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Magical Winterland is cancelled, say organisers

Winterland is cancelled Credit: Calendar

A winter tourist attraction in North Yorkshire, which sparked critisism from the parents of children who attended the event, has been cancelled.

Visitors to the Winterland, hosted on the site of the Great Yorkshire Show, have described it as "disappointing" and "a waste of time".

"It is with great regret that we have decided to close Yorkshire’s Magical Winterland at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate permanently from tonight. We worked very hard to create a family event and have received some positive feedback but also some adverse publicity. We plan to refund anyone who bought tickets in advance and can be contacted at"

– Winterland organisers


Man charged with manslaughter over alleged beer garden assault

A man from Harrogate has been charged with manslaughter after a man died in hospital almost three weeks after an alleged assault in a pub beer garden.

Paul Morrison, who was from Burton Leonard, had been in a critical condition since the incident at the Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub.

Paul Morrison, who was from Burton Leonard, had been in a critical condition since the incident at the Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub.

The 44-year-old man will appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court on 16 December.

Thieves make off with chocolates worth £65,000

Thousands of pounds worth of chocolates have been stolen from a business in Harrogate.

Thieves make off with chocolates worth thousands Credit: North Yorkshire Police

It happened between 4:45pm on 1 November and 6:00 am on 2 November on Hornbeam Park.

They were all branded Confectionary by Design and Serious Sweets with a value of around £65,000.

Thieves make off with chocolates worth thousands Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Due to the amount of chocolate which has been stolen, I believe that a large vehicle will have been used to transport it.

If you saw any suspicious activity in the Hornbeam Park area around the time of the burglary I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away.

I am also keen to speak to anyone who is offered chocolate bearing either the brands Confectionary by Design or Serious Sweets in unusual circumstances and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Sam Harding
Thieves make off with chocolates worth thousands Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The full list of chocolates stolen includes:

  • Honeycomb Nuggets,
  • All Butter Fudge,
  • Salt Water Chocolate,
  • Truffle Fudge,
  • New Ultimate Collection Butter 4% Fudge,
  • New Ultimate Collection Coconut Ice,
  • New Ultimate Collection Vanilla Fudge,
  • New Ultimate Collection Rum and Raisin Fudge,
  • Iceland Butter 4% Fudge,
  • Gourmet Dark Chocolate Ginger Tub and Hope,
  • Greenwood Sea Salt Caramel Fudge,
  • Mr Stanley’s Cocoa Dusted Almonds.

Pub goer critical after beer garden assault

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after allegedly being punched to the ground in a Harrogate pub beer garden.

The man in his early 50s suffered a serious head injury at the Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub yesterday evening.

A 43-year-old man from York also needed treatment for injuries to his face after being assaulted at the same pub.

Police say they are trying to the suspect, who is described as white, aged in his mid-40s, medium build, with a bald head and short hair around the sides. He was wearing a dark-grey, long-sleeved jumper.

Customers inside the pub were asked to leave while forensic teams carried out investigations.


Harrogate place search for missing woman

Police in Harrogate are appealing for the public’s help to trace a woman who has been missing since last weekend.

Roksana Baran, aged 34, was last seen on Saturday 18 October 2014.

Roksana Baran, aged 34, was last seen at the house she shares with her sister in Harrogate at around 8pm on Saturday 18 October 2014.

She has not been in touch with anyone since and officers are becoming concerned for her safety.

The police are urging the public to keep and eye out for Roksana and report sightings of anyone matching her description.

She is described as white, around 5ft 4in tall, with a medium build, shoulder-length, light brown hair and blue eyes.

Inflatable mascot stolen

Trusty Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The search is on for a large inflatable mascot which has been stolen from a motor industry event in Harrogate.

The mascot, called Trusty, was taken between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on the evening of 16 September. It was taken from outside Harrogate football club on Wetherby Road it was used to promote the event which took place inside.

Trusty was attached to a power supply and contained a fan which kept it inflated. It cost around £2,500.

The inflatable is quite large and of a distinctive design. It would not be of any use to anyone other than the organisation it was intended for. Also, anyone attempting to remove it would have been visible to any passers-by. It’s possible that people who saw it being taken didn’t think anything suspicious was happening. I urge anyone who has any information about the theft, to contact the police as soon as possible.

– PC Peter Taylforth of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team

Doncaster gardening firm scoops flower show gold

A Doncaster gardening firm has scooped the top prize at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show.

The Serenity Garden Credit: Paul Watson

PRW Garden Services, which is based in Bessacarr, picked up the gold award at the three-day event, which was visited by thousands of people over the weekend.

The Serenity Garden was developed around a woodland theme, which gardener Paul Watson says proved popular:

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