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Monty Stubble

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Posted: 15/05/2017 20:54:28
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Yesterday, at Hodge Close Quarry, near Coniston, a rather disturbing incident. COMRU, the Lakes Mines Rescue Team were practicing stretcher hauling, etc out of the big hole. In preparation they cordoned off an area at the pitch head to make it safe and to dissuade idle visitors. In order to do this they used 50m of brand new static rope (gold coloured). They then retired back to the vehicle for a little first aid refresher about 30m away. Quite a few walkers, etc around, it was a nice day.

Half an hour later they return to the pitch head to start rigging to find the safety rope gone ... stolen along with its rope bag!

Some mindless scrotes have just stolen it when no distance away, and in full view, is a large Unimog Ambulance with a load of blokes and lasses in Cave Rescue Jackets milling around. Totally unbelievable or what?

COMRU, along with all other Cave and Mountain rescue teams are charities and have to buy most of their gear. There is no bottomless pit of largesse from anywhere.

So if you're offered a bit of cheap gold rope, do let them know and give the seller a good "talking" to.

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Posted: 15/05/2017 21:28:08
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Great Scott that's an outrage Crying IP: 86.140.90.53
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Posted: 15/05/2017 21:55:01
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Disgusting, if you are on Facebook there are a few groups you could mention this on, Such as 'Ground conditions in UK mountain areas' or 'scrambling and mountaineering uk' both have a lot of users in the Lake District. IP: 94.5.27.176
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Posted: 15/05/2017 22:27:56
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Coniston attracts certain 'types' for some reason.

If you camping dont even think of Coniston Hall, there are actually fights there. Anything left around disappears, the electron out of deep level stopes back to the level after the catwalk went years ago, even in situ hangers disappear.

Your cars aren't safe.

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Posted: 15/05/2017 22:46:22
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Really? Are these townie ruffians out on a jolly or genuine outdoor types gone wrong, or - the type of people causing chaos in Bathstone mines - if there are such demographic groupings.

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Posted: 15/05/2017 23:30:44
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I suspect a lot of said thievery is based on the 'next fix' mentality which seems to be everywhere these days.Cursing IP: 109.147.152.158
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Posted: 16/05/2017 08:18:26
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The agro around Coniston goes back to the 1980s, I once made the mistake of staying at said campsite and didn't get to sleep until 2.30.
I warned everyone before the lakes NAMHO event and people found out the hard way. I stayed over at Sikeside half way to Glenridding.

I hear the pub in Coniston can be a bit 'lively'

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Posted: 16/05/2017 10:56:51
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Bad I know but how come nobody noticed? If the ambulance and a number of people were "no distance away" surely somebody must have seen something?

As regards bad behaviour on camp sites, I've seen it on a few occasions. I was on a site in Yorkshire where it appears to be someones idea of a good time to get drunk and to throw the empty bottles into a metal bin until 2pm and to send their kids to break branches off all the surrounding trees. We encountered them in the showers in the morning boasting about how they were certain to be thrown off the site.

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Posted: 16/05/2017 11:13:11
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It's a shame stuff like rescue ropes can't be painted to make it instantly recognisable, like scaffold companies do with their kit.

When on a campsite in Ingleton back in the 80s, we were kept awake by idiots till 2am. Our party included someone who played the Highland pipes. He had an early morning practice at 6am just outside their tent. They left the same day.
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Posted: 16/05/2017 11:54:20
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I've always had a rather nice time in Coniston and hadn't really noticed any more rowdy side to the place. A shame to hear it might be heading that way. Confused

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Posted: 16/05/2017 12:35:40
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The rope was in a blind dip just over a slight rise before the edge less that 30m away from us.

Sad times that people steal from others let alone a rescue team let alone a charity.

We work so hard to be prepared and are always a friendly group to approach and chat too.
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Posted: 16/05/2017 15:34:25
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I've camped at Coniston before and it's pretty much as Roy has mentioned. Lots of noise and rowdyness well into the early hours, fueled by excessive alcohol. Lots of kids left to run riot etc.
When I was there it seemed to be predominently full of Liverpudlians and Manchunians.
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Posted: 16/05/2017 16:50:34
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We used to camp at Coniston hall in the early 1980's, my mates bro worked on site so we used to get to pitch buckshee; can't remember it being rowdy at all. If we had made any noise at all, the Brummie guy next to us would have karate-chopped us into dog meat Innocent

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Posted: 16/05/2017 17:28:36
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Back in the 80s Porth Y Ogof car park was a frequent target for kit thefts, eventually a gang from Brum area were caught by early wildlife camera kit. Dinas mine suffered the same 'til they fitted the car park barriers. IP: 109.147.152.158
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Posted: 16/05/2017 17:43:14
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In the 90s the bend by Whitesike on the Middleton-in-Teesdale road earned the nickname of "car break in corner".

I think the rumors of someone in cammo with a really powerful air rifle and really good telescopic sights up on the fell stopped it.

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Posted: 16/05/2017 19:29:19
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When I read the title of this thread I assumed it was about somewhere in France called (phonetically) Tee - ev - ree!

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Posted: 16/05/2017 19:32:56
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I remember this corner well, having slept in my car in the lay by, on the left, towards Alston, on a couple of occasions.
One of our friends, left the keys in his car on this bend, went off for a call of nature, and when he came back the car was gone!
It certainly is beyond the Pale, to quote an Irish expression.
I think that we need to put the facts on face-book, it is not something I use at all.
CAT has a site here, perhaps one of them might put it up.
There must also be others who use it, but as previously stated it is not me,
The only other idea I have is to keep a close eye on E-Bay to see if any cheap rope is being offered.
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Posted: 21/05/2017 00:56:17
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I hope that they catch the theiving bastards.
Or that the theiving bastards need help from COMRU! Oh sweet justice.
Anyhow am in South Wales and it seems that when park up to go walking/exploring we are always being warned about the number of 'scratters' about on the steal. Where most of us go to Ikea of a weekend, the 'ne're do wells' are on the edge of the Beacons shopping for stuff to buy drugs with. Where are the police when you need them?
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Posted: 21/05/2017 09:50:30
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Not just the thieving scrotes you need to watch these days; I have heard word from reliable sources that Weardale gamekeepers are not averse to vandalising parked cars to discourage folks from exercising their Right to Roam

However, there are some very clever and discreet covert surveillance cameras on the market, so if anyone on the 'other side' is reading this, I recommend you give Freelanders a VERY wide berth! Devil

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