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Girl assaulted by man in Knaresborough street

Police are appealing for information after a 10-year-old girl was assaulted in North Yorkshire.

Corner of Chain Lane and York Road
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The incident happened in Knaresborough between 08:45 and 09:00 on Tuesday as the victim and her friend were waiting at traffic lights on the corner of Chain Lane and York Road.

According to police, a man walked up York Road from the old Lidl store towards the two girls, snapped his fingers in their faces and then poked the victim on the nose and pushed her to the floor.

The man then walked up York Road towards the town centre.

He is described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build and has short, spiked brown hair with shaved sides and brown stubble.

He was wearing a brown leather coat with a green hoodie and white t-shirt underneath, white dirty trousers which had a solid black stripe down the side and black Nike trainers.

He was also carrying a black rucksack which had a white symbol on the pocket.

Officers are asking anyone who might have any information to get in touch.

A64 open again after lorry crash

The A64 near Malton is fully open again after an earlier incident which left a lorry driver seriously hurt.

A lorry overturned on the eastbound carriageway at about 09:35 this morning and the driver had to be airlifted to hospital:

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Driver 'seriously injured' after lorry overturns on A64

A lorry driver has been airlifted to hospital with "serious injuries" following an incident on the A64 near Malton this morning.

A64 incident
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North Yorkshire Police said a green-coloured Iveco lorry overturned on the eastbound carriageway at about 09:35.

The road is currently closed eastbound between the B1248 and A169 and is expected to remain so until 16:00 this afternoon.

Highways England say there's approximately two-and-a-half miles of congestion on the approach to the diversion through Malton to the Pickering Interchange:

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Police have appealed for dash-cam footage from anyone who was driving in the area at the time.

General Election 2019: How many votes to win a seat?

James McDonald, from Doncaster, has used the BBC's Your Questions Answered to ask: “What has to be the majority amount of votes to win a seat?”

Polling station
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In general elections, we use the first-past-the-post voting system whereby the candidate with the most votes in each constituency wins.

This system means there is no “majority amount” of votes a candidate needs to win a seat.

All a candidate needs to be elected is to get more votes than any other candidate in their constituency.

In some constituencies, an MP can be elected by just a few votes.

The most marginal constituency in the 2017 election, for example, was North East Fife which had an SNP majority over the Liberal Democrats of just two votes.

If you’re interested in finding out more, there's more information about about marginal constituencies here and this video explains more about how your vote counts:

Plans for North Yorkshire motorway services blocked

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Plans for a new multi-million pound motorway service area on the A1(M) near Boroughbridge have been rejected by Harrogate Council.

Protesters at Kirkby Hill
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The council’s planning committee had been recommended to approve the plans submitted by forecourt operator Applegreen for the development at Kirby Hill.

Instead, councillors voted unanimously, bar one abstention, to refuse planning permission.

Prior to the meeting, over 150 people protested against the plans

It is the fifth attempt to build a rest stop in the area near Boroughbridge in the last 23 years.

Applegreen said it was "disappointed" with the decision and would have to "review the decision and assess our next steps".