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Cumbria Police, along with partner agencies, are warning communities of the potential for disruption tomorrow and into the weekend due to high winds and tidal surges across the West Coast.

The Environment Agency are warning coastal communities along the south and west coasts of England to remain vigilant and alert for possible tidal flooding between Friday and Sunday, as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves.

This could lead to localised spray and wave-over tipping at exposed coastal locations and promenades, and the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land.

Given this warning, Cumbria Police along with partner agencies are taking this advanced opportunity to advise people to be prepared and to take care. People are advised to avoid going near to harbours or promenades during this period for their own safety.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “The county and district councils are working in partnership and have contingency plans in place and staff on standby to provide immediate support to affected communities if required.

“Our highways teams are also geared up to support the emergency response and will be on hand to assist the police with road closures and diversions should they be needed.

“We’d encourage motorists to be aware of the conditions, give themselves extra time if they have to travel in coastal areas and check their route before setting off.

“People living in areas at risk of flooding are advised to keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need and to make sure elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and family are aware of the situation.”

Travel:

If you need to travel on the roads, please slow down, drive with care and drive in accordance with the conditions – not the speed limit.
Before starting your journey, please check your route, you can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting our Traffic Link Map: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map

If you are planning to travel by train, please contact National Rail to check that there are no issues with the trains on your journey. www.nationalrail.co.uk

Flooding:

Police are urging people, especially those living in an area prone to flooding to keep up to date with flood warning/alerts that are issued, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx or call their Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 988 1188

If you see the roads in your area starting to flood with a build up of surface water, please contact Cumbria County Council’s Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609 or email [email protected]

Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map

Practical tips and health advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flooding-advice-to-the-public

Council details:

Copeland Borough Council: 0845 054 8600 – (This number has out of hours support for flooding – after a message about what out of hours support is available it automatically diverts to an out of hours call centre). http://www.copeland.gov.uk/
Eden District Council: http://www.eden.gov.uk/
South Lakeland District Council: 0845 050 4434, http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/
Carlisle City Council (http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/contact_us.aspx
Allerdale Borough Council (http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/ )
Barrow Borough Council (www.barrowbc.gov.uk )

For information about sandbags, please visit: www.cumbria.police.uk/Admin/uploads/attachment/files/Advice_and_Info/Floods/Sand_Bags_Local_Authorities.docx

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Man stabbed in horrific road rage incident in Small Heath

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A man in his 20s has suffered life-changing injuries after being stabbed following a road rage incident at 5.30pm

The motorist was stabbed in the horror attack on Coventry Road in Small Heath.

Police say the victim, aged in his 20s, suffered ‘life changing’ injuries in the attack at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

They are now hunting the knifemen who fled the scene after the broad daylight attack.

The air ambulance later landed close to the scene of the incident near Aubrey Road and took the victim to hospital.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called after a man was injured on Coventry Road, Small Heath shortly after 5.30pm today (22 May).

“It is believed a dispute took place after a road traffic collision and a man in his 20’s suffered serious knife injuries.

“He has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as life changing.

“The offender is believed to have fled.

“Police are currently at the scene, which has been cordoned off and forensic enquiries are being conducted.

“No arrests have been made and anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log number 2006 of 22 May.”

Dramatic pictures showed a number of police cars in the Coventry Road /Aubrey Road area, with a large part of the road cordoned off.

Crowds of onlookers had gathered at the scene.

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Just In: active shooter at complex in Panama City Florida

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Armed cops are responding to reports of an active shooter at an apartment complex in Panama City Florida.

Members of the public are to Run, Hide & Tell.

At this moment in time it is unclear how many people have been injured in the incident.

Local media suggests that at least one person has been grazed by gun fire.

That person is believed to be in a serious but stable condition.

Members of the public are told to avoid the area of the 2300 block of Beck Avenue until further notice.

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Person under a train at London’s Lancaster Gate tube station throwing the Central Line into chaos as commuters head home

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Emergency services evacuated a rush hour tube station after a person fell underneath a train.

Passengers were told to leave Lancaster Gate tube station on the Central Line shortly after 6.30pm.

There is no service currently on the White City to Marble Arch eastbound due to a person on the track.

This is causing what is being described as minor delays on the rest of the line.

Witnesses said several ambulances and fire engines raced to the scene.

The incident is having a local impact on roads in the surrounding area of the tube station.

To allow emergency services access the A402 Bayswater Road eastbound between Lancaster Terrace and Westbourne Street has been closed.

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