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Man dies after being hit by train

A man has died after being hit by a train near Harrogate.

British Transport Police have confirmed he was struck at 1.36pm near the Crimple Viaduct and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Trains between Leeds - Knaresborough and Harrogate - York have been cancelled.

Man wanted in connection with theft and fraud across North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police are asking for help to find a man wanted in connection with theft and fraud across North Yorkshire.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Officers want to speak with Simon Keith Wilson, 31, from York, about a series of thefts and frauds committed in Whitby, York, Northallerton and Harrogate between December 2014 and February 2015.

They believe he has important information that could help their investigations.


South Korean capital gets 'Harrogate Road'

Links between a North Yorkshire martial arts club and South Korea have resulted in the naming of a new street in its capital.

The event made local news in Seoul after "Harrogate Road" was unveiled in the Dubong district of Seoul, as a mark of the continuing links between the spa town and Eastern Asia.

Representing Harrogate was the founder of the town's Tae Kwon Do Academy, 6th Dan Black belt Kambiz Ali, who has previously attended seminars and competitions in Seoul.

South Korea is the spiritual home of Tae Kwon Do and its headquarters is based in the capital.

Here is how the news was reported in South Korea:

Man jailed for dangerous driving and handling stolen goods

A man who fled from police and crashed his car following the theft of high-value bicycles in Harrogate has been jailed.

Anthony Stephen Copeland, 27, of Farnworth, Bolton, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, two counts of dangerous driving and possessing a class B drug at Manchester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to 15 and 8 months’ imprisonment for the driving offences, and 15 months’ for the handling offence, to run concurrently.

North Yorkshire Police traffic officers tried to stop Copeland’s car in Harrogate in November 2014. The car crashed into bollards and the driver made off on foot. Inside the car, officers found three bikes, worth about £2,750, which had been reported stolen from Harrogate the previous day. The bikes were returned to their rightful owner.


Funding approved for Harrogate railway station refurbishment plan

Plans to invest up to £35,000 to put together a refurbishment plan for Harrogate railway station have been approved.

North Yorkshire County Council has been preparing the case for electrification of the Harrogate line Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire County Council will appoint consultants to put together proposals for a refurbished railway station as well as improvements to the area around the station.

Harrogate is the busiest station in the county and over recent years has seen usage grow by over 20 per cent.

– David Bowe, North Yorkshire County Council

This initiative follows last week’s announcement by the government’s Electrification Task Force that the Harrogate line is in the top tier of schemes for future electrification.

Appeal after three-vehicle collision near Harrogate

Police are appealing for information following a serious collision at North Rigton near Harrogate on the afternoon of Friday 13 March 2015.

It happened at around 4pm at the junction of Dunkeswick Lane and Hall Green Lane on the A658, Poole to Harrogate Road, when a dark blue BMW 1 series, was in collision with an Audi TT and a Mercedes.

The driver of the Mercedes, a woman in her 50s from the Knaresborough area, sustained serious head and back injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

The driver of the Audi TT, a man in his 50s from Harrogate, sustained slight injuries and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital.

The driver of the BMW, a 29-year-old man from Leeds sustained minor injuries and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital and subsequently arrested in connection with the collision. He has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

The passenger in the BMW, a man in his 20s, also from Leeds, sustained serious back injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

The road was closed for around eight hours to allow the casualties to be treated and recovered and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.

Duchess goes behind the scenes of Downton Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge has met up with cast members of Downton Abbey, including actors from our region who star in the ITV period drama on a behind-the-scenes tour.

The Duchess, apparently a huge fan of the show, visited the Ealing Studios set to celebrate the success of the production, which is now broadcast worldwide in 250 territories. The scheduled hour-long visit stretched to two hours as she toured various parts of the studio to meet the cast and crew.

Among those who described his role was Harrogate actor Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson.

Pensioner dies after being hit by car in Harrogate

An 82-year-old woman has died in a road traffic collision in Harrogate.

The incident, which involved a silver Kia Picanto car driven by a 40-year-old woman from the Knaresborough area and an 82-year-old woman pedestrian from the Harrogate area, occurred at the exit to the Odeon Cinema on Station Avenue.

The elderly woman sustained serious injuries and died after being taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

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