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Outdoor carol service in York city centre

An outdoor carol service is being held in the centre of York this evening. It will start at 7.30pm in St Helen's Square and is expected to last about an hour. The Salvation Army band will be playing festive songs and the audience is encouraged to form a choir.

I am very much looking forward to this festive concert event which epitomises Christmas in the way that it brings people together to have fun. What better way to start your festive celebrations than to spend time in St Helen's Square with residents and visitors in York? The voices of the public with the music from the Salvation Army will make for a truly magical evening. We are also hoping for a brief visit from Father Christmas to St Helen’s Square, which is sparkling with the lights which add to the festive feel of this occasion

– The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Gillies

Traffic restrictions will be in place at St Helen’s Square, Coney Street and Lendal, which will be closed to traffic from 6.30pm to 9pm as the event takes place.


Police warning after thieves steal family's presents from under tree

Police are appealing for witnesses after a heartless scrooge stole Christmas presents from under a family tree.

The incident happened at some time between 230pm and 11pm on Thursday 11 December when a burglar or burglars broke into the house on Keighley Road, Halifax.

Once inside the property the thief or thieves stole Christmas presents including a bike, scooter, RC model airplane, DVDs and a Nerf Gun.

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson of Calderdale CID, said:

This is a heartless crime, just before Christmas and these presents were for young children. Their parents will find it very difficult to replace them.

The incident happened on a busy road close to the Morrison's supermarket and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in contact.

Likewise I am appealing directly to the person or persons involved in this crime to search their conscience - the presents they took are for young children for Christmas Day. Or if you are offered any of the items for sale in a deal that sounds 'too good to be true' then please get in contact.

– Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson
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