15 November 2001
Northumberland not infected – official

By FWi staff

NORTHUMBERLAND has its foot-and-mouth infected-area status removed, freeing up 828 farms which were under restrictions.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs lifted the North Pennines infected area around Hexham on Thursday (15 November).

This move followed extensive blood sampling in the Whitley Chapel area of Northumberland – all of which proved negative.

Two smaller infected areas remain in Skipton and Cumbria, as well as the Penrith restricted infected area.

Last week, more than 13,000 farms in North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Lancashire, Co Durham and Cumbria had their infected area status removed.

Defra regional operations director Keith Raine said: “This is tremendous news for both the farming community and everyone who loves the countryside.”

Mr Raine warned that vigilance and strict biosecurity were needed to ensure that the disease was finally eradicated.

No new cases of foot-and-mouth have been confirmed since 30 September.