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Vaccinations for Saturday to be deferred to Sunday due to forecast bad weather – Great Yorkshire Showground

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Covid vaccination clinic due to be held at the Yorkshire Event Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate tomorrow (Saturday, 16 January 20101) is being rescheduled. NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP surgeries are asking patients who were due to attend tomorrow, to go along to the showground at the same appointment time on Sunday instead. GP Practices in the Harrogate District are in the process of contacting all affected patients directly. Snow is forecast for the Harrogate District through the early hours of tomorrow morning. The majority of people
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MP’s shock at free school meal packages

In the first school week of the new lockdown pupils eligible for free school meals have been receiving packed lunches.  However, the adequacy of these packages has already been questioned by local MP Andrew Jones. Mr Jones was contacted by a constituent in Knaresborough who told him that she had received two pre-packed sandwiches, two mini yoghurts, an apple, an orange and two potatoes to feed her son for five days. Mr Jones commented: This simply isn’t good enough. There are reports that the companies distributing this food have been paid £30 for a week’s food but you could buy
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Fire Service work to rescue sheep from frozen pond

A number of crews from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service headed to Burton Leonard after reports that a number of sheep were in difficulty on a frozen pond – 17:28 on 9 January 2021. Around 19 sheep had wandered onto a frozen pond causing the ice to break. Crews worked to rescue the sheep using 2 inflatable walkways, raft, lines, lighting, thermal imaging camera and crew power. Unfortunately of the 19 sheep rescued, 16 were dead. No tags for this post.
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Missing George Hall, 89, from Pateley Bridge, last seen on Skipton Road area of Harrogate (now found)

It is believed George could be driving his dark blue Vauxhall Crossland, registration number YF68 NZW. George was last seen in his car in the Skipton Road area of Harrogate heading out of the town at around 8.30pm on the night of Thursday 7 January 2021. Officers are very concerned for his welfare and are appealing to anyone who has seen George or his car to contact them. He is described as having grey hair and wears glasses, it is not known what George is wearing. Searches are currently being carried in the Pateley Bridge and wider Craven and Richmondshire
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Ripon assault investigation

Between 10pm and 10.30pm on 23 December 2020, a man was walking along Priest Lane in Ripon when he was approached by individuals who assaulted him, before making off in an unknown direction. The man suffered a fractured nose in the incident and received hospital treatment. Police are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. In particular, we are appealing for anyone who may have been in the Priest Lane area of Ripon at the time of the incident or who may have dashcam footage or CCTV. Anyone with information that could assist the
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Staff parking charges to remain at Harrogate Hospital

Car parking was free during the earlier part of the year at Harrogate Hospital for both staff and visitors. That changed on 23 September, when charges were re-instated for all with the ticketed parking for visitors and staff parking at the normal rate of £50 per month. In November 2020, a Liberal Democrat motion to support and encourage NHS Hospital Trusts to provide free parking for staff  was unanimously supported by North Yorkshire County Council. County Councillor Geoff Webber (Lib Dem Bilton & Nidd Gorge), who moved the proposal, commented: I am delighted that this proposal has received unanimous and
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Police issue update on incident in Pateley Bridge where two bodies were found in a property

Police are now able to confirm that there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths of the elderly couple. The man died of natural causes and the woman’s death is at the moment unexplained. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the next of kin for the man and the woman. See Bodies of a man and woman found in Pateley Bridge property Police were called to a property near Pateley Bridge shortly after 1.30pm on 30 December 2020, following a report from a concerned member of the public. Officers attended the scene at Blazefield and upon arrival
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Police on scene at incident in Selby town centre

Police are at the scene of a serious incident in Selby. Police attended a property in Finkle Street just before 9am this morning, where they located a man who had suffered serious injuries. A woman was also found injured. A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the incident. Members of the public are asked to avoid the area while forensic enquiries continue at the scene. No tags for this post.
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North Yorkshire Police to receive a meagre £3.9m Government funding increase for next year

There is a considerable level of smoke and mirrors around policing funding, particularly when you look at overall policing numbers and the budgets available to a particular police force. To be clear that isn’t a criticism of North Yorkshire Police, that is criticism of the North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan and the Home Office for putting out headline grabbing PR that they know many won’t read through. That headline figure from the Government is that policing will receive an extra £636million this year – that is of course dependent on the general public contributing more which
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Leader of Leeds City Council release statement following government announcement that Leeds will stay in Tier 3

Statement following government announcement that Leeds will stay in Tier 3 Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: Obviously we are very disappointed to be left in Tier 3 particularly when a tier change would have been a welcome relief before Christmas. We understand this decision will be difficult to hear, but which tier Leeds falls into is ultimately the Government’s to make and our view due to falling infection rates as well as the extensive plans we have in place is that Leeds could safely be moved to Tier 2. Now more than ever we cannot overstate
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