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Hidden corners - Kerrie Gosney discovers a wonder of the world in Hutton Roof

In the latest in our series of 'Hidden Corners of the North West' our weather presenter Kerrie Gosney has been to the wilds of Cumbria.

Hutton Roof is one of the few areas of limestone pavement in the world.

Andrew Walter from Cumbria Wildlife Trust takes us on a breathtaking guided tour.


Farm thefts soaring in the North West

Farmers are DNA marking sheep to protect them from theft Credit: GTV

Theft from farms in the region is soaring according to new figures.

The Rural Crime Report released by an insurance company shows that it cost farmers three point four million pounds last year.

That's up by almost twenty two percent on the previous year.

The reports indicates that across the country rural theft cost forty four and a half million pounds in 2017, the highest level in four years.

And it indicates that farmers are using medieval methods of crime prevention, like using geese and dogs as early warning systems, as well as installing high tech security and fortifying their farms with earth banks and stockades.

Faced with repeated and determined attacks from a new breed of brazen thieves, farmers and country people are turning to history books to re-purpose security measures from medieval times.

Adapting centuries-old security with high tech solutions is already proving successful in keeping at bay thieves who don't fear being caught on camera and have the skills to overcome electronic security systems.

– Tim Price, Rural Affairs Specialist

High-flying Burnley hit new heights as outdoor centre is reopened in Lancashire

Burnley star Jack Cork meets local schoolchildren Credit: Burnley FC

Burnley FC stars Jack Cork, Chris Wood and Adam Legzdins, alongside the Mayor of Pendle Councillor David Whalley, officially reopened Burnley FC in the Community’s Whitehough Outdoor Centre in Barley.

The players met children from local primary schools Castercliff Primary Academy and Pendle Primary Academy who were enjoying activities at the Lancashire facility.

Mike Hall reports.


The Lake District designated World Heritage Site

The Lake District Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

The Lake District has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

UNESCO, the watchdog in charge of the register, made the decision at its annual meeting in Poland this afternoon.

It gives the area the same official status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

It's the third time the national park has tried to get the status.

Competition for amateur snappers

Credit: Lake District Hoteliers Association

A competition has begun to find the best photographs of the Lake District in winter. The competition is part of campaign to drive tourism to the region. Entrants are being asked to submit the best snaps.

Credit: Lake District Hoteliers Association

The competition is open to photographers of all ages and split into two categories: over 18s and under 18s. So If you've got some Lake District photos you're particularly proud of and you want to enter the competition.. then click herefor more details.

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