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Search for missing walker, aged 73

Stephen Gibson

Police are appealing for help in finding an elderly walker who has been missing for three days.

Stephen Gibson, who is 73 and from Malton, was last seen on Wednesday when he was separated from his group during thick fog on the North Yorkshire Moors. His fellow walkers raised the alarm at 7pm when he did not return to his vehicle.

Police and search and rescue teams have been searching with the help of nine specially trained search and rescue dogs from across the country and the National Police Air Service helicopter.

Mr Gibson is a regular walker, is very fit and knows the area well, however we are growing concerned for his safety and fear he may have got into difficulty or has been injured. He did not have any food with him or overnight equipment. If anyone has seen a man matching his description in the areas around Lastingham, Rosedale and Hutton le Hole, or has given him shelter overnight, we urge you to contact the police.

– Inspector Mike Fenton

Plans for potash mine in North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park Authority has received planning application documents from York Potash Ltd for the development of a new potash mine at Dove's Nest Farm, to the south of Sneaton village, near Whitby.

This would involve the construction of two deep mine shafts with associated development on land at Dove's Nest Farm/ Haxby Plantation. York Potash proposes to extract polyhalite mineral from underneath an area covering 253 square kilometres to the south and west of Whitby.

The plans will be available to view on the Authority's website from February 4. The application will also be available for public inspection at the Authority's offices in Helmsley, the Town Council offices in Whitby and at Scarborough Borough Council's offices in St Nicholas Street.**


FLASH: Gas plant given go-ahead in North York Moors

A controversial 50 million pound sour gas plant has been given the go ahead on the edge of the North York Moors national park despite huge opposition from locals and campaigners.

Villagers in Thornton-le-Dale near to Malton have fought a three year battle against the plans which will be built on the outskirts of the village.

Opponents say all of the country's national parks will view the approval of the scheme with alarm, because it is claimed this is the first major industrial development to be given the go ahead under new government guidelines.

Help the North York Moors

Volunteers are wanted at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre Credit: North York Moors National Park Authority

If you are passionate about the North York Moors then you are being asked to volunteer to help answer visitor questions.

New information volunteers are wanted to help the public with queries about the attractions, wildlife and heritage of the Park.

They will be part of the team at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, assisting staff and being involved with geology and human history of Sutton Bank, which has recently opened at the centre.