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Royal Mail launches Sunday opening

Royal Mail is launching a pilot of Sunday opening at around 100 of its delivery offices across the UK from today.

Royal Mail's network of around 1,400 delivery offices is currently open six days a week. The initiative will extend the opening of delivery offices with the highest parcels volumes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to seven days a week.

In addition, 1,600 Post Office branches are also now open on a Sunday.

Delivery offices taking part in the Sunday opening pilot include:

Birch Park Delivery Office YO30, YO31, YO32, YO41 & YO91

Grimsby Delivery Office DN31, DN32, DN33, DN34, DN35,

Halifax Delivery Office HX1, HX2, HX3, HX4, HX5 & HX6

Hull City Delivery Office HU1, HU2, HU3, HU5, HU8, HU9

Lincoln Delivery Office LN1, LN2, LN3 ,LN4, LN5 & LN6

Sheffield South East Delivery Office S12 & S13

Sheffield North Delivery Office

York Central Delivery Office YO1, YO10, YO19, YO23, YO24,

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Yorkshire's smokers struggling to quit

New figures show almost a half of smokers who tried to quit using local health services in our region failed to give up the habit.

Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics Credit: Press Association

Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics. Fifty-four per cent of them were successful, but more than 22,000 smokers slipped back into their old ways.

Q&A session with North Yorks Police Commisioner

Residents from Ryedale have the chance to raise concerns about crime and policing when the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, visits Pickering later this week.

North Yorkshire's Police & Crime Commisioner Julia Mulligan Credit: ITV Yorkshire

She is holding an open Q and A session, between 1pm-2pm on Friday 22 August at Pickering Memorial Hall.Members of the public can attend, listen to a talk by Julia Mulligan and have a chance to ask her any question they would like. An appointment based surgery will then take place between 2pm-3pm, at the same location, giving residents the opportunity to raise personal or private issues, good or bad, on a one on one basis. Surgeries are by appointment only. If you would like to book some time with Julia - or for further information about other Surgeries - please telephone 01423 569 562 or email info@northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

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Asda fuel cut could spark supermarket price war

Asda is reducing the price of its petrol by up to 2p a litre. Credit: PA

Asda could spark a supermarket price war by cutting the cost of its fuel.

From tomorrow, Asda is reducing the price of its petrol by up to 2p a litre, with diesel coming down 1p a litre.

This means that drivers filling up at Asda will pay no more than 124.7p a litre for petrol and 128.7p for diesel - the lowest prices since January 2011.

Asda petrol director Andy Peake said: "It now costs £6 less than last summer to fill up a family car with fuel, meaning we're putting much-needed cash back in drivers' pockets for those bank holiday ice-creams."

Illegal cosmetics seized by trading standards

A huge haul of potentially lethal cosmetics and electrical equipment has been seized, during an operation by the National Trading Standards eCrime Unit.

Officers based in North Yorkshire intercepted two large shipments of illegal goods bound for the UK.

The items, which came from China and the Far East, are often sold on Internet auction sites and contain unknown ingredients that can cause devastating consequences. Julie Harrison reports.

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Danger cosmetics seized by e-crime team

Thousands of pounds worth of fake cosmetics, some of them described as unsafe, which are from China and the Far East, have been seized by a North Yorkshire-based crime team.

The National Trading Standards eCrime Team run by North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council, intercepted two large shipments of illegal goods bound for the UK

Among the goods seized were make-up, nail glue, nail gels, eye shadows, lipsticks, and unsafe UV lamps.

Fake cosmetics Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"These goods are not to be sold in the UK due to various pieces of registration on unlabelled goods being sold within this country. We know some of these goods are unsafe," said Sophie Davies of the City of York Council.

Mike Andrews, coordinator of the national eCrime team, said: "The eCrime Team will continue to crack down on companies that use the internet to scam consumers.

"The action we have taken in this case demonstrates that we will not allow potentially unsafe and dangerous products to be sold online.

"We are pleased that we have been able to prevent tens of thousands of these products from being sold on to unsuspecting consumers."

Mr Andrews said one man had been cautioned in connection with the imports.

Major development in Grantham gets boost from council

Plans for a new £5 million development in Grantham - including a multiplex cinema and a food court -have been given a major boost after South Kesteven District Council's cabinet recommended the project go ahead as part of the town's regeneration.

Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council
Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council

NFU: Country no longer self-sufficient

Today marks the day when UK-grown food runs out, according to the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

The NFU calculate that the UK is only 60 per cent self sufficient

They calculate that the UK is only 60 per cent self sufficient, down from 75 per cent in 1991, meaning we produce less home grown foods and rely increasingly on imports.

The NFU is calling for a growth plan for agriculture to help ensure farmers have the right environment to grow and invest in their business, and help increase sustainable production and productivity on farm