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The last stand - anti fracking protestors say they'll fight on

The last stand - anti-fracking protestors show their opposition as drilling gets underway today at the controversial Lancashire site.

After drilling was halted seven years ago, Energy firm Caudrilla say it's the end of a long and bitter battle to start shale gas extraction.

For those against the process, there's disappointment, but they say they'll fight on.

Our political reporter Hannah Miller was there when fracking started and looks at both sides of the debate


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Race is on to stop deadly tree disease in the Lake District

Landowners in the Lake District are having to fell hundreds of trees in an effort to control the largest outbreak of disease in living memory.

Phytopthora Ramorum - commonly known as Sudden Oak Death - is carried by larch trees.

It thrives in wet and windy weather, so the race is on try to clear infected forests before it spreads further.


WATCH: Underwater video taken along IoM coast reveals another world below

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A video taken under the sea around the Isle of Man has been viewed over 100,000 times on social media.

Craig Whalley placed his waterproof camera on a fishing line and the result was spectacular.

In the video, shared via Facebook, Craig captured a huge shoal of fish, including dogfish and other types of shark, living below the Irish Sea around the Manx coast.

Sailings and flights cancelled to and from IoM

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Sailings and flights between the Isle of Man and parts of the UK and Ireland have been cancelled.

Gale force winds between 55 to 65mph are expected in some areas, with a Yellow Weather Warning in place between now and 10pm.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have cancelled the Douglas to Heysham sailing at 8.45am and the Heysham to Douglas crossing at 2.15pm.

Passengers booked on these sailings can log onto the Steam Packet website and amend, or contact reservations on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992.

Flights currently affected flying from Ronaldsway Airport are the following:

  • 9:35 - Manchester Cancelled
  • 9:55 - Manchester Cancelled
  • 9:55 - Gatwick (delayed: info at 11:00)
  • 10:05- London CityCancelled
  • 10:10 - Liverpool (delayed: info at 11:00)
  • 10:15 - DublinCancelled
  • 10:40 - Dublin Cancelled
  • 12:15 - Liverpool Delayed
  • 12:55 - London City Cancelled

More information on flight updates can be found here.

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