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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


Warning over bike thefts in Harrogate in run-up to Tour de Yorkshire

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Cyclists in Harrogate are being warned about bike thefts in the build up to the Tour de Yorkshire.

Police say there has been an increase in thefts in the area recently and are urging owners to take security precautions ahead of the race, which passes through nearby Knaresborough on April 29.

Officers believe that in some cases opportunistic thieves are targeting properties which have cars fitted with bike racks parked outside.

“Often if there is an expensive car on the drive with a cycle rack on the roof, it is obvious to the opportunist thief that a high-value cycle will be located inside the garage or shed.”

– Inspector Alex Langley, Harrogate police

Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

Public asked to check outbuildings as search continues for missing men

North Yorkshire Police say five suspected illegal immigrants seen getting off a lorry on a busy stretch of road near Boroughbridge are still missing.

Officers have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area, and specialist teams with sniffer dogs have been searching the land.

The lorry driver who was arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Three men who were arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally are now in the custody of the Visa and Immigration service.

Police are appealing to members of the public to report any sightings, particularly along the A1 corridor around the Boroughbridge area. They are also appealing to members of the public to check their sheds and outbuildings for signs of occupation in case any of the missing men had taken shelter there.


Five men missing after 'around fifteen people' seen disembarking from lorry near Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police say they are 'extremely concerned' for the welfare of around five men who are missing after a number of people were seen to disembark from a lorry on a busy stretch of road.

Eyewitnesses reported that a lorry pulled over on the A168 near the J48 turn-off of the A1M near Boroughbridge, where a number of people were seen to get off.

Nine of the people who had been on board have been taken to Harrogate, where they are receiving support from police and social services.

They include:

  • a mum, dad and their three children
  • one young woman
  • a single mother with two children

There is currently no description of the missing men, but the force is asking people to contact them if they see anyone in the area who appears vulnerable and may have got off the vehicle.

The lorry has been secured and will be moved.

New CCTV image released as search for missing George Bass continues

The search for missing 77-year-old George Bass from Harrogate is continuing today with enquiries centred around Leeds.

George Bass on the number 36 bus arriving in Leeds

The last confirmed sighting of George is on CCTV as he got off a bus at Leeds bus station and headed to Kirkgate market on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are working with the bus company, CCTV operators and retail outlets to try and piece together George's movements after this confirmed sighting.

As part of their enquiries, they are appealing to any members of the public, including Leeds shop workers or other public facing staff to contact them if have seen George over the past few days or know where he is now.

George is described as white, 5ft 4in tall with grey receding hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey waterproof jacket with a blue fleece underneath, brown trousers, a dark blue hat, dark blue gloves and black shoes.

Police ask residents to search outbuildings for missing pensioner

Police are asking residents in Harrogate to check outbuildings in case a missing pensioner has taken shelter in them. 77-year-old George Bass was last seen on Wednesday on King's Road just before midday.

George Bass Credit: North Yorkshire Police

George is described as white, 5ft 4in tall with grey receding hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey waterproof jacket with a blue fleece underneath, brown trousers, a dark blue hat, dark blue gloves and black shoes.

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