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Work starts on Skipton flood prevention scheme

Work has started today on a new flood prevention scheme in Skipton.

The beginning of the £13 million project was marked by the ceremonial lifting of a stone gatepost from one of the two small rivers which run through he town.

River walls will be built higher and two reservoirs built upstream to hold back flood water. It is hoped it will protect nearly 550 properties.

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Bouncer suffers broken jaw after nightclub assault

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an assault at a nightclub in Skipton which left a doorman with a broken jaw. which

The incident took place at the Kooky Nightclub in the early hours of New Year's Day when one of the doormen at the nightclub was assaulted by a man.

The victim suffered a broken jaw during the attack.

A 25-year-old man from Keighley was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Huge rock fall blocks canal

A huge rock fall has blocked the canal which runs around the walls of Skipton Castle.

Huge rock fall blocks canal Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hundreds of tons of stone has fallen from the cliff below the Castle walls into the Springs Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Structural engineers are being brought in to investigate .

The canal towpath has been closed for safety reasons.

Thousand of visitors every year enjoy boat trips along the canal .

Yorkshire couple to have dead dog cloned in South Korea

A couple from Yorkshire have travelled to South Korea to wait for the birth of two puppies cloned from their dead, much-loved dog.

Library picture of a boxer dog Credit: Press Association

Laura Jacques and Richard Remde from Skipton, are reported to have paid £67,000 to clone their boxer, Dylan, who died earlier this year.

Ms Jaques told The Guardian: "I had had Dylan since he was a puppy. I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world."

The couple are the first UK paying customers of the South Korean Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, which has already produced one cloned British dog for free following a competition.

The controversial laboratory has created more than 700 dogs but pet cloning has been criticised by a range of organisations, including Genewatch and the RSPCA.

The process involves extracting DNA from a recently dead animal and implanting this into an egg which has had the nucleus removed. This is then implanted into a surrogate mother.

Sooam's website says live cells can be taken from dogs up to five days after they have died.

It also give advice on how to store your dead pet in your fridge as you prepare for the process.

The cloned animals will have the same DNA as the original dog and share many traits.

According to the paper, Ms Jacques and Mr Remde obtained the DNA samples themselves after Dylan died following a brain tumour.

Mr Remde went to South Korea twice for the process.

Now the surrogate pregnancies have been confirmed, the pair have flown back to South Korea for the births. They said the first puppy is due on Boxing Day and the other a day later.

Mr Remde said: "It will be like five Christmases coming all at once."

Police appeal for missing man spotted in Skipton laundrette

Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from his home in Blackpool, who is thought to have been spotted in a laundrette in Skipton.

CCTV image from laundrette in Skipton

Andrew Howard, who is 54, disappeared on Tuesday December 15.

He is described as 5ft 7ins, medium build and has short dark brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a red 'Weird Fish' waterproof jacket black shoes and a divers watch.

It is out of character for Andrew to go missing and we are getting very concerned about him. I would urge anyone who has seen him to contact us with any information as soon as possible.

Similarly, Andrew, if you see this appeal, please get in touch with us or your family to let us know you are safe.”

– PC Paul Hill Blackpool Police

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Father of missing man makes emotional appeal

The father of a man who went missing after a night out in York has issued an emotional appeal for his safe return.

Rory Johnson-Hatfield Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Rory Johnson-Hatfield, 29, from Skipton was last seen three weeks ago in the City Mills area.

His family arranged additional searches of the River Ouse, with the York Rescue Boat, after police searches were suspended due to flooding.

Doug Hatfield said Rory's disappearance had "left a hole" in the family's heart.

CCTV images released in search for Rory Johnson

Police in York have released CCTV images as the search for missing Skipton man Rory Johnson continues.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

It is hoped the images will jog the memories of anyone who may have seen Rory in York in the early hours of Friday 20 November 2015.

The images show Rory in Tower Street, York at around 12.39am opposite Clifford’s Tower. A further sighting of Rory in the City Mills area at 12.47am has since been confirmed by family members.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Officers are following a number of lines of investigation with the recent river searches being one of several.

We have now concluded very extensive searches of the river, both on the surface and using underwater sonar equipment. At present there is no reason to continue the search of the river, however, if further information allows us to target a specific location then searches would be resumed.

– Superintendent Adam Thomson, North Yorkshire Police
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