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Help the mountain rescue team

If you're heading onto the hills this bank holiday weekend, "make sure you're prepared". That's the plea from mountain rescue teams ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team in the Lake District had five calls last weekend, including a family who phoned for help and then failed to notify emergency services once they'd made it to safety.

The team says this wasted time but could have put other people at risk. Katie Hunter reports:

Businesses prepare for a busy bank holiday weekend

The Lake District is expected to be a busy place over the bank holiday Credit: ITV Border

Businesses and hotels are gearing up for a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

It's the last one before Christmas and while schools in Scotland have already gone back, pupils in England are still on holiday. It's expected families will take advantage of the final break before the October holidays.

Tourism bosses in the Lake District say hotel room bookings and the number of visitors at attractions are up on 2013.

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Fracking 'highly unlikely' in the Lake District

The government has announced today that fracking is highly unlikely ever to be allowed in the Lake District.

The news has been welcomed by groups including Friends of the Lake District who say it will bring clarity to planning laws.

Fracking is the controversial method used to extract underground shale gas. The government has now opened the bidding process for new licences in areas where fracking will be allowed.

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