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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.


Man jailed for 'one punch' manslaughter

A man who killed a work colleague with one punch during a night out in Harrogate has been jailed for six years.

Phillip Patrick Begley Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Phillip Patrick Begley, aged 44 and of Wellington Road, Bridlington, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Morrison at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday 2 July 2014, following a four-day trial.

Begley was also found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm for an attack on Paul’s friend, Peter Bell, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment to run consecutively.

Paul Morrison Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The men had met in Harrogate on the evening of 1 November 2014, where they went for a drink in the Wetherspoons Winter Gardens pub, in Parliament Street.

At around 7.30pm, Paul and Mr Bell were in the beer garden at the back of the pub when they were approached by Begley. He punched Paul in the face and he fell backwards hitting his head on the base of a pillar.

Paul, who was aged 51 and from Burton Leonard, sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital, where he spent almost three weeks fighting for his life before he passed away.

Mr Bell suffered facial injuries in the incident, which required hospital treatment.

I hope Paul’s death highlights to people that getting involved in any kind of violent behaviour can have a tragic outcome.

A family has lost a loved one, and Philip Begley is spending the foreseeable future in jail all because of one punch.

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Martin

Royal visitors announced for Great Yorkshire Show

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be guests at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show, it has been announced.

The royal couple will be at the agricultural show on Tuesday 14 July, the first day of the event, which takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate and runs until Thursday 16 July.

The farming and countryside showcase is expected to welcome around 130,000 visitors over the three days. This year there are almost 13,000 entries, ranging from prize winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. In addition the timetable includes demonstrations of country skills such as dry stone walling, an extensive Food Hall showcasing regional produce, fashion shows and more than 1,200 stands.

The Prince of Wales is of course our Patron and I have had the honour of showing our wonderful farming showcase to His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall, on several occasions. Their presence always creates a very special atmosphere as it is plain to see how much they enjoy meeting our visitors and they have a genuine interest in our show and farming generally.

– Bill Cowling, Show Director

Mother calls for 'change in attitude' to Down's syndrome

A mother is warning that there needs to be a change in attitude towards Down's Syndrome before the NHS considers rolling out a new test for the condition.

A non-invasive test could be available next year. But Wendy Puckrin, from Harrogate, says knowing a baby has Down's Syndrome could result in more abortions - unless both mothers and the medical profession understand more about the condition. Helen Steel reports.

Teenager missing from Harrogate

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 18-year-old Harrogate man who was reported missing last night (Thursday 11 June 2015).

Tom McGhie Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Tom McGhie was last seen by family members on Thursday morning when he left home for college in Harrogate. He was seen again near Conningham Hall, Knaresborough at around 1.30pm, but has not been seen or heard from since.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for Tom’s safety as it is very out of character for him to be out of contact with his family for so long.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Tom since Thursday or knows of his current whereabouts to contact them.

He is described as 6ft tall, of slim build with blonde hair and blue eyes. When he was last seen he was wearing ripped, pale blue jeans, a dark coloured hoody, brown trainers and was carrying a Reebok record bag.


Martial arts legend visits North Yorkshire academy

A martial arts legend has held a class at a taekwondo academy in North Yorkshire.

Eighth Dan black belt Ik Pil Kang also met civic dignitaries at the K.R. Ali Taekwondo Academy in Harrogate.

The academy has increasing ties to South Korea thanks to recent visits by Kambiz R Ali to its capital Seoul.

Mr Ali, a 6th Dan Black Belt, has personally forged connections with Seoul and recently attended a ceremony for the naming of Harrogate Street in the S. Korean capital.

Man suffers serious head injury in Harrogate collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured when the car he was driving and another car were in collision.

The man, in his 20s, suffered a serious head injury in the crash near St Marks Church on the A61 Leeds Road at around 5.30pm on Sunday May 31.

He was travelling from Leeds in a Black MG ZR towards Harroage town centre when it hit a Skoda travelling in the opposite direction and then collided with a tree.

A silver Mercedes was damaged after being hit by debris from the crash.

The injured man remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Detectives reopen investigation into death of Harrogate man

Police in North Yorkshire have reopened the case into the death of a man at a homeless hostel in 2007.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Robert Pride-McLeod, 49, was found dead in a cellar at the homeless hostel on Robert Street, Harrogate, on 21 January 2007.

He was made homeless on Friday 12 January 2007 and was given a room on the first floor of the hostel.

He was ill at the time and needed a Zimmer frame to get around. He only weighed five stone.

The following Monday morning Robert's room was checked and he wasn't there. Despite police appeals for information, nobody has ever come forward to say they saw Robert since he was helped to his room by a security guard when he arrived at the hostel.

He was found dead later that week.

The coroner recorded an open verdict at the inquest into Robert's death, however a post-mortem examination revealed that Robert had a head injury and the police believe that he was assaulted prior to his death.

Three people were arrested during the initial investigation and released without charge.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit are now reviewing the case and are appealing for people with information to come forward.

It is more than eight years since Robert was found dead in a cellar in Harrogate and we still don't know exactly what happened to him. From the evidence obtained during the initial investigation in 2007 it is believed that Robert was assaulted after he was taken in at the hostel. However, despite that investigation there are still a number of unanswered questions. Who assaulted Robert? How did he come to be in the cellar? Did someone put him there?

– Detective Inspector Mark Pearson

Robert had changed his name around five years prior to his death. His sister, Christine, who lives in America and knows him by his previous name, Timothy, has released the following statement: "Timothy did not deserve to die in such sad and lonely circumstances and deserves justice.

"I would like to take the opportunity to ask the people of Harrogate to help the police find out what happened to Timothy in that hostel and how he came to end his days in the cellar."

Harrogate cyclist fights back after serious crash

A cyclist from Harrogate who was nearly killed when an HGV knocked him off his bike in January, is getting back in the saddle just months after the accident.

Kevin Smith, 58, suffered a head injury so severe that he briefly died in the ambulance on his way to hospital.

Next month he'll be raising money for charity on an exercise bike as part of Harrogate's "Big Bike Bash".

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