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Vet: Jumping rabbits love their exercise

You had better hop to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground this weekend, if you want to see a new take on the Grand National.

The Swedish rabbit jumping team are appearing at the the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show. The bunnies have been specially bred, and can jump as high as three feet.

According to organisers, they love to show jump and they hope the attraction will help owners to understand how much exercise pet rabbits need.

Tina Larsson from the Swedish rabbit jumping team and vet, Matthew Brash told ITV Calendar about what spectators could expect:

Jumping rabbits at Great Yorkshire Showground

Swedish jumping rabbits are set to steal the show at today's Small Animal Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Jumping bunnies

Speed and agility aren't words usually associated with the humble bunny, but these professional jumpers from Sweden are set to be the stars in the Grand National of the rabbit world. They first appeared at the show 2011, and four of the fluffy creatures will be back again today after two years away, due to popular demand.

The jumpers are just one of the attractions at the show, which takes place today and tomorrow and is organised by a small committee of dedicated volunteers. It is the largest small animal show in the country - with around 3,000 chinchillas, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats attending over two days.


Cyclist fighting for life after collision near Harrogate

A cyclist is fighting for his life this morning after a collision in Harrogate.

The 58-year-old man sustained serious head injuries when he was in collision with a black and red Volvo lorry on Otley Road, between Arthurs Avenue and West End Avenue, at around 6.05pm on Thursday 8 January 2015.

He was taken to Harrogate District Hospital for treatment, where he remains in a critical condition.

The lorry did not stop at the scene of the incident. A 73-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop after a road accident.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

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.

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