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Drivers warned to reduce speed ahead of Appleby Horse Fair

Police are warning drivers to reduce their speed around horse drawn vehicles in the build up to the Appleby Horse Fair.

This year's fair starts next Thursday and caravans and horses have already begun heading to the town.


Amateur jockey preparing for ride of his life

Keith Oakes Credit: ITV Border

An amateur jockey from Appleby is preparing to take part in the world's biggest charity race day.

Keith Oakes had no experience as a horse racer, but he began training at a local racing yard around 18 months ago.

He's now saddling up for the Best Western Macmillian Charity Race in York this summer.

It is always something that I wanted to do but never had the opportunity.

I thought I would challenge myself to see if I could get to that level and take part in it and also raise a lot of money on the way for the Macmillian charity."

– Keith Oakes

Appleby landslip closes Settle to Carlisle line

Credit: Network Rail

The Settle to Carlisle railway line was shut to all trains last night after aerial monitoring confirmed the scale of ground movement in the railway embankment at Appleby.

Engineers are planning repairs to fix the issue and minimise the chances of further landslips in the same area in the future.

A road replacement service for passengers will be in place between Appleby and Carlisle.

Consistent high levels of rainfall have saturated the ground and caused this slip, which has affected the stability of the railway through the area. Our aerial footage highlighted the scale of ground movement which has led us to close the line as a precaution while we confirm the next steps to tackle this issue. We do know extensive repairs will be needed to fix this."

– Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail


Watch: National Flood Forum trailer visits communities across the region

The National Flood Forum and The Environment Agency are touring some of the worst hit flood areas in a trailer to learn what they can from local residents.

Tim Backshall went to visit the trailer in Appleby. Watch his report here:

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