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Horse Fair river ramp closed due to high water levels

Horses in the river Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of the Appleby Horse Fair have closed the river ramp due to high river levels.

The Jubilee Ford is used for horse washing, but it will be closed overnight with immediate effect until tomorrow morning due to high waters levels and quickening water flow.

Officials say that the safety of animals and the wider public is the primary concern for these measures being put in place.

“Following a meeting this afternoon of the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group for Appleby Fair (MASCG), we have taken the decision with the support of MASCG Gypsy and Traveller representatives, to close the River Ramp on the Sands and the Jubilee Ford that are used for horse washing.

"The river’s high water level could pose a risk to animals and the public. The closure will remain in place overnight until tomorrow morning."

– Temporary Chief Superintendent Mark Pannone, Cumbria Police