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Bird flu outbreak at Northumberland farm

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu at a farm near Haltwhistle. Credit: PA

There has been an outbreak of bird flu at a farm in Northumberland.

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small flock of chickens at a farm near Haltwhistle.

A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

The flock contains about 35 birds. A number have died and the remaining live birds at the premises are being humanely culled. A full investigation is under way to determine the source of the infection.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Flood warnings 'downgraded'

The threat of flooding due to last night's rain has eased, according to the Environment Agency.

The agency downgraded the threat of flooding due to less than expected rainfall.

Officers say they are not expecting to issue any flood warnings today, though there are several flood alerts for a number of rivers in Cumbria.

There is also a general flood alert across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, which has been issued by The Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Motorists both sides of the border are being advised to take care of standing water on roads.

Teenage biker in hospital after crash

A 17 year old motorcyclist has been treated in hospital following a crash in Wigton.

The teenager was involved in a collision with a Mitsubishi pick-up truck at the junction of the A596 and Station Road, at Wigton, at about 6pm yesterday evening.

He was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

Police say the road was closed for five hours while officers carried out a collision investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


Weather: Heavy rain on SATURDAY

A large area of rain is expected to push into northwest UK later Friday, and slowly clear southeastwards through Saturday.

A combination of mild, moist air and strong southwesterly winds will lead to rainfall being especially heavy and persistent over higher ground.

30-50 mm is likely quite widely whilst as much as 100 mm could fall on the most exposed sites.

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