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  1. Wednesday 20 December 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo, 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.

Weather: Mostly dry evening

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry with some clear spells through the evening. It will turn chilly before thicker cloud, hill fog and patchy rain will push northwards in the early hours.

Lows of 4C (39F).

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

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Does your Christmas budget 'stretcher' to this?

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Look at these shoes!

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Cumbria misses out on £9m scheme

Cumbria has missed out on a scheme that could have generated £9m for the county.

The county council has been told that Cumbria will not be one of 10 areas which will be allowed to keep all of the money that comes from business rates.

Instead, half will continue to go to central government and the rest will be divided among local councils.

This is very disappointing news for the county. We had worked closely with our district council colleagues to make a strong case to government - one we felt clearly met the criteria they had set out.

Councillor Ian StewartCabinet Member for Finance

Melinda Korosi murder: Cumbria PCC speaks of pressures faced by officers

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says there's no doubt that detectives didn't do everything they should have in the case of a woman who was raped and murdered in Carlisle.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says the police didn't complete some lines of enquiry when Miklos Verebes was arrested, following a complaint of rape from his former partner Melinda Korosi. Verebes killed her days after being released without charge. He was eventually sent to prison for 28 years.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria Peter McCall said it shouldn't be forgotten that officers are sometimes under a lot of pressure:

It's very easy to talk about 'the force' but when it comes down to it you're talking about individual officers, often under a lot of pressure, having to make very quick decisions.

Peter McCallCumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Your photos: A very misty Windermere

A very misty view from Bowness Pier this afternoon.

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Missing Carlisle teenager could be in Peterborough or Hastings

Cumbria Police says a teenager from Carlisle who has gone missing may have travelled to Peterborough or Hastings.

Joseph Charlott,16, has been missing since 25 October and has family connections to both areas.

Joseph Charlott.
cumbria Police

Parents will have to continue to have to pay for school transport

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Some parents in West Cumbria will have to continue funding their children's school transport, after a request to revisit the issue was turned down.

Parents in three villages who chose to send their children to Millom School, because they couldn't get into West Lakes Academy, wanted the county council to pay for their school bus journeys.

But because Millom isn't the next nearest school, the council's policy is not to pay for the transport - and a request by some councillors to review this decision has been turned down.

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Carlisle woman facing 'substantial' jail term for stabbing woman

A woman from Carlisle has been warned she faces a "substantial" prison sentence after she admitted stabbing another woman multiple times.

Jane Kirkpatrick, 29, from Greta Avenue in Carlisle, admitted wounding Danielle Nicholson with intent in a house on Boundary Road, Carlisle, on 8 October.

The victim is said to have received hospital treatment for wounds to the legs.

The court heard Kirkpatrick had a previous wounding with intent conviction. As a result, Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned the case and asked for a probation service assessment of whether Kirkpatrick poses a significant risk of serious harm to the general public.

"Whatever the case, I am afraid to say that you have the prospect of serving a substantial sentence of imprisonment," Judge Hughes told her.

Kirkpatrick was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on 9 February.

Carlisle Crown Court
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Your photos: Breathtaking cloud inversion over Windermere

These images are spectacular. There were taken yesterday over Windermere.

Thanks to Adrian Potts for sharing them with us.

Cloud inversion over Windermere
ADRIAN POTTS
Cloud inversion over Windermere
ADRIAN POTTS

If you have any photos you'd like to share - we love to see them. You can email them to us here.

Call for better access to radiotherapy

House of Commons

Parliament

Westmorland and Lonsdale Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron raised the issue of the allocation of radiotherapy at prime minister's questions today.

He said one of the criteria should be shortening travel time so people in rural areas "can access it safely and quickly".

The prime minister highlighted the consultation currently under way and says it's something NHS England is "looking at very closely".

Tim Farron
House of Commons

Parents hope council will reverse decision and pay for school transport

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Some parents in west Cumbria are hoping that a county council decision not to pay school transport costs will be reversed.

Parents from three villages believe the council should pay for their children to go to Millom School because there were no places available at their catchment school, the West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

The authority's cabinet decided this would be outside the council's policy but other councillors raised concerns and later today a committee will discuss whether the matter should be looked at again.

Weather: Turning a little brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

As we head through the afternoon it will turn gradually drier and brighter with some sunny spells expected in all parts of Cumbria. It will feel fairly mild with light winds.

Highs of 11C (52F).

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

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Travel: Accident closes A6 at Yealand Conyers

BBC News Travel

The A6 is closed in both directions because of a serious accident at Yealand Conyers - on the Cumbria-Lancashire border.

It's affecting traffic between Carnforth and Beetham.

Legal right to ask for fast broadband by 2020

BBC Business News

The government has rejected BT's voluntary offer to connect remote homes to superfast broadband and will enforce the legal right to an upgrade.

The government has promised access to speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020.

Openreach, owned by BT and responsible for the infrastructure, offered to speed up improvements to 1.1 million rural homes.

The government believes the regulatory Universal Service Obligation offers "certainty".

generic photo of broadband
PA

Under the plan, broadband providers will face a legal requirement to provide high-speed broadband to anyone requesting it, subject to a cost threshold.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said:"We are grateful to BT for their proposal but have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high-speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work."

Woman killed in M6 crash named

A woman who died when she was hit by a vehicle on the M6 yesterday has been named.

Tatiana Grieve, 51, from Millom, was hit by a heavy goods vehicle between junctions 36 and 35 shortly after midnight.

The driver of the HGV was a 54-year-old man from the Leeds area.

Cumbria Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Mrs Grieve or her vehicle, a silver Toyota Rav 4.

FA Cup: Carlisle United 3-1 Gillingham highlights
Hallam Hope's first-half double helps Carlisle United to a 3-1 home win against Gillingham and secures an FA Cup third round meeting with Sheffield Wednesday.

Memorial Bridge in Carlisle due to be reopened

The fourth Cumbrian bridge in less than a month is expected to be reopened today.

The Memorial Bridge in Rickerby Park in Carlisle was closed in June following an inspection.

Parts of the footbridge's existing structure have now been replaced to ensure it can withstand high winds and heavier loads.

Memorial Bridge
Cumbria County Council

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 3,000ft: Up to 7C (45F)
  • Winds: Strong southwesterly becoming moderate westerly this afternoon
  • Cloud: Extensive above 450m (1,500ft) with patches lower on southern and western slopes, lifting and breaking this afternoon
  • Visibility: Good, poor in the drizzle
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Weather: A cloudy and grey start, becoming brighter later

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy, grey start to the day, with hill fog and some patchy drizzle, especially over the fells.

As we head through the day it will turn gradually drier and brighter with a few sunny spells developing. It will feel fairly mild with light winds.

Highs of 11C (52F).

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

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Man in critical condition after crash on A66 yesterday

A 92-year-old man from Cockermouth is in a critical condition in hospital following a crash on the A66 yesterday afternoon.

It happened near Threlkeld, and involved a lorry driven by a 46-year-old man from St Helens. He wasn't injured.

Hallam Hope

Hallam Hope's brace helps Carlisle to a 3-1 win over Gillingham and an FA Cup third round visit by Sheffield Wednesday.

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Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

We'll be keeping up with the news, travel and weather through the day.

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