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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Car damaged as weather forces Whinlatter Forest closure

A car was damaged by a falling branch at Whinlatter Forest today, as bad weather forced the attraction to close.

However, nobody was injured in the incident.

The forest, in the Lake District, was battered by strong winds, which promted officials to shut it down to visitors at 2.30pm because of safety fears.

A spokesman for the Forestry Commission told the News & Star: "The safety of visitors and our staff and contractors working in the
public forests in our care is our priority.

"Therefore, because of the high winds, which were causing branches to fall, we activated our severe-weather procedure and temporarily closed Whinlatter Forest to visitors at 2.30pm on Saturday, December 14.

"We will re-assess the situation on Sunday morning."

He added: "One branch did fall on a car today. No one was injured."

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