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Fracking proposals submitted in North Yorkshire

There is a warning tonight that the economic lifeblood of part of North Yorkshire could be put at risk by plans for the gas drilling technique fracking.

An energy firm has today submitted a formal bid to frack for gas close to the Flamingo Land theme park near Malton.

If it goes ahead, it would be the first fracking since the Government called a temporary halt when one well near Blackpool triggered earthquakes.

Those in favour say it will help secure our future energy supply, but critics are warning of the risk of toxic radiation, more earth tremors and a threat to tourism and farming.

Chris Kiddey reports on a controversial method of fuel extraction which divides opinion:


Man wanted for recall to prison in Bradford

Police in Bradford are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of Joseph Coultous, who is wanted on recall to prison.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Coultous, aged 22, was released on licence in February having been sentenced for burglary.

He is originally from Bradford and has links to the Little Horton, Canterbury, Holme Wood and Great Horton areas of the city.

Coultous was previously sentenced for burglary and has breached the conditions of his prison licence. If he is not prepared to adhere to these strict guidelines then he must be brought to justice and recalled to prison. We have undertaken numerous enquiries to locate this man and officers are fully briefed as to his description. Members of the public, however; can assist in our efforts to return him to jail and I would call on anyone who has seen him or has information, to contact us immediately by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Paula Bickerdike, of Bradford District CID

Over a 1,000 people mourn Danny Jones

There were moving scenes today as more than 1,000 people lined the streets of Halifax to pay their last respects to the Keighley Cougars and Wales rugby league star Danny Jones.

Today his widow Lizzie cradled their five month old twins as she led the mourners at her husband's funeral.

The sport came together to honour the 29 year old who suffered a cardiac arrest just minutes into a game earlier this month.

John Shires reports:

Shop assistant says she is 'no hero' after tackling thief

A shop assistant has been praised today by both police and the public after she rugby-tackled a thief to the ground before making a citizen's arrest.

Fearless Josie Crossland's public-spirited actions in Barnsley town centre were captured on a mobile phone and the footage has since gone viral on social media.

But Josie said today she was just doing her public duty and doesn't want to be called a hero.

David Hirst reports:

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