Sgt Paul Brown of Cumbria Police says they had to close the A66 to Easter traffic despite causing chaos on many roads in the Northern Lake District area.
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Storm Doris is set to bring wet, windy and wintry weather to the region.
Carl Hodgson, who lives in the town, was sentenced to three years and six months behind bars at Manchester Crown Court today.
The group fears a hoard of Viking treasure found in the region will be moved to the national museum in Edinburgh.