Hunt widens for bank card scammers

The search for a group of bank card scammers who have targeted elderly people in North Yorkshire has extended to the West Midlands.

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Smoke seeps into nearby buildings

Smoke seriously affecting visibility Credit: Aaron Massingham

A designer working in Harrogate says it's difficult to see anything on the street near his office in Stray Rein.

Aaron Massingham said:

"It got to the point where smoke was so thick it started coming into our office which was about 50 meters away near Station bridge."

Nearby buildings affected by smoke Credit: Aaron Massingham

West Yorkshire firefighters called in to help

Fire started in Prezzo kitchen Credit: Jo Illingworth

Two of our region's fire crews are now tackling a fire at a restaurant in central Harrogate.

Crews from across North Yorkshire were called to the restaurant on Albert Street, where the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.

Smoke has engulfed central Harrogate Credit: Jo Illingworth

It quickly spread to the first floor, so West Yorkshire fire crews are now helping to get it under control.

Residents are warned to keep windows closed Credit: Jo Illingworth

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Downton's butler encourages young thespians to follow their dreams

Harrogate born actor who is adored by millions as Downton Abbey's firm but fair butler Carson has taken time off from filming to encourage budding young thespians to follow their dreams.

The new drama studio at Ashville college, has been named after the former pupil, who returned to open the venue and talk to the students. Victoria Whittam reports.

An audience with "Carson"

He may be better known as the Downton Abbey butler "Carson" - but once upon a time, Jim Carter was head prefect at Ashville College in Harrogate.

And the old boy returned to his school to officially open its auditorium, which has just undergone a £2.25 million facelift - and to be honoured by having the school's drama studio named after him.

Audience with Jim Carter Credit: Calendar news

Downtown star returns to old school

Jim Carter
Jim Carter Credit: ITV

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter - who plays Carson the Butler in the hit ITV drama - is guest of honour this afternoon at the opening of his old school's new drama studio.

Jim, who was head prefect at Harrogate's Ashville College, will officially open the new £2.25m drama studio which is named after him. Afterwards he will take to the stage for " An Afternoon with Jim Carter".

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