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Police investigate as festival organisation placed in administration

Police have confirmed they are investigating after the organisers of a North Yorkshire Festival said the company had been placed in administration.

Galtres Festival Trading Ltd, which runs an event in Helmsley in August, is organising a meeting of creditors to formalise voluntary liquidation.

On the company's website it states it has significant liabilities, which are made up of loans to the company, trade creditors, and sums owed to staff and performers. Trade creditors include suppliers, caterers and stallholders.

Despite developing an excellent reputation for being a high quality event, the festival has not succeeded in attracting sufficient numbers of attendees to meet its costs.

It is perhaps symptomatic that the first interest ever shown in our event over ten years by some regional and national media is to report on its apparent demise.

The context of the decision to proceed with each year’s festival was a thorough analysis of performance figures, projections and costs. In each case the directors involved firmly believed the decision was the right one, both for the creditors and for the festival itself. Several people close to the festival business injected personal funds to support the company. A dedicated team worked tirelessly to put on and promote an even better festival. They were committed to running a wonderful event which delivered against its strong values, which covered its costs, and which contributed to repaying liabilities from previous years. But bewilderingly, despite the highly positive feedback, attendances did not grow at the required rate. It would be hard to question the quality of the event, which has been said by media and attendees to rival the likes of Glastonbury, but despite that it didn’t generate the sales it deserved and needed.

– Spokesperson for Galtres Festival Trading Ltd

Body found in missing Barbara Colling case

Police searching for a missing woman from Helmsley have found a body.

Barbara Colling, 68, went missing on January 28.

North Yorkshire Police said the body was discovered by a member of the public on Hawnby Moor, in the North York Moors National Park, at about 10.45am today.

The search for her has been stood down, and police saying they are not yet in a position to identify the body.

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Specialist tracking dog brought in to search for missing Helmsley woman

Barbara Colling

Police have brought in a tracking dog to assist the search for Barbara Colling who went missing from Helmsley on Monday. The 68-year-old has Alzheimer’s. The search and rescue dog is trained to identify a person's scent and then track it for as long as possible.

Despite extensive searches of the Helmsley to Broughton area carried out by specially trained police officers, search and rescue teams and an air support unit, they have not managed to locate Barbara.

Inspector Richard Mallinson, said: “I would like to thank all those who have already reported potential sightings of Barbara. I am particularly asking farmers and people who work in the local area to keep checking their outbuildings and sheds in case Barbara has taken shelter in them.”

68-year-old missing from Helmsley

Missing Barbara Colling

Police are appealing for help in finding a woman who has gone missing from Helmsley. 68-year-old Barbara Colling was last seen walking from Helmsley towards Stokesley on Monday morning.

She is described as white, 5ft 6in tall with a medium build and medium length blonde hair. When she was last seen Barbara was wearing a navy blue jacket, blue trousers, a black woollen hat with ear flaps and black boots and is thought to have been carrying a black rucksack.

Police are growing concerned increasingly concerned for her welfare, as Barbara has serious health issues and this behaviour is out of character. It is not thought that she has any money or debit cards with her.

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Urgent appeal to locate missing Helmsley woman

Ryedale police are urgently appealing to the public for their help to locate a missing woman from Helmsley.

Barbara Colling, 68, has not been seen since 9.30am today when she was last seen walking from Helmsley towards Stokesley.

She is described as white, 5ft 6in tall with a medium build and medium length blonde hair. When she was last seen Barbara was wearing a navy blue jacket, blue trousers, a black woollen hat with ear flaps and black boots and is thought to have been carrying a black rucksack.

Police are growing concerned increasingly concerned for her welfare, as Barbara has serious health issues and this behaviour is out of character. It is not thought that she has any money or debit cards with her.

Man dies after being hit by a car

A man has died after being hit by a car in York.

The collision took place on 2 July in Skelton when car hit an 80-year-old man, from Helmsley, who was crossing the road.

He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, where he died on 5 July.

I need to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or seen either the pedestrian or Ford Focus prior to the incident so that I can better understand the circumstances around it.

– Traffic Sergeant Dave Willey, North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group

Nelson Gate restored

A North Yorkshire historic feature is being marked today.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is taking place at Neslson Gate on the outskirts of Helmsley. The grand stone arch was built to commemorate Lord Nelson's victory at the Battle fo Trafalgar.

It is thought to be one of the first memorial in the country dedicated to be dedicated to Nelson.