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North York Moors, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales 'suitable for fracking'

The North York Moors, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales are all suitable for fracking according to a new report.

Scientists from Durham University's Department of Earth Sciences have reviewed existing data for each of our 15 national parks and found only four where it could be considered.

The briefing document found the four parks with geology to interest companies looking to exploit shale gas, shale oil or coalbed methane were the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

Fracking was considered "unlikely" in the Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, New Forest and Northumberland. They have shales or coals present but other aspects of their geology make fracking unfavourable.

The remaining seven national parks - the Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia - have geology which rules out fracking, the report found.

Those behind the study, published today, said they produced the report as, they claimed, there remained uncertainty about the policy on fracking in national parks.

Dr Liam Herringshaw, of Durham University's Department of Earth Sciences, said: "The geology of the UK is well-known, so we can examine which national parks are potential targets for fracking, and which national parks can be ruled out.

"Some national parks have no shales or coal within them or adjacent to them, so are of no interest to fracking companies. Many other national parks do contain shales or coal, but their nature means that they are unlikely to yield economic quantities of oil or gas.

"We hope that this review of existing information about the geology of the UK's national parks will help provide all sides involved in the fracking debate with some clarity about the potential for fracking in these areas, which currently appears to be lacking."

Young people support charities with Mercy4Mankind event

Young people from across the region have taken part in the "Mercy4Mankind" walk and run at London's Hyde Park. The event was kicked off by England cricketer Matthew Hoggard.

Organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the event aimed to add an extra £400,000 to the £1.5 million already raised for several UK charities, including Clic Sargent, Humanity First, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC and Barnardos.

We believe that raising money for charity and helping others is the very best way for us to symbolically state that groups like ISIS do not act in Islam’s name and to also help those harmed by these acts of cruelty.

– Nadeem Ahmad, AMYA Regional Vice Chair for Yorkshire

Record visitor numbers for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park welcomed its highest ever number of visitors last year.

Henry Moore's 'Reclining Figure Angles' part of The Back to Land exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More than 400,000 people visited the attraction in Wakefield, bringing over £10m pounds to the local economy.

The park is home to hundreds of sculptures including works by Castleford-born artist Henry Moore and Wakefield's Barbara Hepworth. The Park was awarded the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.

Asda recalls dummy over safety fears

Yorkshire supermarket chain Asda has recalled a type of baby dummy following fears over their safety.

The Little Angels 2 Newborn Soothers dummies are thought to present a choking risk to babies after a complaint by a customer. They can be returned to a store where a full refund can be claimed.

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Visitors invited to enjoy a 'cracking' time at Easter adventure

Families are being invited to join in the fun at Stockeld Park's Easter adventure.

Children enjoying Humpty Dumpty at Stockeld Park

Events include giant hand painted eggs, Little Bo Peep show, 'live lambs,' and hopping bunnies. Visitors are also being given the chance to design their own chocolate flavour, create Easter bonnets, roller skate, ride electric scooters and hunt for eggs through the Enchanted Forest .

Bank holiday Monday sees ‘Hatch it' from York with their live 5 day chick hatching event (6th - 10th April), where children can track and monitor the progress of the chicks.

Each year we are keen to add something new and ‘egg-citing' to our seasonal adventures. We are thrilled to see the return of our Easter Adventure, filled with outdoor and indoor adventure play. This year is even more action packed with our ‘egg-stra' special events programme that we have ‘laid' on for the bank holiday weekend. We hope to have a ‘cracking' event."

– Amy Thornton, Stockeld Park

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.

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.

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