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Pickering flood defence decision expected

Pickering experienced severe floods in June 2007 Credit: ITV

Plans to improve flood defences in a North Yorkshire town are expected to be approved today despite objections from a heritage railway system.

Environment Agency proposals to build a series of dams in Pickering will be debated by North Yorkshire County Council this afternoon.

Planning officials say the scheme should be approved after millions of pounds worth of damage was caused by four major floods in the town between 1999 and 2007.

However, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has objected to the plans for new embankments around Pickering Beck, saying construction work will disrupt its main tourist season.

200 new jobs to be created at Pickering plant

A North Yorkshire plant has announced that it could create up to two hundred new jobs as it expands in the next four years.

The Rosti McKenzie Plant in Pickering has announced a major expansion which it hopes will also benefit the surrounding community.

“This is fantastic news for the company. The investment planned can only be positive for the loyal workforce we have whilst creating further opportunities in the area.

“The local community has been very supportive of our business over the years and that support will again be vital as we embark on this latest development.”

– John Woodhead, Plant Director at Pickering

The staff at Rosti McKechnie have shown the ability of Ryedale companies to compete on the world stage and come out on top.

"This is another excellent result for the Ryedale economy, on top of the recent announcement of 800 new jobs at the Food and Research Agency site at Sand Hutton.

"The economy team at the District Council will continue to work with Rosti McKechnie and other companies to help overcome obstacles to investment in Ryedale.”

– Julian Rudd, Head of Economy and Infrastructure at Ryedale District Council

A public exhibition will be held at Pickering Memorial Hall on Saturday 16 March from 2.30 until 6.00pm to give people the chance to comment on the expansion, and to find out how to apply for the new jobs at Rosti McKechnie.

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Pilot held for murder

A man arrested in the Central African Republic after he stumbled across 18 dead bodies has now been officially notified that he's being held on suspicion of their murder.

David Simpson says he discovered the bodies while he was working as a pilot for a big game company six weeks ago. Today his family say the fact that he now knows why he is being held has given them hope.

Pilot charged with murder after claiming he found massacre

A pilot who claims he discovered a massacre while working in Africa, has been been charged with their murders. Eighteen people were killed in the Central African Republic in March.

David Simpson
David Simpson Credit: ITV

David Simpson, from north Yorkshire, seen here on the left, had been working there for two years. He says the killings look like an attack by local rebels. But he was held in jail for over a month after alerting authorities. Mr Simpson could face the death penalty if found guilty.

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Man held over African massacre

David Simpson (left), 24, is being detained n the Central African Republic after discovering bodies near a local river
David Simpson (left), 24, is being detained n the Central African Republic after discovering bodies near a local river Credit: ITV News

A man from North Yorkshire is being held in prison in Africa after discovering 'bodies with machette wounds'.

David Simpson, 24, moved from his home near Pickering to the Central African Republic two years ago to work on a game reserve.

His family say he went for a drink at a river nearby when he found the bodies with machettes wounds to the backs of their heads.

David reported his discovery to the local authorities, who took him to the prison in the capital city Bangui, where he has been held without charge for a month.

His family say he has been wrongly accused of carrying out the killings himself.

David Simpson has been held in a jail in the Central African Republic for a month
David Simpson has been held in a jail in the Central African Republic for a month Credit: ITV News

The Justice Minister for the Central African Republic says the case will be brought before a Magistrate next week.

The British Foreign Office is providing consular assistance to David Simpson.

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