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River safety campaign to address 'underlying issues'

The families of three young people who drowned in York's river are due to take part in a new river safety campaign.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the campaign looks to address "underlying issues" such as alcohol that can affect the way people behave around rivers when they are "on a night out".

Families of victims who drowned in York's river take part in safety campaign

Megan Roberts, Ben Clarkson and Tyler Pearson all drowned between January and March 2014.

The families of three young people who drowned in York's river are due to take part in a new safety campaign.

Megan Roberts, Ben Clarkson and Tyler Pearson all drowned between January and March 2014.

Their families will now meet with the authorities later this week.

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Why does the North East want Scotland to stay?

I think two things are bubbling beneath this poll. First, a sense that Scotland is our closest friend, and second, that it could become our worst enemy.

As a friend, the North East does plenty of trade across the border with Scotland. But would an independent Scotland turn on its neighbours, slashing taxes to compete for business?

I heard some of that concern on the streets today as South Tyneside Council raised the Saltire this morning. People there clung to 'No' signs to show that while they don't have a voice, they do have a view. And that view was largely that Scotland and the North East are better together.

But interestingly, our poll doesn't suggest that support for the union is that much higher in the North East than elsewhere in England, at least not when compared to other recent polls. I think there may be two things at play here too.

One is the promise from Alex Salmond that the North East could actually benefit from Scottish independence. That together, they could build an economic powerhouse to rival the south, linking the great cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

The other, is his vision for what some believe would be a more 'socialist' Scotland. In the North East, the majority of people vote Labour. And not just Labour, but Old Labour. There are some who quite fancy the idea of Scotland embarking on a left-wing adventure right on our doorstep.

But unlike the polls in Scotland, here there is a clear majority. And for now, that majority is firmly in favour of the union.

- Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

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