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York teenager dies after taking illegal drugs

A 15 year old boy from the New Earswick area of York has tragically died in hospital after taking illegal drugs. An investigation is underway and specialist officers are conducting searches and enquiries across the city, in order to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. Officers were alerted to the incident by the ambulance service at around 7.10am today (Sunday 29 September 2020), after the boy was found by a member of the public in an alley off Hospital Fields Road in York shortly before 4am. It is believed the boy was with a group of others who were
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Borough Councils attempt to halt Devolution plans for North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire District and Borough Council leaders have written to the Prime Minister urging him to stop local government reorganisation for North Yorkshire, to allow the region to focus on measures related to COVID-19. The seven district and borough council leaders have been working together to oppose the North Yorkshire’s County Council’s proposal of a single North Yorkshire council. The Borough Council have put together an alternate proposal of a two council model. There would also be an overarching Mayor for North Yorkshire. That shouldn’t be confused with the ceremonial roles of the Mayors currently in post, and it will
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NHS launch COVID-19 APP

The app launches today and will be used as a new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus. It will be available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. As part of a major campaign to encourage downloads of the app a new advertisement will launch on primetime TV tonight with the strapline “Protect your loved ones.
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Kitchen knife used to damage multiple cars on Fairfax Avenue, St Andrews and Hargrove road

Multiple cars have been damaged on Fairfax Avenue, St Andrew’s and Hargrove road in Harrogate. 20 September between 2:25am and around 2:28am It is believed a kitchen knife to puncture tyres done and deeply scratch body work of  a number of vehicles, in an apparent random act. The callous vandals also damaged sunflowers that had been planted by the young children of a family. Police have taken statements and CCTV footage and currently one arrest has been made using the police armed response. Please contact North Yorkshire Police if you have information or are also a victim, but have not
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Bruce Reid retires from the Fire Service, 36-years of service and many thousands raised for charity

On Monday, 14 September 2020, Bruce Reid retired from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue after 36-years of service. He had worked as both a retained and full-time firefighter, but it’s perhaps his charity and community work was what he became best known for, along with an ability to pull people together and just make things happen. His interest in the fire service goes back to when he was 17. Bruce said: I didn’t have a brilliant schooling, but did have respect for the Fire Service. When I was 18 or 19 I used to go to Knaresborough Station, but at
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Businesses told to remove tables and chairs from the Harrogate Stray

Harrogate Borough Council are telling licence premises to remove tables and chairs from the Stray. The instruction is being justified on a need to protect the Stray and risk of slipping. Previously HBC gave use of the Stray to the UCI resulting in acres of damage. Other events on the Stray are typically billed for any damage the event makes. A council spokesman said: Over the summer we have taken a pragmatic view of allowing businesses to use public open spaces so that they can operate while adhering to social distancing requirements. Given the time of year and the impending
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Minister heaps praise on Harrogate Job Centre team

Work and Pensions Minister, Will Quince MP, heaped praise on Harrogate’s Job Centre team this week during questions to the Department for Work and Pensions. Andrew Jones, Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, asked the Minister if Harrogate’s best practice can be shared with Job Centres up and down the country so they can work at the pace of the best. In his response, the Minister stated: The Honourable Member is right to pay tribute to the incredible team in Harrogate.  We saw a surge of 3 million claims for Universal Credit since the national lockdown was imposed mid-March with Universal Credit
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Tour de Aky – Leeds to the east coast in memory of Mick “Aky” Atkinson, a police dog handler

The Tour de Aky took place on Friday 11 September 2020, after having to be postponed twice due to covid 19. The charity event had 42 riders riding the 106.6miles between Leeds to the east coast in memory of Mick “Aky” Atkinson a police dog handler who sadly took his own life in October 2018 – Aky was well regarded amongst his work colleagues. The ride took in locations of meaning towards Aky most notably Elland road and his parents house -the ride was done in a great spirit and was a celebration of his life. PC Pierre Olesqui said:
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Shout-out for budding designers to redesign the Victoria Shopping Centre banners

The Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate has today (12 September 2020) opened a competition to redesign the external banners. They have drop-down banners adorning the Cambridge Street and Market Street entrances. While they have served the centre well, now wind, rain and sun have taken effect on them, meaning they need to be changed. The centre is at the hub of the retail centre of the town and a home to many stores. It continues to develop, most recently seeing Next move into a prime corner space. The management team have been discussing the banners for some time and, while
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Voluntary organisations would put ‘power of local’ at heart of new council

Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire have heard how they would be given a stronger voice at the heart of a new single council for the county. Organisations from across the county joined an online seminar held by North Yorkshire County Council to share its developing proposal for a strong single unitary council for North Yorkshire working in a stronger partnership with local organisations. The Government requires an end to the current two-tier government in North Yorkshire as a pre-requisite to securing a devolution deal for a York and North Yorkshire combined mayoral authority. County Council Leader Cllr Carl
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