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North Yorks 'horse whisperers' help Japanese families

A mother and daughter team from North Yorkshire are building an international reputation for helping children with autism better their communication skills, by using horses.

Autism affects the way a person relates to, and communicates with others. By pairing the young people with a horse, the aim is to break down those barriers.

Thanks to the success of the programme, the centre is attracting families from as far away as Japan.

Claire Montgomery reports:

Working with horses 'helps build communication skills'

Sarah Shearman is a renowned horse whisperer who runs a residential centre specialising in using horses to help young people with autism.

The school in North Yorkshire is helping Japanese students to better their communication skills through working with animals.

The centre is run by mother and daughter, Sandra Kreutzer-Brett and Sarah Shearman, who are experts in reading the body language of horses and their riders.

Sarah says working with the animals can help build their confidence and self-esteem.

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North Yorks 'horse whisperers' help Japanese students

Students from Japan are among those travelling to a training centre in rural North Yorkshire to help better their communication skills.

The residential centre specialises in using horses as therapy to help young people with autism.

The visit a joint venture between a mother and daughter, who're experts in reading the body language of the animals and their riders to help students achieve their full potential.

During their visit, families will learn to work together to tack up a horse and use leadership skills to guide the animal.

Over the years, Sandra and Sarah have helped many families. They believe the animals can help break down barriers.

North East veterans pay tribute on 68th anniversary of VJ Day

North East veterans have gathered to pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting the Japanese during World War II.

They are holding a special memorial service in the centre of Sedgefield to mark the anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day.

It is an annual commemoration of the Japanese surrender that effectively ended the Second World War.

The surrender on 15th August 1945 came days after American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Car giants to notify vehicle owners after airbag fault

Nissan has confirmed it will be contacting British car owners within a month to tell them their vehicles must be recalled over a fault with their airbags.

Nissan plans to begin notifying customers within 30 days. Nissan dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator at no cost to the customers.

Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue.

– Nissan

Honda issued a similar statement, confirming it would be contacting affecting vehicle owners.

The recall affects 15,475 Honda cars in the UK, the majority of which are CR-Vs built at the Swindon plant between 2002-2003. There will be a small number of Jazz and Stream variants built between 2001-2002 also included in the recall.

Honda will be contacting the owners of affected vehicles requesting them to make an appointment with their Honda dealer. However, if owners are concerned they are encouraged to visit their local dealer.

– Honda

Toyota, which is set to recall 76,000 cars in the UK, has not issued a statement on its protocol, but confirmed the airbag issue potentially affects the following models: Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Picnic, Camry and Lexus SC430.

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Car recall: advice to customers

People who believe their car may be affected by a recall from four Japanese motor firms, are being urged to get in contact with the manufacturer.

Nissan advised UK customers to contact garages where the cars were bought or call 01923 899334.

They say global car giants are usually quick to recall vehicles for inspection and repair as soon as they are aware of a fault.

These are likely to be minor and rarely linked to accidents or fatalities.

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Thousands of UK cars to be recalled over airbag

Models like the Toyota Yaris, made in 2001 (above), are set to be recalled. Credit: Reuters

Toyota is recalling 76,000 vehicles bought in the UK between November 2000 and March 2004, including models such as the Corolla and the Yaris, due to the Japanese airbag problem.

Nissan is also recalling 59,058 vehicles made between 2000 and 2004 and sold in the UK, including the X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, and Navara models.

Honda is recalling 15,400 UK-bought vehicles made between 2001 and 2004, including the Civic, the CRV and the FRV.

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Japanese airbag recall affects total of 3.4 million cars

Toyota has said the replacement of airbag inflators will take a few hours for each vehicle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The scope of the Japanese airbag problem is a little wider than first reported, with a total of around 3.4 million vehicles set to be recalled worldwide.

The recall includes 490,000 cars in Europe and 580,000 from North America.

The concern is that airbags in front of the vehicles' front passenger seat may not inflate when required, a spokesman for Toyota said.

He added that no injuries or deaths had been reported because of the fault.

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