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CCTV: Vandals cut 10 feet from top of Keswick's Christmas tree

Police are searching for vandals who cut 10 feet from the top of Keswick's Christmas tree on Market Square.

It happened overnight between the 16th November and 17th November.

CCTV has been released as part of the investigation into the damage:

Officers are keen to speak to the people pictured. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

The town council says the damage will not affect the Christmas lights switch on tonight.

Meet the furry faces of fame on the fells

A pair of dogs from Keswick have won a tourism award for their work in bringing more visitors into Keswick and promoting it as a dog-friendly place.

Max and Paddy have become social media stars:

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Police name man who died on A66

Credit: ITV Border

Police have named the man who died on the A66 as David Robinson, 53, of Keswick.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after being found injured at around 7.30am on 13 December.

Police are still investigating how David Robinson died, but think he may have been hit by a HGV and that the driver was not aware of the collision.

Anyone with information or who may have dashcam footage of that area around 7.30am, should call 101 and ask to speak to PC 1947 Ross.

Keswick show cancelled

Keswick Show Credit: ITV Border

This year’s Keswick Show has been cancelled.

The popular event had been due to take place on Monday but organisers say that bad weather over the past few weeks had forced them to cancel.

Secretary Judith Hildreth said: “A decision was made to cancel as there was no facilities for car parking due to the condition of the ground.

“It is very disappointing but I would like everyone who has supported the show over the years and hope that they will do so again in the future.”

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Dates confirmed for 2018 Keswick Mountain Festival

The festival will run from 7 to 10 June 2018 Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

The organisers of Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) have announced the dates for the 2018 event, which will run from 7 to 10 June 2018 at Crow Park in Keswick.

The 2017 KMF was held in June for the first time and featured the event’s biggest ever programme. Improvements to the event included a larger dedicated campsite, increased capacity in the sporting events, and the addition of new activities for young people.

KMF say they are very pleased that they will be able to stage the festival once again next June:

Our priority has always been to deliver a sustainable major event here in the heart of Cumbria, that brings in extra visitors and income, and which local residents can also enjoy and take pride in.

Independent research shows that the event brought £1.17m into the Keswick area in 2017 and that 15% of the visitors were new to Keswick and would return."

– Nicola Meadley, Keswick Mountain Festival director
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