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Disruption to trains between Carlisle and Lancaster

A broken down train is causing disruption between Carlisle and Lancaster Credit: PA

There is currently disruption to Virgin Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster due to a train that has broken down between Penrith and Oxenholme.

The broken down train may cause delays of up to an hour, and some alterations to travel plans.

The disruption, which is expected to last until at least 1.30pm, is also affecting First Transpennine Express.

Met Office update: Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice in force until 11.00 tomorrow.

There is a Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice in force until 11am tomorrow Credit: Jennifer McRobert

A Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice (low likelihood, medium impact) is in force until 11am tomorrow.

The update from the Met Office states that there will be scattered wintry showers and gradually easing wind over the next 24 hours.

The showers could still be heavy on higher ground, but everywhere else should see a mixture of rain, sleet or wet snow.


New rescue dog finds unconscious missing person

Handler John with dog Rauour Credit: Mark Hogarth/Pawsed Photography

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a missing woman last night with the help of a new rescue dog.

Three-year-old Rauour and handler John, a member of Tweed Valley MRT, found the unconscious woman at 8pm after a three hour search in the Innerleithen area.

Because of the woman’s dark clothing and distance into the woodland, the Mountain Rescue Team claim it was Rauour’s sensitive nose that located the woman.

A Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter helped in the search Credit: Scott Amos

Despite the difficult conditions, a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled and used its infrared camera to assist in the search.

The helicopter then airlifted the woman to hospital.

The helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital Credit: Scott Amos

Tweed Valley MRT believe Rauour helped to save the woman's life.

“The conditions were pretty bad with strong winds and driving snow – it’s a safe to say that the combined efforts of John & Rauour, Tweed Valley MRT, Police and the Royal Navy saved the woman’s life.”

– Dave Wright, Deputy Team Leader

Police advise only driving if necessary

Traffic is slow moving throughout the county Credit: ITV border

Police in Cumbria are advising people across the county not to drive unless it's necessary, especially in the Carlisle area.

Police have received numerous reports of collisions and disruption caused by the snow, and traffic is slow moving.

So far there have been no serious or fatal injuries suffered following a collision.

“We would ask all motorists to consider whether a journey is necessary in the current climate and would advise them not to travel.

The snow and ice are causing problems across the county, especially in Carlisle.

Those that must travel, need to alter their driving style to manage the challenging conditions.”

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

You can read our top tips for staying safe while driving in winter conditions here.


Gritters fighting to clear Cumbria's roads

Gritters have been out in force. Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council's full team of gritters have been working for the last 36 hours to treat the county's roads.

The council says all priority one and two roads were treated twice overnight, and all main roads and bus routes into Carlisle had a surface spreading of at least 60 grammes of salt on them before this morning.

But this morning heavy snowfall covered the salt, resulting in long delays and a number of collisions.

The A6 between Kendal and Shap was shut last night, the Kirkstone Pass on the A592 the and the A686 between Melmerby and Alston are closed, as well as the high passes in the Western Lakes.

The council’s gritters will be continuing to treat roads throughout the day and night while the snowy conditions continue.

Up to three full gritting runs can be made every 24 hours, and in each run:

  • 300 tonnes of salt is used
  • Gritters travel a distance equal to driving from Penrith to Barcelona

Police name victim of fatal fire

Police Scotland has named the woman who died at the scene of a fire in St Johns Close in Sorbie on the Monday as 89 year old Mona Stephenson.

The fire was discovered at around 7.30pm and emergency services were called by neighbours.

The woman was taken out of the house by neighbours, but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently investigating what happened.

“We are currently carrying our enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this tragic event.

" We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had recent contact with the victim Mona Stephenson in the past few days, or indeed were in the area of St Johns Place in the early evening of Monday 26 January 2015, to get in touch with us through 101 if they can help.”

– DCI Allan Burton, Major Investigation Team
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