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Body found in 'most inaccessible' place in Lake District

Wasdale Mountain Team, which recovered a body from the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District this afternoon, said they had to contend with what they determine 'the region's most inaccessible place'.

They had been searching for Christopher Blowman, 67, from Carlton, Louth, went walking in the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District yesterday morning, Wednesday 14 May.

As yet, no formal identification of the body has taken place.

Where we recovered the body from was the most inaccessible place in the Lake District. We had to access him using 100m ropes.

We went out last night at 11.30pm and finished this afternoon at 4.30pm. It was a massive team effort by mountain rescue teams across the Lake District.

Sadly, it was a tragic outcome and the teams thoughts are with the family and friends.

– Mike Gullen, Team leader, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

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.

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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
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