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Body of missing man has been identified

Mr Allen was thought to have been helping his dog from the water Credit: Cumbria Police

The body of a man found in the river at Muncaster, Ravenglass, has been identified as John Allen.

The 76-year-old from Preston went missing last month while walking his dog near Ravenglass Estuary. His body was found on Wednesday 15 May.

Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.

His family are being supported at this difficult time.

Body found at Ravenglass

A man's has been found in the river at Muncaster, at Ravenglass.

It was reported to the police at 12:50pm, today, Thursday 15 May.

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

The family of John Allen from Preston, who went missing in the area last month, are being supported.


Search continues for missing man

Police and Coastguard services are still looking John Allen, who went missing in Ravenglass.

The 76-year-old, from Preston, has been missing for eleven days.

He was seen walking his dog at Ravenglass Estuary on Monday 28 April. Police believe he was trying to help his dog from the water when he went missing.

He was visiting the area on holiday.

World Owl Trust 'don't feel wanted' at Muncaster

The World Owl Trust say their current agreement with the estate managers is being terminated and unless they can negotiate new arrangements, they'll have to leave by May 2015.

The charity claims the new terms are not financially viable, but the estate say negotiations are ongoing and in tough financial times it's having to review the way the owl centre is run.

The Muncaster estate says it's willing to negotiate but the Trust says it's looking for new premises. Honorary President Tony Warbuton said: "the owl trust is looking for somewhere new to be based, we do not feel we are wanted anymore at Muncaster."

Muncaster: 'There is always a home for owls here'

Peter Frost-Pennington who runs Muncaster Castle says there will always be a home for owls on their site.

But he says they have been forced to review the way the owl centre is run by the World Owl Trust due to a weak economy.

"We are committed to the conservation work that the centre does, as well as the wider conservation work we undertake at Muncaster.

"The last few years have been difficult for Muncaster, like many other tourist attractions, due to the weak economy and we need to make sure that every part of the attraction is operating effectively.

"As part of this we are reviewing the way the owl centre is run. That is what we have said we would like to discuss with the World Owl Trust, which currently runs the centre, and other organisations."

– Peter Frost-Pennington, Muncaster Castle

He added their aim is to continue having an owl centre at Muncaster that works in the best interest of the owls and visitors.


Cumbrian Owl Trust conservation day

An event aimed at raising awareness about owls and how important they are is being held by the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle.

They will be offering information on how to help owls living around the region and will be asking hoteliers to allow their grass to grow long, which will encourage young animals into their gardens- providing a vital source of food for owls.

"Our Conservation Day is a great opportunity for people to come and see the kinds of things that they can do to make a real difference in helping see owls thrive in their area."

– Millie Clarke, Conservation Officer, World Owl Trust

The owl trust centre is home to more than 200 owls from 50 different species and sub-species.

Display with a difference

Fifty-five photos of rural life are going on display throughout the Eskdale Valley in the western Lake District. The pictures will be shown beside waterfalls, along footpaths, at farms and at several stations on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway on the 8th and 9th September.

Train driver along the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway Credit: Cumbria Tourism