NHS regulator 'cover-up' names revealed

The health watchdog has named the individuals accused of allegedly covering up its failure to investigate at a Cumbria maternity unit.

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Morecambe Bay NHS Health Trust in special measures

Furness General Hospital, part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
Furness General Hospital, part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. Credit: PA Wire

A beleaguered health trust previously at the centre of a row over a high number of "serious untoward incidents" has been put into special measures.

The action has been taken against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ruled the quality of care provided was "inadequate".

The trust runs Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe.

As part of the special measures, NHS regulator Monitor will appoint an improvement director whose role will be to provide support and expertise but also to hold the trust to account.

Health watchdog cover-up 'deeply disturbing and appalling'

Tributes to 'best dad' killed at Army training centre

Sergeant Mark Foley of The Light Dragoons was killed in a military vehicle during training.
Sergeant Mark Foley of The Light Dragoons was killed in a military vehicle during training. Credit: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

The wife of a soldier killed at an Army training base has paid tribute to him as her "soul mate" and "best friend".

Father-of-two Sergeant Mark Foley, 31, who served in Afghanistan, was killed in Warcop, Cumbria, while travelling in a military vehicle yesterday.

An investigation into the accident, which injured two other soldiers, is under way.

Paying tribute to her husband, who served with Norfolk-based The Light Dragoons, Kelly Foley said he was "the best dad ever" to daughters Emily and Hannah.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Senior, said: "Sergeant Foley was an exceptionally talented, battle-hardened soldier who embodied everything that is good about our profession.

Read: Soldier dies in Cumbria army base incident


Teenager 'stable' after vehicle overturns at Army base

A teenager received chest and back injuries after a vehicle "overturned" at an Army training base in Cumbria earlier today, an incident that killed one other.

Great North Air Ambulance tweeted that the teenager, who was in a stable condition, was flown to Middlesbrough for treatment.


We were called to Warcop at 11.05am after a vehicle overturned. A 19yo male was flown to Mboro with chest and back injuries. He was stable.

Second casualty 'in hospital after vehicle rolled over'

The incident took place at Warcop Army Training Centre near Appleby.
The incident took place at Warcop Army Training Centre near Appleby. Credit: Google Maps

On person was reportedly been airlifted to hospital after an incident at a Cumbria army training centre that saw a soldier killed.

According to the North West Evening Mail, air ambulance services took the soldier to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after a first casualty was declared dead at the scene.

The newspaper reports that a third casualty remained at the base after the incident.

Soldier dead after incident at Cumbrian training centre

One soldier has died and another has been injured after an incident at an Army training centre in Cumbria, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The incident took place at the Army's Warcop Training Centre near Appleby, and is thought to have involved a vehicle rolling over, according to the BBC.

The MoD said the family of the dead soldier has been informed.


Unique family of four children 'with the same birthday'

One family has defied odds of over 133,000 to one, in producing four siblings who were born on the same day, the Telegraph reports.

Parents Emily Scrugham and Peter Dunn from Cumbria were amazed to welcome baby Ryan to the family on January 12, the same date as his five-year-old brother Sam and his two-year-old twin sisters Brooke and Nicole.

Ms Scrugham said: “It certainly wasn't planned. None of the births were due on January 12. Sam was two weeks late, the twins one month early and Ryan three days late.”

The couple from Cleator Moor say having four children with the same birthday is just a lucky coincidence and they are looking forward to the normal challenges and sleepless nights of having four children.

Landslide blocks railway after heavy weather

A landslide fell onto railway tracks on Saturday night after strong winds and torrential downpours, as authorities warn of severe weather conditions over the next few days.

One local in Cumbria tweeted pictures of the landslide after the night of heavy weather, saying he had "never heard rain like it".

The region was battered by strong winds on Saturday night, with gusts of 70-80 mph reported in some parts of the Pennines.

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