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Iconic Yorkshire images adorn Heathrow buses

Come and visit Yorkshire Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Iconic images of Yorkshire will greet millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport in a bid to attract even more international visitors to the county.

Bolton Abbey, York Minster and the North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes are just some of the images to adorn one of Heathrow’s fleet of scheduled buses that provides passengers with the essential link between Heathrow’s five terminals and the 25 airport hotels.

With more than 73 million passengers a year currently using Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, Welcome to Yorkshire sees this as a great opportunity for the eye catching buses to inspire visitors to discover Yorkshire.

Catching eye of visitors Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

What better way to spread the word about Yorkshire than at Europe’s busiest airport. We hope that when these stunning images catch the eye of millions of world-wide travellers they will be inspired to come and spend time in God’s Own County and see for themselves how beautiful Yorkshire is. The Tour de France promoted Yorkshire to a global audience of millions and this ambitious campaign will promote the county to many more visitors from around the world.

– Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire


Clampdown on hare coursing criminals

Running free Credit: PA

New signs warning hare coursers they face prosecution and heavy fines are set to be distributed across Lincolnshire from today. part of a continued crackdown on the crime. The signs, which also urge the public to call 999 immediately if they see coursing taking place, are timed to coincide with the end of harvest when coursers tend to become more active, due to large areas of land being left without standing crops.

Lincolnshire is often targeted by hare coursers who trespass on private land to carry out this illegal activity. Coursers are hardened criminals who are engaged in betting involving large sums of money. They give no consideration to landowners' property and crops, and are prepared to use violence if disturbed. Evidence shows that they travel from all over the country to the county and are frequently also involved in other criminal activity too. This is a crime that also alarms members of rural communities, and has no place in Lincolnshire. By getting farmers to display these signs we aim to raise public awareness of this crime and help the Police make the county a no-go zone for coursers.

– Ben Underwood, Country Land and Business Association

Thousands attend Chatsworth Country Fair

Thousands of visitors have headed to Chatsworth House today, the home of the Duke of Devonshire, for the the 34th country fair at the north Derbyshire stately home.

The three day event is one of the biggest in the country with displays and stalls covering all aspects of rural life from birds of prey to vintage vehicles.

It also brings a big boost for the local economy. Martin Fisher reports.


Crowds attend Chatsworth Country Fair

Duke and Duchess of Devonshire open Chatsworth Country Fair alongside Oozo the owl.

The very best the countryside has to offer is on display at Chatsworth Country Fair over the next three days, with the promise of something for everyone, including military bands, demonstrations and parades, parachute displays and even the Ukrainian Cossack Stunt team.

The Duke meets the Cossacks and Essex dog display team.

Farmers warned 'be vigilant' for illegal raves

Rave goers Credit: PA

Farmers and landowners in Lincolnshire are being urged to report any suspicious activity to police in a bid to thwart any illegal raves this Bank Holiday weekend.

A rave at Twyford Woods near Grantham last May Bank Holiday attracted more than 1,000 people and 21 police officers and a police dog were injured as they tried to close the rave down. Thirteen people were arrested.

CLA East, an organisation for owners of land, property and businesses, is urging members to reduce the risk of any illegal activity taking place this weekend, saying the events not only cause a great deal of disruption to local communities but also considerable harm to both wildlife and the environment.

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