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Wait goes on for Indian illegal arms six

Ray Tindall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Six British men, including three from the Calendar region, must wait another seven days before a judge in India will make a decision about whether charges against them will be thrown out.

At a hearing today, a judge postponed a decision after considering a petition to quash all counts against them.

Ray Tindall from Hull and Nicholas Simpson from near Catterick, remain on bail and must stay in India while they fight to have charges against them dropped.

Paul Towers, from near York, remains in prison.

All six men were detained in prison last October, with five of them released on bail in April.

Their company AdvanFort has always insisted the men were working to provide protection to other ships from pirate attacks, but the Indian courts have pressed weapons charges against them.


Help for wounded servicemen and women

A new centre to help wounded servicemen and women - and veterans - recover from terrible injuries and mental trauma has officially opened in North Yorkshire today.

The conflict in Afghanistan has seen a sharp rise in the number of military personnel left with life-changing injuries. It is hoped the ten million pound centre based at Catterick Garrison will give the injured and their families new hope as they adjust to life after the forces. Jon Hill reports.

Centre opens for wounded service personnel and veterans

The first family to use a new centre aimed at helping wounded service personnel and veterans, have praised the change it has made to their lives.The Phoenix House Recovery Centre run by the charity Help for Heroes, has officially opened at Catterick Garrison.

The £10.7m centre will provide long-term care for veterans and serving personnel.

Gaz Golightly's career as a vehicle specialist in the Royal Logistic Corps ended less than a year after it started when he lost a leg following a hit-and-run car crash while returning to barracks in Wiltshire in 2002.

It's amazing how much our home life has improved with Gaz coming to Phoenix House. It's a big thing for us.He never used to take the girls out on his own and did not speak to anybody, she said.He's now talking to people, even in the street, and will take the children out on his own.

– Denise Golightly, Gaz's wie

Today everyone who has supported the charity - from donating £2 for a wristband to taking part in a challenge or giving professional time and experience - can see just how much they have helped to achieve.

– Bryn Parry, the co-founder of Help for Heroes

The centre is the first in the north of England - there are four others elsewhere in the UK.The demands on the the recovery centres are expected to grow in the coming years as thousands of service personnel are forced to make a new life in Civvy Street because of defence cuts.

Centre helps injured soldiers with rehabilitation

A centre has opened in Catterick to rehabilitate injured service personnel and veterans. It is the first centre of its kind in the north of England.

Gaz Golightly

Injured army veteran Gaz Golightly, who lost a leg when he was the victim of a hit and run crash, uses an anti-gravity treadmill at the Phoenix Recovery Centre at Catterick.

New centre for injured veterans and service personnel

A new recovery centre for injured service personnel and veterans run by Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, which is the first of its kind in the north, officially opens today in Catterick.

The new centre cost £10.7m to build, all of which has been donated by the public.

The Centre will provide long-term care for veterans (beyond 2014) from around the region, as well serving personnel.


Soldier's widow walks for charity

The widow of Private Gregg Stone, who was killed in Afghanistan last year is to do a fund raising walk in his memory. Private Stone was shot dead in June whilst trying to rescue an Afghan policeman.

His wife Samantha, alongside six other soldiers from Gregg's regiment, will walk from Catterick to his home in Wiltshire to assist soldiers and families who come back from tours of duty badly injured.

They will be camping en route to raise as much money as possible for the Yorkshire Benevolent Fund.

You can find out more about Samatha's 274 mile walk here

And sponsor Samantha and the rest of the team here.

Attempted horse box theft in Catterick

Catterick police are searching for information about an attempted theft of horse transporter boxes near the village.

Thieves tried to steal three boxes between midnight and 8am on Tuesday March 12.

They managed to drive one of the vehicles but abandoned it a short distance away after it became stuck in mud. The other trucks were broken into and damaged but were not moved.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Catterick police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Huw Williams, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130040133.

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