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Yorkshire movie storms up the film charts

When you look at the movie charts they will usually be filled with films costing millions of pounds to make and will star huge Hollywood names. Until now.

"Lad, a Yorkshire Story" was filmed right here in Yorkshire on a shoe string budget and features a cast of unknowns who live in the county and is storming up the online charts - two years after it was released.

It tells the tale of a teenager whose life is turned upside down, but he gets back on track thanks to the help of a park ranger in the Yorkshire Dales.

Duncan and Christine spoke to director Dan Hartley and lead actor Bretten Lord:


Councils spend £4m on cleaning up after fly tippers

Councils in Yorkshire are spending almost £4 million a year cleaning up after Illegal fly tippers.

Fly tipping in Yorkshire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Most recent figures from the government show that over 67,000 incidents were recorded by authorities - with more than 18,000 of those in the Sheffield area.

Only £36,000 worth of fines were taken by the councils.

Sounds of the Yorkshire coast

Visitors to the coast are being asked to record the sound of the seaside. It's part of a project capture the sounds from the Yorkshire Coast for the British Library's sound archive. The audio will also be used to create a new piece of music inspired by the coast.

Sounds of waves crashing onto the shore at Filey could be added to the archive.

The coastal sound map project coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign. Launched in May 1965, the Trust now manages 775 miles of coast in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – including around 20 miles in Yorkshire.

Musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, will be using the sounds submitted by the public to create a brand new piece of music for release in February 2016.

There is something really evocative about the sounds of our coast; they help shape our memories of the coastline and immediately transport us to a particular time or place whenever we hear them. As millions of us head to the coast this summer for holidays or day trips we want the public to get involved by recording the sounds of our amazing coastline and add them to the sound map. This could be someone wrestling with putting up a deck-chair, the sounds of a fish and chip shop or a busy coastline town. We’d also love to hear from people that might have historic coastal sounds in Yorkshire which might, for example, be stored in a box in the loft. This will help us see how the sounds have changed over the years.

– Cheryl Tipp, Curator of Wildlife and Environment Sounds at the British Library

Campaign to cut water usage

People are being urged to think twice about how much water they use. It's part of a Yorkshire Water campaign to cut usage by a million litres a day across the region. The company is backing the aims of World Environment Day, and wants its customers to do the same. But it's also looking closer to home as it tries to reduce leakage from its own pipe network by ten million litres a day. Sally Simpson took to the skies and sent this report.


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
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