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EDL protest over claims of child sex grooming rise

EDL members gather outside the Old Post Office pub in Halifax ahead of a march and rally in protest at what they allege is a rise in child grooming in Yorkshire.

There is a heavy police presence in the town ahead of the march which is expected to begin at around 1.30pm.

Members of the English Defence League gather ahead of a march and rally in Halifax this afternoon

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Acomb robbery appeal

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information about a robbery in the Acomb area of York which happened yesterday afternoon at about 4.50pm.

The victim, a local man aged in his 20s, was walking along a cycle path leading from Danebury Drive towards the Morrisons supermarket, when he was approached by two unknown men on pedal cycles who punched him to the floor, searched his trouser pockets and attempted to steal his bag.

The victim was then kicked in his ribs and head resulting in hospital treatment, including stitches to his face.

The suspects made off empty-handed towards Woodlea Avenue after the victim shouted “police”.

The victim remembers seeing a man walking a dog at the time of the robbery.

Police are particularly appealing to the dog walker to come forward who may not have realised what was happening. One of the suspects was riding a red and white mountain bike and is described as white, aged between 20 and 30, and was wearing a black baseball cap and black hooded top.

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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:

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