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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.

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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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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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