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Inquest into death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir

Mark Weir Credit: ITV News Border

A full inquest into the death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir has begun in Cleater Moor.

The 45-year-old entrepreneur, from Cockermouth, died in March 2011 after his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District.

A pathologist report says he died of severe multiple injuries in non-survivable helicopter crash.

Views against Honister Zipwire heard

Campaigners against the introduction of the Honister Zipwire have been expressing their views at the meeting:

"There are other sites in the National Park which can host a zip wire. This is the wrong location."

– Jack Ellerby, Friend of the Lake District

"Many people set off to Wainwright's Haystacks from the future they may have to dodge screaming bodies."

– John Bennett, Borrowdale and Buttermere Parish Councils


Honister Zipwire meeting underway

A meeting to decide whether to approve plans for a huge zipwire in the Lake District is getting underway.

The owners of Honister Slate Mine want to build a 1035m long zip wire in two lengths starting from Honister Crags and landing in the Mine car park.

If approval is given, it would be for an 18 month period while an independent study is carried out into the impact it is having on the surrounding landscape.

The Development Control Committee at the Lake District National Park Authroity in Kendal could also reject the application or defer it until they have more information.

Slate Mine shortlisted for tourism award

Honister Slate Mine has been placed on the shortlist to be named one of the best tourist experiences in England.

The Lake District tourist attraction allows visiters to try Via Ferrata - using wires to shimmy over cliff faces - an activity popular in European mountain ranges.

It has been listed as a contender for the Enjoy England Awards and will be up against other attractions from Yorkshire to Kent.