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Mountain rescue teams search for missing man

Mountain rescue teams have been searching through the night and throughout today for missing Selby man James Lonsdale.

Seven mountain rescue teams in total have been involved with the search, as well as search dogs from SARDA and a seeking helicopter from RAF Valley in North Wales.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have seen someone matching the description of the missing person to get in contact.

"I would like to appeal to all accommodation venues in the local area, particularly within the valleys surrounding the central fells of the Lake District to make contact with Cumbria Police if a man matching this description has booked in or been seen.”

– Detective Inspector Ian Harwood


Will Scafell Pike's clean-up operation be a success?

It is hoped that England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, will be significantly cleaner this morning.

Some of the rubbish left behind by walkers Credit: ITV News

A group of outdoor instructors had predicted that they would remove several tonnes of rubbish over the weekend that had been left behind by walkers, as part of a clean-up operation organised by volunteers.

Scafell clean up begins

A big clean-up of Scafell Pike begins today (Saturday).

It's one of the Lake District's top attractions for walker and climbers - but this brings with it a big littering problem.

To tackle this, a team of outdoor instructors are carrying out what they call a "deep clean" of Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain.

Hundreds of thousands of people visit the peak every year, leaving behind tonnes of rubbish.

Scafell Pike clean-up

Rubbish on Scafell Pike

A deep clean of England's highest mountain is being carried out by a group of outdoor instructors this weekend.

Scafell Pike in the Lake District sees hundreds of thousands of visitors who leave behind tonnes of rubbish.

Outdoor instructor Richard Pyne:

"I'd led groups on the top of Ben Nevis in winter before, but I was up there with a group this summer and I was appalled at the amount of litter I saw.

"I started filling a bag and ended up carrying down 3kg of rubbish that day."


Brass band performs on top of Scafell

The three peaks brass band performing 'Jerusalem' at the top of Scafell Credit: Three peaks brass

A group of 30 musicians have made their way to the top of Scafell Pike in Cumbria- complete with their full brass band.

The team climbed the highest peaks of England, Scotland and Wales, carrying instruments weighing almost 17 stone.

The team on their way to the top Credit: Three peaks brass

Once they reached the summit of Scafell, they performed a rendition of 'Jerusalem'.

The musicians completed the three peaks challenge in under 24 hours and raised £16,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The team at the top of Scafell Credit: Three peaks brass

Two "lost" women rescued from Scafell Pike

The rescue teams making their way to Scafell Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Two women have been rescued from Scafell Pike in Cumbria after they became separated from their walking group.

A married couple were walking up the mountain with their sister and two sons when the group split into two at around 5pm last night (15th July).

The husband and two sons headed for the summit via Mickledore whilst the wife and sister, decided to take the easier route to the summit via Lingmell Col.

The ladies then failed to appear at the summit and a call was made from the husband to the emergency services at 10.30pm.

The missing pair were then contacted via a team leader at Wasdale Mountain Rescue and it was found that they were fit and well.

The decision was then made to wait until morning before calling out the recue team as the ladies could not give sufficient information for the rescuers to locate them.

The two ladies were then found on the southern slopes of Slight Side at 8.45am this morning (16th July).

The couple had reached the summit but then made a navigational error and walked down into Eskdale, before stopping when they reached steep ground.

Both ladies were uninjured.

Rescuers make their way up hill Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to remind people to take sufficient clothing, equipment and food for emergency situations and also advise people to keep together, especially in groups with limited navigation skills.

Full report: Mountain rescue team slams three peakers

Mountain rescuers in the Lake District are calling on walkers taking part in the three peaks challenge to be better prepared.

Over the last two months the number of call outs to help lost walkers has increased.

Many do not even carry basic equipment like a map and compass.

The rescue teams are also asking hikers to their waste home, because it's cluttering the summits.

We sent our reporter Samantha Parker up Scafell Pike to see what is troubling the rescuers:

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