‘You can make a difference’  – local bus advertising company creates charity prize-draw

Local bus advertising specialists, Adverta, have recently re-located to Ripon from Harrogate. Having been around for over 20 years, they survived the economic downturn that many businesses succumbed to and now looking to give something back to the community. They are offering a  prize package of £1000 worth of bus advertising. It is a fully-inclusive campaign, working with their design team ...

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Viola player Jon Thorne of the Badke Quartet discusses Mozart, Batman and the joy of a live Quartet

Quartet-member Jon Thorne, who plays a fine viola by Giovani Grancino

One of Britain’s finest quartets, the Badke Quartet, feature in the prestigious Harrogate International Festival Sunday Series this February. Quartet-member Jon Thorne, who plays a fine viola by Giovani Grancino from 1692, perhaps surprisingly played on the Batman movie score– as well as many other films – and an Amy Winehouse album. Jon said: For me the cross over comes ...

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Fugitive Harrogate drugs ringleader caught in Philippines

John Halliday Harrogate Drugs

John Halliday, formerly of Harrogate, has been wanted since 2013 when was tried and sentenced to ten years in his absence for his role in a multi-million pound drug smuggling operation. Halliday was arrested on Friday, 23 January in the Philippines having absconded before the start of his trial in October 2013. His extradition will be the first time a British citizen ...

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Speed camera van locations for week from 28 January 2015


Enforcement locations for North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety cameras for week commencing 28 January 2015. The mobile safety cameras will be in operation at the following sites at various times over the coming week. Cameras will not be in use all day, every day. The locations were accurate when this news release was produced. Due to operating constraints, our mobile ...

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Life imprisonment for Ripley murderer

Oktay Kilic murder Ripley

Oktay Kilic from Harrogate has today (27 January 2015) been sentenced to life in prison and has to serve a minimum of 27 years before he will be considered for parole. Mr Kilic, aged 40, used a kitchen knife to cause horrific fatal injuries to his estranged wife’s lover, Mark Leslie John Berney, aged 44, from Knaresborough. The incident occurred on the B6165 ...

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National Cancer Research Campaign visits Knaresborough


National Cancer Research Campaign visits Knaresborough Helen Flynn, Prospective MP (Lib Dem) for Harrogate & Knaresborough was invited along to the Cancer Research Shop in Knaresborough on Friday 23 January to find out more about the national Cross Cancer Out Campaign. Helen had the chance to meet some of the more than 40 volunteers who help out at the Knaresborough ...

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Harrogate charities receive financial boost from Freemasons

Widow’s Mite! Disability Action Yorkshire chief executive Jackie Snape receives her share of Mrs Hinchley’s bequest, Harlow Lodge almoner Mike Dakin

A Harrogate Freemasons lodge has given a New Year financial boost to six local charities. Disability Action Yorkshire, Harrogate Homeless Project, Women’s Refuge, Horticap, St John’s Ambulance in Starbeck and Candlelighters have each benefitted from a charitable trust managed by members of Harlow Lodge. Each year, the interest accrued on Mrs Hinchley’s Bequest – usually in the region of £2,500 ...

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Scholarship award to St Aidan’s student

Luke Hobbs Harrogate

Scholarship winners at Bangor University recently received their prizes at the annual Entrance Scholarship Presentation evening. A total of 65 awards totalling almost £142,000 were awarded to new first year students. The majority were receiving Scholarship awards after excelling in the University’s own Entrance Scholarship exams, or for their high academic achievement in their A-level exams. Scholarship winner Luke Hobbs ...

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Eight arrested during Harrogate day of action

Harrogate Police

Police in Harrogate have arrested eight people on suspicion of offences including drug dealing and money laundering during a series of raids across the town on Friday 23 January 2015. During three search warrants and planned operations to arrest suspects, officers seized cash, drugs and items such as weighing scales and mobile phones, suspected of being used in drug dealing. ...

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