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A tonic for Lake District's gin maker

A gin, made with spring water from Cumbria, has been named the best in Britain.

Vince Wilkins, director of Spirit of the Lakes which produces the gin, says the most important thing about the gin is the water, which comes from a spring near Ennerdale in the Lake District.

Below, he explains the process of making the award winning gin.


Four hour mountain rescue to save trapped man

It took four hours and 31 members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team to help a man trapped in the Lake District.

The mountain rescue team were called out at 8:10pm, yesterday, Thursday 8 May, to a group at the summit of Pillar, in Ennerdale.

It was after midnight when the injured man was airlifted to hospital Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

The man in his forties, from Cleveland, was trapped by a rock that had fallen on his leg.

He was treated by the team and lowered on a stretcher to an area where he could be reached by helicopter.

The casualty was lifted in a stretcher to the helicopter Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

A Sea King helicopter, sent from RAF Boulmer, took the casualty to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

Public meeting on possible nuclear waste store

People from Ennerdale are attending a public meeting to discuss the potential plans for a nuclear waste site in the area.

Villagers say they have been told Ennerdale is one of only a couple of suitable sites in West Cumbria which is geologically suitable to hold the waste.

The meeting is taking place at the Shepherds Arms in Ennerdale between 10.30am and 6pm.