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LIVE: Tuesday 24 May 2016

LIVE: Tuesday 24 May 2016

Published at 8:28am 24th May 2016. (Updated at 5:55pm 24th May 2016)

The latest news across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.


North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is giving her response after the decision to allow fracking near Kirby Misperton.

Julia Mulligan has released the following statement regarding the resourcing of any protests: "There is a positive duty on North Yorkshire Police to facilitate lawful and peaceful protests, with fracking being absolutely no different, and I do not expect any resourcing issues as a result of the county council’s decision.

"North Yorkshire Police has the necessary contingencies and budgets in place to ensure the force is well able to deal with such events in the calm and professional manner you would expect, ensuring any impact on local residents is kept to a minimum. 

"Above and beyond our usual budgeting, there are also reserves earmarked for any unplanned major incidents, as well as a general reserve which is there for any eventuality. I firmly believe, however, that any lawful and peaceful protest will be facilitated by the police as usual, keeping costs to a minimum.

"In the worst case, there is the option to apply to the Home Office for financial support should the costs exceed 1% of North Yorkshire Police’s budget, or about £1.5 million, but I believe that is highly unlikely to happen."

fracking protest


Here's Welcome to Yorkshire's very own creation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

'God's Own County - A Garden for Yorkshire' has been designed by Matthew Wilson and showcases the region's stunning scenery, iconic heritage, deep-rooted industries and skilled tradespeople.

Inspired by the medieval Great East Window at York Minster, it features a panel of stained glass made using the same methods employed in 1405.

Chelsea Flower Show


The new Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate has been officially appointed.

Councillor Nick Brown formally received the Chains of Office from outgoing Mayor, Councillor Nigel Simms, at the traditional Mayor Making ceremony.

Councillor Brown's wife, Linda, has become Mayoress.

Harrogate Mayor Making 2016

Former Mayoress Lynne Simms, former Mayor Councillor Nigel Simms, new Mayor Councillor Nick Brown and Mayoress Linda Brown


Catch up on the latest business news here.


The Environment Agency has written to Otley's MP to confirm that a plan is being developed to deal with any future flooding which may hit the town.

It comes after Greg Mulholland led a meeting with Floods Minister Rory Stewart last month.

On Boxing Day, the River Wharfe rose to triple its usual height, with homes and businesses being affected.

Flood damage Otley


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vote leave bus parking ticket


The Vote Leave bus has parked up in Harrogate, but is Boris Johnson on board?

He stopped off in York yesterday, as part of a nationwide tour to promote the campaign to leave the European Union.

Vote Leave bus


Police are praising people who took part in protests ahead of the decision on fracking in North Yorkshire.

Officers say the atmosphere outside County Hall largely remained good-natured and there were no arrests.

fracking protest


We're hearing about travel delays on the A59 during this morning's rush hour. 

The cause is an unusual one - apparently it's down to a horse and cart on the road.


Our top story this morning is last night's landmark decision by North Yorkshire County Council to allow a company to test for shale gas at a site near Kirby Misperton.

Environmental groups and protesters are condemning the move.

You can find out more about Third Energy's plans, read a statement from the County Council and watch videos of the protests here.


Good morning!

Here we go for another day, and it looks like it's going to be a sunny one.

It should stay dry, with highs of 15 degrees.

See the latest forecast here.