Hambleton residents and business owners are being urged to sign up for a new information service.

The district council has joined the North Yorkshire Community Messaging service – a free system that gives registered users up to date community news.

More than 18,000 people have already registered for alerts from the police – but now along with other North Yorkshire authorities, Hambleton has added its names to the list using the system.

Community Messaging allows updates and information to be sent instantly to residents and businesses in a very specific area – or areas depending on how they set up their alert system.

It will include information on community news and events, emergencies – such as flooding, waste and recycling services, leisure alerts and public consultations.

To register go to www.nycm.co.uk