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Result: Con HOLD Craven

No change in Craven, North Yorkshire, where the Conservatives remain the largest party.

Nine district council seats were contested and all nine were held - seven by Conservative candidates and two by Independents.

The composition of the council remains the same:

  • Conservatives - 17
  • Independent - 6
  • Labour - 3
  • Liberal Democrat - 1
  • Green - 1
  • UKIP - 1
  • Independent aligned with Conservative group - 1


Warning over blue pills in North Yorkshire

Drug users in the Craven area are being warned about little blue pills which are leading to severe, adverse reactions.

It is not known exactly what the pills are at this stage, and they are currently being analysed to find out what they contain.

“However we do know that they can be extremely harmful and have caused severe reactions in several users. We are therefore warning anyone who has bought or been offered anything similar, not to take them under any circumstances.

“The pills may be passed off as a well known drug to the unsuspecting buyer. If you have any knowledge of these pills, or any other drugs issues please contact the police as soon as possible."

– Inspector Will Scarlett of Craven Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

To pass information to North Yorkshire Police, please call 101. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Police enquiries are continuing into the recent sudden death of a 24-year-old man from High Bentham including the possibility that his death may be linked to the blue tablets. A man in his late teens from Bentham has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A and B drugs.

Thrown out: Plans to charge for brown bin collections

Council bosses have scrapped plans to charge for certain bin collections Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Plans to start charging people for the collection of garden waste bins have been thrown out by Craven District Council. The authority was thinking of bringing in a £24 annual fee for the service, which is free at present.

The council hoped the charge would create savings of almost £150,000 a year. But at a full council meeting, the decision to charge homeowners was scrapped following mass objection.