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Royal visitors announced for Great Yorkshire Show

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be guests at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show, it has been announced.

The royal couple will be at the agricultural show on Tuesday 14 July, the first day of the event, which takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate and runs until Thursday 16 July.

The farming and countryside showcase is expected to welcome around 130,000 visitors over the three days. This year there are almost 13,000 entries, ranging from prize winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. In addition the timetable includes demonstrations of country skills such as dry stone walling, an extensive Food Hall showcasing regional produce, fashion shows and more than 1,200 stands.

The Prince of Wales is of course our Patron and I have had the honour of showing our wonderful farming showcase to His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall, on several occasions. Their presence always creates a very special atmosphere as it is plain to see how much they enjoy meeting our visitors and they have a genuine interest in our show and farming generally.

– Bill Cowling, Show Director

Mother calls for 'change in attitude' to Down's syndrome

A mother is warning that there needs to be a change in attitude towards Down's Syndrome before the NHS considers rolling out a new test for the condition.

A non-invasive test could be available next year. But Wendy Puckrin, from Harrogate, says knowing a baby has Down's Syndrome could result in more abortions - unless both mothers and the medical profession understand more about the condition. Helen Steel reports.


Teenager missing from Harrogate

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 18-year-old Harrogate man who was reported missing last night (Thursday 11 June 2015).

Tom McGhie Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Tom McGhie was last seen by family members on Thursday morning when he left home for college in Harrogate. He was seen again near Conningham Hall, Knaresborough at around 1.30pm, but has not been seen or heard from since.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for Tom’s safety as it is very out of character for him to be out of contact with his family for so long.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Tom since Thursday or knows of his current whereabouts to contact them.

He is described as 6ft tall, of slim build with blonde hair and blue eyes. When he was last seen he was wearing ripped, pale blue jeans, a dark coloured hoody, brown trainers and was carrying a Reebok record bag.

Martial arts legend visits North Yorkshire academy

A martial arts legend has held a class at a taekwondo academy in North Yorkshire.

Eighth Dan black belt Ik Pil Kang also met civic dignitaries at the K.R. Ali Taekwondo Academy in Harrogate.

The academy has increasing ties to South Korea thanks to recent visits by Kambiz R Ali to its capital Seoul.

Mr Ali, a 6th Dan Black Belt, has personally forged connections with Seoul and recently attended a ceremony for the naming of Harrogate Street in the S. Korean capital.

Man suffers serious head injury in Harrogate collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured when the car he was driving and another car were in collision.

The man, in his 20s, suffered a serious head injury in the crash near St Marks Church on the A61 Leeds Road at around 5.30pm on Sunday May 31.

He was travelling from Leeds in a Black MG ZR towards Harroage town centre when it hit a Skoda travelling in the opposite direction and then collided with a tree.

A silver Mercedes was damaged after being hit by debris from the crash.

The injured man remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Detectives reopen investigation into death of Harrogate man

Police in North Yorkshire have reopened the case into the death of a man at a homeless hostel in 2007.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Robert Pride-McLeod, 49, was found dead in a cellar at the homeless hostel on Robert Street, Harrogate, on 21 January 2007.

He was made homeless on Friday 12 January 2007 and was given a room on the first floor of the hostel.

He was ill at the time and needed a Zimmer frame to get around. He only weighed five stone.

The following Monday morning Robert's room was checked and he wasn't there. Despite police appeals for information, nobody has ever come forward to say they saw Robert since he was helped to his room by a security guard when he arrived at the hostel.

He was found dead later that week.

The coroner recorded an open verdict at the inquest into Robert's death, however a post-mortem examination revealed that Robert had a head injury and the police believe that he was assaulted prior to his death.

Three people were arrested during the initial investigation and released without charge.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit are now reviewing the case and are appealing for people with information to come forward.

It is more than eight years since Robert was found dead in a cellar in Harrogate and we still don't know exactly what happened to him. From the evidence obtained during the initial investigation in 2007 it is believed that Robert was assaulted after he was taken in at the hostel. However, despite that investigation there are still a number of unanswered questions. Who assaulted Robert? How did he come to be in the cellar? Did someone put him there?

– Detective Inspector Mark Pearson

Robert had changed his name around five years prior to his death. His sister, Christine, who lives in America and knows him by his previous name, Timothy, has released the following statement: "Timothy did not deserve to die in such sad and lonely circumstances and deserves justice.

"I would like to take the opportunity to ask the people of Harrogate to help the police find out what happened to Timothy in that hostel and how he came to end his days in the cellar."


Harrogate cyclist fights back after serious crash

A cyclist from Harrogate who was nearly killed when an HGV knocked him off his bike in January, is getting back in the saddle just months after the accident.

Kevin Smith, 58, suffered a head injury so severe that he briefly died in the ambulance on his way to hospital.

Next month he'll be raising money for charity on an exercise bike as part of Harrogate's "Big Bike Bash".

Train services disrupted between Leeds and York

A broken down train at Harrogate is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Leeds and York.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 09:30, according to National Rail.

Attempt to entice three girls into van in Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation after two men tried to entice three young girls into a van in Harrogate.

Police received a report at 6pm yesterday (Monday 11 May) that two men in a van had approached the three young, aged 14, 10 and 9, on St Andrews Road in Harrogate.

The van is described as a large dark blue van, and then men are described as of muscly build.

A similar incident in Knaresborough was reported to police on Sunday evening, circumstances of which are being investigated.

We acknowledge that this incident will cause concern amongst the local community.

We would like to reassure people we are conducting a full investigation and while enquiries are ongoing, the local safer neighbourhood team will be conducting reassurance patrols in the area of St Andrews Road. We ask people not to comment on social media as we are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

– Detective Sergeant Alex Jackson of Harrogate Serious Crime Team

Anyone who thinks they may have seen the van, or anything suspicious in the area around the time of the incident, is asked to call the police.

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