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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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MP’s call for calm amid reported rise in antisemitism

Local MP Andrew Jones has called for ‘calm, tolerance and respect’ across our community following reports in the capital of a rise in antisemitic activities. Jewish groups and the police have reported a significant rise in incidents since the terrorist attacks in Israel and the ongoing response from the Israeli Government. Mr Jones commented: I must start by being unequivocal in my condemnation of the barbaric attacks by Hamas. The reports I have read show a level of brutality deliberately targeted at innocent civilians unlike that which any of us could imagine. Kidnapping civilians, including babies and children, to use
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Our County Councillors and the Harrogate Area Committee, what’s going wrong ?

There needs to be a conversation around the Harrogate area councillors, and their Area Committee meeting, specifically what is it doing for the people of the Harrogate area. The Harrogate Area Committee took place on 14 September 2023, and they met in-person at the Harrogate Civic Centre. The first thing to note with the Area Committee wis that there wasn’t any agenda items where the committee had the final say on a decision. That means that any discussion that followed with a vote, only really represented the consensus view of the group, and would be taken into consideration by a
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Petition around EV Charge Point installation in Knaresborough divides Area Constituency Committee

Harrogate and Knaresborough Area Constituency Committee have received a paper petition around EV charging provision in Knaresborough. In summary the petition is asking for debate around the use of central parking spaces for EV charging spaces, they say that The petition stated: We, the undersigned, being the businesses, residents and visitors to Knaresborough, regret the timing, location and lack of engagement undertaken in the installation of ten EV charging points in our Town Centre short stay car park. We therefore call upon North Yorkshire Council to enter into urgent dialogue to discuss a phased transition to full electric vehicle provision Harrogate Informer …