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Watchdogs condemn Yorkshire Wolds' windfarm plans

Heritage and archaeology watchdogs have condemned proposals for a major wind farm development in the Yorkshire Wolds, Energy giants EDF want to install ten turbines, each the height of the Humber Bridge.

Plans to install ten windturbines in Yorkshire Wolds condemned by watchdogs Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Opponents claim it will destroy important archaeological deposits in the area.

Yorkshire schools invited to donate books to South African children

Schools in Yorkshire are being invited to donate books to schools in rural parts of South Africa, as part of a competition to learn about farming in the country.

The 2015 Help a South African School competition asks children in years 1 through to 11 to learn about fruit farming and the difference it makes to the lives of families in South Africa, and to produce a collage of their learnings. There are two top prizes of £1,000 for winning schools. Schools are asked to submit their entry alongside a donation of used books.

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Parents urged to be 'dog aware'

Parents in the Calendar region are being urged to educate their children on how to behave safely around dogs. New research by the Dog's Trust charity reveals 39% of parents in Yorkshire and the Humber say their child comes into contact with a dog on a daily basis, while over a third say they would allow their child to approach a dog they don't know. Over a thousand children were taken to hospital in the UK with dog bites between 2013-2014. As part of the trust's Be Dog Smart' campaign, parents are being encouraged to recognise the signs when a dog may be agitated. David Wood reports.

Heart transplant family urge people to join donor list

One of the most difficult decisions any family has to make is whether to donate the organs of a loved one to help save another life. More than 200 people have died waiting for organ donations in the last five years in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and there are over than 850 people waiting for donations at the moment. Mark Gough has been talking to one family who know more than most about the need for donors.

Former Yorkshire bowler Bob Appleyard dies

Former Yorkshire and England bowler Bob Appleyard has died at the age of 90.

Appleyard played just nine Tests but took 31 wickets in them at a remarkable average of 17.87, and is regarded by many as one of the world's all-time greatest medium-pace bowlers.

Bob Appleyard is on the back row far left as he heads to Australia with the MCC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced today that Appleyard, who had been ill for several months, had died.

He did not begin his first-class career until he was 27 and then played for just eight years, between 1950 to 1958.

In that time, though, he was prolific - taking 708 wickets at 15.48.

His Test career spanned just two years, in the mid-1950s, but included an Ashes series victory in Australia under fellow Yorkshireman Len Hutton in 1954-55.

Bradford-born Appleyard's statistics are unmatched by his contemporaries, and stand comparison with the very best from any era.

His bowling style was difficult to define - fast off-breaks, and cutters - but uniquely effective, especially on rain-affected surfaces at a time when wickets were uncovered.

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Emmerdale star honoured in Westminster ceremony

Emmerdale actor Bhasker Patel is celebrating after receiving an award at a ceremony at the House of Commons.

Mr Patel, who plays Rishi Sharma, was voted Actor of the Year by the magazine Asian Voice.

Describing himself as a 'jobbing actor', Mr Patel has infact appeared in more than 100 feature films, alongside the likes of Robin Williams and Harrison Ford.

East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

Cold homes 'could kill 11,000 in region by 2030'

Almost eleven thousand vulnerable people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could die in the next fifteen years because they're unable to heat their homes.

The charity National Energy Action's released figures warning about the threat to vulnerable people from cold homes Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

That's the stark warning from the charity National Energy Action says domestic energy consumers are being hit hard by Treasury energy taxes. They're calling on politicians to address the issue as a matter of priority ahead of the general election.

Government figures show there are currently 4.5 million households which are unable to properly heat their homes across the country.

  • In Yorkshire and The Humber, 244850 households (10.8%) live in fuel poverty.
  • NEA believes that of the 3000 'excess winter deaths' in Yorkshire and The Humber every year, 30% of these were attributed to cold homes.
  • Fuel poor households in Yorkshire and The Humber typically need to pay£440 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.
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