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64-year-old sentenced to community order after causing cyclist's death

A 64-year-old man has been sentenced for causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving in Wetherby.

38-year-old Darren Greaves Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Brian Colling clipped cyclist Darren Greaves, 38, while attempting to overtake on the B1224 near Wetherby, on the afternoon of Thursday 17 October 2013.

As a result of being clipped by the car, Darren, who was cycling towards Wetherby, fell from his cycle and was struck by another car. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colling, 64, from Wetherby, was found guilty at York Crown Court on 5 June 2015.

On 26 June he was sentenced to a community order of 120 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £3,500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The verdict sends a clear message to drivers regarding the responsibility they have towards vulnerable road users, in particular cyclists. The Highway Code gives strong guidance within the rules for drivers: overtake only when it is safe to do so, give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would a car when overtaking, and take into account any wobbles or swerving by cyclists who may be trying to avoid potholes or defects in the road. When approaching cyclists, drivers need to be prepared to slow down and if necessary follow the cyclist until there is a safe opportunity to overtake. If there is oncoming traffic then drivers should show patience and not try to squeeze through the gap. Neither should drivers attempt to overtake cyclists on bends where the view ahead is obscured. Following the guidance given in the Highway Code will only add a few seconds to a journey, but the consequences of attempting to pass a cyclist at the wrong time could be very serious. We need to make the roads as safe as we can, and following the Highway Code will go a long way to achieving this.

– Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, of North Yorkshire Police

After several months of waiting for justice for Darren, we have finally received that. We would like to thank North Yorkshire Police who have supported us throughout. Darren lives with us every day.

– Statement from the family of Darren Greaves

Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine

Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.


Full statement by the family of Carly Lovett

Below is the full statement from the family of 24-year-old Carly Lovett from Gainsborough, killed in the terror attack in Tunisia.

Carly’s parents, Joanne and Kev, fiancé Liam, sister Jordan, brother Daniel, stepfather John, stepmother Tracey, and step brothers Simon and Max, would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support at this very difficult time.

Carly was and always will be our beautiful shining light; she was funny, clever, artistic and radiated love and happiness around her.

Carly recently got engaged to Liam, her childhood sweetheart of 10 years. Both were excited and looking forward to a bright future together filled with love and happiness. This has now been cruelly taken away.

To move forward through this we will try to do what we believe Carly would want and that is to love, cherish and support each other.

The support received from family, friends and people we don’t know has been overwhelming and has been a great comfort to us all.

Carly, may you soar with the angels and we pray with all our hearts that this evil, and such disregard for human life, will end so no other family will feel the pain that we do today and always will.

– Family of Carly Lovett

Mother calls for 'change in attitude' to Down's syndrome

A mother is warning that there needs to be a change in attitude towards Down's Syndrome before the NHS considers rolling out a new test for the condition.

A non-invasive test could be available next year. But Wendy Puckrin, from Harrogate, says knowing a baby has Down's Syndrome could result in more abortions - unless both mothers and the medical profession understand more about the condition. Helen Steel reports.

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Family: Tunisia victim Carly Lovett was a 'shining light'

Graduate Carly Lovett had recently got engaged to her childhood sweetheart. Credit: Family handout

The family of 24-year-old graduate Carly Lovett who was killed in the Tunisia shootings have paid tribute to their "shining light".

A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police on behalf of her family and fiance said: "Carly was and always will be our beautiful shining light; she was funny, clever, artistic and radiated love and happiness around her.

"We pray with all our hearts that this evil, and such disregard for human life, will end so no other family will feel the pain that we do today and always will.

It also said the support they have received "has been overwhelming and has been a great comfort to us all".


Book claims Ripper killed a further 23 people

A controversial new book about the Yorkshire Ripper claims he killed a further 22 women and a man.

Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of 13 murders and seven attempted murders in 1981. However the book, written by a former police officer and an investigative journalist claims those figures are just the tip of the iceberg. Co-author Tim Tate joined Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot in the Calendar studio.

Minute's silence to be held for Tunisia victims

The Prime Minister has announced there will be a national minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Tunisia terror attack. There have been more tributes to the three people from the Calendar region killed when a man said to be inspired by ISIL sprayed machine gunfire at holidaymakers, killing at least 30 Britons in the resort of Sousse. Chris Kiddey reports.

ABTA: Check with tour operators before travelling

The Association of British Travel Agents says nowhere is 100 per cent safe from terrorism but careful checks and advice are offered to anyone planning to travel.

Sean Tipton spoke to Christine Talbot and said travellers should check with their tour operators about any future bookings as many have the option to amend their plans:

He said the Foreign Office has not issued a no travel warning in Tunisia following attacks there at the weekend which killed up to 30 Britons, but that there was clear warnings against travelling to countries like Syria.

Arrangements made by many tour operators to get holidaymakers home from Tunisia had been welcomed by many, he said, but he noted that some travellers chose to stay abroad to "show solidarity" with locals.

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