Live updates

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


Schools closed by snow

The following schools in Cumbria have been closed:

  • Alston Primary School
  • Asby Endowed School
  • Belle Vue Primary School in Carlisle
  • Bewcastle
  • Blackford
  • Calthwaite School
  • Crosby-on-Eden
  • Cumwhinton School
  • Great Orton Primary School
  • Hallbankgate School
  • Hayton Primary School
  • Houghton
  • Inglewood Infant School
  • Inglewood Junior School
  • James Rennie School in Carlisle
  • Kirkbride Primary School
  • Lanercost School
  • Langwathby Primary School
  • Lees Hill School at Brampton
  • Long Marton Primary School
  • Longtown Primary School
  • Nenthead Primary School
  • Newlaithes Infant School
  • Penruddock Primary School
  • Rockcliffe School
  • Shankhill Primary School
  • Skelton School near Penrith
  • Warwick Bridge Primary School
  • William Howard, Brampton
  • Brampton Primary
  • Calthwaite
  • Castle Carrock
  • Crosby Ravensworth
  • Fir Ends Primary, Kirklinton nr Carlisle
  • Irthington Village Primary
  • Oughterside Primary
  • Wiggonby

Dumfries and Galloway:

  • Brydekirk Primary
  • Calside Primary
  • Sanquhar Academy
  • Eastriggs Primary
  • Newington Primary
  • Troqueer Primary
  • Loreburn Primary
  • Canonbie Primary
  • Langholm Primary
  • Carrutherstown Primary
  • Cummertrees Primary
  • Mouswald Primary
  • Collin Primary
  • Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary
  • Springfield Primary
  • Eaglesfield Primary
  • St Ninian's Primary
  • Laurieknowe Primary
  • Johnstonebridge Primary
  • Closeburn Primary
  • Langholm Academy
  • Penpont Primary
  • Moffat Academy
  • Penpont Primary
  • Moffat Primary
  • Lochside Primary
  • Beattock Primary
  • Dumfries High
  • Kirkgunzeon Primary
  • Gelston Primary
  • Hightae Primary
  • Duncow Primary
  • St Mungo Primary
  • Dunscore Primary
  • Castle Douglas Primary
  • Tundergarth Primary
  • New Abbey Primary
  • Moniaive Primary
  • Crossmichael Primary
  • Cargenbridge School
  • Dalry Primary
  • St Teresa's RC Primary
  • Dalbeattie High
  • Dalry Secondary
  • St Michael's Primary
  • Elmvale Primary
  • Heathhall Primary
  • Kirkbean Primary
  • Nethermill Primary
  • Heathhall Primary
  • St Joseph's College
  • Heathhall Primary
  • Gretna Primary
  • Ae Primary
  • Amisfield Primary
  • Applegarth Primary
  • Hutton Primary
  • Dalbeattie Primary
  • Lochmaben Primary
  • Castle Douglas High
  • Langlands School
  • Carsphairn Primary
  • Dumfries Academy
  • Kells Primary
  • Kirkcowan Primary
  • Creetown Primary

Scottish Borders:

  • Broughton
  • Kirkhope
  • Yarrow

A number of school transport routes have also been closed.

Load more updates