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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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North Yorkshire churches throw open their doors for Yorkshire Churches Day

Hundreds of churches across North Yorkshire are preparing to welcome visitors for ‘Yorkshire Churches Day’ (YCD) on Saturday 16 September. Run by the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust (YHCT), Yorkshire Churches Day is a day where everyone is encouraged to visit their local place of worship even if they have never stepped foot inside a church before. It will be a day for those who are curious about the history and heritage of their local surroundings. The initiative has been warmly welcomed by Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York and President of the YHCT: Yorkshire Churches Day is a wonderful opportunity Harrogate Informer …


18-year-old Harrogate man sentenced for making and distributing indecent images of children

An 18-year-old man from Harrogate, that has moved to Ely, has been sentenced to 18 months for making, possessing and distributing indecent images and stalking. Dylan Paul Ansell appeared at York Crown Court and was sentenced to 18 months at a young offenders institute for making and distributing indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography and a prohibited image. He was also handed a ten year sexual harm order, ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and given a 5 year restraining order. Ansell, now of Camping Close, Haddenham, Ely, formerly of Harrogate, answered no Harrogate Informer …


Harrogate Community Choir Festival

The Harrogate Community Choir Festival will be held at Harrogate Theatre on Saturday 18th March. Six choirs from across the district will be performing together for the very first time. The Stray Notes Choir is delighted to host the Harrogate Community Choir Festival as a celebration of singing, and the joy which comes from being part of a choir community. The benefits of singing as part of a group are wide ranging and scientifically proven, including supporting mental and physical health and building community. From shower soloists to music reading experienced choristers and from rock to classical music, there is Harrogate Informer …


“Save a life and call it in” – Christmas drink and drug drive campaign

“Save a life and call it in” is the plea to members of the public this Christmas. The York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership are asking people to call out anyone who is behind the wheel when under the influence of drink or drugs, by dialling 999. From 1 December 2022, North Yorkshire Police’s drink and drug drive campaign will see officers patrolling the county in marked and unmarked police vehicles in a bid to ensure that those who put their own lives and other road users lives at risk are caught and prosecuted. Police are also keen to Harrogate Informer …


Yorkshire has its first True & Fair Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Daniel Roy Connelly has been announced as the True & Fair Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for York Outer, being 1 of 9 candidates announced to campaign to be an MP. The 56-year-old is an ex-diplomat, professor, author and Shakespeare expert is entering national politics for the first time. It is expected that there will shortly be further announcement of candidates, including one for Harrogate. The True & Fair Party was launched by Gina Miller earlier in 2022, to tackle political corruption and institutional weaknesses, and campaign for the modernisation of UK democracy. Policies include: Political reform – A legally Harrogate Informer …