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Bidding officially closed for Blencathra

Bidding for the iconic mountain, Blencathra, closed at midday today (2nd July).

'We are very excited by the interest that has been shown. We confirm that a number of offers have been received and are confident that we can move towards the sale of this iconic mountain.

Now that the closing date has passed and offers have been submitted the next role for us here at H&H Land and Property as agents, is to review each of the offers, report them to the Trustees and await further instruction from our clients.'

– John Robson, Director of H&H Land and Property

Final bids to be placed for Blencathra

Blencathra went on sale on the 5th May Credit: PA

Campaigners fighting to keep Lake District mountain Blencathra in the community's hands must submit their final bid today.

The mountain, which is up for sale for nearly £2million pounds, was put on the market by the Earl of Lonsdale earlier this year.

The mountain went on sale on the 5th May. Thousands of people have already pledged money to buy the iconic mountain. Sealed bids must be submitted by midday.

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Countries unite to discuss flood prevention techniques

Scientists from across Europe are in Cumbria to discuss flood prevention.

They're using model simulators to demonstrate how rivers flow and investigate different ways to protect people and their property.

Academics from the Netherlands have been sharing some of their more radical approaches to minimising the effects of extreme weather.

Katie Hunter reports:

A Cumbrian taste of World Cup fever from Rio

It's just two days to go until the World Cup gets underway in Brazil.

The build-up has been marred by strikes and street protests at the cost of hosting the world's biggest sporting event.

But there's little doubt that come Thursday 12 June, most of the country's 200 million people will be glued to the television.

One man who can tell us about world cup fever is vicar Ben Phillips - who moved from Carlisle to Rio de Janeiro with his family two years ago.

Neil Billingham spoke to him earlier via Skype.

'Extra demand' for passports leads to delay

Holidaymakers could see a delay in getting their passports Credit: PA

Some British holidaymakers could have their summer holidays ruined due to lengthy delays caused by an application backlog at the passport office, the Sun (£) has reported.

Passport fraud staff have been diverted to help with the extra workload amid a struggle to issue travel documents before the summer holiday season, the Guardian said.

The Passport Office's interim chief executive Paul Pugh denied there was a backlog, saying: "We have been experiencing exceptional early summer demand for passports. We have brought in extra staff to respond to the extra demand."

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Woodlands flood risk discussed worldwide

Woodlands near Selkirk, on the Scottish Borders. Credit: PA

Forestry experts from all over the world have been in Cumbria to learn how to use woodland for profit and to cut flood risk.

The workshops have been taking place near Thirlmere explaining how the Lake District manages it's woodland to such good economic and environmental effect.

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