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Appleby Horse Fair ramp closed after safety concerns

Horses are traditionally washed in the river. Credit: PA

The ramp used for washing horses in the River Eden during the Appleby Fair has been closed, because of the rising water level.

Heavy rainfall in the Appleby area means the river level has risen, and the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group of public agencies and Gypsy and Traveller representatives has decided it could put people and animals at risk.

The water level is being continuously monitored and the group will meet again tomorrow to review the situation, ahead of the start of Appleby Horse Fair on Thursday 8 June.

Public safety and animal welfare is always of paramount concern at Appleby Horse Fair. Due to the heavy rainfall Appleby has experienced over the past 24 hours, MASCG has been advised that in line with our safety policy it is in the best interest of public safety to close the ramp at the river for the time being. We will review this situation tomorrow and provide a further update.

– Dr Robin Hooper, Chair of MASCG and Chief Executive of Eden District Council