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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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Harrogate place search for missing woman

Police in Harrogate are appealing for the public’s help to trace a woman who has been missing since last weekend.

Roksana Baran, aged 34, was last seen on Saturday 18 October 2014.

Roksana Baran, aged 34, was last seen at the house she shares with her sister in Harrogate at around 8pm on Saturday 18 October 2014.

She has not been in touch with anyone since and officers are becoming concerned for her safety.

The police are urging the public to keep and eye out for Roksana and report sightings of anyone matching her description.

She is described as white, around 5ft 4in tall, with a medium build, shoulder-length, light brown hair and blue eyes.

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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