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Major development at Catterick Garrison planned

Plans for a 25 million pound development at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have been given the go-ahead by councillors. Developers Lingfield Securities along with Keir Property were granted planning permission by Richmondshire District Council subject to certain conditions.

The development is expected to create 700 jobs and once completed will transform the former sports ground on Gough Road with major retail units, cinema, and a 60-bed hotel with 400 car parking spaces.

Samantha Stone strides out

Samantha Stone strides out on sponsored walk Credit: Calendar news

Pictured is Samantha Stone, the widow of Private Gregg Stone, who set off today on a sponsored walk from Catterick to Warminster, alongside six other soldiers from Gregg's regiment.

Private Stone, aged 20, was killed last year while trying to rescue an Afghan Policeman. The walk is to raise money for badly injured soldiers and their familes through the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.

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Soldiers awarded medals after Afghanistan tour of duty

Nearly 400 soldiers have been awarded medals following a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Many were handed out by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. The troops, from 1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, had been in Helmand Province, as the handover of power to the Afghan National Police continues.

The presentation was at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

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Fears that barracks closure will kill the community

Holy Trinity Church of England School Credit: ITV

People in Ripon fear the closure of the nearby Claro Barracks will kill their community.

Many of the people living there are from military backgrounds and have settled in the area.

At Holy Trinity Church of England School 26% of students are from military families. The head teacher says she fears it will have an impact on the school.

MP's disappointment at barracks' closure

The MP for Skipton and Ripon has expressed his disappointment at the Ministry of Defence’s proposals to close Claro Barracks in Ripon, which currently houses 21 Engineer Regiment and 15 Field Squadron (Search).

Ripon has a proud military history and the City has always given the servicemen and women, and their families, who are based here the warmest of welcomes. I pay tribute to the City Council, Cathedral, Harrogate Borough Council and the many other people and organisations who have provided this support.

“During the First World War, Ripon accommodated 30,000 soldiers as one of the main centres for the organisation of troops being sent to and returning from the Front. Ripon was also where the great war poet Wilfred Owen wrote many of his most famous works.

I will be meeting Defence Ministers and doing all I can to ensure that those currently based in Ripon and affected by this decision are given all the support possible. I will also be discussing how we deal with the impact the decision will have on the wider community and economy.

– Julian Smith MP for Skipton and Ripon
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