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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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Two men arrested after suspicious Harrogate fire

Two men have been arrested in connection with a suspicious fire in Harrogate.

The blaze started around 2.50am on Sunday August 24, 2014, at a flat on Scargill Road. It was reported to police by the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A woman aged 19, and a 24-year-old man were helped out of the house by fire fighters. The man was treated in hospital for the effects of breathing in smoke. The woman did not need any treatment.

Detectives are questioning two men aged 33 and 26, both from Harrogate, over the incident.

"Thankfully neither of the occupants of the flat were seriously injured as a result of this fire. However, the consequences could have been far worse.

If you have any information which could help my investigation I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away."

Detective Sergeant Alan Browne, Harrogate CID

Appeal after cyclist dies in collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died in a collision near Kirkby Overblow.

It occurred at 1.40pm on Wednesday, August 13, on Follifoot Lane, involving a cyclist and a pedestrian.

At the time in the incident the cyclist, a 77-year-old man from Leeds, was heading from the A658 towards Kirkby Overblow.

The man, who has not been named, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance where he died a short time later.

The pedestrian, a 72-year-old man from Harrogate, was taken to HarrogateDistrict Hospital where he was treated before being released.

Traffic Sergeant Paul Cording, of the Force’s Roads Policing Group, said: “If you have any information which could help my enquiries I urge you to contact the police straight away.”

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Largest military graduation parade in UK to take place in Harrogate

The largest military graduation parade in Europe will be held in Harrogate today.

It will be the last to be inspected by the head of the army, General Sir Peter Wall, while he is still in his post.

Last year's graduation parade

More than 540 junior soldiers and staff from Cambrai, Peninsula, Alamein and Burma companies will take part in the parade at Uniacke Barracks in front of over 4,000 relatives and friends.

The 17-year-old students from two intakes joined the college in Penny Pot Lane in September last year and March this year. The parade is only exceeded in size by the Trooping of the Colour held in London.

"Graduation is a proud day for our Junior Soldiers as well as for all of their military and civilian staff and their families.

"Their time at Harrogate has tested them physically and mentally, stretched them to new limits and greatly enhanced their talents and abilities.

"They have worked hard and after a well-earned summer break, they can look forward to their specialist training before embarking on the busy, rewarding careers that lie ahead of them."

– Lieutenant Col Oz Lane, Commanding Officer, Army Foundation College

Man charged with Ripley murder

Scene of fatal stabbing at Whipley Bank in Ripley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man has been charged with the murder of a 44 year old who was found with stab wounds in a car in Ripley.

Victim, Mark Berney from Knaresborough was found in Whipley Bank on Sunday evening.

A 40 year old from Harrogate was charged in the early hours of this morning. He's due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court this morning.

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