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Second death at Leeds’s overcrowded Armley prison

The Shadow Justice Secretary has joined a prison watchdog in raising concerns about overcrowding at a Leeds jail after the deaths of two inmates in one week and allegations of sexual assault.

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Value of Black Friday deals called into question by new study

The value of Black Friday deals has been called into question by consumer watchdog Which? as researchers forecast a lean winter of high street spending.

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Final bid to save seaside theatre from demolition ends in failure

A long-running campaign to save a seaside theatre that once attracted some of the country’s biggest stars has ended in defeat.

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The Leven at Great Ayton.

Village upholds tradition of honouring its famous captain

About three weeks ago a longstanding tradition was played out on the River Leven in North Yorkshire whereby homemade model boats were raced through the water by excited schoolchildren.

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The popularity of accommodation such as shepherd's huts is growing, report Farm Stay UK.

Why farm stays as relevant as ever - for farmers and visitors

Farmers who open their gates to holidaymakers are facing more competition than ever before at a time when a profitable diversification has scarcely been seen as being more important.

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Lack of rural voice is harming communities, Lords told

Whitehall must address its lack of a strong voice to communicate the challenging reality of rural life and finally “rural proof” policy decisions across every government department, countryside leaders have urged.

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The author Lee Child, who has been revealed as the programming chairman for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Picture by Charlotte Graham/CAG Photography Ltd.

Reacher author Child to chair Harrogate’s crime writing festival

One of the world’s best-selling crime writers Lee Child has been confirmed as the programming chairman for Harrogate’s annual crime-writing spectacular.

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The net rate of high street shop closures has slowed to the smallest seen since 2010, with Yorkshire witnessing net openings, new research shows.

Yorkshire leads trend of fewer high street shop closures

The number of high street shops facing closure has dropped to its lowest level since 2010, but not significantly enough to prevent the UK from losing the equivalent of 14 fewer chain stores each day, according to new research.

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Michael Pritchard, who was murdered 20 years ago today.

Murder police reopen Bradford enquiries into delivery driver murder

Cold case detectives have a reopened an investigation into the murder of a delivery driver on the 20th anniversary of his death.

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File photo dated 28/04/10 of a CCTV camera. CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. Picture by Clive Gee/PA Wire.

Mandate for video monitoring of all English abattoirs

CCTV recording will become mandatory in all slaughterhouses across the country next year, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed, following almost unanimous support from industry, welfare groups and the public.

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Laura Plummer was arrested at Hurghada airport on October 9.

Court postponements for Hull woman held in Egypt for drug smuggling

A woman from Hull who is accused of smuggling drugs was today due to be transferred to a second jail in Egypt after her case was committed to the criminal courts.

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Mukers upland hay meadows produce their best displays in mid-June. Picture by David Hill.

Meadows of marvel to be found at Muker

For a small, remote Yorkshire Dales village, Muker has certainly had its fair share of attention.

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Minette Batters, deputy president of the NFU.

Trade will most define farming’s new era, deputy NFU leader says

The deputy leader of the National Farmers’ Union, Minette Batters, said the future of trade alone will shape the farming landscape for years to come and that it is vital that the entire industry speaks as one to present a clear framework for a domestic agricultural policy.

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A panel discussion held today heard of how Brexit could change the agricultural industry. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

‘Yorkshire food brand would capitalise on free EU trade deal’

Farmers are capable of forging a productive future from Brexit but until Britain’s future trading relationship with the European Union is agreed, there is no way forward for details of a new domestic policy that would give farmers sorely needed confidence, a public meeting heard.

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Rachael Gillbanks, pictured with her German pointer, Molly, during her challenge to walk one million steps in aid of The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Farming Community Network.

Rachael’s million steps in aid of farming charities

A desire to break the habit of sitting down at a desk has spurred on a Yorkshire farming union officer to step out on a huge challenge for charity.

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European member states have again failed to make a decision on the future of the world's most widely used weed killer.

More indecision sees weed killer decision delayed

A vote on whether the world’s most widely used weed killer should continue to be used across Europe has once again ended in deadlock.

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Gove backs further ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

Tougher restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides are justified by the growing weight of scientific evidence they are harmful to bees and other pollinators, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove said today.

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Paul Caldwell, chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency, addressed farmers at the Northern Farming Conference in Hexham.

Farm payments boss admits customer service must improve

The chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has said every decision he has taken has been about getting the most money out to the most farmers as possible, as he publicly acknowledged shortcomings in how the country’s European farm support payments had been handled.

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The Dark Skies Festival has been extended for its third year. Picture by Steve Bell.

Stargazing spectacular extended in North Yorkshire

Ordinarily visitors flock to National Parks so that they can admire at the splendour of the landscape around them, but a thriving festival in North Yorkshire is instead bringing people to the area to cast their gaze upwards in the dead of night.

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The West End of York Minster.

Anti-terror barrier installed outside York Minster

Work to install a protective barrier consisting of 12 large stone blocks outside the front of York Minster will begin this week.

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