Tory Lord Howell has apologised for "any offence caused" by his comments about fracking, and insisted he did not believe the north east was "desolate".
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Staying cold. Overnight frost and ice. Cloudier and wetter during Sunday but milder
A cat from York is looking for a new forever home after undergoing surgery to remove a large undigested rat from her stomach.
Icy patches will be a hazard on some untreated roads, pavements & paths. Some injuries are possible from slips and falls on icy surfaces