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Concern for missing Grasmere man

Shayne Gordon Credit: Cumbria Police

Concern is growing for a man from Grasmere who's thought to be missing.

24-year old Shayne Gordon has only lived in the area a short time and is originally from the Warrington area.

He has not been seen since leaving work in Grasmere at 4am on Saturday morning.

Cumbria Police officers say they are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to get in touch.

He is described as white, of skinny build and around 5ft 10ins tall with floppy long, dark brown hair, a beard and grey/blue eyes. He may be wearing green camouflage clothing and walking boots.

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Man dies after mobility scooter accident

Red Bank in Grasmere. Credit: Google Street View

An 87-year-old man has died, after his mobility scooter overturned in Grasmere.

The man, who is local to the town, suffered a serious head injury after the accident, on Red Bank.

It happened at around 4pm yesterday afternoon, and he was airlifted to hospital, but passed away in the evening.

No other vehicles are thought to have been involved.

Police are appealing for witnesses, and anyone with information should contact them on 101.

Grasmere flooding meeting to take place

Flooding in Grasmere. Credit: Jo Spencer/Jeff Moore/PA Images

People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to prevent the village from being affected by future flooding.

The area was badly affected by the floods of Storm Desmond in December 2015, and was also left cut off by the destruction of the A591 road.

At a public meeting this evening, local people will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council.

What you need to know: Grasmere flood recommendations

People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to protect the village and surrounding area from future flooding.

90 properties were affected by flooding in December 2015 as a result of high water levels in the River Rothay, Easedale Beck, Greenhead Gill and Grasmere Lake.

At a public meeting this evening (Monday 20th February), locals will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council into why the area flooded in December 2015.

The report looks at what, when and why the flooding results and identifies recommendations to minimise future flooding.

It says the earliest record of flooding affecting Grasmere is in the 1670s, and flooding was recorded again in 1967, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015.

Despite this there are currently no formal flood defences in the village. It is expected to recommend:

  • Investigate options to improve highway drainage across A591. Extended closure of this road had a major impact on the local economy.
  • Develop options to provide advance warning of possible flooding.
  • Implement flood resilience measures within flooded properties. Grants are available to homeowners to help them better protect their homes.
  • Explore opportunities for engineered and natural flood management solutions to be used upstream of Grasmere to slow the flow and manage peak river levels.
  • Review drainage and sewage systems.

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'Phenomenal difference' for businesses as A591 opens

Heaton Cooper Studio Credit: Heaton Cooper Studio

The re-opening of a flood-damaged Lake District road has made a "phenomenal difference" to businesses, local communities have told ITV Border.

Becky Heaton Cooper, who runs the Heaton Cooper Studio and art gallery in Grasmere, says her business was hit hard by the five month closure of the A591.

But she says the re-opening of the road has given her business an immediate boost.

There has been a phenomenal difference. It's like someone has turned a light back on.

– Becky Heaton Cooper
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