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Territorial Army Royal Engineer Richard Lewis was brought on board in Cumbria two weeks ago to help with the crisis.

Lewis, who usually works for Sir Robert McAlpine in Manchester, has been involved in supervision activities at the Great Orton site. But more recently he has been helping to locate new burning and burial sites across the county.

Lewis says that the priority after finding a suitable site is to contact utility companies to prevent damage to existing infrastructure. He explains: 'At Longtown, for instance, Transco came and pegged out a 50m exclusion zone to ensure we kept away from a gas main.'

Assurances must then be sought from the Environment Agency that the site will not cause watercourse pollution if animals are buried, or if the site is for burning, that the local environmental health authorities are happy with the atmospheric pollution risks.

Only then would Lewis approach the landowner for permission to use the land.

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