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Lake District crash: children among the injured

A serious crash involving "multiple casualties" has taken place on a main road through the Lake District.

The Great North Air Ambulance has three helicopters at the scene, to take injured people to hospital.

They report that children are among the casualties, although details are unclear at present.

The crash happened on the A66 at Threlkeld, near Keswick at approximately 1030am.

The road was exceptionally busy due to Bank Holiday traffic.

More details to follow.

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Police issue warning to horse owners

Police are issuing fresh warnings for horse riders after a horse died after it became stuck in mud.

The recent wet weather has left routes used by riders extremely wet and muddy. These conditions can be dangerous to both riders and their animals.

Police were called to Castlerigg in Keswick at 8:30pm on 7 March when they were told there was a horse stuck in mud.

A vet sedated the animal and firefighters managed to free the horse but the it had to be put down for medical reasons.

“This type of tragic incident can be avoided by such things as sticking to dry paths and walkways, checking routes on foot first, don’t go into flooded, wet, or muddy areas or take unnecessary risks. If in doubt take an alternative route or return the way you came. You never know how deep the mud may be.

“If you are unable to avoid the route ensure the horse walks, avoid trotting or cantering.

“If your horse does become stuck in mud, dismount and let go of the reigns, but only if it is safe to do so. Most horses can free themselves from boggy situations."

– PC Alan Taylor for Cumbria

If anyone sees a horse stuck in mud please call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234999.

Keswick School pupils have book published

'The Reader' has just been launched Credit: ITV Border

A group of children from Keswick School have written a book.

'The Reader', tells the story of one book's journey through time, the people who read it and what it thinks about those people.

The book has just been launched and it also has an ISBN number. That means it can be sold in bookshops and on Amazon, something that's caused great excitement for the pupils.

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Beatrix Potter letters go under the hammer

Three letters written by Beatrix Potter are being auctioned in Cockermouth.

Four years ago a similar letter by the author of Peter Rabbit was sold for more than 4,000 pounds.

In these latest letters to a Lake District sheep farmer, words and pictures detail the harsh realities of farming the famous herdwick sheep.

They will be auctioned on March 20th.

Top five highlights at the Keswick Film Festival

The 15th Keswick Film Festival is underway.

34 films are set to be showcased at two venues in Keswick, with organisers hopeful this year's event will break even, usually the Festival runs at a loss.

Keswick Film Festival Director, Ann Martin, gave ITV Border her top five highlights of the festival this year:

  • Great guests – from Dame Janet Suzman to the raven!
  • Fantastic films from far and wide – gives a glimpse of other lands and cultures – an local ones filmed in Ullswater
  • First films from Lesotho (The Forgotten Kingdom) and Laos (The Rocket)
  • Welcoming back the audience – once they’ve been once they just can’t stay away!
  • The buzz – everyone enjoying themselves, chatting about what they’ve seen and are going to see
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