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Wildfire rages on Raven Crag

The fire has been raging since around 10am Credit: ITV News Border

Raven Crag is on fire. A wildfire has been raging since at least 10am this morning.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service has five crews trying to tackle the blaze, but it's in a remote, inaccessible area so it says it's been challenging trying to get to it.

Smoke billows from the fell side. Credit: ITV News Border
Raven Crag is remote and inaccessible Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are specialists in wildfires because of Cumbria's rural nature, where wildfires are possible, particularly in hot weather.

After weeks of sunshine and very little rain, the grass in much of the Lake District is very dry and therefore highly flammable.

The light rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow (Monday) may be very welcome.

The United Utilities forest was once praised by the Prince of Wales Credit: ITV News Border

No buildings or people are thought to be at risk.

In the top right you can just see a fire hose trying to quell the blaze Credit: ITV News Border
Rain forecast tonight might be the Crag's best hope Credit: ITV News Border

Silloth RNLI search for stranded elderly couple

An elderly couple have had a lucky escape after they were cut off by the incoming tide at Powfoot.

Silloth Lifeboat crew was joined by Annan Coastguard yesterday afternoon to search for the couple after reports the water was up to their chests.

In the end the couple managed to get out of the water unaided and had made their way back to their caravan park.

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Woman seriously injured in Carlisle crash

A woman has been seriously injured in a car crash in Carlisle.

The 40-year old lady was driving a silver Freelander Land Rover alone on Friday evening when it was in a collision with a silver Ford Mondeo in Kingstown.

She was taken to hospital with head, neck and back injuries, while the occupants of the Mondeo were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

It happened at 4.40pm and Cumbria Police is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Protests taking place in region ahead of Donald Trump's visit

Protests in Dumfries. Credit: ITV Border

Protests are taking place around the region to protest against Donald Trump's state visit to Britain.

One demonstration has been organised in Dumfries by the Trade Union Council.

Some of those taking part feel that he is an inappropriate person to receive such an honour due to some of his high profile comments and views on issues they say they disagree with.

Donald Trump is to be greeted by the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell when he arrives in Scotland on Friday 13 July.

The US president is expected to be in the UK for three days.

Mr Trump is believed to be spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014, although there has been no official confirmation of his plans.

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Maryport Blues Festival cancelled

Maryport Blues Festival. Credit: ITV Border

This year's Maryport Blues Festival has been cancelled.

Organisers say it's because of a lack of funding.

There were also health and safety issues about visitor numbers, as it was the same weekend as Kendal Calling.

The event was due to start at the end of the month.

All artists booked to take part have been informed and people who have bought tickets will be refunded.

The festival sees musicians perform in a marquee, pubs and on an outdoor stage.

This year would have been the festivals 20th anniversary.

Teenager sprayed in face with 'unknown substance' in west Cumbria

Part of the A594 in the Ellenborough area. Credit: Google Maps

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance.

It happened in the evening on Thursday 12 July by the A594 between Maryport and Dearham, in the Ellenborough area.

The victim was sprayed as he walked past a male holding a bottle.

The 17-year-old had some skin irritation and attended Cumberland Infirmary.

He has since been discharged.

Officers investigating the incident have located the bottle believed to have been used.

The road was closed in both directions whilst officers carried out investigations. The road has since reopened.

The person sought is described as a young white male, possibly in his teens, around 5ft 6ins tall and wearing a black hoody. He was also wearing black jeans and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

This kind of incident is very rare and is taken extremely seriously.

Thankfully, the 17-year-old is recovering well following the assault and there is no reason to believe there is any danger to the wider public at this time.

I would urge anyone with information about the incident to contact the police immediately."

– Detective Inspector Matt Scott
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