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Lake District climbers warned of avalanche threat

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Image caption Mountain rescue teams urged fell walkers and climbers to be properly prepared

Walkers and climbers in the Lake District are being warned about the risk of avalanches.

It is expected to remain snowy at higher levels with ice making conditions dangerous.

Already this year, two people have died on the fells and mountain rescue teams have been called out 30 times.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue team leader Mike Blakey said many people were not aware avalanches happen regularly in the Lakes.

"Cornices are common on the edges of the summits and ridges and sometimes it's difficult to know exactly where the ground ends and overhanging snow begins," he said.

Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association chairman Richard Warren said most of those they rescue were "ill-prepared".

"They go out too late, they get caught out by the dark, they don't have torches, they don't have maps, compasses.

"They don't look at the weather and, if the weather's bad, they still seem to go up."

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