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Government welcome EU funding for Yorkshire energy scheme

The Government's Energy Secretary has welcomed €300million of funding for a carbon capture energy programme in Yorkshire.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey welcomed the news Credit: Press Association

The European Union funding will go towards the White Rose project which could create up to 2,000 jobs and provide clean electricity to more than 630,000.

Ed Davey said: "This is great news for Yorkshire and for Britain. White Rose will create thousands of green, local jobs and make a real difference to cutting carbon emissions.

“The UK is at the forefront of developing carbon capture and storage, with excellent potential for storage in the North and Irish Seas, and the expertise in operating offshore to make it a reality."

The pipe will run 45 miles underground and 56 miles out to sea

Carbon capture and storage is a process of capturing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power stations and industrial facilities, and storing it offshore, deep under the sea bed.

It is estimated that clean power plants with CCS could provide more than 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity by 2050.

White Rose carbon capture scheme in numbers

  • 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year will be transported
  • Yorkshire accounts for 60 million tonnes per year, 19 per cent of all UK emissions
  • CCS could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from power stations by up to 90 per cent
  • Carbon Dioxide would be transported in liquid form
  • Pipe would stretch 45 miles under ground through Yorkshire and 56 miles out to sea

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Yorkshire carbon capture scheme wins millions in EU funding

A carbon capture scheme running through Yorkshire has been given a boost with around €300 million in funding from the European Union.

Drax Power Station Credit: Press Association

The White Rose CCS Project will build a new plant beside the existing Drax Power Station site which will burn coal with the potential to co-fire sustainable biomass and meet the equivalent power needs of over 630,000 homes.

From the start, 90 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced by the new plant will be captured and piped off shore beneath the North Sea seabed.

Leigh Hackett, CEO of Capture Power, who run the project, said it "represents another significant milestone for us in our development programme and an important potential source of funding for the Project, as well as providing a strong signal for CCS in Europe."

Police launch search for missing Selby man

William Notley has not been in contact since he spoke with his wife on the phone yesterday (Tuesday 24/6)

Police in Selby are appealing for help in finding a missing man. 57-year-old William Notley has not been in contact since he spoke with his wife on the phone yesterday lunchtime when it is believed he was at his home address on Buller Stree.

Officers say Mr Notley's whereabouts are unknown and it is possible he is anywhere in the country. He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a slim build and brown hair. It is possible that he is wearing a brown striped polo shirt, blue jeans and brown trainers.

Selby & Knottingley road closures for level crossing work

People in Selby and Knottingley are being warned of a series of road closures and diversions this month, to allow for work to signals and level crossings.

It's part of a project to re-signal the railway in the Sudforth Lane and Hensall areas, including closing the signal boxes at each, and moving control of the signals to the Ferrybridge signalling control centre.

Network Rails says many of the closures are taking place over the May bank holiday, to reduce the risk of disruption as much as possible.

The improvement work includes renewing five level crossings across the area. At High Eggborough and Heck Lane, the manned gate boxes will be removed.

Investigation after York restaurant fire

An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at a converted mill in North Yorkshire.

At it's height around 25 firefighters from York and Selby were called out to tackle flames at the Spice Mill restaurant in Riccall.

Crews say the building has been severley damaged by the blaze and they are now working to establish the cause.

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Walking with the Wounded hero looking forward to family time

A former soldier from Selby who trekked to the South Pole to raise money for charity says he is looking forward to taking a rest - but only until the next challenge presents itself.

Ibrar Ali lost his right arm in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

Weeks after returning from the Polar trek he took on the London Marathon at the weekend to raise even more money for the charity Walking with the Wounded.

He spoke to Duncan and Lisa about his adventures:

Police seek witnesses to serious assault in Selby

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man’s jaw was broken in two during an assault in Selby.

The victim, a 24-year-old local man, was attacked outside Barclays Bank at the junction of Gowthorpe and Finkle Street at around 2.30am on Sunday 30 March 2014.

He was in the company of a woman and as they turned into Finkle Street they passed five men walking in the opposite direction. One of the men and the victim had a verbal altercation during which another of the group punched him in the face.

The victim fell to the ground and sustained serious injuries to his face. His jaw was split in two and he suffered a fracture higher up his jaw bone.

He spent three days in hospital, where he had an operation to insert metal plates and screws into his jaw to hold his chin together. He may also need further surgery.

The man who punched him is described as white, aged in his 20s, 6ft tall, with a slim build, and fairish hair which was short on the sides. He was wearing a distinctive white t-shirt with a pattern on the front and black sleeves and possibly blue jeans.

Following the assault a white man, aged in his 20s, with a slim build and dark hair, helped the victim to his feet. He was wearing a grey hooded top with dark trousers and officers are urging him to come forward.

Another man officers want to trace is a man who watched the assault and then walked off down Finkle Street. He is described as white, with a slim build, and dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans with a long white t–shirt with a black jacket.

Selby children rewarded for recycling

The "O2 dog" with Selby Community Primary's school council Credit: Selby Times

Children at a school in Selby have been rewarded for recycling - by being given funds for a special nature garden.

The pupils, at Selby Community Primary School, took part in an assembly run by O2, who are encouraging youngsters and their parents to recycle their old mobile phones.

In return, for each device, the company are donating double their recycle value to develop a nature garden at the school.

Ian Clennan, headteacher at the school, said: "The children are looking forward to planning and working on their garden. We welcome this great opportunity to raise funds to enable the children to develop the garden for their enjoyment whilst at the same time enhancing their knowledge of nature.

"It is also a good opportunity to support O2 in their project to recycle phones and other electrical gadgets."

Police officer saves baby's life

A police officer in Selby has been praised after saving the life of a one year-old baby.

Ruth with baby Harry and PC Tony Morton

PC Tony Morton was passing by a house in the town when a woman ran out in distress, holding a limp child in her hands, waving frantically.

PC Morton explains: "It was a wet afternoon and as I came to the junction of Bawtry Road, I saw a young woman emerge from a house waving and shouting frantically at anyone who was passing. She appeared to be holding what at first glance looked like a rag doll.

"I went over to help and when I saw baby Harry my heart sank, he was floppy, grey, his lips had turned blue and his eyes had rolled into the back of his head.

"I sat the lady and baby down in the back of the van while at the same time, made an urgent radio call for an ambulance. I checked for a pulse but there was none.

Tony's first aid training kicked in when he realised the ambulance might not arrive in time:

"After a few breaths his eyes started to move and he miraculously began breathing on his own. I was amazed at how quickly he came round and within a few minutes he was wearing my yellow woolly hat and was wrapped in my police jacket."

Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and thanked PC Morton for his quick thinking and told PC Morton he had saved baby Harry's life.

PC Morton added: "Once the incident was over and I had time to reflect on what had happened, it was quite emotional."

Harry's mum, Ruth Travis thanked PC Morton and hand delivered a card and chocolates to Selby police station. She said: "I thought he was dead. I am very grateful to Tony and I feel lucky that he was there at the right time."

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