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Floods Minister: 'Lake District is open for business'

Rory Stewart was at the ceremony. Credit: ITV Border

Floods Minister and local MP Rory Stewart says the re-opening of the A591 shows that Cumbria is very much "open for business".

The major Lake District route had been closed since the Storm Desmond floods on 5 December.

But the MP for Penrith and the Border says there's plenty more work to do, with a £10 million flood defence repair programme underway.

The work to open the A591 early shows how we are standing firmly behind communities hit by December's flooding with investment in infrastructure, new flood defences and promoting the region across the world. I am delighted Highways England has managed to do this at such high quality in very difficult circumstances.

We are showing the country, and the world, that Cumbria and the Lake District are back open for business.

– Rory Stewart, Floods Minister

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Alvez the Cumbrian Tapir packs his bags for pastures new

Alvez the Tapir is leaving his home at The Lake District Wildlife Park Credit: ITV Border

A tapir born at the Lake District Wildlife Park is preparing to leave Cumbria for pastures new.

Alvez is heading off to a breeding programme in the United Arab Emirates in a few weeks time. He's one of a family of four Brazilian tapirs at the Lake District Wildlife Park.

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The three-year-old is the first calf of his mum and dad Muffin and Rio, and has a younger brother Zico, born in 2015.

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There are four species of Tapirs in Central and South America and South-East Asia. All Tapirs are in decline and their plight is symbolic of the wider threat to their natural habitat in the rain forests. It's hoped that the breeding programme will mean Alvez will soon have a family of his own.

Keeper Leanne with Alvez and Zico Credit: ITV Border

Keeper Leanne Harrington has been looking after the Tapir family since Alvez was only a matter of weeks old. She said:

Alvez was quite a Mummy's boy when he was younger, sticking close by for a long time. Now he has minutes of madness, running around his enclosure. In contrast his little brother is very independent already.

Alvez is quite tolerant of his brother who has a cheeky habit of nipping his older brothers' ankles. They both love having their backs scratched which is great for park guests taking part in Keeper Experiences."

– Leanne Harrington

Woman in hospital after rescue at Buttermere

Buttermere in the Lake District in Cumbria. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A woman has been taken to hospital after being helped by mountain rescue in the Lake District.

The 57-year-old suffered from pains indicating a potential heart problem while on Buttermere lake shore path on Saturday. Fourteen members from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team came to her aid along with air and land ambulance services.

The lady was treated at the scene before being transported to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

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