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Solfest attracts 5,500 festival-goers

Five and a half thousand festival goers have descended on Solfest.

It's the 13th time the event's been held near Aspatria.

There are 300 different bands and acts on show on 9 different stages, including Newton Faulkner who headlined on the Drystone Stage on Friday night.

This evening sees a performance from headline act Dub Pistols, who've now been going for 21 years.

Dutty Moonshine Big Band will play out the festival on the main stage on Sunday night.

Gypsy-funk bank Klonk playing at Solfest Credit: ITV Border


West Cumbria woman's death not suspicious

Police were called to Queen Street at 4.49am on Sunday morning Credit: ITV Border

Police say the death of a woman in Aspatria is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers were called at 4:49am on Sunday after the sudden death of a woman in her 40s at Queen Street.

A 50-year-old man was arrested but later released.

A post-mortem found that the woman's death was due to natural causes.

Three people arrested following theft at Solfest

Three people have been arrested following theft of cash, vouchers and a mobile phone from a tent at Solfest near Aspatria

The theft is believed to have occurred at some point between 2am and 11.30am on Friday August 26.

Following enquiries police have arrested a 36-year old man from Maryport, a 28-year-old woman from Maryport and a 25-year-old man from Whitehaven on suspicion of theft.

Police would like to appeal to festival-goers to ensure that they keep valuables on them and not leave them in an unattended tent.

Man's body found on road in West Cumbria

Police are investigating after the body of a man was found on a road in West Cumbria.

A member of the public reported the discovery on the B5301 between Westnewton and Aspatria at 5.10pm on Monday August 1.

Officers believe the man was in his 50s and are treating his death as unexplained but not suspicious.


Fire service battle silo blaze in Aspatria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines are helping to battle a blaze in Aspatria, involving a silo filled with grain.

Around ten tonnes of grain have been removed from the silo, allowing firefighters to climb ladders to fight the fire using hose reel jets.

They were called to the scene, on the access road to Warwick Hall from the B5301 Aspatria to Yearngill, at around 12:30pm.

UPDATE: Aspatria fire in numbers

Around 30 Fire fighters tackled the fire Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters were alerted to a fire at a scrap yard in Aspatria at 15:00 yesterday.

On arrival fire crews found 40 cars ablaze.

By 16:40 around 30 firefighters accompanied by 8 fire engines, a command unit and a high volume water pump were tackling the fire.

Due to the heavy smoke, neighbouring residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

6 main water jets and hose reel jets were used to fight the fire which was eventually put out by 20:40.

No casualties were involved and no one sustained any injuries.

around 40 cars were ablaze Credit: ITV Border
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