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Kayaker dies in North Yorkshire

A kayaker has been declared dead after getting into difficulties on the Arkle Beck at Reeth, near Leyburn.

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Man named after canoeing accident

Police have named a man who died after a canoeing accident on the Arkle Beck near Reeth as Matthew Stephen Baird-Parker.

The 36-year old, originally from the Heckmondwike area of West Yorkshire, had been canoeing with friends on Sunday when he got into difficulties on the beck near Leyburn.

He was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance, but was then pronounced dead at the hospital.

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