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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have sent the following message to the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria:

"My wife and I were utterly horrified to learn of the dreadful events which took place in Cumbria yesterday and can well imagine the devastating effect on the county.

"We would be so grateful if you could somehow convey our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the poor families whose lives have been so torn apart by such brutally tragic circumstances.

"It is scarcely bearable that Cumbria has had to endure this renewed suffering, particularly after last November's floods and the recent coach accident.

"Our hearts go out to Cumbria."