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River barrier to be lifted ahead of Appleby Horse Fair

Horses are traditionally washed in the river Credit: PA

Barriers preventing entry into River Eden will be removed by 4pm today, Wednesday 7 June.

The Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) say it is due to the river levels reducing below 0.5m and the RSPCA being able to clear most of the debris.

Travellers and visitors are still being warned to only enter the river at their own risk, as additional debris may be found in the river later in the day.

The MASCG say they will continue monitoring the rainfall over the next 24 hours.