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Hearing of three North East men detained in India adjourned

The hearing of three men from this region fighting to get home from India has been adjourned by the country's Supreme Court.

Nick Dunn from Ashington, Paul Towers from York and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick are three of six Britons accused of illegally possessing weapons.

The men, all naval security workers, have always insisted they were carrying weapons on board their ship with the proper licensing for their work protecting vessels from pirate attacks.

Nick Dunn has been held in India since 2013.

The charges were dropped in July 2014, but an attempt by police to have them reinstated has blocked their return to the UK.

It was hoped a hearing in Delhi this morning would clear the way for them to finally come home, but the hearing has now been adjourned until April 22.


Large crowds turn out for coal carrying championships

Large crowds have turned out for the 52nd annual World Coal Carrying Championship in Gawthorpe near Ossett, West Yorkshire. The overall winner was Graeme Crane from Dunfermline in Scotland.

Winner Graeme Crane on the final stretch of the race Credit: ITV News Calendar

The championship began in 1963 when two men challenged each other to a race between two pubs in the village while carrying a sack of coal. Today people travel from all over the country and further afield, to race the three quarters of a mile uphill course. Men carry a 50kg sack of coal and women a 20kg sack.


South Korean capital gets 'Harrogate Road'

Links between a North Yorkshire martial arts club and South Korea have resulted in the naming of a new street in its capital.

The event made local news in Seoul after "Harrogate Road" was unveiled in the Dubong district of Seoul, as a mark of the continuing links between the spa town and Eastern Asia.

Representing Harrogate was the founder of the town's Tae Kwon Do Academy, 6th Dan Black belt Kambiz Ali, who has previously attended seminars and competitions in Seoul.

South Korea is the spiritual home of Tae Kwon Do and its headquarters is based in the capital.

Here is how the news was reported in South Korea:

All that glitters is gold in Bramhope quarry

A rich seam of pure gold has been found at a quarry in north Leeds. It was discovered at the quarry in Bramhope, close to Golden Acre Park. Now landscaping company Mone Brothers is hoping to launch a range of solid gold gravel to exploit the find.

Bramhope quarry manager Kevin Mone explained: "We couldn't believe it when we struck gold in Bramhope. These sort of amazing discoveries only happen in South Africa or the USA but it seems we have our very own source of gold in West Yorkshire."

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