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Former Rural Affairs minister to make Brexit case in Cumbria

Owen Paterson. Credit: PA

The former Secretary of State for Rural Affairs is visiting Cumbria today, urging farmers to vote to Leave the EU.

Owen Paterson will be at the Crooklands auction mart near Kendal to set out why he believes British agriculture would benefit from Brexit.

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Elderly man crushed in Penrith farm incident

The Pride of Cumbria Credit: GNAAS

An elderly man has been air-lifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after an incident on a farm near Penrith.

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to the scene at Reagill, where there were reports a man had been crushed between a car and a building.

The man was treated for multiple injuries before being flown to hospital in Newcastle.

His condition is said to be stable.

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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.

School trips to farms under threat

The programme is in danger. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A programme which educates young people across Dumfries and Galloway about the farming industry may be coming to an end, if funding can't be found.

The Royal Highland Education Trust has run school farm trips for the past four years.

They say it's crucial to give pupils an idea about potential careers in agriculture:

We're looking at the Scottish Government. They have funded us but that's about to slow down now we need to look at other funding.

The feedback from the young people today has been fantastic, hopefully we've got them engaged in food and farming so it's a positive message for all."

– Hugh McClymont, Farm Manager
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