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Fresh appeal to trace hit and run driver on 14th anniversary of cyclist's death

Officers investigating the death of a Harrogate cyclist 14 years ago have today launched a fresh appeal for information to trace the hit and run driver.

Stefan Forge Credit: North Yorkshire Police

47-year-old Stefan Forge died on 22 August ,2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.

The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend - at around 11.15pm - failed to stop at the scene.

Tragically Stefan died from his injuries. His friend, who was severely traumatised by the incident, survived but suffered serious injuries.

Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case and to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the collision, are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.

“14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.

“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible.

"We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.

“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information. "For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

– Sgt Ian Pope, North Yorkshire Police's Major Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A61 in North Yorkshire reopens after bus crash

The A61 in North Yorkshire has been reopened after a crash involving a bus and two cars at lunchtime.

Bus being towed away Credit: ITV News

A number of people, including two children, were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a crash between the no. 36 bus, a blue Vauxhall Zafira and a black Mini Cooper.

Scene of the crash Credit: ITV News
Close-up of bus damage Credit: ITV News

The A61 was closed at Killinghall for a few hours as the road was cleared.


Bus and two cars involved in A61 crash

The A61 in North Yorkshire is closed this lunchtime following a crash between a double decker bus and two cars.

The damaged bus no. 36 Credit: ITV News

A number of people, including two children, have reportedly been taken to Harrogate District hospital.

A blue Vauxhall Zafira and a black Mini Cooper are the two vehicles involved.

Funeral of David Nobbs to take place near Harrogate

A private funeral will be held for comedy writer David Nobbs later today.

Credit: British Humanist Association

Nobbs, best known for creating the television character Reginald Perrin, died a few weeks ago aged 80.

A celebration of his life is also planned in the Derwent Room at the Yorkshire Show Ground at 2pm.

Well-wishers have been told not to wear dark clothing and that any donations will be used to support the work of the Stroke Unit at Harrogate District Hospital.

Nobbs, from North Yorkshire, wrote the Reginald Perrin novels which were turned into a much-loved sitcom that originally ran between 1976 and 1979.

Louis Smith speaks to Calendar about inspiring the future generations, and Rio 2016 hopes

Louis Smith has been in Harrogate inspiring the next generation of gymnasts.

The Strictly Come Dancing star is hoping to be on the plane and going for gold at the the Rio Olympics next year.

He was at Ashville College in Harrogate to run one of his own summer academies.

Click play below to watch an extended interview with the Olympian:


Louis Smith inspires youngsters at Ashville College

Olympic and strictly star Louis Smith is inspiring youngsters at Ashville College in Harrogate today.

Louis Smith signs a young girl's t-shirt Credit: ITV News

The gymnast, who is aiming for gold at Rio 2016 delivered a master class for pupils.

Watch an exclusive interview with Louis Smith on Calendar at 6pm.

Harrogate 'happiest place to live' in Britain

Harrogate has been crowned as the happiest place to live in Britain for the third year in a row by a report which asks people how content they are with their home and local community.

Credit: Press Association

The North Yorkshire spa town, with its grand hotels and bustling tea rooms, came out top again in an annual survey by property website Rightmove, which asks people how they feel about where they live.

York was fourth in the list.

Rightmove's survey of more than 24,000 people asked questions such as how proud they are of their home, whether they are satisfied with how it is decorated, how safe they feel in their community, whether they have enough living space, how friendly the neighbours are and whether they worry about the value of their property.

Harrogate was ranked first overall after coming out top for people feeling pride in where they live, as well as residents being happy with their area's upkeep and safe in their community.

Harrogate is a fantastic part of the world in which to live. We are surrounded by some of the UK's most beautiful scenery, have fantastic shopping, a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, and great entertainment and leisure opportunities - including some unique experiences such as the elegant Turkish Baths.

– Councillor Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council

Top five happiest places to live:

  • 1) Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 2) Shrewsbury, West Midlands
  • 3) Ipswich, East of England
  • 4) York, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 5) Chester, North West

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Yorkshire diver Jack Laugher makes history in Kazan

Yorkshire diver Jack Laugher has made history by becoming only the second British diver to ever win an individual World Championships medal.

The 20-year-old from Harrogate won bronze in the 3m springboard final in Kazan, Russia.

Van driver seriously hurt in collision near Harrogate

Location of the crash on A638

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision near Harrogate.

A 39-year-old local man suffered serious injuries after the van he was driving collided with a Ford Focus. He is in a critical condition at Leeds General Infirmary.

The driver of the Ford Focus, a 60-year-old woman from the Harrogate area, was left shocked but unhurt by the collision.

The vehicles collided on the A658 between the two junctions for North Rigton. around 5:30pm yesterday evening. The van, which had 'Future Builds' written on the side, was travelling towards Huby. The car was travelling in the opposite direction, towards Harrogate.

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