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Nine arrested after protest at mine

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a protest at Shotton Surface Mine near Cramlington, Northumberland.

Officers from Northumbria Police were on the scene to minimise any disruption and try and keep mine staff and protesters safe.

The protestors, who believe coal mining contributes to global warming, stopped work at the mine when they occupied areas of it earlier in the day.


Environmental campaigners take over mining equipment

Campaigners have occupied the mine, forcing work there to cease Credit: Matt Ridley's Conscience

A group of environmental campaigners calling themselves 'Matt Ridley's Conscience' have taken over mining equipment at Shotton Surface Mine near Cramlington in Northumberland.

The group have taken their name from the owner of the Blagdon Estate, Viscount Ridley, who's land houses part of Shotton Surface Mine.

The campaigners want coal extraction to cease as they believe burning coal contributes to climate change.

Credit: Matt Ridley's Conscience
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Iconic Yorkshire images adorn Heathrow buses

Come and visit Yorkshire Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Iconic images of Yorkshire will greet millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport in a bid to attract even more international visitors to the county.

Bolton Abbey, York Minster and the North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes are just some of the images to adorn one of Heathrow’s fleet of scheduled buses that provides passengers with the essential link between Heathrow’s five terminals and the 25 airport hotels.

With more than 73 million passengers a year currently using Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, Welcome to Yorkshire sees this as a great opportunity for the eye catching buses to inspire visitors to discover Yorkshire.

Catching eye of visitors Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

What better way to spread the word about Yorkshire than at Europe’s busiest airport. We hope that when these stunning images catch the eye of millions of world-wide travellers they will be inspired to come and spend time in God’s Own County and see for themselves how beautiful Yorkshire is. The Tour de France promoted Yorkshire to a global audience of millions and this ambitious campaign will promote the county to many more visitors from around the world.

– Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Rainton Meadows wins gold

Flowers in bloom at Rainton Meadows Credit: Durham Wildlife Trust

Durham Wildlife Trust is celebrating after one of its reserves won a prestigious award.

The organisation won a Northumbria in Bloom Gold Award for Rainton Meadows, near Houghton le Spring, in recognition of its conservation work on the site.

“Managing grasslands to encourage wild flowers is an important part of what we do at our reserves, both to attract wildlife and to enhance the experience for visitors, so to be recognised for our efforts is welcome news.”

– Director Jim Cokill, Durham Wildlife Trust
Rainton Meadows Credit: Durham Wildlife Trust

Moth Night: Get involved and start counting

It is Moth Night tonight and you can get involved.

It is very simple, you just need to identify and count the moths you see in your garden tonight.

There are several ways to attract them - find out more here

Silver Y Moth Credit: Sheila Cartwright

Around 40 species of migrating moths have appeared in the UK for the first time in the last 15 years - some travelling from as far as North Africa.

You might also spot a moth marked by researchers which could provide more information about migration. Credit:

Once you have your count completed you can record your findings here.

The count lasts for three nights so if you are not about tonight there is still time to get involved - and let us know how you get on.

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Deer may have been deliberately killed

Police say a deer, which was discovered dead in a ditch, may have been deliberately killed.

The animal was found in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on Monday 24th August. Police say it had been dead for some time.

The Northumbria force says the discovery, on Heathery Lane, follows two reports of suspected poachers in the area earlier this year. On those occasions, no evidence of any offences was found.

The force's wildlife co-ordinator, Don Churchill, says:

"Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.

We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers."

– Northumbria Police
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