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Earthquake hits off coast of North Yorkshire

An earthquake has hit the north sea off the coast of North Yorkshire.

The British Geological Survey confirmed an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 struck at 6.52pm on Tuesday, around 100 miles east of Scarborough.

It was located 50km away from the site of the biggest UK earthquake ever, recorded at Dogger Bank in 1931.

British Geological survey devices located in Glasidale around 10 miles east of Whitby showed the tremor:

An earthquake magnitude of 3.8 struck at 6.52pm Credit: British Geological Survey

Following the quake some social media users took to to Twitter to poke fun at the incident by posting mocked up photos, exaggerating the impact of the tremor, and even creating the hashtag #prayforscarborough.

One Twitter user shared an image of an upturned wheelie bin with the words "Never forget we will rebuild" superimposed on it and another shared a picture of a floored goat with the message "3.9 earthquake off the coast of Scarborough,hope everyone is alright!"

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Xmas fly-tipping crackdown needs to become a New Year’s resolution, says CLA

The rural landowners association , the CLA, has backed the Christmas crackdown on fly-tipping by the region’s councils, but wants them to make a collective New Year’s resolution that this will continue throughout 2017.

The CLA call for year-round crackdown on fly-tipping

The Local Government Association says councils will be using powers to issue fixed penalty notices up to £400 and seize and destroy vehicles used by offenders as part of a “pre-Christmas, zero-tolerance” nationwide initiative.

The news comes as the cost of clearing up fly-tipping in England has hit nearly £50 million, with councils having to deal with almost 900,000 incidents every 12 months.

However the problem isn’t confined to streets and lay-bys, but also farm land used to grow crops.

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, says it is receiving more and more reports from members saying rubbish is being dumped on their land almost every day of the week.

“We receive regular reports from our members of fly tipping, particularly when their land is located on the fringes of urban areas.

"The waste involved is not just the occasional bin bag, but large household items, from unwanted sofas to broken washing machines, and building materials – even hazardous waste.

“The estimated average cost to rural businesses of this anti-social behaviour is £800 per incident and is a continuing and damaging blight on our countryside.

“The opportunity to issue fixed penalty notices and/or seize vehicles has been available to councils since May of this year.

"It is high time they began to use these powers and make people think twice about dumping their rubbish illegally.

“The crackdown should not just be for the Christmas period, but throughout 2017. "This will not only ease the pressure on the public purse, but also on demoralised farmers and landowners who are simply fed up with dealing with clearing up somebody else’s waste at their own expense.

“The maximum fine is £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court, but this is never enforced – if it was, it might well put people off. "Frequently, it costs more to bring an offender to court than the penalty actually imposed.

“Our MPs need to take note of this blight on our countryside and put pressure on the Courts to enforce a much higher penalty to those that flaunt the law. "There is no deterrent if the fines imposed are going to cost criminals less than disposing of the rubbish legally.”

– Tim Woodward, CLA Regional Surveyor

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Winter heating warnings

With temperatures falling and the colder weather coming, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to think carefully before heating their home this winter.

Fire chiefs are urging householders to think carefully when heating their home this winter

The advice comes after a number of reports of people heating their homes in dangerous ways, without realising the risks.

The service now wants to reinforce the message by highlighting the top mistakes people make in their home when trying to stay warm. This includes:

1) Putting washing too close to their halogen heaters

2) Sitting too close to their halogen heaters

3) Leaving their halogen heaters on when going to bed

4) Keeping wood all the way round a wood burner when lit

5) Using candle flower pot heaters - home-made heating devices made by candles being placed under an upside down plant pot

Residents urged to stay safe when heating their homes this winter

"We want people to stay warm and well this winter, but our main priority is that people stay safe. "We know it's tempting to sit with the heater close to your legs or to dry washing quicker by having the heater right next to it, but this can be extremely dangerous.

"These are all things we see when we visit people in their homes, and it is vital that they understand the dangers so they don’t put themselves or their loved ones at risk. “We realise that it is expensive to heat your homes at present, but would recommend portable oil filled radiators for small space heating."I

– John Barke, Lincolnshire deputy community fire safety manager

If you are at home and are struggling to keep warm, there are a number of schemes available which can help. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator or contactResponders to Warmthon 0845 6064566 who will be able to offer advice and assistance.

Recycle your Xmas tree and help hospice

Households across Lincoln are being encouraged to go green this Christmas and help to support their local hospice with their tree-cycle campaign.

St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation. Credit: St Barnabas Hospice

On Saturday 7th January, St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation.

The hospice will be collecting trees in parts of LN1, LN2, LN3, LN4, LN5 and LN6.

“This is the simplest, greenest and most charitable way to get rid of your Christmas tree after the festivities.

"Let the hospice take away the stress and mess of disposing of your tree and help us to raise vital funds for hospice care.

“Donations are crucial to the success of this event and to ensuring that we can continue to provide dedicated, compassionate hospice care every day of the year.”

– Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St BarnabasHospice

To arrange a collection and donate to the hospice book in at www.charityxmastreecollection.com

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