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Appleby prepares for fourth flood

The town of Appleby is preparing to face its fourth flood this week. The town suffered again on Boxing Day but river levels did not rise high enough to flood properties, although it did flood the main road through the town in the Sands area.

Meanwhile, a group of 50 volunteers from the Masjid e Tauheedul Islam Mosque in Blackburn have been in the town helping to hand out curries to flood victims as well as moving furniture and helping to clean up flood hit properties.

The volunteers arrived despite the fact that parts of their own community in Lancashire have been hit by flooding today.

"We decided to come here last week.

"And that's why we kept our commitment. Meanwhile in Blackburn there's a flood but we are not allowed to go in the area because the water's too high at the moment so hopefully in a day or two when the water's a bit lower, we'll go there and do the same again in Blackburn, Preston, Ribble and Ribchester as well."

– Irfan Balapatel, Vounteer, Masjid e Tauheedul Islam Mosque

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Crunch collection of flood damaged items in Appleby

Appleby was badly hit on 5 December. Credit: PA

People in Appleby are being asked to put their flood damaged waste out on the streets, ahead of a major clean up operation on Sunday.

Diggers will shift the items into skips from 8am in the morning, starting at the north side of the Sands and working in sections along the road.

Police will will stop vehicles and pedestrians while the work is in progress.

Once the Sands is complete Eden District Council's operation will move to the opposite side of the river to complete the clean up of other areas of Appleby.

Children learn to crack down on rural crime

Children are learning about rural crime. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren are visiting a farm in Cumbria, to find out about the devastating effects of rural crime.

As part of the NFU's Country Watch Eden scheme, a farmer at Coupland Beck Farm in Appleby is explaining to the children and police how he defends against rural crime.

Rural crime cost Cumbria £590,000 in 2014.

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Police release CCTV after Appleby burglary

Police want to speak to the men in these CCTV images, after a quad bike was stolen from farm buildings.

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Police
Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Police

It was taken at 5am on Saturday 1 August 2015.

At the time of the incident, a white “high top” Ford Transit type van was seen in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Two horses die in Appleby 'flashing lane' crash

Two horses have died in a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair, where horses are ridden and driven at high speed to show them off to potential buyers.

One horse died at the scene and another horse had to be put to sleep by a vet from Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

We believe one horse was pulling a sulky whilst the other is thought to have been being ridden. Our inspectors didn’t witness the incident but were on the scene shortly afterwards. Two horses have died as a result of this incident, but it could have been worse still. People must ensure that they are in control when they are riding or driving horses on the flashing lane at speed. Failing to do so can easily result in serious injury and even death." We want to hear from anyone who did see what happened. They can approach us at the event or call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

– Rob Melloy, RSPCA chief inspector

Two horses killed in Appleby crash

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Two horses have been killed in a crash at Appleby Horse Fair.

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses after the collision on the 'flashing lane' this afternoon.

One horse died at the scene and another had to be put down by a vet.

The 'flashing lane' is an area where horses are ridden and driven at high speed to show them off to potential buyers.

"We believe one horse was pulling a sulky while the other is thought to have been being ridden.

“Our inspectors didn’t witness the incident but were on the scene shortly afterwards.

"People must ensure that they are in control when they are riding or driving horses on the flashing lane at speed.

"Failing to do so can easily result in serious injury and even death."

– RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy

The identity of the people involved in the crash is unknown as they had left the scene when RSPCA officers and the vet arrived.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to either approach RSPCA officers at the Horse Fair or call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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