Harry Potter comes to Yorkshire today as the North York Moors Railway hold their second story train journey of the summer.
The Potter themed journey will depart from Pickering, taking those on board to Goathland station which was transformed into Hogsmeade for the movies. Aboard the train they will meet Hagrid and school prefect Harrietta Frog.
The Hogwarts Train will travel to Grosmont before returning back down the line, stopping off at Hogsmeade (Goathland) games at the Goathland Hotel, and Levisham for trackside storytelling.
After more than a decade of campaigning, residents in Pickering are celebrating tonight after new flood defences were finally given the go-ahead. The picturesque North Yorkshire market town has endured major flooding over the past fifteen years causing millions of pounds worth of damage.
The £2 million project aims to slow the flow of water running into the town which lies at the foot of the North York Moors, but not everyone has welcomed the scheme.
New flood defences for Pickering are likely to get the go-ahead despite the North Yorkshire Moors Railway saying the work will cause significant dispruption during the main tourist season.
It's the fortieth anniversary of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway today. They'll be celebrating with a special stream train trip from Whitby to Pickering.
The line was closed to passengers in 1965 and freight in 1966 as a result of the Beeching Report. But the North Yorkshire Moors Railway reopened the line in 1973 and is now run as a successful tourist attraction.
Moulded plastics firm Rosti McKechnie has announced plans to expand their Pickering factory creating upto 200 jobs over the next four years.
At the moment the firm employs over 400 people at the North Yorkshire plant.
Rosti McKechnie will invest in new machinery and processes along with building a new storage and logistics facility on the current site.
Work is expected to start within the next few months and the company will start recruiting additional staff later this year.
A public exhibition is to take place at Pickering Memorial Hall on Saturday 16 th March from 2.30 until 6.00pm to explain the proposed development at the firm's Westgate Carr Road site.
– John Woodhead, Ross McKechnie's Pickering Plant Director
This is fantastic news for the company. The investment planned can only be positive for the loyal workforce we have whilst creating further opportunities in the area”.
The family of a man from North Yorkshire held in the Central African Republic on suspicion of murder says the Foreign Office is not doing enough. David Simpson from Pickering was arrested after he reported to police that he had found 18 massacred bodies in the bush.
It has been confirmed a man from North Yorkshire who was locked up in Africa after discovering bodies is being held on suspicion of murder.
24 year old David Simpson was arrested almost six weeks ago in the Central African Republic and has been held in jail since then. It followed him reporting to police the bodies of 18 men in the remote bush.
On his family's Facebook page they have said it has been confirmed Mr Simpson is being held on suspicion of murder, but they are seeing the start of a third investigation into what happened as a positive mood.