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Family pays tribute to taxi driver Peter Maltby

Peter Maltby and family Credit: Maltby family

The family of taxi driver Peter Maltby, who died in after his car crashed into a ditch in North Yorkshire, has paid tribute to him.

59-year-old Peter, from Northallerton, had been reported missing to police after failing to return home from a night shift. His car was found at Ingleby Cross on Sunday.

Peter Maltby was a highly thought of taxi driver in the Thirsk area. He has been a taxi driver for many years and loved his job, he was always on time and going above and beyond for the comfort or his passengers.

An avid football fan, Peter was known to spend his Saturday afternoons watching his beloved team Middlesbrough with his daughter Kirsty and their friends they called 'the Freakshow'.

Coming from a large family, Peter thoroughly enjoyed spending his free time with wife Maureen and their two children Kirsty and Matthew. He was a very caring loving person and would do anything for anyone at anytime.

Taken far too soon from his family he will be sorely missed and has left a huge gap in a lot of people's lives.

The family would like to thank everyone who searched for Peter and who have left messages on social media sites and other media outlets. We are overwhelmed with the support being shown for this great man.

– Maltby family

Officers are continuing the investigation into Peter's death and are appealing to anyone who saw his silver Ford C-Max taxi on the A172 between Stokesley and Ingleby Cross between 9.35pm on Saturday 6 September and 3am on Sunday 7 September 2014.

People are also urged to come forward with information if they saw his car leave the road near the junction for Ingleby Cross.

Lambs painted blue in Northallerton burglary

Lambs and a horse have been hurt during a buglary at stables in Northallerton.

Police search for burlgars

Blue paint was poured on the lambs and police believe the thieves tried to put a saddle on a horse, causing an injury to its mouth.

It happened between 10pm on Tuesday June 9 and 1.30am on Wednesday June 10.

It is not known if anything was stolen.

PC Adam Scott, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Whoever broke into this stables has left the animals suffering in pain. They need to understand the consequences of their actions and the distress they have caused."

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Friarage Hospital to be downgraded after Government rejects review application

Controversial pans to downgrade services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are to go ahead.

Friarage Hospital in Northallerton

Jeremy Hunt today said that he agreed with the findings of an Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) after the decision to change services was referred by North Yorkshire County Council's Scrutiny of Health Committee.

Children's and maternity services at the site will now be downgraded.

Councillor Jim Clark, chair of the North Yorkshire County Council Scrutiny of Health Committee said: "We have gone as far as we can so we now need to accept this decision and look forward.

"We will be looking to make sure the transition to a short stay paediatric assessment unit and a midwife led maternity unit at the Friarage Hospital...are implemented as smoothly and with as little disruption to patients as possible."

Friarage Hospital in Northallerton

Vicky Pleydell, Chief Clinical Officer at Hambleton, Richmondshire & Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group, welcomed the decision:

"We hope that people who have had concerns about these plans will be reassured by the Secretary of State's decision based on independent clinical advice, and are now confident that this is absolutely the right thing to do."

Lord Ribeiro, Chairman of the IRP, said: "_The quality of patient care has been our primary concern and after considering the matter carefully we believe these changes will ensure the best care for local women and children.

"We have taken into account the clinical evidence about the current and future safety and sustainability of maternity services and the need to make best use of scarce resources, and believe these proposals are the most effective way of meeting the challenges currently facing the Friarage Hospital."

Plans to scale back maternity services in Northallerton under the spotlight

The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton

An assessment of plans to scale back maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Health today.

The case was referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel by North Yorkshire County Council.

Health experts decided in February 2014 that children's and maternity services at the Friarage would be scaled back. It was claimed that treatment at larger hospitals in Middlesbrough, Leeds or Darlington would be safer.

Man jailed for having thousands of indecent images of children

A Northallerton man who had more that 3,000 indecent images of children has been jailed.

James Oliver was jailed for over two years

James Oliver, aged 30, of Danelaw Gardens, Brompton, was sentenced to two years and eight months' imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday 8 May 2014.

Oliver pleaded guilty to 11 counts of making indecent images and six counts of distributing indecent images over 11 months, between January 17 and December 15 2013.

Following Oliver's arrest in December last year, officers found 3,007 images stored on his computer along with 71 indecent videos.

One of the videos in his possession was of a teenager committing a sexual act on himself which Oliver then shared using an online messaging service.

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North Yorkshire Olympic horse retires from top competition

Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz were part of the silver medal-winning team at the London Olympics Credit: Press Association

Opposition Buzz, who competed with North Yorkshire eventer Nicola Wilson at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been stepped down for top level competition.

The decision was by the 17-year-old gelding's owners due to his age. He will continue to compete with Nicola at CIC 3* level.

Atlantic rower: Fundraising helps us on

Yorkshire rower Dan Howie is spending his 29th birthday over 1,000 miles from land today. Howie, with team mate Will North is half way through their 3,000 mile row from the Canary Islands to Antigua as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Who would have thought I would be mid Atlantic with ona small rowing boat to see in my 29th birthday?! It’s pretty awesome. I have a few cards and a coupleof small presents to open which I’m greatly looking forward too as well as phoning home and hearingan update on our fundraising amounts. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, each donationhelps us with every stroke.

– Dan Howie, Rower

The team are closing in on the £100,000 mark fundraising for three charities, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and St Anna's, a small charity in Ghana.

Rower spends birthday at sea

Dan Howie with his presents

Yorkshire rower Dan Howie is spending his 29th birthday over 1,000 miles from land today. Howie, with team mate Will North is half way through their 3,000 mile row from the Canary Islands to Antigua as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The team are closing in on the £100,000 mark fundraising for three charities, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and St Anna's, a small charity in Ghana.

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