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Snow, gales and freezing rain have been battering parts of the USA and Canada over the weekend.

Bills for Beast from the East mounting up

Some of Cumbria's farmers are facing bills of thousands of pounds because of the heavy snow earlier this year.

The Farmer Network, an organisation supporting them, says it believes thousands of sheep died when the snowstorm known as the Beast from the East hit Cumbria, and the financial pressures are now being felt.

Earlier in the year, it says the government was asked, but refused, to subsidise some of the costs of disposing of animals that died in the snow.

Defra told BBC Radio Cumbria it understands the difficulties farmers face during severe weather, and it's stayed in close contact with farmers' representatives.

Nenthead, near Alston
Debbie Barratt