19/01/2017 Look North (Yorkshire)


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Good evening and welcome to the late Look North.

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Tonight, the shockingly easy trade in illegal drugs in Yorkshire -

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we go undercover to see how easy it is to buy laughing gas

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And the owner of Castle Howard tells us about his fears over fracking

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as protesters set up camp in Ryedale.

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The quiet weather looks set to continue over the next few days.

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I'll be back later with all the details.

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An undercover investigation by Look North has found that one

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of the country's most popular illegal drugs is available to buy

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Students at Leeds University say getting hold of nitrous oxide -

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known as laughing gas - is as easy as ordering a taxi.

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It's led to 17 deaths over a six year period and was made

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Ali Fortescue has this exclusive report.

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A dangerous and popular craze, inhaling nitrous oxide

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through balloons for a 20-second high, said by some to be as intense

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This is a drug more common here in the UK than anywhere else.

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We've set out to find out how dealers are illegally selling

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in Leeds and targeting young people on social media.

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Cool, do you think in about an hour would be all right?

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What interests me is that they said they were going to send one

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of their drivers to me so clearly they've got more than one driver,

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It'll be interesting to see if they actually turn up now.

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And here's what we're responding to - Facebook adverts plainly

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selling laughing gas and offering special deals.

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We arrange to meet the dealer in Woodhouse,

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Eventually a car pulls up with two men inside it.

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I've never actually done it before, what does it do?

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If we want some more later, mate, can we get some more?

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What amazes me most about this is just how easy it is to find.

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I mean, they have really gone to no effort to disguise

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All I have to do is type a couple of keywords into Google...

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And there you go, one click and I'm into their Facebook page and one

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phone call and I can order illegal drugs to my doorstep.

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So we found one site selling laughing gas but is it

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Well, according to Leeds University students, yes, it is.

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Every time you go out, if you go to a house

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It's a lot harder now to get it but definitely at house

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parties it's everywhere, after parties, everywhere.

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If I'm going to be honest, I see it on every street,

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on the pavements, in hedges, in gardens, you know.

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Laughing gas? Yeah, laughing gas.

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It's true that nitrous oxide isn't the most dangerous drug around.

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It's still used by dentists and by doctors to help women

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in labour and it's also the gas in whipped cream canisters.

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But in an uncontrolled environment it can kill.

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When you breathe in nitrous oxide, it's absorbed really quickly

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into the body and it goes straight to the brain and it can

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cause unconsciousness within 30 to 45 seconds.

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The unconscious human being is at risk and if there

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are not people around to support their airways,

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support their breathing, you can die as a result of unconsciousness.

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The risks are clear but illegal or not, this is a drug that's easy

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to find and a trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

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And it was very easy for you to get hold of this but what has happened

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since filming? Since our investigation, police searched and

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address and found what was a huge amount of laughing gas, nearly 5000

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canisters and 7200 balloons and they arrested two men in their 20s and

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suspicion of possessing nitrous oxide with intent to supply. That

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Facebook page has also been taken down and Facebook are investigating.

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It's a hugely significant, these arrests, and it is the first time

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anyone and Leeds has been arrested under this new law and West

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Yorkshire police told us today that they have the dealing with his into

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place in May. We have dedicated police officers working closely with

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the University 's to try and disrupt anyone trying to get this supply to

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them. We're trying to educate people died to know what harm is coming to

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them by taking these things. This is still a very controversial law.

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People say the risks aren't as bad as many other drugs as you saw in my

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piece, when I asked if I could have piece, when I asked if I could have

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harder class a drugs, the dealer said yesterday tipped me with that

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and it is perfectly safe finding really concerning that this drug is

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leading people to harder drugs. The latest crime statistics

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have been released. They show North Yorkshire

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has the lowest levels Between September 2015 and 2016

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there were 96 recorded crimes That's a 22% increase -

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compared to an average 9% rise West Yorkshire Police say improved

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crime recording practises make their figures look

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disproportionally high, and that the real crime

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rise within the county A man has pleaded guilty

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to injuring a petrol station attendant in a hit-and-run

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incident in Barnsley. Scott Dearing drove

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into Michelle Carr as he tried She was bruised but

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not seriously hurt. Dearing will be

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sentenced next month. The owner of one of Yorkshire's

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largest tourist attractions has spoken exclusively to Look North

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saying he's worried about the negative impact fracking

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could have on tourism. Nicholas Howard from Castle Howard

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near Malton says it's taken a long time to change perceptions

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about the county and fears people could now think

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twice about visiting. Our business correspondent

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Danni Hewson reports. Very nice to meet you.

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We're actually from the Isle Of Man. Places like Castle Howard are

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the reason people come to Yorkshire. Last summer record numbers

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flocked to the region but here there is a growing concern

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that plans to frack for gas could have a detrimental impact

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on the tourist economy. There is the traffic movement,

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there is the water quality, there is the whole business

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of the air quality and the perceived effect, even if it's not as great

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as we expect it might be, While Ryedale is known as one

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of the most beautiful places in the country,

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people will flock to it, but if it's known as a place

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with endless with endless gas fields, that is hardly a choice

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for a holiday. At the moment, only one site

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in the region has planning permission to carry out

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the controversial drilling technique but it is thought shale gas

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is located under much of Yorkshire. The industry insists existing

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conventional gas sites have had little impact on tourism,

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and going forward disruption There has been a lot of protester

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activity and a lot of noise made around our industry but I think that

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gives us a responsibility to show to people that we can produce this

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in a sensitive way that doesn't have too much of an impact on local

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people and it is up to us At the moment much of the noise

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referred to is coming This one is directly on the route

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of this year's Tour de Yorkshire. But protesters say they wouldn't be

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here if the industry wasn't. For the organisation responsible

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for selling the region's image, Every day, regionally,

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nationally, internationally, we face major challenges,

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but Welcome To Yorkshire, we are the brand guardians

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for the Yorkshire brand and we will work hard or even harder

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to make sure that that Tourism has always been a massive

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part of Yorkshire's economy but since the Tour de France,

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things have really picked up and no one wants to see

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that progress back-pedal. Earlier on Paul Davies a detailed

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weather forecast for Barnsley sites were one for the rest of Yorkshire.

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A lot of cloud for the next few days but it will be mostly dry and some

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parts of Yorkshire will brighten up through tomorrow afternoon. Annesley

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is one of the places that mate later on. High pressure dominates and a

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lot of settled weather to come but this weather front which is very

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weak is underneath the high producing a lot of cloud and a

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little dampness but high-pressure visit to continue to dominate the

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weather through much of next week. Things will cool down over the

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weekend so the increased risk of frost at frost free tonight because

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of the cloud using a little drizzle and hill fog and maybe some fog and

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mist of rule lying areas and temperatures dropping back to around

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four or 5 degrees. Tomorrow a great start to the day and a lot of cloud

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with a little bit of dampness through the morning from the week

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front but a slight improvement through the day across parts of

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South Yorkshire where some sunshine could spread up and some broken

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cloud across South Yorkshire through the afternoon and the rest will have

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to wait until the evening to see the cloud breaks with temperatures

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getting up to around 7 degrees. Enter Saturday there will be some

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bricks and the cloud allowing Apache mist and fog and some patchy frost

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and starting off a defender at the cloud thickening from the east and

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for Sunday. looks as though we can, a bit more

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cloud on Sunday. Now the national

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