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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 January 2018

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J39 for B6261 and J38 for A685.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J39, B6261 (Shap) and J38, A685 (Tebay), because of emergency repairs.

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

Festive period drink and drug driving figures revealed

Cumbria Police have shared their drink and drug-driving figures for the festive period.

During December 64 drivers received roadside drugs wipe tests and 19 failed them - the majority failing for cannabis and half a dozen for cocaine.

Over the same period, 12 drivers failed for alcohol – from a total of 235 tests.

Chief Insp Andy Wilkinson said: “I hope that the low percentage of drivers who tested positive for alcohol reflects the changes we are seeing in society over the past decade – that drink-driving is a completely unacceptable.”

Weather: Very windy with blustery showers

BBC Weather

Storm Eleanor will continue to bring very strong winds this afternoon, with large waves in coastal areas. Scattered blustery showers will push in too, with some drier and brighter spells in between.

Highs of 8C (46F).

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for wind which is in place until 19:00 today.

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

Weather graphic
BBC

Cumbria PCC wants to put up council tax to pay for more officers on the beat

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says he'll be able to put an extra 25 officers on the beat if taxpayers living in a Band D property pay an extra £12 a year.

Peter McCall says he's proposing the rise on the recommendation of Cumbria's Chief Constable Jerry Graham.

He says the extra money would also fund 95 more PCSOs and allow more armed officers to be trained.

A public consultation on the plan begins today and ends on 19 January.

The consultation can be found here.

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Power restored to 'most' properties in Carlisle

Electricity North West have restored power to "most" customers in Carlisle.

Earlier this afternoon there were about 3,500 properties without power.

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Debris being cleared from the road in west Cumbria

A clear-up is being carried out after strong winds and high tides flooded parts of Cumbria's coast.

Cumbria County Council's highways department are using wagons and diggers to remove the debris from the B5300 at Dubmill Point, which remains closed.

The council say the clean-up is being hampered by people ignoring the road closed signs.

They are hoping to re-open the road this evening.

Road closed sign
BBC
Dubmill Point
BBC

Missing Liverpool man may be in Cumbria

Police say they're concerned for a 50-year-old man who's gone missing from Liverpool who may be in Cumbria.

Colin Bamber was last seen at his home address at 06:30 this morning. It's believed that he may have travelled to the county in a black Renault Megane registration number T40 NJW.

Police are appealing for anyone who has seen him, or his car, to get in touch with them.

Colin Bamber
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Men who stole £80k scaffolding and wagons from Workington given suspended sentences

A pair of men who stole wagons and scaffolding worth up to £80,000 from a building yard in Workington have been given suspended prison sentences.

Elijah Boswell, 30, from Barnsley, and Gary McDonald, 20, from Sowerby in Thirsk, both admitted theft.

Boswell was given a 21-month jail term and McDonald was handed a 12-month prison sentence - both suspended for 18 months.

They must also complete 180 hours unpaid work and a four-month night-time curfew.

Boswell must also complete a rehabilitation programme and pay £6,600 compensation.

Elijah Boswell
Craig McGlasson
Gary McDonald
Craig McGlasson

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J39 for B6261 and J38 for A685.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J39, B6261 (Shap) and J38, A685 (Tebay), because of an overturned lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingPower cut affects 2,400 properties in Carlisle.

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

I've just spoken to Electricity North West and there are currently 2,400 properties in Carlisle without power. They say there's a fault with their underground cables and they have engineers on site.

Initially there were 3,500 properties affected but power has been restored to some.

They are unsure, at the moment, if the fault is because of Storm Eleanor.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J38 for A685 and J39 for B6261.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J38, A685 (Tebay) in Tebay and J39, B6261 (Shap) in Cumbria, because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cumbria warned to expect flu outbreak

Cumbria is being warned to expect a flu outbreak as the H3N2 strain, known as Aussie Flu, hits Scotland.

It has come from Australia, where there's been one of the worst outbreaks ever recorded.

Cumbria's Public Health team is encouraging people who are particularly vulnerable to ensure they have had the flu jab.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J41 for B5305 and J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J41, B5305 (Catterlen) and J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of debris on the road.

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

Carlisle cycle track 'should open this month'

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

A cycle racing track that will be the only one of its kind in Cumbria is still not ready for use, despite plans for it to be finished by the end of November.

The closed-circuit track in Carlisle, which will be used for racing and training, is thought to be more than £100,000 over budget.

Carlisle City Council, which is in charge of the project, says it is still carrying out some minor works and the track in Harraby will open later this month.

Cycle track
BBC

Former Carlisle United defender Mike McCartney has died

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Former Carlisle United defender Mike McCartney has died at the age of 63.

The Musselburgh-born defender joined Carlisle from West Brom in 1973 and went on to make 287 appearances for the club between 1973 and 1987.

He later went on to manage Gretna, helping them to reach the FA Cup first round proper in 1991.

Mike McCartney
CUFC

Parkside Road closed after a lorry hits bridge

A lorry has hit a bridge in Kendal.

Police say it happened just after 10:30 on Parkside Road.

No one was injured, but the road has been closed so the damage to the bridge can be assessed.

Travel: Windermere vehicle ferry not running because of strong winds

The Windermere vehicle ferry is not operating because of strong winds.

Severe disruption: A592 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A592 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Birthwaite Road and A591 Ambleside Road.

A592 Cumbria - A592 Rayrigg Road in Windermere blocked in both directions between the Birthwaite Road junction and Cook's House Corner, because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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

Seven roads still closed across the county

Cumbria County Council has shared this list of roads that are still closed due to Storm Eleanor:

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Photo: Lorry driver escapes unhurt after his HGV is blown over

A lorry driver was lucky to escape unhurt after his HGV was blown over on the M6 at Tebay at 23.30 last night.

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Causeway from Rampside to Roa Island now open

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The causeway from Rampside to Roa Island is now open but the road is covered in debris from tidal flooding.

Causeway between Rampside and Roa Island
BBC

Weather: Very windy with blustery showers

BBC Weather

Storm Eleanor will bring very strong winds today, with large waves in coastal areas.

Scattered blustery showers will push in too, with some drier and brighter spells in between.

Highs of 8C (46F).

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for wind which is in place until 18:00 today.

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

Weather Graphic
BBC

Cumbria's Inida Willoughby is in the Big Brother house

Cumbrian broadcaster India Willoughby has joined the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, which started last night.

Britain's first transgender newsreader is included in what was revealed as all-female house, alongside former MP Ann Widdecombe and journalist Rachel Johnson, sister of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

India previously worked for ITV Border and BBC Radio Cumbria and is currently a newsreader on Channel Five.

India Willoughby
PA

Cumbria battered by Storm Eleanor

Cumbria is being warned to expect more strong winds today after the county was battered by Storm Eleanor last night.

The amber warning issued by the Met Office has been downgraded to yellow but strong winds are expected until about 18:00 this evening.

Gusts of up to 100 mph were recorded at Great Dunn Fell in the Pennines at 01:00 this morning and more than 90 mph at Shap Fell.

Two properties in the village of Braystones were evacuated as a precaution and a property in Rockcliffe, where water had entered the property, was also evacuated.

Some roads are still impassable this morning and others are scattered with debris.

Barrow Police tweeted this photo last night from Walney:

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Travel: Road closures

BBC News Travel

There are a number of road closures across the county because of the strong winds and heavy rain. Here are the ones we know about:

  • A595 in both directions between Ravenglass and Broad Oak
  • A5087 Rampside Road in both directions between Roa Island Road and Leythey Lane
  • A592 Rayrigg Road in both directions between Birthwaite Road and A591 Ambleside Road (Cook's House Corner)
  • Skinburness Road in both directions between Criffel Street / Liddell Street and Dick Trod Lane
  • A593 in both directions near Skelwith Bridge

Severe disruption: A5087 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5087 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Roa Island Road and Leythey Lane.

A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Rampside Road closed in both directions between the Roa Island Road junction in Rampside and the Leythey Lane junction in Aldingham, because of flooding.

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

Severe disruption: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Ravenglass and Broad Oak.

A595 Cumbria - A595 in Ravenglass closed in both directions between the Ravenglass junction and the Broad Oak junction, because of flooding.

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

As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished posting news, weather forecasts and travel reports for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to report on the ravages of Storm Eleanor and the rest of the news from 08:00, or earlier if it's particularly severe.

And as long as you can do it safely, you can help with reports and pictures where you are: You can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, or head to our Facebook page.

Have a good evening.

Cumbria's weather: A stormy night ahead

BBC Weather

Winds will pick up rapidly later this evening to reach severe gale force along the coast and over hills as Storm Eleanor crosses the county. Temperatures will fall to 3C (37F) and there will be heavy rain at times.

The Met Office has posted an amber warning of winds gusting to 90mph in exposed areas, and the Environment Agency has published warnings for flooding along Cumbria's coastline.

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Met Office steps up weather warning for Eleanor

The Met Office has now issued an amber warning - the second highest level - for Storm Eleanor as it passes over Cumbria

Map of storm track forecast
Met Office

The warning says flying debris could cause danger to life along with large waves, and damage to buildings and power cuts are both likely.

Winds could gust to 90mph along Irish Sea coasts before the storm clears to the east tomorrow morning.

Storms moving in on Cumbria

Heavy rain is already falling across much of Cumbria as Storm Eleanor moves in.

Two lanes of the M6 northbound are now clear after what sounds like a nasty encounter with the Tebay Gorge stretch, where the weather is often some of the nastiest on the Cumbrian part of the motorway.

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Councillors visit power station site

The site of a controversial power station scheme has been visited by South Lakeland councillors today to prepare for a planning meeting later in the week.

The developers, Statera Energy, want to put a gas-fired power station and storage batteries next to a National Grid substation in open countryside near the village of Old Hutton.

Site of proposed power station
Google

Local people say there have been more than 1,000 letters of objection to the proposals, and planning officers have recommended refusal.

The planning application will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.

Artists' fans to mark tragic anniversary

Enthusiasts for the work of the German artist Kurt Schwitters, who spent the final years of his life in the Lake District, will this weekend mark the 70th anniversary of his achieving British citizenship, the day before he died in 1948.

Schwitters was little-known during his time in the county, but is now regarded as one of the most influential artists of the last century.

Kurt Schwitters
BBC

He was driven out of Germany in the 1930s by the Nazis who regarded his abstract style as degenerate.

He went first to Norway and then to Britain, where he was interned in the Isle of Man before making Ambleside his home in 1945.

The weekend of events will include a performance of his sound poem, Ursonata, in the Queen's Hotel in Ambleside, and a ceremony at the Caroline Street Car Park in Kendal, which is on the site of the workhouse where he died.

Crash driver warned he may be jailed for dangerous driving

A van driver has been warned he may go to prison after a crash near Brougham on the A66 in which a lorry driver was seriously injured.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, Chey Clark, 24, of Coronation Drive, South Normanton, Alfreton, in Derbyshire, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was driving a Vauxhall Vivaro that collided with a heavy goods vehicle driven by Mark Bowcock early on 9 February last year.

Recorder Julie Clemitson adjourned the case until she had a probation service assessment of Clark and up-to-date medical information about the other driver's condition.

Chey Clark
Craig McGlasson

Clark was given an interim driving ban, and told the length of his ban would be fixed on 30 January when he will return to face sentence.

Flood warnings upgraded for Cumbrian coast

Many of today's flood alerts for the Cumbrian coast have been upgraded to warnings, although the height of the tidal surge driven by Storm Eleanor is still predicted to be about 1.25m (5ft).

Jeremy Westgarth of the Environment Agency said: “The risk is mainly to low lying and coastal properties, and forecast to be a similar event to that we saw in January 2014."

During that storm Cumbria police officers filmed this footage of Dubmill Point, near Silloth, which will be closed tonight from 21:00

Dubmill Point
Cumbria Police

School stays closed after builders find asbestos

Children at St James Catholic Primary School in Millom will get an extra few days on holiday after builders found asbestos in the building.

In a letter to parents published on the school's Facebook page, the headteacher says the hall and some other areas of the school will have to be closed off during the work.

The start of term has been put back from this Thursday, to Monday 8 January.

Sports scientists seek the beat that gets you working out

Researchers from the University of Cumbria are trying to contact 200,000 exercisers to try to find out what kind of music motivates people to work out.

Jeff Thorpe
University of Cumbria

Jeff Thorpe, the programme leader, says it is a fun survey with a serious message: "”As a nation we’re becoming increasingly sedentary so anything we can do to identify what prompts people to move more and highlight this work to others has got to be a good thing.”

You can take part in the survey here.

Police step up patrols after pensioner is assaulted

Police say they will be putting on extra patrols in the Great Clifton area, near Workington, after a pensioner was assaulted by a teenager last night.

Officers say the 67-year-old man suffered an eye injury but did not require medical treatment after an incident of what they describe as anti-social behaviour.

His attacker is described as between 15 and 17 years old, and wearing a grey jacket and glasses.

Flood alerts posted for Cumbrian coast

Flood alerts have now been issued for the whole of the Cumbrian coast during tonight's high tides.

The tide is already one of the highest in the month, and the winds of Storm Eleanor are expected to push more water on to the shore, adding another 1.25m (5ft).

Dubmill Point
Google

Part of the B5300 between Beckfoot and Allonby at Dubmill Point, which normally floods under such conditions, will be closed from 21:00 tonight, according to Cumbria Highways.

In the south of the county, roads such as the B5282 between Sandside and Arnside are also expected to flood.

Rising homelessness prompts council to expand help service

South Lakeland Council is running a trial of new advice sessions after the numbers of people seeking help because of a threat of eviction rose to a new high last year.

The council saw the number of households registering as homeless jump from 61 to 167 last year, and 760 people contacted officials for advice.

The monthly sessions will start this month at Ulverston's town council offices and Windermere Library.

A spokesman said the aim was to keep people in their existing homes by liaising with landlords or offering other services.