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Potash plans approved in narrow vote

A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.

It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.


Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine

Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.

Whitby ranks as one of best places to pass driving test

It has been 80 years since the UK's first driving test and the chances of passing varies depending on where you take your test.

You have a better chance of passing your test in rural areas Credit: Press Association

According to the latest figures, those who live in rural areas, find it easier to pass than those who live in cities.

Whitby in North Yorkshire is one of the easiest places to take your test with around 65.4 per cent of learners passing.


Police find car in search for missing woman

Police searching for a missing woman from Nottinghamshire have found her car near Whitby Abbey.

Kathryn Summers

Kathryn Summers, 42, was last seen at her parents' address on 18 May.

Officers say they are growing concerned for her safety and are urging anyone who has seen Kathryn or has any information regarding her whereabouts to get in touch as soon as possible.

Kathryn is described as around five feet tall with shoulder-length, curly brown hair. She often wears glasses and has quite a pale complexion. She was last seen wearing a purple jacket, black trousers and black walking boots.

Fears that North Yorkshire mental health charity may close

A mental health charity In North Yorkshire could be forced to close in a matter of weeks, if it does not find the £20,000 needed to keep its office running.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has helped over 8,000 people in the past 10 years, but does not receive a penny from the national arm of the charity. Ben Erlam reports.

And for more information about the charity click here

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