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Three more bridges reopen following floods

Three bridges in west Cumbria which had been closed following the devastating floods last month have reopened.

Ouse Bridge at Bassenthwaite, Broughton High Bridge and Gote Bridge in Cockermouth have all been declared safe.

Homeowners and businesses in Cockermouth say they are relieved the bridge has escaped any serious damage and that the town is reconnected once more.

"I think it is a really significant part of the recovery.

"The town is doing very well but we needed to join up the parts of the town that have been separated.

"Gote Bridge opening up has been a fantastic step in that direction. It means that people who live in Papcastle and the Gote can have easy access to the town. It also getting the traffic moving again."

– Andy Walsh, Cockermouth Chamber of Trade


Cumbrian mother and daughter's possessions destroyed in floods replaced by generous donors

A Cumbrian mother and daughter have spent the last few weeks living apart after their ground floor flat in Cockermouth was ruined by floodwater.

Rachael Davis is a full time carer for 16-year-old Saskia, who has complex medical needs. However a new home has now been found for the two of them, and they are receiving help from generous business owners to furnish it. Watch Kate Walby's report here:

Stokes' thoughts with Cockermouth after double century

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Credit: PA

Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes spared a thought for his former hometown, Cockermouth, which has been affected by flooding, after scoring a stunning double century against South Africa.

He was speaking in his post match press conference:

Cockermouth has been through this three or four times now. I grew up there as a kid, went to school, spent a lot of time there and I've still got really good mates there.

They're going through a really big rebuilding stage throughout the whole town so it's nice to know I've been able to put a few smiles on some faces who have probably had a tougher time that I am out here."

– Ben Stokes


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17-year-old girl killed in Christmas Eve car accident

A teenage girl was killed in the accident. Credit: PA

A 17-year-old girl has been killed and two men seriously injured in a car crash on Christmas Eve.

The teenager was a passenger in a blue Fiat Punto, when it and a white Mini Cooper collided near Cockermouth. She was taken to Cumberland Infirmary with critical injuries and died yesterday evening.

The 18-year-old driver of the Punto and 23-year-old Mini driver are both in a serious condition in hospital.

The road between Tallentire and Gilcrux was closed from 5:15pm until midnight.

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