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Malton botanist struck with deadly virus

A leading botanist from Malton in North Yorkshire is in a coma on life support after being struck down by a deadly virus while working in China

Sophie Williams contracted Japanese encephalitis while carrying out research last month and has been flown to Liverpool for treatment.

Her family say they face an anxious wait to discover what the outcome will be for the 31-year-old conservationist. Grace Melody-Gardner reports.


Baby giraffe born at Flamingo Land resort

A baby giraffe has been born at Flamingo Land resort in Malton.

Credit: Flamingo Land

The Rothschild giraffe was born to parents George and Lizzy on Sunday.

The resort says that the giraffe is a female, and will be named in a Name the Baby competition shortly.

Credit: Flamingo Land

Rothschild giraffes are listed as Endangered by the IUCN and their population is still decreasing.

Malton police search for missing dementia sufferer


Conservatives choose man to replace female MP

One of only three Conservative female MPs in the North of England is to be replaced by a man after a bitter row within the party.

Anne McIntosh was deselected after 'clash of personalities' Credit: ITV Calendar

Estate agent Kevin Hollinrake, was selected to replace Anne McIntosh as the Conservative candidate for the Thirsk and Malton seat after a six hour meeting of the local party in York last night.

Anne McIntosh was deselected earlier this year after a so-called clash of personalities with some local party activists.

She attended the selection meeting at York Racecourse last night and offered her congratulations to Mr Hollinrake. But she has refused to be drawn on her future amid some speculation she may stand at next year's General Election as an Independent candidate.

In a statement released on Monday, she said:

"Many people have approached me regarding the Conservative Candidate Selection for Thirsk and Malton.

"As I have said before, I do not comment on internal proceedings of the Conservative Party, to which I remain loyal and supportive. Nor will I be making any further comment at this time other than to say that I intend to carry on doing the work I was elected to do in May 2010 to the best of my ability.

“I shall continue to represent the people of Thirsk, Malton and Filey with the utmost energy and enthusiasm.

“Being the only woman Conservative MP for the Yorkshire and Humber Region, I am extremely proud to do so."

Kevin Hollinrake, a father-of-four, who lives in Easingwold, is the managing director and founder of the estate agency Hunters Property Group.

Meanwhile, the former TV presenter Selina Scott who had been tipped as a possible candidate for the seat by some of her friends, has said she decided not to put her name forward.

This decision not to put my name forward for Thirsk and Malton at this time will not prevent me offering my services to constituencies in the future should I decide to become involved at next May’s general election.

– Selina Scott

Instant mash road reopens

A road which was blocked for more than five hours after a lorry shed its load of instant mashed potato has reopened. North Yorkshire Police say the potato has now been cleared off the A64 near Malton. Crews spent hours using freezing chemicals, snowploughs and high-pressure hoses to clear the mess.

At times, the road was described by officers as being like "an ice rink." The spillage led to long delays for motorists driving to and from the North Yorkshire coast. One traveller posted on facebook that she had been stuck for three hours.

The mash smash, in which nobody was injured, led to a flurry of punning posts on social media and has even been reported by one of Canada's biggest newspapers, The Toronto Sun.

Instant mash crash makes highway hash

A lorry load of instant mashed potato which has spilled onto the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire is proving to be a very slippery problem for emergency services trying to reopen the road. Crews have tried using freezing chemicals, snowploughs, gritters and now high-powered hoses to clear the mess.

But after five hours, North Yorkshire Police say the road remains like "an ice rink." The westbound lane from Scarborough is being reopened because of long tailbacks, but the instant mash which swelled up across the road when the lorry lost a quarter of its load is proving stubbornly resistant.

The North Yorkshire Police force control room is trying to make light of the difficulties. It has re-tweeted one social media posting “@NYPControlRoom: Update on #A64 Instant Mash situation. Emergency Services are utilising various methods to clear." Gravy, bangers, forks.

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