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Yorkshire Agricultural Society to open new exhibition hall

The official opening of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s £11.5m exhibition hall takes place in Harrogate later today.

Credit: Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Right Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds will unveil the building by pulling a 30m giant red ribbon, before a five-tier Yorkshire pork pie cake is cut.

The hall, which is the size of 3.5 Olympic swimming pools, has a 36m glass front elevation, flanked by an 8m high Yorkshire stone wall and an 8m high copper wall.

The first public event at the new hall will be the Great Yorkshire Show next month.

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Pensioner, 83, injured after being hit by van in Harrogate

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 83-year-old pedestrian was injured after being hit by a white van.

It happened on Leyland Road in Harrogate near the junction with Knaresborough Road at around 11.30am on Wednesday May 4, 2016.

The pensioner was taken to Harrogate District Hospital suffering from serious injuries where she remains.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the collision is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

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Police appeal to help find burglars who posed as roofers in Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information following a burglary in Harrogate Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information following a burglary were the suspects posed as roofers in Harrogate.

They say the incident happened on Rossett Avenue at around 4pm on 28 April, the offenders were at the address for some time posing as roof repair workers.

Three men arrived in a small white van and police believe the suspects may have attempted to target other properties prior to that of the victim.

Police are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public's assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Driving bans for Harrogate father and son bikers clocked riding up to 110mph

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A father and son who were clocked riding their motorbikes at more than 100mph by an unmarked police rider have been banned from driving.

Steven John Maloney, 58, and his 30-year-old son Ashley Richard Maloney – both from Harrogate – were caught speeding on roads between Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet last May.

They were followed by an officer riding an unmarked motorcycle at speeds of up to 110mph.

Both were found guilty of speeding and were banned for 70 days and ordered to pay fines and court costs of £1,050 and £1,130 respectively.

The two riders in this case chose to ride at excessively high speeds and are now suffering the consequences of that choice.

“As the motorcycling season begins, this should serve as a reminder to all road users that we welcome law-abiding drivers and riders to North Yorkshire to enjoy the roads and ride responsibly."

– Traffic Constable Martin Hayes

Harrogate eBay Swiss watch conman jailed for further three years

Ali Bakhitary Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man already serving a prison sentence for serious fraud has been jailed for a further three years.

Ali Bakhitary, 31 from Harrogate, posed under different identities to advertise £6,000 Swiss watches on eBay.

His victims, from Sheffield, Leeds and Lincolnshire, never received their goods after transferring payments into his account.

Bakhitary pleaded guilty in court to three fraud offences and one of concealing, disguising and coverting criminal property between February and April 2015.

Bakhitary was already serving a three and a half year prison sentence for fraud offences he committed both online, using eBay and Gumtree, during 2014.

"Ali Bahktiary is a conman who hides behind a shop front, "Items for sale" to carry out his crimes.

"He utilised the internet as a tool to trick people into paying him money. Bakhitary also befriended vulnerable people, gaining their confidence in him, to facilitate the use of their bank accounts to hide his illegal activities.

"Many individuals have sadly fallen victim to his lies and scams, which he repeatedly carried out purely for personal financial gain. He is now where he belongs - behind bars.

"This additional sentence sends out a clear message to fraudsters and those who want to take form innocent people - commit fraud and we will catch you. We will fully investigate all your fraudulent activity and put you before the courts. "

– Corrina Graham-Merrett, Harrogate Investigation Hub
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