe collided with a Land Rover Defender on 28 November.

Today Lancashire police said an investigation is under way and they want to hear from any witnesses.

The Defender driver, a 53-year-old man from Bolton-le-Sands, is in a stable condition in the Royal Preston hospital.

Hospitals still finding staff across EU

One of the county's health trusts says it is still successfully recruiting staff from Europe as well as the UK.

Staff working for the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust have just returned from a recruitment drive in Poland.

Amanda Dunkley from the trust says a number of doctors and nurses will be joining hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven from there.

We encountered a number of Polish candidates who have wanted to come to Britain and this has given them the push to do it before Brexit."

Cumberland Infirmary

Ms Dunkley says the trust goes abroad because there are skills shortages in the UK, but they do still recruit from Britain:

We recruited people, nurses, from Ireland, Scotland, Nottingham, Derby, Liverpool and York, so we can do it and we are doing it."

Police commissioner asks the public about tax hike

A consultation which is recommending an increase to the county's policing budget, and the council tax that pays for it, ends tonight.

Peter McCall with police
Cumbria Police

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, wants Cumbria Police's element of council tax to go up by 1.92%, meaning those in the typical property would pay an extra £4.23 a year.

Mr McCall says the increase will help to maintain the county's current level of policing services.

Sunday snow warning likely to be stepped down

The yellow warning for snow in Cumbria on Sunday may well be lifted when the forecast becomes clearer, according to meteorologists.

Alan Goodman from the Met Office says the prospects for Sunday are changing: "It may include the south of the county, the focus seems to be more now towards the Midlands, southern parts of Northern England and North Wales for Sunday, but that could change."

Cumbria's weather: Dry with a very cold wind

BBC Weather

It will remain dry for most today, with just the odd isolated snow shower. There will be a very cold and at times blustery northerly or northwesterly wind, with temperatures of about 2C (36F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Three more high passes closed because of ice

BBC News Travel

Hardknott Pass between eskdale and Little Langdale, the Cold Fell road between Ennerdale Bridge and Calder Bridge, and the Newlands Pass from Buttermere to Braithwaite are all closed because of ice.

Driver taken to hospital after crash near Keswick

A driver's been taken to hospital after a car crashed off the road and into a tree on the A591 north of Keswick.

Police at roadside
Cumbria Police

Officers say the road will be closed for some time while the collision investigation takes place.

Police put out Christmas appeal after violent crime spike

Police are using Christmas to send out a message of peace after reports of violent crime jumped by nearly a quarter.

The statistics for the past six months are 23% up on the same period last year.

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A number of different officers will appear on social networks, urging people to walk away from situations that might turn violent.

Hotel group blames low pay rap on live-in system

Cumbria's leading family-owned hotel chain is blaming the way it accounts for staff accommodation, for placing it on a government list of firms failing to pay minimum wage rates.

Low Wood Hotel

The Low Wood Hotel, between Windermere and Ambleside, was said to have underpaid more than 30 staff by a total of more than £7,300.

David Neale, the commercial director of English Lakes Hotels which runs the Low Wood says all staff do receive the national minimum and a technicality in the way live-in staff led HMRC to treat them as underpaid.

He said the company had not been penalised, and had changed a system of taking deposits for staff accommodation.

None of the workers identified were out of pocket, none of them were net, over the period they worked for us, paid less than the minimum."

David Neale

Travel: Police close icy Corney Fell road

BBC News Travel

Police say the Corney Fell road from Broughton to the west coast is closed after a vehicle became stranded on the ice.

Weather on the fell tops: Very cold and windy

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: -5C.
  • Winds: Gale or severe gale force northwesterly, gusts 60mph.
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2,500ft, locally more widespread down to 1,000ft at times in any snow showers.
  • Visibility: Good, locally poor or very poor in showers showers and in hill fog.
  • Freezing level: Low levels.

The Lake District rangers compiling the Weatherline report on conditions at 3,000ft say the snow started to fall while they were on Helvellyn, and full winter clothing and equipment like ice axe and crampons will be necessary.

Severe disruption: A5074 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5074 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Beech Street and High Street.

A5074 Cumbria - A5074 Main Road in Windermere closed between the Beech Street junction and the High Street junction, because of Christmas Markets. Also affecting A5074 High Street at Victoria Street.

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

Travel: A684 closed as truck is stuck near M6

BBC News Travel

The A684's closed between junction 37 on the M6 and Kendal, because a lorry has got stuck on ice near the Roan Edge Quarry.

Severe accident: A591 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A591 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between A595 and Bewaldeth turn off.

A591 Cumbria - A591 in Bothel closed in both directions between the A595 junction and the Bewaldeth turn off junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well. Diversion in operation - Cockermouth then the A66 to Keswick.

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

Cumbria's weather: Icy start, dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be an icy and frosty start to the day but we should all see plenty of sunshine, with just the odd isolated snow shower.

A very cold and at times blustery northerly or northwesterly wind, and we're expecting highs of only 2C (36F).

Weather graphic

Travel: Icy, snow on higher ground

BBC News Travel

There are icy patches and snow has fallen on many higher roads, with the one most mentioned being the Kirkstone Pass on the A592.

Snowbound Kirkstone Pass
Cumbria County Council

The pass is not treated or ploughed overnight for safety reasons, and the county council's CCTV shows the state it is in.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be keeping up with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast and dropping in the odd other nugget from the county through until about 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo of how snowy it is where you are, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.