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Police hunt naked man over Nidd Gorge incident

Police are hunting a naked man who approached members of the public in North Yorkshire at the weekend.

Nidd Gorge Viaduct
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A middle-aged man indecently exposed himself at Nidd Gorge, a beauty spot between Harrogate and Knaresborough, on Sunday afternoon.

The man was wearing only blue trainers, a white baseball-style cap and a grey rucksack at the time of the incident, police say.

He fled the scene, towards the Scotton end of the Nidd Gorge walk, after police were called.

Officers are now appealing for help establishing the identity of the man and are asking people to report any further sightings or similar circumstances to assist with the investigation.

The man is described as approximately 5ft 10ins tall, very thin, with a pale skin tone and aged in his 40s, with sandy coloured hair and a short beard.

North Yorkshire firm lands road marking project

A North Yorkshire company has been awarded a £2m contract to examine the condition of road markings across the country.

A file photo of a car driving on a road
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It follows concerns that poor markings are putting safety at risk, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

High-definition images of nearly 100,000 miles of road will be analysed under the project, which has been awarded to Skipton-based Gaist.

The firm will use artificial intelligence to look at 150 million images of road markings.

The DfT will use the findings to advise councils on what areas are most in need of investment.

Worn-out markings can make it difficult for road users to distinguish whether it is safe to overtake, if parking is allowed or how wide a lane is.

The funding is part of a wider £350m package to boost local roads over the next four years.

England's seaside towns where young people might disappear

More than half of England's coastal communities could see a decline in the number of residents aged under 30 by the year 2039, according to new figures, with seaside towns in northern England set to face the biggest decline.

Scarborough
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The figures have been revealed in analysis by BBC News of population projections.

The Parliamentary Group for Coastal Communities said funding cuts meant seaside towns were "being left behind".

The government said it had invested more than £200m in coastal communities.

The coastline in England is home to some of the most beautiful but also poorest places in England.

Some young adults living in Scarborough said they struggled to envisage a future for themselves living by the sea.

"There aren't many career options in Scarborough," said 24-year-old Kayleigh Wilkinson.

"You either work in a care home like I do, or you work in a shop.

"That's one of the many reasons why people my age are already leaving to work in bigger cities like York and Leeds."