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Hospital bosses apologise for 'blunder' in elderly patient's final moments

The family of an 83-year-old woman from Harrogate woman say she was denied the right to die with dignity after her bed was moved twice in the minutes before she died.

Irene Simister died last week in Harrogate District Hospital. Her sons, Andrew and David, say she was moved - against the wishes of nursing staff - to make way for another patient.

They say staff claimed the move was financially motivated. Hospital authorities have denied that - but have issued full apology. Chris Kiddey reports.


Woman sexually assaulted in Harrogate

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Harrogate.

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It happened when the woman was sat on a bench across from the Blue Bar at Montpellier Hill between 9 and 10pm when a man sexually assaulted her before exposing himself to her.

It is believed a number of people were in the area at the time and concerned about the woman.

A man in his fifties has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Three arrested over fatal Harrogate collision

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a woman was killed in a collision in Harrogate on Sunday morning.

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Detectives say a blue Ford Fiesta and a blue BMW 1 series car collided on Otley Road, at the junction with Cold Bath Road just before 7am.

The female driver of the Ford Fiest was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three men in the BMW have been arrested in connection with the collision, on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.


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