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Cheetah enclosure in Lake District to be closed

Cheetahs. Credit: Thomas Eisenhuth/DPA/Press Association Images

A cheetah enclosure in Cumbria is to be closed, after the couple who opened it had an appeal to save it turned down.

Daniel and Dee Ashman run Predator Experience, a company in Ayside that offers wildlife experiences.

But there were objections that it was harmful to the character of the Lake District, and they were upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

They posted the news to their Facebook followers:

I'm sorry to have to inform you all, that our appeal for the cheetah enclosure was not successful. We are of course very disappointed. All our other experiences are available as normal. Daniel and I will make a decision in relation to the next appropriate step.

The inspector upheld the Lake District National Park's opinion that the enclosure was harmful to the character of the landscape. Thank you for your support, it is very much appreciated."

– Predator Experience, on Facebook

Responses to the news on Facebook have been mixed, with some local people offering sympathy, while others have welcomed the closure:

So very sorry to hear this Dee and Daniel. I know how devastated you will be. Keep fighting."

– Comment on Facebook

Good to hear you lost your appeal, you live in Ayside, it's a small village with farm animals, walkers and Dog walkers. If any of these animals got out they would seriously hurt someone or an animal."

– Comment on Facebook

Paraglider pilot dies in Lake District

Mountain rescue teams were called yesterday to help find a missing paraglider in the Buttermere area. Sadly a body was recovered on Fleetwith Pike at 5am.

The paraglider is thought be a 38 year-old man from Milliom in west Cumbria.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

We were supported in this search by many others and we'd particularly like to thank the members of the local paragliding community who played an invaluable role in helping us to narrow down the search area, Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the crew of Rescue 936, one of the new S-92 helicopters that came up from Caernarfon to assist.

– Cockemrouth Mountain Rescue Team


Deadly disease threatens Lake District trees

Healthy ash trees in the Lake District. Credit: ITV Border

A fungal disease that has devastated ash tree populations in Europe has arrived in Cumbria.

Ash Dieback is estimated to have killed between 60 and 90 percent of Denmark's ash trees.

It blocks water pores in the trees' leaves, causing them to wither, and diamond shaped lesions to form on the bark.

So far, the disease has been spotted at ten sites in the Lake District.

The disease causes leaves to wither. Credit: ITV Border


Lake District pylon plans go on display

Plans go on display today. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to connect the proposed Moorside nuclear power station in West Cumbria to the electricity network are going on display in Egremont today.

It's the first of nearly 30 public information events, which will keep communities informed about the National Grid's plans.

Critics say "giant" pylons could damage the Lake District landscape. Katie Hunter reports:

United Utilities withdraw controversial fence plans

United Utilities will not put up 8-mile fence Credit: ITV News Border

Controversial plans to put up an eight-mile fence across open fells in the Lake District have been withdrawn.

United Utilities wanted to install fencing to stop peat erosion affecting water quality in Thirlmere but the scheme was opposed by conservation groups who said it would damage the landscape.

Photos: thousands of fish killed in slurry leak

Thousands of fish have died after a serious pollution leak in Cumbria.

A team of Environment Agency officers are currently tackling the problem, at Skitwath and Dacre Becks, near Penruddock.

A pollution leak killed thousands of fish. Credit: ITV Border
Many were left floating in the discoloured water. Credit: ITV Border
Environment Agency officers are still at the scene. Credit: ITV Border
It happened at Skitwath and Dacre Becks, near Penruddock Credit: ITV Border
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