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North Yorkshire Police: 'staggering' number of drink-drive arrests over weekend

North Yorkshire Police made 19 arrests over the weekend as they continued their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving.

The total number of arrests for drink or drug driving offences since the beginning of December now stands at 71 - with 37 of those people charged to appear at court. During last year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign which ran between December and January, officers made 118 arrests. The crackdown will continue into the New Year with targeted patrols on the roads across North Yorkshire.

The number of arrests over the weekend was staggering and quite frankly extremely disappointing. Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of drink and drug driving it is hard to believe that people still find it acceptable to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. I have said it many times before, the safe limit is zero. If you are going out intending to have a drink make sure you arrange some alternative transport to get home.

– Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, North Yorkshire Police


Agreement reached over York City's new stadium

York City Football Club and the City of York Council have approved an agreement which will see the club take a long term tenancy at their new home. The agreement also secures £2million funding contribution towards the new stadium.

The 8000 all-seater stadium and leisure complex will be the first of its kind for York. It will also have fitness and play areas, as well as a community hub focussed on providing health services for residents.

Stockeld Park's ice rink closed due to wind

A Christmas adventure park in West Yorkshire has had to close its ice rink due to high winds.

The closure is only temporary, and people who have bought vouchers for today will be refunded.

The park is part-way through a successful festive season, having seen thousands of children pass through its gates.

A spokesman said: "We have a had a great season, Santa will have seen over 12,000 children by Christmas eve, and we will have seen over 10,000 visitors in 10 weeks this year."

The rink is expected to be open tomorrow.


High winds cause travel disruption

There is disruption to flights at Leeds Bradford Airport due to strong winds. Flights are being delayed, cancelled or diverted to Manchester and passengers are being advised to contact their airline.

There is also disruption on the roads with the Humber Bridge closed to high sided vehicles.

Gary Verity: "Great news" for Tour de Yorkshire towns

The start and finish locations of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race have been announced. Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York were unveiled as the start and finish lines of the three day race by organisers Welcome to Yorkshire this morning. The race will be held betwen the first and the third of May, but the exact route will be revealed next month.

Missing 58-year-old could be in South Yorkshire

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 58-year-old who has been missing since the 5th December 2014.

Missing Brian Sawyer Credit: Police handout

Brain Sawyer was last seen at Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, at 12:30pm on 5th December and no one has seen or heard from him since. It is thought he may have travelled to South Yorkshire as he knows the area well.

He is described as 5ft 6” tall and of a medium build. He has white receding hair and was last seen wearing a dark red polo shirt, brown corduroy trousers, dark green/blue jacket and black shoes.

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