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Controversial fracking proposals to be submitted

An energy company is to submit controversial plans for fracking in North Yorkshire to the county's council today.

Parts of the North Yorkshire Moors could be subject to fracking Credit: Press Association

Third energy say they want permission "to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations, at the existing Well KM8 at Kirby Misperton".

Samples were taken from the site in 2013 which suggested it was not suitable for drilling, however, samples from deeper sections of the rock produced better results.

The Frack Free Rydale group are planning to protest the move saying that approval could lead to more than 900 wells in the area.

Region's beaches are among the best

The region is blessed with wonderful beaches. Credit: ITV News

Six of the region's beaches have been granted Blue Flags Awards - which recognise the international standard for the best beaches in the world.

They are:

  • Sandhaven Beach, South Shields
  • Longsands, Tynemouth
  • King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth
  • Whitley Bay
  • Scarborough North Bay
  • Whitby

In addition, eight beaches in the North East have received the Seaside Award - Keep Britain Tidy's own award for the beaches that meet the highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

These are:

  • Longsands, Tynemouth
  • King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth
  • Whitley Bay
  • Cullercoats
  • Sandhaven Beach, South Shields
  • Seaton Carew Central, Hartlepool
  • Roker, Sunderland
  • Seaburn, Sunderland

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Breathalysers to be used in bars in Durham

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Breathalysers will be used in a number of bars and clubs in Durham City this evening, as part of a new river safety pilot project.

Last week a report by the charity ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) made a number of recommendations, including additional lighting along the river bank and improving pathways.

Anyone believed to be intoxicated will be breathalysed, and if they are over the limit they could be refused entry.

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River Wear safety report press conference: latest

River Wear safety report: Spend money to reduce death risk

River Wear. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A report into river safety in Durham after the deaths of three students has recommended money is spent to reduce the risk of future accidents.

The charity ROSPA has made a number of recommendations after it inspected the riverbank at different times during a number of days and nights last month.

It suggests additional lighting, improving pathways, fencing in some areas and upgrading public safety equipment along the River Wear.

The report for Durham County Council was commissioned after a number of other mesaures were put in place to stop people who have been drinking heavily, getting close to the river.

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Warning as 'very high' pollution levels to hit parts of UK

Air pollution levels are set to become 'high' and 'very high' in parts of central, eastern and northern England today, experts have warned.

A combination of pollutants trapped near the ground, a small amount of Saharan dust and winds bringing across pollution from Europe has damaged air quality across the country.

Pollution levels will become 'very high' in some parts today Credit: Defra

By tomorrow, however, sharper winds from the Atlantic are expected to clear some of the toxic elements, bringing air pollution levels down to moderate or low.

The latest information on pollution levels can be found on the Defra website.

Concern over A&E waiting times

The latest NHS England figures show that the majority of health trusts in the North East have failed to deal with A&E patients within the targeted time of four hours.

The statistics show that it is part of a national trend, as more and more people have been using the service.

Our cameras were given access to Newcastle's RVI to see its busiest department in action.

The political parties have been commenting on those figures today.

Labour said the figures were partially due to difficulties in getting to see your GP, while UKIP said they weren't surprised the Conservatives didn't want to talk about the NHS.

The Conservative said, however, that the NHS had had a difficult winter and things were getting better.

The Liberal Democrats said that they were promising extra investment into the NHS.

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