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Search for missing North Yorkshire pensioner

Missing 77-year-old in Pickering area Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information about a 77-year-old man who was reported missing in Ryedale yesterday afternoon.

Peter William Johnson, from the Cropton area of Pickering, had not been seen by neighbours for a couple of days. His family say he is in an increasingly confused state. Due to his age and for medical reasons, Mr Johnson's disappearance is being treated as high-risk by the police.

A full search involving specialist officers, search and rescue and a police helicopter is ongoing.

Anyone with information or possible sightings of Mr Johnson in the Pickering or surrounding areas, should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room.

Public consultation begins on North Yorkshire fracking proposals

Public consultation begins today into plans to frack for shale gas at a site in North Yorkshire.

Credit: Press Association

The Environment Agency is considering the proposals put forward by Third Energy UK Gas for exploration in Kirby Misperton.

The month-long consultation also includes a public drop-in session on Tuesday 16 June from 12 noon to 8pm at Kirby Misperton Village Hall.

Our regulatory controls for onshore oil and gas are in place to protect people and the environment. We will now assess the proposals to ensure they meet our strict requirements.

We welcome comments from the public and interested groups on local environmental factors that people feel are important.

– Martin Christmas, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency

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Two jailed for blackmailing Pickering man into suicide

Two people have been jailed after blackmailing a Pickering man which led to him taking his own life.

Graham Cooper, aged 59, was found dead at his home on 8 January 2014. Police found documents detailing how he had been threatened by people who had demanded money from him.

Aysha Mullah aged 18, and Javed Ali, aged 19, on were arrested in January and charged with blackmail.

Mullah, of Olive Street, Bolton, and Ali, of Foxley Grove, Bolton, were each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when they appeared before York Crown Court on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

Conmen sentenced for defrauding elderly and vunerable

A gang of cowboy builders have been sentenced for scamming elderly and vulnerable residents in North Yorkshire out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

They approached their victims at their homes and pretended to be their friends in order to charge them for unnecessary repair work.

Trading Standards Officers have labelled their actions as one of the worst cases of repeat victimisation they have ever seen. Grace Melody-Gardner has the details:

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Deacon Blue announce forest gig

Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue perform at the Cornbury Festival, at Great Tew in Oxfordshire. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Deacon Blue have announced they will play at Dalby Forest near Pickering, as part of a series of summer concerts. The Scottish band, who found fame in the 80's, will perform in the North Yorkshire forest on Saturday June 28.

"This is a new adventure for the band. We are looking forward to brining the full Deacon Blue live experience to this unique location and we really hope you can join us. "

Ricky Ross, Deacon Blue

Pickering hoping to avoid repeats of flash flooding

Work on a flood defence scheme in Pickering in North Yorkshire began on Tuesday - six years after the town was hit by severe flash flooding.

Under the scheme, a storage reservoir near Pickering Beck will hold flood water, complementing existing measures such as natural dams and the planting of trees.

The project aims to slow the flow of water running into the town, as Rachel Townsend reports.

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