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Organisers issue warning after festival death

The organisers of Kendal Calling have sent out a precautionary tweet, warning revellers to 'take extra care'.

It follows the death of a man and hospitalisation of four others, which is thought to be connected to substance abuse.

'Unexplained' death in Ambleside

A 71-year-old man was found dead in an Ambleside hotel Credit: PA

Police are investigating the death of a man at an Ambleside hotel.

Local forces were called to a property on Rothay Road in the early hours of Friday morning.

The death of the 71-year-old man is being treated as unexplained, and enquiries are ongoing.


Police investigating Kendal Calling death

A man has died, and four others are in hospital. Credit: PA

A man has died, and four people have been taken ill, after believed substance abuse at the Kendal Calling music festival.

Police were contacted by staff at the Cumberland Infirmary at 6:58am this morning (31 July) following concerns about a male who had arrived in a critical condition.

The man has now died, and an investigation has commenced into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Police are supporting his family.

Four others are currently at the Cumberland Infirmary:

  • A 29 year old woman from Bolton is in a critical but stable condition
  • The other three people, all male, are described as being in a serious but stable condition

Police have arrested a 20 year old man from Manchester on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

He is currently being detained for questioning.

Is Cumbria in the midst of a kitten crisis?

The charity says it's taking in more kittens. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria could be in the midst of a kitten crisis - according to one local charity.

The Carlisle branch of Blue Cross says it's already taken in a third more kittens this year, than in 2014.

It currently has 16 kittens in care in the area, and two of the litters were admitted suffering from serious eye problems.

They say one possible reason for the rise is that people don't neuter their kittens:

We hope owners come forward for all of the kittens in our care soon. We are concerned that not enough local cats have been neutered and that we won’t have room to take in more unwanted litters.”

– Joanne Park, Volunteer Foster Carer for Blue Cross


Weather: Friday

Credit: Allen Burke

Rather cloudy through the day with scattered showers and longer spells of rain.

There will be some drier and sunnier intervals, these most likely in more sheltered southern and eastern parts of the region.

Maximum Temperature 17°C.

Plans for controversial hotel in Ambleside are presented to the public

Plans for a Premier Inn in Ambleside have been presented to the public Credit: PA

A two day exhibition is beginning to tell people more about controversial plans for a new hotel in Ambleside.

Existing hotels and bed and breakfasts have expressed concern about the idea of a Premier Inn being built in the village.

The developers have now included plans for affordable homes in the scheme.

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