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Old Christmas trees will act as a natural flood defence Credit: ITV Border

Used Christmas trees are helping to prevent flooding in parts of West Cumbria.

Hundreds of trees have been recycled by the Environment Agency and placed along the banks of the river Derwent.

It is hoped that they will provide a natural flood defence.


£500k restoration work begins on Derwent riverbank

A £500,000 restoration programme to prevent further erosion of the riverbank on the River Derwent is underway.

The Cumbria County Council project is aimed at securing the land between the river and the A596.

The road began eroding in 2009 when the county was hit by large floods, and has so far lost around 30 feet.

The work will involve placing 3,000 tonnes of limestone over a 100 metre stretch between Northside and Navvies Bridge.

"We must protect the A596 from the threat of further river erosion, which is why we're making this significant investment.

"We've been working hard to deliver a long-term solution that safeguards this important road."

– Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

Motorists are being advised that there may be some disruption on the A596 with one lane temporarily closing at Northside to allow for the unloading of heavy machinery.

The project is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Body found in River Derwent

Police are investigating after a man's body was found near to an area known locally as Cod Fitz yesterday afternoon.

The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has been formally identified as 80 year old Henry Stephenson of Gote Road, Cockermouth. His family has been informed.

Police are not currently treating his death as suspicious and are conducting enquiries on behalf of the coroner.

Woman pulled from river dies

The woman was in the River Cocker Credit: ITV Border

A woman has died after being pulled from the River Cocker in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Police were called after reports someone was in difficulty in the river on Sunday 21st October. She was pulled form the river and taken to the West Cumberland Hospital where she later died.

She has been named as 74 year old Yet Ying Ho from Market Place in Cockermouth.

There are no suspicious circumstances but police are continuing to make enquiries on behalf of the coroner.

The River Cocker in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

They are appealing anyone who knew Mrs Ho to get in touch or who saw a woman with grey hair, between 5”5- 5”6 tall and dressed in black leggings with a blue fleece, black woollen cardigan and black shoes in the Cockermouth area to please contact them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Judith Mennim at Cockermouth Police Station on 101.