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North Yorkshire teenager receives award from Duke of Edinburgh

A teenager from North Yorkshire, who's excelled at the country's only military sixth form college, has received a special award from the Duke of Edinburgh. 18-year-old Alex Ward from Filey won the Sword of Honour for showing outstanding potential during her two years at Welbeck College. She now plans to study aeronautical engineering at university before going on to become an officer in the Royal Navy.

Building work starts on Selby Leisure Village

Building work has started on the new Selby Leisure Village. The £5 million centre will include ten pin bowling, an adventure climbing facility, adventure play zone, aerial trekking ropes, Iski (indoor ski simulator) and an indoor skate and BMX park. It is expected to open next year.

This is the first step on the road to providing a significant boost to family facilities in the district. It will be a huge draw, bringing visitors into Selby - which then has the positive knock – an effect of providing a substantial boost to the wider business community. This supports our long-term vision for the Selby district which includes making Selby a great place to enjoy a healthy and happy life and our renewed focus on strengthening the local economy.

– Cllr Dave Peart

Crowds turn out for Beverley Armed Forces Day

The seventh Beverley Armed Forces Day is taking place in the town today. The event had been under threat after a funding shortfall, but thanks to support of local residents and community groups, enough money was raised for the day to go ahead.

The Defence School of Transport based in Leconfield is exercising its Freedom of the Borough accompanied by veterans and members of the Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force.

The support from residents and community groups has been tremendous and I would like to thank them all for ensuring the event goes ahead. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who year after year help put the event on from those that move seats and barriers to performers who all give up their time without financial reward.

– Cllr David K Elvidge, Chairman of the Beverley Armed Forces Day

Charity records Tour de France memories to mark anniversary of Yorkshire's Grand Départ

It is exactly a year since Yorkshire hosted Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The first anniversary is being marked with a celebration at Leeds Town Hall. Tour makers are recording stories of the event for The Sporting Memories network. The charity uses sporting memories to help improve the wellbeing of people with dementia. During the Tour de France, they ran dementia-friendly spectator hubs around the region.

Recording Tour de France memories in Leeds Town Hall


77-year-old woman tied up and threatened during burglary

A 77-year-old woman was tied up and threatened during a burglary at her home in Menston near Leeds.

Three men barged their way into the property in Bingley Road when the pensioner went to investigate a noise outside at around 11pm last night. They dragged her upstairs and threatened to hurt her if she did not tell them were the safe was. She managed to set off a personal attack alarm and the men escaped with jewellery and cash.

One suspect was described as being of large build and wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms with one light stripe down each leg. Another was wearing grey or light coloured tracksuit bottoms, a black shiny jacket with a zip and a light-coloured beanie hat. The third man was slim and wearing light coloured clothing.

This was clearly a really frightening experience for the victim and we are currently carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the men responsible.

Bingley Road itself is a fairly out of the way location and these men are likely to have stood out. We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they have seen them in the area either before the incident or escaping from the scene. "

– Det Insp Phil Jackson, Leeds CID

Two girls 'approached by motorist who told them to get into car'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious incident in Knaresborough in which two girls were approached by a motorist. The 12-year-olds, who were pushing a younger child in a pushchair, were approached as they walked on The Spinney, Knaresborough, by a woman driving a small blue car.

The woman gestured to the girls, then stopped the car, got out and told them to get into the car. The girls ran off and sought help nearby.

The woman is described as white, in her mid 60s, around 5ft 3ins tall, of slightly chubby build with grey, shoulder-length hair that was brushed back. The blue car is described as being similar in size to a Vauxhall Corsa and having three doors.

Police are conducting enquiries in the area to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

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