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Farmers want permit charge rise to be delayed

Farmers have joined anglers in criticising the proposed increase to permit charges by the Environment Agency.

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North Yorkshire nature tourism can boost the economy by millions of pounds, report claims

Nature tourism has the potential to add millions of pounds to the economy of North Yorkshire whilst boosting public health, according to the authors of a new report.

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Ian Berriman, of Sunderlandwick Farm, Driffield, has his blood pressure checked by nurse Anne Reed, watched by his father Mick. Pictures by James Hardisty.

New series of health checks for farmers begins in Harrogate

Members of Yorkshire’s farming community took the opportunity of a farm machinery open day to take advantage of free medical check ups.

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Alcohol provides extra market for Yorkshire rhubarb growers

A rising demand from the makers of artisan spirits, wines and craft beer is driving an increasingly lucrative new sideline for Yorkshire rhubarb growers.

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Diego Filipe has been banned from driving for 40 months.

Harrogate drink driver banned from road for more than three years

A 35-year-old Harrogate man has been handed a second driving ban for drink driving, just ten months after serving his previous sentence.

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Police seek man who told young girls to give him a cuddle in Harrogate street

Police are appealing for information after a man blocked four young girls from walking down a street in Harrogate and demanded a cuddle.

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The M62 corridor has been chosen for the new Northern Forest which will take 25 years to take shape. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Northern forest to span width of the country along M62

An ambitious project to create a “Northern Forest” of 50m trees along the M62 corridor will begin in March after the Government pledged £5.7m of taxpayers’ cash to get the 25-year project started.

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Police arrest boy after car attacked with drainpipe in Harrogate

A teenager has been arrested by police in connection with an attack on a squad car in Harrogate.

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The next Dark Skies Festival held by the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Park Authorities will be held on February 9 to 25.  Picture by Matthew Savage.

Stargazers needed to share night sky sights in North Yorkshire

People with a passion for the celestial are being recruited to help harness a growing enthusiasm for stargazing in some of the country’s best dark sky locations.

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An artist's impression of part of the architect's new plans for Flaxby Park.

Major plans for new village near Harrogate are tabled

Plans to build a new village of almost 3,000 homes on the edge of Harrogate have been finally been submitted to the council after more than 12 months of talks.

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Yorkshire Vet co-star announces departure from Herriot practice

Like many veterinarians working around the world today, The Yorkshire Vet co-star Julian Norton was inspired to follow in the footsteps of the late Alf Wight thanks to his touching, semi-autobiographical tales of life as a rural vet under his James Herriot pen name.

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Iain Mann, the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership's scheme manager. Pictures by James Hardisty.

How Iain has led efforts to keep Nidderdale’s heritage alive

A dramatic career change, motivated by a love of the outdoors, eventually led Iain Mann to Yorkshire and one of the county’s most fascinating and varied stretches of countryside.

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Festive clampdown on drink and drug driving launched across North Yorkshire

A festive crackdown on drink and drug driving across North Yorkshire has been launched today by police.

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Police have warned of icy conditions on the A1 and M1 motorways this morning.

Yorkshire motorway crashes prompt ice warning

Motorists are being warned to take care in icy conditions following a spate of collisions on motorways in Yorkshire this morning.

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The author Lee Child, who has been revealed as the programming chairman for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Picture by Charlotte Graham/CAG Photography Ltd.

Reacher author Child to chair Harrogate’s crime writing festival

One of the world’s best-selling crime writers Lee Child has been confirmed as the programming chairman for Harrogate’s annual crime-writing spectacular.

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Bike thief sought by police

Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft of a bicycle from a Harrogate street in broad daylight.

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Farm charity’s countryside care burden warning

A charity set up to relieve acute financial pressures within the farming community has used most of its funds in Yorkshire this year to help the elderly, sick and disabled.

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BBC radio presenter Georgey Spanswick hosted the Yorkshire Vet live shows with Peter Wright and Julian Norton in the showground's main ring.

TV vets are a runaway success at Countryside Live

Cast into the spotlight two years ago when the first episode of The Yorkshire Vet aired, co-stars and working vets, Julian Norton and Peter Wright are now recognisable faces across the country.

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Show director Charles Mills taking a wander with special guest, former rugby World Cup winner, Mike Tindall at Countryside Live.

Record visitor numbers at Countryside Live

It was a record-breaking weekend at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s annual autumn showcase of food, farming and equestrian talent, as the presence of its headline acts saw visitor numbers soar by 25 per cent.

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