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Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

More speed camera vans for North Yorkshire

Rural speeding will be tackled with the help of 6 new camera vans for North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, has announced an increase in safety camera vehicles in the region.

Six more vans will be used in rural areas around the county.

They will carry Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

The decision, according to the force, is designed to:

• Tackle rural and cross-border crime

• Improve road safety, particularly as rural roads are less safe than their urban counterparts

• Address concerns expressed by rural communities and others for an agile service that can be based at more sites of community concern

• Increase the visibility of the police in the community as a deterrent

• Bring North Yorkshire’s road safety equipment provision into line with other similar Forces

“The issue most often raised with me is road safety, particularly speeding through villages and other local communities.

These new vehicles will mean we can better improve road safety, continue to see the numbers of people hurt or killed reduce and support even more communities who have road safety concerns."

– Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan

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Pictures: goods vehicles overturned by Storm Henry

Three goods vehicles have overturned in high winds whipped up by Storm Henry.

A white van and lorry overturned within a quarter of a mile of each other on the A66 County Durham-Cumbrian border, near the Stainmore Cafe.

Overturned van on the A66. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Overturned lorry on the A66. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Further north, on the A1, near junction 60 in Country Durham, another lorry was knocked over by the high winds.

Overturned lorry on the A1. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Co Durham road closed following landslip

Frosterley landslip

A landslip has forced the closure of the road between Frosterley and Stanhope.

Following an inspection of the site where the slip occurred on the C75 back road, Durham County Council has closed the road to ensure public safety.

Traffic is being redirected via the A689 and diversion signs will be in place as soon as

The landslip happened some time during the weekend following heavy rainfall and the stormy conditions.

It is thought repairs could take several months.

High winds topple three commercial vehicles in our region

Police say that some van and lorry drivers appear to be ignoring their advice not to use certain routes in high winds after three commercial vehicles overturned.

Two of them are within a quarter mile stretch of each other on the County Durham/ Cumbrian border.

One lorry and a large white van have gone over on the A66 eastbound close to the Stainmore Cafe near Kirkby Stephen.

And on the A1 southbound, near the A689 turnoff at junction 60, a third lorry has overturned.

Police say this is a sign that the winds are strengthening because this accident happened on lower ground.

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