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Man dies after explosion flattens Yorkshire home

A man in his 60s has died after a suspected gas explosion destroyed a house in Yorkshire.

Police think the victim was the only resident inside the property in Haxby, near York.

Several other homes were also damaged in the blast.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

Working with nature keeps town safe from floods

Despite weeks of heavy rain that inundated the surrounding areas, the town of Pickering in North Yorkshire stayed safe from the floods simply by working with rather than against nature.

Pickering flooded in 2007 but couldn't get funding for a flood barrier. Instead a smaller, and cheaper reservoir to store water and let it out slowly was built further up Pickering beck.

In addition, 167 small, leaky dams were built out of logs and branches and trees were planted.

ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha reports:

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