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  1. Monday 4 December 2017
  2. Poppi inquest hears of pathologist's suspicions
  3. Family protest as migration law means mother must leave home
  4. Battle lines drawn for Lakes zip wire planning row
  5. Cumbria explorer Leo reaches granite spire objective
  6. Mountain rescuers dig deep to save trapped terrier

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Martin Lewes


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

We'll be back to do it all again tomorrow.

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Have a very good evening.

Power firm spends £1.8m to survive the next Storm Desmond

The regional power firm Electricity North West says it's spent £1.8m on Carlisle's sub-station and £270m across the North West on hardening the system against any future storms after the damage done by Storm Desmond two years ago.

Pylons in floodwater

The work at substations has included raising equipment up to 10ft from the ground, fitting flooding gates and installing CCTV so engineers can watch for problems developing.

Martin Deehan, the company's operations director said: “We’ve already experienced some severe weather this year and I’m delighted to say that the network has coped well."

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and cool

BBC Weather

It will remain rather cloudy across Cumbria overnight with light winds and just a chance of one or two light showers, these more especially over the hills and around the coast.

Temperatures will fall to 3C (37F).

Weather graphic

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

Woman who spent grandmother's money spared jail

A woman who defrauded her elderly grandmother of more than £3,500 has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Carlisle Crown Court was told that during four months last year, Hayley Ostle, 27, used a card to pay a rental deposit and go shopping.

Her 80-year-old grandmother was heartbroken when she learned of the fraud because she was refused a cash withdrawal.

Ostle, of Argyll Drive, Carlisle, was convicted of fraud by magistrates after a trial, and sent to the crown court for sentence.

Recorder Kevin Grice suspended a nine-month jail term for 18 months, ordering Ostle to pay £1,000 compensation and imposing a three-month curfew.

Poppi inquest: Pathologist says injuries not caused by CPR

The pathologist who carried out the only post-mortem examination of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington says some of her injuries could only have been caused by "acute upper airways obstruction".

Dr Alison Armour said: “That covers smothering, suffocation, overlaying, strangulation."

Dr Armour added 30% of her lungs were affected by haemorrhages, which was "significant".

She told the inquest in Kendal the injuries to Poppi's lungs and throat could not have been caused by resuscitation attempts. The inquest continues.

Pool closed for two hours after chemical problem

Whitehaven's swimming pool was closed for two hours on Saturday and a member of staff was checked over in hospital after fumes escaped.

According to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service it happened while chemicals were being mixed in a bucket.

A spokesman said some chlorine had been released: "One member of staff was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital at Whitehaven for a precautionary check and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service neutralised the chemicals to render them safe."

A spokeswoman for GLL, which runs the pool, stressed that at no point were members of the public in danger.

Copeland Pool

Poppi's mother 'wants clear answers, not speculation'

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Lawyers acting for Poppi Worthington's mother have told the inquest into the 13-month-old's death that their client is looking for clear answers, not speculation.

The post-mortem exam was carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Alison Armour, who was assisted by Dr Stefania Bitetti, who will also give evidence to the inquest.

Ms Irving said that Dr Bitetti felt Poppi's injuries were consistent with constipation, or could have been caused by resuscitation attempts.

Dr Armour said: “Her exact words to me were: ‘I have seen these in constipation',” adding that Dr Bitetti agreed with her that the cause of Poppi’s death was unexplained.

The inquest continues tomorrow.

Pathologist says cause of Poppi's death 'unascertained'

The pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination on Poppi Worthington says she believes the death of the toddler could have been caused by sexual abuse or suffocation.

Dr Alison Armour told the hearing in Kendal that she "did not know the exact reason or mechanism of the death of Poppi".

Questioned by the coroner's barrister, Alison Hewitt, she said there were two possible means; the rapidity of the child's death supported asphyxiation, but she could not be sure.

FA Cup graphic

Gillingham are held to a 1-1 FA Cup second round draw by League Two side Carlisle United at the Priestfield Stadium.

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Pathologist 'sure' Poppi's injuries were caused by abuse

A Home Office pathologist has told the Poppi Worthington inquest she is "sure" the injuries she found during an autopsy were caused by penetration.

Dr Alison Armour had been asked by the counsel to the coroner, Alison Hewitt, whether "on the balance of probabilities" she believed 13-month-old Poppi's injuries had been caused by sexual abuse.

Dr Armour replied: “No, it is to the higher level that is required in criminal court. I am sure."

Poppi Worthington's death in 2012 has never been explained; last year a High Court judge concluded her father, Paul, had probably sexually assaulted her, but Mr Worthington has always denied this and he has never been charged.

Cumbria just above average for specialist cancer nurses

Leukaemia patients in Cumbria have better access to a specialist nurse than many parts of England, according to a new report.

The blood cancer charity, Leukaemia Care, says 41 per cent of patients in the county can see a specialist nurse compared to the national average of 38 per cent.

Four hour battle for fire crews at Cleator blaze

Fire crews spent four hours fighting a fire in an outbuilding containing some gas cylinders at Crossfield Road in Cleator Moor.

Crews from Workington, Whitehaven and Egremont dealt with the blaze.

National League

Substitute Jordan White makes an immediate impact to help Barrow clinch a National League victory at Halifax.

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Poppi inquest told that her death 'had no natural cause'

The pathologist who investigated the death of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington could find no evidence of a natural cause, an inquest has been told.

Dr Alison Armour, who carried out the post-mortem examination, gave a detailed account of various tests done during the autopsy which revealed evidence only of her having a cold.

Dr Armour said she believes Poppi suffered an injury that she had seen before in teenage girls who had been victims of violent sexual abuse.

She added that she believes the injury had been cased by a sexual assault.

The inquest continues.

Rescuers spend four hours digging out dog

Volunteers from Keswick mountain rescue team spent more than four hours trying to rescue a terrier from a crack between some huge boulders.

Rescuers dig down to dog
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

The team was called out by a climber whose dog got stuck near the Bowderstone in Borrowdale.

Members dug down until they reached a crack so small that even smaller members could only get their heads through to see the pet, which was still 5ft further down.

Eventually the pooch was tempted into a a bag normally used for climbing ropes, raised carefully to the surface and returned to a very relieved owner..

Dog with owner
Keswick MRT

This is not the normal type of rescue we do but we are always happy to help those in need."

Keswick team member
Kate Archibald

Great Britain win four medals on the final day of the Track World Cup in Canada, as Katie Archibald and Eleanor Dickinson take gold in the madison.

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Carlisle knife robber jailed for seven years

A criminal who stabbed a householder while burgling a home and then robbed a teenager in the street a few days later has been jailed for seven years.

Matthew Kyle Johnstone
Cumbria Police

Matthew Johnstone, 22, of Adelphi Terrace, Currock, admitted burglary, wounding, robbery, two knife possession crimes and assaulting a police officer.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Recorder Kevin Grice said he was a dangerous offender with a severe personality disorder who posed a significant risk to the public.

Johnson will have to serve at least two thirds of his sentence and a three-year period on licence after release.

M-Sport's Fiesta spins up another honour for firm

The M-Sport Ford Fiesta has been named Rally Car of the Year at the 2017 Autosport awards.

M-Sport Fiesta
Getty Images

The M-Sport team won the FIA World Rally Championships for drivers, co-drivers and manufacturers this year.

Migration rules mean Paul's wife must leave family

A South Cumbrian man has criticised the government's migration rules, after his Thai wife had to leave him and their two children weeks before Christmas.

To bring a foreign spouse into the UK a person must earn at least £18,600 a year, with more for each child, or have more than £65,000 in the bank.

The government says the rules help prevent family migration putting a burden on taxpayers.

Paul Wilkinson from Flookburgh says it's too hard to meet that threshold on an average Cumbrian wage, and his wife of 13 years has had to fly back to Thailand...

Paul Wilkinson and family

We're treated differently, which affects my children, affects my relationship with my wife because she feels she's being rejected from the UK."

Paul Wilkinson

Antarctic expedition sails to granite spire

The Cumbrian explorer Leo Houlding has led his three-man team to their first objective in a huge trip across Antarctica, a granite spire called Spectre, which they are hoping to climb.

Kite surfer
Leo Houlding/Berghaus

The three, Leo, Jean Burgun, and Mark Sedon have now travelled 300km pulling all their supplies in sledges called pulks, and using the wind to power their progress.

The next plan is to then climb the south pillar of Spectre.

Curle hopes for the Manchester blues

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says he wants Premier League leaders Manchester City away in the third round of the FA Cup.

His side still need to beat Gillingham in a replay next week, after drawing 1-1 in Kent at the weekend.

FA Cup: Gillingham 1-1 Carlisle United highlights
Gillingham and Carlisle will need a replay to determine who will make the FA Cup third round after a 1-1 draw at the Priestfield Stadium.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry, some sunshine

BBC Weather

This afternoon should be mostly dry with a bit of cloud and some sunny spells, gentle winds and temperatures up to 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

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

Poppi inquest: Pathologist explains why she suspected abuse

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

The pathologist who examined Poppi Worthington said she was “strongly suspicious” there had been child abuse before she even began looking at the 13-month-old toddler, who died in unexplained circumstances in 2012.

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

Giving evidence at the start of the second week of the inquest, Dr Alison Armour said a skeletal survey of Poppi had revealed healing fractures to her right tibia and fibula.

Last week the coroner was told by a police officer that Dr Armour, who has been a a Home Office pathologist for 30 years, expressed suspicions.

Asked what she might have said, Dr Armour told today's hearing: “I think the phrase might have been ‘In cases where there are fractures with no history of accidental trauma and it is picked up at the time of the death of a child, this is strongly suspicious of child abuse’."

The inquest in Kendal continues.

Bluebirds' player-coach 'happy on the bench'

BBC Cumbria Sport

Grant Holt says he's happy to be on the substitutes bench for as long as the Barrow strikers are scoring goals and helping the team wins games.

The player-coach was an unused sub as the Bluebirds won 1-0 at Halifax this weekend, and hasn't started any of the five games since returning to the club.

Grant Holt

Weather on the fell tops: Cloud lifting.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 2C.
  • Winds: Fresh west or northwest gusting 25mph.
  • Cloud: Patches down to 1,600ft, at first mostly above the summits this afternoon.
  • Visibility: Very good or excellent.

The Lake District Weatherline report is here.

Battle lines drawn for Thirlmere zip wire scheme

Martin Lewes


People with views on plans for a Thrlmere Activity Hub, which would include two zipwires across the lake, have until 2 January to register them with the Lake District national park authority.

Thirlmere mapo showing plan
Cass associates

The detailed proposals are now on the national park's website, and the authority's likely to consider whether planning consent can be given at a meeting early in the new year.

Objectors have started a petition which has gathered more than 3,000 signatures, and the company behind the proposals, Tree Top Trek, says its own public consultation gathered more than 2,000 responses, of which 61% were in favour.

The Friends of the Lake District say they support zip wires but only in managed woodland.

Ambulance crews expect busiest winter

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's ambulance service says this winter will be the busiest it's ever seen.


Staff at the North West Ambulance Service say they receives about 4,000 calls every day, and out of these only 10% are for life-threatening situations.

The number has steadily increased in recent years, although around a third of the calls are for issues that could be better dealt with by a local GP or pharmacist.

Travel: Accident at Meathop on A590

BBC News Travel

There's been an accident at the Meathop roundabout on the A590.

Poppi inquest: Pathologist to give evidence

The Poppi Worthington inquest resumes this morning, with the Home Office pathologist who examined the Barrow toddler's body due to give evidence.

Last year, a family court judge concluded that Poppi's father Paul Worthington had probably sexually abused her. He denies this and has never been charged.

Alison Armour

Dr Alison Armour's report did not state a certain cause of death, but it did say she believed the 13-month-old toddler had been sexually assaulted, a conclusion that was later contested by other pathologists.

Dr Armour, who was criticised in the family court and by the Crown Prosecution Service for the six months that the report took to produce, is expected to give evidence for most of the day.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry and mild

BBC Weather

After a cold start with patchy mist and fog, it will be mostly dry, with gentle westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

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

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be bringing you updates on news and travel, a regular weather forecast and maybe other things that catch our eye, through until about 18:00.

If you've a photo you'd like to share with the county,or news you think we should know, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.