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  1. Thursday 14 December 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news, weather forecasts, and some rather icy travel reports for today.

    Here are some of the main points:

    • Ten days of hearings in the Poppi Worthington inquest, with often-harrowing evidence and a detailed debate over what the evidence meant, came to an adjournment, with the coroner, David Roberts, promising to deliver his verdict next month;
    • South Lakeland councillors voted unanimously, in effect, to go back to building council houses by lending money to housing associations;
    • And in the way of Parliamentary conventions, Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson played his part in a Commons rebellion and abstained - by voting twice.

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria, or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Virgin says most services will run on strike day

    Virgin Trains says it will run the majority of its West Coast Main Line services tomorrow, in spite of a strike by the RMT and TSSA unions.

    The company says it's offered a 3.6% pay increase, while the unions are insisting on 4%.

    The RMT general secretary Mick Cash said Virgin was "creaming it in" from the West Coast services and there was no excuse for the company to refuse their workers justice.

    Virgin train
  3. Woman cut from wreckage after Frizington crash

    A driver was cut from the wreckage of her car by fire crews after a collision in the Rheda Park area of Frizington earlier today.

    The woman was driving a Seat and the other vehicle was a Ford Focus.

    She was taken to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

  4. Business groups back Thirlmere zipwire plans

    Two major business groups have come out in support of controversial plans to build zipwires across Thirlmere.

    Cumbria Tourism says it's vitally important that the Lake District reaches younger audiences.

    The Lake District Partnership business task force said the plan: "Represents an evolution of the Lake District visitor offering and would be more appealing to a new generation of visitor."

    The proposals, which include a cycle route around the lake, are out for public consultation until the start of next month.

    Thirlmere
  5. Cumbria's weather: Wintry showers and icy

    BBC Weather

    There will be clear spells at times overnight, although further showers are also likely, especially at first, and some will be wintry.

    It will turn frosty and icy in places with lowest temperatures about -1C (30F).

    Weather graphic

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

  6. Met Office posts new ice warning for county

    The Met Office says there'll be more problems with ice this evening and overnight.

    Meteorologists have posted a yellow warning saying that continuing showers of rain, sleet or snow alternate with clear periods allowing temperatures to drop.

  7. Statue will mark memories of famous Lady Anne

    A statue's planned in Kirkby Stephen in memory of a famous aristocrat of Elizabethan times who is still fondly remembered in the area as a benevolent noblewoman.

    Maquette of statue

    The artist, Diane Lawrenson, has prepared ten maquettes or scale models of the statue, for sale to pay for the work, which will then stand in the town where a long distance trail, Lady Anne's Way, passes through.

    Lady Anne stood to inherit huge estates across northern England, but her father left them to a male heir, in spite of an earlier direction that they should go to the oldest child.

    She spent 40 years fighting a court battle to regain control, and then in her final years restored the estate's castles, building almshouses and other good works.

  8. South Lakes £6m loan fund for cheaper homes is voted through

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    A £6m fund to provide low interest loans to housing associations has been given the go-ahead by South Lakeland councillors.

    Building site

    The money is coming from sources such as the New Homes Bonus, which means local authorities get extra money from the government to match the council tax paid on housing developments.

    Until now, the money's provided grants towards new affordable housing developments, but all three parties on the Liberal Democrat-controlled authority voted in favour of lending the money instead.

    There are 3,100 households on the waiting list for social housing and council says it wants associations to build 1,000 new homes for rent over the next seven years.

  9. Travel: Collison slows traffic on Whitehaven Loop Road

    BBC News Travel

    There's been a collision on the A595 Loop Road North in Whitehaven.

  10. Three Bluebirds back from injury

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow player/coach Grant Holt says the return of players from injury means it's unlikely there will be any new arrivals at the club over the next few weeks.

    Dan Jones, David Fitzpatrick and Thierry Audel are all back from long-term injury this week.

    Grant Holt

    The FA trophy tie at Nuneaton Town will be subject to a pitch inspection at 09:00 tomorrow.

  11. Burst water main hits Wigton homes

    United Utilities says some consumers in Wigton may have no water or low pressure after a main pipe burst in Main Street.

    The company says engineers are at the scene.

  12. Police say 87 homes now have a domestic abuse panic button

    Police say 87 homes are now connected to their control room because of the risk of domestic violence in the family there.

    Officers say there's a spike in the number of calls around Christmas.

    Side of police van

    Some families have also been helped by a programme called Turning the Spotlight, funded by the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

    John from Carlisle has been helped by the scheme, and say it's taught him to think about consequences.

    Quote Message: Everybody's the same person, but drink can change you so much." from John
    John
  13. Charity gathers gifts for children of homeless families

    A Carlisle charity has been showing the gift bags it has gathered to give to some of the more 40 children in Cumbria whose families are in temporary housing this Christmas.

    The Housing charity Shelter says the largest number, 14, are in Carlisle.

    Bags of presents

    The gifts were gathered by Carlisle Key, which says it gathered more than 100 presents overall after an appeal.

  14. Paedophile exposed by vigilante group is jailed

    A west Cumbrian lorry driver whose online child sex crimes were exposed by an online vigilante group has been jailed for three years.

    David Duthie

    David Duthie was confronted about his "relentless" and graphic chatroom conversations with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

    The vigilante group who caught him gathered 450 pages of sexualised messages and sent them to the police.

    At Carlisle Crown Court today, Duthie, of no fixed address, admitted eight offences, including five charges of attempting to cause a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

    As well as the prison sentence, the 47-year-old was made to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

  15. Police concerned for missing Carlisle man

    Police say they are concerned for a 65-year-old Carlisle man who's been missing from home since 22 November.

    Glenn Dawes was last seen dressed for a walk, in a blue jacked and carrying a yellow and black rucksack.

    Glenn Dawes
  16. Police 'find lorry' in A66 death inquiry

    Police say they believe they've found the heavy goods vehice involved in an collision which left a man fatally injured on the A66 near Keswick yesterday.

    Earlier, they said the man was Dave Robinson, who lived locally.

    Officers would still like to talk to anyone who passed Keswick on the A66 yesterday before 07:30, especially if they have a dashcam.

  17. Experts 'do not agree entirely' over Poppi's death

    A solicitor for Poppi Worthington's father says the inquest into the toddler's death heard from a large number of experts none of whom “agree entirely”.

    Paul Clarke, representing Paul Worthington, said the only one among all the experts who provides any “positive opinion” about what happened is Dr Alison Armour.

    He said the evidence provided by other experts showed there were other explanations.

    Paul Worthington

    “The very reason why they provide their evidence in the first place is as a response to Dr Armour”, he said.

    Mr Clark asked the coroner to look at where the other experts provide “positive evidence to reject Dr Armour’s submissions”.

    Mr Clark said: “There are four eminent experts who are entirely united as regards the proposition that if there had been penetration there would have been much more extensive bruising to the anal rim and internal bruises.

    “One of them said it was beyond reasonable doubt that Dr Armour was wrong.”

  18. Travel: High passes still difficult or closed

    BBC News Travel

    The high roads in Cumbria are still hazardous or closed because of ice, and snow at higher levels

    Hartisde under snow

    This is Hartside on the A686, on the Cumbria Highways webcam.