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Tickets go on sale for Kaiser Chiefs forest gig

Ricky Wilson, the band's lead singer. Credit: PA

Tickets go on sale this morning (at 9am) for a very different kind of Kaiser Chiefs' gig.

The band are performing in Dalby Forest near Pickering in June. It's part of Forest Live, a series of events organised to promote wildlife conservation.

Now in their sixteenth season, Forest Live gigs take place at seven forest locations. The gigs aim to have an eclectic range of international artists, all in an unusual location.


Driver critical after car drops 150ft down bank

A woman and two children are in hospital after their car dropped 150ft down an embankment in North Yorkshire.

The 57-year-old woman from Coventry is in a critical condition after the accident at around 4:50pm yesterday on the A169 at Saltergate Bank near Pickering.

She was driving a silver Renault Modus car and travelling towards Whitby.

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

"Be careful on the roads so you do not die like our son"

David and Janet Warin's son Daniel died driving his girlfriend home from the cinema in Pickering in 1995, a few weeks after he passed his test. Since then, they have given talks to school students urging them to take care when they are new behind the wheel.

Gregg Easteal reports.

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.

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.

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