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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.

Downton Abbey's North Yorkshire stars nominated for Emmys

Joanne Frogatt from Littlebeck, near Whitby and Jim Carter from Harrogate have both been nominated for awards at this years Emmys.

Joanne Frogatt won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role earlier this year Credit: Press Association

Frogatt won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role earlier this year and has now been nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.

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Meanwhile Carter has received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year.

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Body found in Harrogate phone box

Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a phone box in Harrogate this morning is not believed to be suspicious.

Officers were called to the scene on Kings Road at 6.40am after a member of the public cited concern about a man in a phone box.

They say the man was 'pronounced dead shortly after' and his death is not believed to be suspicious.

A file is being prepared for the coroner.

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