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Potash plans approved in narrow vote

A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.

It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.

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Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine

Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.

Sounds of the Yorkshire coast

Visitors to the coast are being asked to record the sound of the seaside. It's part of a project capture the sounds from the Yorkshire Coast for the British Library's sound archive. The audio will also be used to create a new piece of music inspired by the coast.

Sounds of waves crashing onto the shore at Filey could be added to the archive.

The coastal sound map project coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign. Launched in May 1965, the Trust now manages 775 miles of coast in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – including around 20 miles in Yorkshire.

Musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, will be using the sounds submitted by the public to create a brand new piece of music for release in February 2016.

There is something really evocative about the sounds of our coast; they help shape our memories of the coastline and immediately transport us to a particular time or place whenever we hear them. As millions of us head to the coast this summer for holidays or day trips we want the public to get involved by recording the sounds of our amazing coastline and add them to the sound map. This could be someone wrestling with putting up a deck-chair, the sounds of a fish and chip shop or a busy coastline town. We’d also love to hear from people that might have historic coastal sounds in Yorkshire which might, for example, be stored in a box in the loft. This will help us see how the sounds have changed over the years.

– Cheryl Tipp, Curator of Wildlife and Environment Sounds at the British Library

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Farms across the region host open day

Farms across the region are opening their gates to members of the public today. It is an opportunity for people to find out what it means to be a farmer and to learn about the work they do producing food and managing the countryside. Since the first Open Farm day in 2006 over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.

Man arrested over fox cub find in barn

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after finding 16 fox cubs in a barn near Malton.

Found in a barn

The cubs - all aged from six to eight weeks old - were found by officers acting on intelligence in an outbuilding on the Birdsall Estate. They are now being cared for in an animal sanctuary outside North Yorkshire.

The foxes were being fed and had access to water, but police say they need further information as to how they got in the barn, why they were there, and who put them there.

A man has been arrested in connection with this incident, and has been released on police bail as the investigation continues.

These cubs had been taken out of the wild, and will have come from at least four different litters. I am appealing to anyone with any information about these foxes, particularly landowners and the communities of Birdsall, Leavening and Thixendale, to contact me. I also want to hear from anyone who is aware of earth being dug out or vixens being killed, as they could have important information that could assist the investigation.

– PC Jez Walmsley, Wildlife Crime Officer for the Ryedale area

Clean-up after illegal rave costs thousands

The cost of clearing up after an illegal rave in Lincolnshire is set to run into thousands of pounds.

The Forestry Commission say the event at the end of May in Twyford Woods has also led to a planned event this weekend being cancelled as the clean-up continues. 13 people have been charged with a range of offences, while a further 26 people were released on police bail.

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