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Ripon upskirting incident

Police are investigating an incident in Ripon when a man lifted a schoolgirl’s skirt up and took a photograph, and have issued an image of a man they would like to speak to. They are appealing for the man to come forward and to members of the public to get in touch if they recognise him. Officers believe the man will have important information that will assist the investigation. Earlier today (7 June 2024) officers issued an appeal to members of the public for information following the incident. Between 8.20am and 8.40am on the morning of Friday 7 June, the
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Liberal Democrats announce candidate for the Wetherby & Easingwold constituency

The Liberal Democrats have announced that James Monaghan will be their candidate for the new Wetherby & Easingwold constituency at the general election. James lives in Knaresborough with his partner and their two young children. He is a director of a local financial services company and plays an active role in the local community having been chair of Knaresborough Civic Society. James is a former Leeds City Councillor and Knaresborough Town Councillor who also chaired the Leeds Climate Change Partnership.   James said: It is a privilege to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Wetherby & Easingwold. As a
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Belzona Installs 762 Solar Panels at Harrogate Headquarters

Belzona, local manufacturer of polymeric repair and protection systems has installed 762 solar panels across the roofs of both of its buildings on Claro Road, Harrogate. The panel cover a total of 1486m² should generate over 300,000 kWh of electricity per year. To provide perspective, Ofgem estimates that the average UK home uses 2,700 kWh of electricity annually, so this is enough to power 111 UK homes for a year. Helen Parris, QSHE Manager & Head of Belzona’s Environmental Committee said: We have been working for many years to reduce our environmental impact, and whilst we still have a way
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West Yorkshire Combined Authority to be asked for final funding approval for Harrogate Station Gateway

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be asked to approve the full business cases at its meeting on Thursday next week (14 March 14), bringing the total award to £38.3 million with additional funding provided by North Yorkshire Council. The Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects, which are due to cost a total of £44.6 million to enhance access to transport hubs in all three towns, have already been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT).   North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: We welcome the Combined Authority’s proposal to support the transformative, revised
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Harrogate man sentenced for 18-years following being found guilty of rape

Aaron Frederick Needham of the High Street in Starbeck was sentenced to 18 years after he was found guilty of rape following a trial in October 2023 . He was previously convicted for rape in 2017 and sent to prison. In July 2020, Needham was released from prison on license. He then raped another woman in February and March of 2021 after he befriended her and used alcohol to subdue her before raping her on two separate occasions. He was sentenced at York Crown Court on Friday 23 February 2024.   Detective Nicky Wareham from Harrogate CID commented: I would
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Woman missing following a coach trip to York

Now found – 8 Feb 22 at 21:15 North Yorkshire Police are currently searching in York city centre for a 70-year-old lady who got off a coach this morning but failed to return to it. Orlan has visited York for the day on a coach trip, she was due to return to the coach at 2pm this afternoon but didn’t arrive. The last confirmed sighting of Orlan was at 12pm this lunchtime (Thursday 08 February 2024) on Parliament Street outside Marks and Spencers. Footage shows that she then crossed the road onto Picadilly. Orlan who is from Bristol suffers with
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Leeds man says time with donkeys helped transform his life

A young man from Leeds who spent two years struggling with alcohol and drug dependency says support from The Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds and EMERGE Leeds has given him a reason to live again. Kaiden (20) was accepted into the care co-ordination pathway at EMERGE Leeds after being referred by his GP for interpersonal and emotional difficulties, which he was managing though drug and alcohol use at the time. EMERGE Leeds is a specialist service covering West Yorkshire, provided by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The service works with young people aged 18-25 years, some of which are
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Green Party select their North Yorkshire Mayoral candidate

Cllr Kevin Foster has been selected as the Green Party North Yorkhsire Mayoral Candidate for the May 2024 elections. Kevin Foster has lived in Catterick, North Yorkshire for over 40 years. He has served 30 years both in the Armed Forces Reserves and as a civil servant. His elected local government experience covers every level from Parish, Town, District, County, and now North Yorkshire unitary Council where he represents Hipswell & Colburn Division. His priorities as Mayor for York & North Yorkshire would be firstly to ensure that grant bids to central government were of the highest quality to secure
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Sheep theft from Greenhow area

29 sheep were stolen from the Greenhow area,  land adjacent to Duck Street Lane between Tuesday 10 October 2023 and Sunday 22 October 2023. Officers are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. In particular, they are appealing for information about any wagons or farm vehicles with a trailer that have been seen acting suspicious in the area. Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Dave Mackay. You can also email David.mackay@northyorkshire.police.uk If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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