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Flash flooding in Cumbria causes disruption

Flooding on the A69 Credit: ITV

Motorists on the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road have been facing severe delays after heavy showers caused flash flooding.

There were tailbacks for several miles at Warwick Bridge near Carlisle when a beck burst its banks. Local fire crews were pumping water from the area. In places it was several feet deep.

Impact of Brexit to Cumbria's tourism industry 'unknown'

Coniston, Lake District Credit: PA

Cumbria Tourism has said that the UK's decision to leave the European Union will clearly have 'implications' for the industry.

Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, said:

The decision to exit has been made and clearly there are a lot of implications.

The full impact for the UK and Cumbria’s tourism industry is still unknown, but as the body representing more than 60,000 people dependent on the £2.6 billion visitor spending in the county, Cumbria Tourism will be doing everything possible to make sure that there is minimum disruption and that any changes positively impact on travel and tourism.

We will continue to keep our members informed and up-to-date on the changes as they unfold over the coming months.

– Ian Stephens

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EU vote not a shock, says NFU leader

The UK's decision to vote to leave the EU was not a shock, according to the chairman of the NFU in Cumbria.

David Raine, who farms near Kirkoswald, says the agricultural industry in the county was very divided on the issue. He points to issues such as frustration with EU bureaucracy and a desire to take back control as being factors leading many farmers to vote to leave.

But speaking to ITV Border he said it would now pose "significant challenges" for the industry.

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