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Result: Conservatives hold Harrogate and Knaresborough

Conservative Andrew Jones has retained his seat in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

  • Andrew Jones (The Conservative Party) – 28,153 votes
  • Helen Flynn (Liberal Democrats) – 11,782 votes
  • David Simister ( UK Independence Party [UKIP]) – 5,681
  • Jan Williams (Labour Party) – 5,409
  • Shan Oakes (Green Party) – 2,351

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Counting continues in Skipton and Harrogate

Counting is well underway in Skipton and Harrogate with declarations expected in the early hours of the morning.

Counting in Harrogate

The estimated declaration time for both Skipton and Ripon and Harrogate and Knaresborough is 03:00.

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Counting in Skipton

Suspended sentence after inflatable slide injures four

A man who operated an inflatable slide which blew away and injured four people - including two children - was handed a suspended jail sentence today.

Victor Lusher from Harrogate was given a twenty six week sentence suspended for a year for breaching health and safety laws.

The court heard how the slide should not have been in use at a car boot sale at Ripley because it was damaged.

Lusher said tonight he was sorry for what had happened - but maintained outside court that the slide was securely fastened down.

Four men arrested after police discover cannabis factory in Knaresborough

Four men have been arrested after police found a cannabis factory in a disused car showroom in Knaresborough.

The operation was discovered on Tuesday 28 April 2015, when a local officer became suspicious about the site and went to investigate.

More than 100 plants were found on the lower floor of S&R Motors, on Harrogate Road, Ferrensby, along with equipment commonly used in the production of cannabis.

A 36-year-old man from Leeds was arrested at the scene on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

Two other men, aged 24 and 30, were arrested in Plompton a short time later.

All three men have been released on police bail to allow for further enquiries.

Following police enquiries, a fourth man was arrested in connection with the incident in Harrogate on Wednesday 29 April 2015. He remains in police custody for questioning.

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Man treated for serious head injury after Harrogate attack

A man is being treated in hospital after he was attacked in Harrogate in the early hours of this morning. The 29-year-old from Ripon suffered a serious head injury in the incident which happened near the junction with Union Street and Kings Road. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Two men aged 39 and 40 have been arrested in connection with the assault. They remain in police custody for questioning.

Man jailed for Harrogate antiques robbery

A man who smashed his way into an antiques shop in Harrogate with a sledgehammer has been jailed for 12 years.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Ryan Luke Stanley, 24, from Salford, Manchester, was handed an extended determinate sentence of eight years’ imprisonment increased by four years at Manchester Crown Court on Monday 20 April 2015.

He was also told to pay a £120 victim surcharge and ordered to forfeit his sledgehammer.

Stanley pleaded guilty to threatening staff at Montpellier Antiques in Harrogate, at around 11.10am on Monday 16 March 2015, before stealing watches and jewellery from inside the shop.

Stanley and four other men who were with him at the time of the robbery, then left the scene in a stolen Lexus which was later found abandoned nearby.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon.

Enquiries remain ongoing to trace the other men involved in the robbery

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