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Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live

Visitors have arrived at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate for this year's edition of the Springtime Live event.

Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live

Throughout the day there is entertainment and animal shows, as well as children's workshops and activities.

Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live
Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live


Lincolnshire hosts world's largest gathering of Shire horses

Household Cavalry drum horse Mercury will be leading the parade as part of the celebrations at this weekend's Shire Horse Society National Show.

The event is the largest gathering of Shires in the world.

Owners and visitors have travelled from across Europe to attend the show, which is believed to be one of the oldest, almost continuous, horse shows in the world. It was held for the first time at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London, in 1880, when the charity was named the English Cart Horse Society.

The iconic breed was in danger of dying out just a few decades ago, and even now fewer than 500 new foals are registered every year by the Shire Horse Society.

The charity has been running a Save Our Shires campaign to raise awareness about these gentle giants and numbers have steadily increased, thanks to the dedication of a band of enthusiasts.

150 lambs born at agricultural college on Mothering Sunday

More than 150 lambs were born today at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. Over 8000 people visited the campus to witness the first tentative steps of the newborn lambs. The lambing day event, now in its 60th year, gave members of the public the chance to experience live lambing first-hand and offered everyone who visited the chance to pet, play and feed the new born lambs.


North Yorkshire game farmer fined over 'cruel traps'

A game farmer from Cropton in North Yorkshire has been found guilty of permitting the use of a pole trap on his farm and fined £4000 by Scarborough Magistrates.

Michael Wood, who is 68, was also ordered to pay £750 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following the use of covert surveillance by RSPB Investigations Unit staff.

Two members of Mr Wood’s staff had previously been cautioned by North Yorkshire Police for the use of five pole traps on the farm.

Magistrates ruled it was “inconceivable” that Mr Wood would not have seen one of the pole traps being used by his staff. Westfield Farm rears pheasants and partridges for the game shooting industry.

Pole traps are a method of trapping birds that was outlawed over a hundred years ago. They consist of a steel trap placed on top of a pole that crushes the legs of any wild bird that land on them.

RSPB Investigations Officer, Howard Jones, said: “It is time that these cruel traps were consigned to the history books, but as long as they are being used we will continue to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice."

Fiancee searching for answers over future husband's mystery death

A grieving fiancee is searching for answers over how her husband-to-be died.

Rebecca and Brett before his death in December 2014

The couple had just started planning their wedding - when Brett had a motorbike crash on a rural road in North Yorkshire, just a few weeks before Christmas. Surgerons at Leeds General Infirmary were unable to save him.

He was everything to me. For seven years we've barely spent a day apart and now I'm never going to see him again.

– Rebecca Gregory

Rebecca Gregory returned to the scene to speak about Brett's death in the hope someone can provide answers:

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