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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 January 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    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

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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
    Dubmill Point
  7. 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
  8. 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
    Gary McDonald
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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 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

  10. 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

  12. 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

  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.

  17. Travel: Windermere vehicle ferry not running because of strong winds

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

  18. Envelope update

    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

  19. 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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