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Threlkeld dam bolstered ahead of bad weather

Fire services and the Environment Agency have been bolstering flood defences near Keswick today.

They have been pumping the Yellow Dam in Threlkeld out to get into a culvert - which had been partially blocked.

With more heavy rain predicted to fall over the next few days, fire crews have been working to lessen the pressure on the dam - and to reduce the risk of potential flooding to homes and businesses in the area.

A66 reopens after earlier crash

The A66 has reopened following an earlier crash involving a cyclist and a Toyota Avensis.

The collision happened shortly before 2 o'clock this afternoon.

The driver of the car, a 43-year-old man from Threlkeld, was not injured.

The cyclist, a 60-year-old man from Florida, received serious injuries and was taken to Newcastle hospital via Air Ambulance.

The road was closed for a time while the emergency services attended the incident.


Diversions in place following A66 crash

Diversions are in place to allow emergency services to deal with the crash on the A66 at Threlkeld, near Keswick.

Travelling towards west Cumbria, motorists are advised to use junction 41 of the M6, travelling along the B5305, Wigton.

Travelling towards Penrith, motorists should follow the diversions in place at the Crossthwaite roundabout, Keswick.

Cumbria Police say that the road will be closed for some time.

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Row over contaminated pitch clean up

A cricket club in Cumbria, whose pitch was destroyed by flooding in June, has suffered another setback. The club, at Threlkeld near Keswick, has found out that the ground is contaminated by lead and arsenic from the flood water.

The clean up is now likely to take longer, be more expensive and there's an argument over who should pay the bill.


Independent report shows cricket club contamination

Threlkeld cricket club's pitch is officially contaminated, according to a report commissioned by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The pitch, which was once named one of the prettiest clubs by cricket almanac Wisden, was destroyed by flooding and hundreds of tonnes of rubble last month.

The club estimates that the flooding and cost of the damage is about £100,000.

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