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North Yorkshire attraction gets Mandarin name to encourage Chinese tourists

A North Yorkshire tourist attraction has been renamed in Mandarin in a bid to promote it to tourists from China.

Brimham Rocks gets Mandarin name

Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate, have been given the oriental title meaning ‘a lot of rocks in different shapes' after 10 weeks of voting by the Chinese public.

The moorland rock formations will join attractions such as The Shard, The Loch Ness Monster, Hadrian's Wall and Saville Row on a highlights for visitors list released by visitBritain.

Police release stolen jewellery images after couple tied up during Harrogate burglary

Detectives investigating a burglary in which an elderly couple where tied up in their own home have released pictures of the stolen jewellery.

Impression of stolen art-deco ring Credit: West Yorkshire Police
27 stone diamond ring stolen during Harrogate burglary

Three men escaped with jewellery and watches after the raid on the house in Harrogate in January 2015.

Police have released the above images and these descriptions of the stolen items in the hope it will help track down the suspects.

The items include:

  • Large platinum diamond-set art deco ring which comprises of two square diamonds set in the centre which are about 1.20 carats each, described as "D" colour with "VWS" clarity.
  • 27 stone diamond ring cluster dome ring from the 1950s, comprising a large central round brilliant cut diamond surrounded by three rows of diamonds.
  • Diamond classic line bracelet set with uniform round brilliant cut diamonds
  • Oblong-shaped emerald cut cbic sirconia ring, set horizontally across the finger in platinum
  • Lady's white metal bracelet watch
  • Gent's Gucci bracelet watch with steel bracelet, pink metal bezel and black dial

"The jewellery and watches that were taken in the aggravated burglary are very distinctive. By releasing images of their likeness and detailed descriptions, we hope to trigger a positive response within the jewellers and pawn broking trade, as well as from members of the public who may have been offered the items for sale."

– Det Cons Kirsten Aldridge, Harrogate CID

Elderly couple tied up in Harrogate burglary

Detectives are hunting three burglars who tied up an elderly couple at their home in Harrogate before escaping with jewellery, watches and money.

It happened at the house on South Park Road in Harrogate between 6.15pm and 7pm on Tuesday January 20, 2015.

The victims who were in their 70s and 80s managed to untie themselves once the three men, two who were wearing masks, had left the house. They suffered minor injuries to their hands and wrists.

"We are doing everything we can to track down the suspects and are continuing to support the couple who have been badly shaken by the ordeal. Someone out there knows who was responsible for this despicable and callous crime. "

– Det Const Kirsten Aldridge, Harrogate CID,


On-the-run 'dangerous' drug baron arrested in Philippines

A drug dealer, who went on the run before he was due in court for heading up a £13m smuggling ring, has been arrested in the Philippines.

John Halliday from Harrogate arrested in Philippines Credit: West Yorkshire Police

John Halliday, from Harrogate, was a lead member of an organised crime group responsible for importing and supplying hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs.

His arrest followed an operation which resulted in a raid on business premises in Leeds where 10 kilos of class B drugs were recovered.

Halliday disappeared in September 2013, before the start of his trial. He was jailed for ten years in his absence.

"Halliday is a dangerous convicted criminal and we are delighted that he has finally been arrested and is in the custody of the authorities in the Philippines. It has taken a lot of hard work but we are now a step closer to bringing him back to the UK to serve his prison sentence."

– Det Insp Neil Hollis, West Yorkshire Police

Vet: Jumping rabbits love their exercise

You had better hop to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground this weekend, if you want to see a new take on the Grand National.

The Swedish rabbit jumping team are appearing at the the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show. The bunnies have been specially bred, and can jump as high as three feet.

According to organisers, they love to show jump and they hope the attraction will help owners to understand how much exercise pet rabbits need.

Tina Larsson from the Swedish rabbit jumping team and vet, Matthew Brash told ITV Calendar about what spectators could expect:

Jumping rabbits at Great Yorkshire Showground

Swedish jumping rabbits are set to steal the show at today's Small Animal Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Jumping bunnies

Speed and agility aren't words usually associated with the humble bunny, but these professional jumpers from Sweden are set to be the stars in the Grand National of the rabbit world. They first appeared at the show 2011, and four of the fluffy creatures will be back again today after two years away, due to popular demand.

The jumpers are just one of the attractions at the show, which takes place today and tomorrow and is organised by a small committee of dedicated volunteers. It is the largest small animal show in the country - with around 3,000 chinchillas, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats attending over two days.

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