Four things you should know in Yorkshire today…

Kimberley Ward, 27, who today became the first person in the UK to have a cochlear implant while pregnant, at home in Wortley, Leeds with her partner Liam Binks. (Picture: Guzelian)

Kimberley Ward, 27, who today became the first person in the UK to have a cochlear implant while pregnant, at home in Wortley, Leeds with her partner Liam Binks. (Picture: Guzelian)

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Today we learned that Yorkshire has never had more property millionaires, got hot under the collar about fracking (again), prepared ourselves for congestion charging and got to see a heart-warming video in which a mum-to-be hears her baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

Here are four things you need to know so far today...

Dirty drivers not welcome in Leeds

A new congestion charge is to be introduced in Leeds for vehicles that fail to meet new stringent emission tests designated in a ‘Clean Air Zone’.

From 2020, polluting old buses, coaches, lorries and taxis could be charged up to £12.50 per journey to drive through the city unless they clean up their act.

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Christmas parties to become more boring

A survey has revealed that Yorkshire has recorded the UK’s second biggest increase in the number of houses now worth £1m or more, with 3,041 properties in the county now valued at seven figures.

Don’t forget to try and look fascinated when you get cornered by one of our new property millionaires over canapes at a party this Christmas.

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Yorkshire facing up to the harsh fracks of life

A decision by MPs to allow the extraction of shale gas by fracking in Yorkshire’s national parks has angered campaigners.

Although drilling rigs must be situated outside the parks’ boundaries, energy companies can still extract gas from beneath the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors and Peak District.

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Hearty and hale

A Yorkshire mum has become the first woman in the UK to undergo a cochlear implant during pregnancy to fulfil her desire of hearing the heartbeat of her unborn child.

Kimberley Ward, a 27-year-old business analyst, was captured on video hearing the baby’s heart for the first time.

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