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Cumbrian firm 'challenged' by bird flu prevention zone

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company. Credit: ITV Border

An order to keep poultry and captive birds indoors, as a precaution against deadly bird flu, is challenging businesses in Cumbria and the south of Scotland.

David Brass, the owner of the Lakes Free Range Egg Company near Penrith, told ITV Border that the timing of the warning - so close to Christmas - was far from ideal, but that it was necessary to protect the birds, and the livelihoods of farmers.

We're following the order and shutting our birds inside. Everything else is the same inside the sheds, in fact we're adding more toys to inside the sheds, things like hay and string to keep the birds happy inside, because the only thing that's different is they can't go out.

It's a challenge. For some farmers more than others if their birds range, if they're used to going out. But it's for their own welfare, the birds die if they get avian influenza. It's a nightmare, foot and mouth all over again. We do not want it in the UK.

The timing could be better, with Christmas, but it always comes in the late autumn as birds cross from Siberia to Europe for the winter.

– David Brass, Lakes Free Range Egg Company

Police: Penrith fire has been 'distressing for all involved'

Cumbria Police has said the Penrith fire has been distressing "for all involved". It follows the news that the body of a 73-year-old has been recovered from the scene of the fire.

This has been a distressing incident for all involved, and sadly we are now able to confirm that one person died in the fire. We are now working hard to secure the building to allow the other residents to return to their flats – this is expected to take a considerable amount of time.

I would like to reiterate our thanks from yesterday to the local community. We have been so impressed and grateful for the way everyone has come together and donated supplies and help for the residents affected by the fire. It is a testament to the community spirit and kindness of people living in Penrith.

Forensic investigators for Cumbria Police and Fire and Rescue will investigate the cause of the fire, which at present is unknown.

– Inspector Andy Hanson, Cumbria Police

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75-year-old man 'unaccounted for' in Penrith fire

A 75-year-old man is still unaccounted for after a serious fire in a flat in Penrith.

Police were called to Lonsdale Court in Pategill just after 9.45am this. Emergency services have been at the scene all day and elderly residents in sheltered accommodation nearby have been moved to Penrith Leisure Centre.

All other occupants of the flats were unharmed by the fire.

This has been a very distressing day for the residents of Lonsdale Court, and we are working hard with partner organisations to support them and their families at this difficult time.

The search will continue for the man who has not yet been located, however sadly all indications at present are that he will not have survived the fire and subsequent structural damage to the building.

I would like to offer our most sincere thanks to everyone for rallying together to support those affected, we have seen true community spirit today.

– Inspector Kim Brennand, Cumbira Police

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Naked calendar to raise money for mountain rescuers

The team reveal all in a naked calendar. Credit: Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescue teams usually advise people to dress appropriately and according to the conditions... but one Cumbrian group has chosen to bare all to raise funds.

The Penrith team covers the largest area of all of the Lake District mountain rescue teams, and has already been involved in 46 rescues this year.

The service is provided by unpaid volunteers, but they need money to pay for equipment, including the vehicles they use.

Team members have created a naked calendar in a bid to generate funds, and interest in their work.

The calendars are being sold in GO Outdoors and Booths in Penrith, and Eden Rock in Carlisle.

New home for Eden Animal Rescue centre

The new centre can cater for 50 cats Credit: PA

A new purpose built animal rescue centre is opening at Moorlands Head farm in Newbiggin, Temple Sowerby.

The Eden Animal Rescue will now be one of the largest animal shelters in Cumbria, with the capacity to care for 20 dogs, 50 cats and 16 small animals.

The rescue centre has relocated from it's former base at Shap, with the conversion costs topping £300,000.

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