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Morrisons to close North Yorkshire store

Northallerton store set to close

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced that its Northallerton store in North Yorkshire is among the 11 it is planning to close across the country.

The closure announcement was made last week, following the revelation that half year profits to August had fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. But the Bradford-based chain did not disclose which stores were to go, saying the decision had only just been announced to staff.

The full list has now been revealed, with most of the closures in the North of England, Morrisons' traditional stronghold. Supermarkets in Salford, Manchester and Sunderland will all close, while the Midlands, the West Country and London have been hit too. The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million and is in addition to the closure of10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

We have looked extremely carefully at whether the stores can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making them viable. We are therefore proposing their closure. We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.

– Morrisons

Witness appeal after serious sexual assault on man in Northallerton

Detectives in Northallerton are appealing for witnesses and information about a serious sexual assault on a man.

The victim, who is in his 20s, was approached by two men in Bullamoor Park in the early hours of today. It is believed the men were disturbed by the sound of a loud bang, which was heard sometime between 2am and 4am. One was wearing a white baseball cap.

Detective Inspector Fiona Wynne, of Northallerton CID, said: “The victim was left extremely upset by the experience and is receiving support from specially trained police officers.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area around the time of this incident, if they have not yet already contacted the police, to do so as soon as possible. Perhaps you heard a loud bang and looked out of your window? Did you see the victim or perhaps two males running from the scene? Any information, no matter how slight, may help to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.”

Officers are particularly keen to speak to a man who is seen on CCTV at about 3.30am leaving the entrance to Bullamoor Park at the Bullamoor Road entrance and walking towards the Forum Car Park.

About 10 minutes later the same man is seen to return from the Forum Car Park to cross Bullamoor Road and walk back into Bullamoor Park. He is described as white and in his 50s, wearing dark clothing.

DI Wynne said: “If you are that man or know of him, please come forward as you may have seen or heard something that will be of value to the enquiry, no matter how slight.”


Man from North Yorkshire sentenced for indecent images of children

A man from Northallerton, who admitted possessing indecent images of children has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

55-year-old Paul Richard Tonkin, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years during a sentencing hearing at Teesside Crown Court on Friday 30 January 2015.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Tonkin was arrested on 1 October 2013, after information was passed to North Yorkshire Police from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Detective Constable Sarah Jobe, of Northallerton CID, said: "Possessing indecent images of children is a disgusting offence which Paul Tonkin has quite rightly paid the price for.

"This case shows the value of the police and agencies such as CEOP working together to ensure the safety of children on line."

Fresh appeal after man admitted to hospital after being stabbed in the back

Police in Northallerton are appealing for information after a 34-year-old man was admitted to hospital with stab wounds to his back.

Police were called to the Friarage Hospital at 9.50am on Wednesday 17 December 2014 after the man was admitted for treatment.

Police are appealing to anyone who can provide any information about how the man sustained his injuries. In particular anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Crosby Road area of Northallerton, to contact them.

Officers believe that this incident is a targeted and isolated one and that the wider community were not at risk.

Friarage maternity unit downgraded

The maternity unit at Friarage hospital in Northallerton is being downgraded today.

Friarage maternity unit is downgraded Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Mums have been told they will only be able to give birth there if it is considered low risk, as there will be no doctors on the maternity ward.

Campaigners had fought to stop the changes, but it was decided the units were too small to be safe.

Overnight children's ward axed

Controversial changes at a North Yorkshire hospital come into force today.

Friarage Hospital has axed its overnight children's ward Credit: ITV Yorkshire

There will no longer be an overnight children's ward at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton with families having to travel to Middlesbrough, Darlington or Harrogate for emergency care instead.

Campaigners had fought to stop the changes, but it was decided the units were too small to be safe.


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Search for taxi driver's final passengers after fatal crash

Police investigating a collision in which Northallerton taxi driver Peter Maltby died have issued an appeal to find Peter’s final passengers.

Officers believe that on the night he died, Saturday 7th September, 59-year-old Peter took a fare from Thirsk into the Cleveland area. It is unknown whether that included one passenger or a number of passengers.

From the investigation so far, officers believe that his Ford C-max travelled along the A19 at around 9.35pm and into the Stokesley, Nunthorpe, Marton and Hemlington areas before travelling back towards Thirsk, where he was due to pick up another fare at 10.15pm.

Peter never picked up his 10.15pm fare after he was fatally injured when his car left the road on the A172 near Ingleby Cross.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Fraser of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Investigation Team, said: “It is important that we find Peter’s final passengers as they could be of great help to our investigation.

Anyone who took a taxi from Thirsk to the Cleveland area on the night of Saturday 7th September should contact the police.

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.

Body found in taxi driver search

Police searching for a missing taxi driver say the body of a cab driver has been found in his car which was in a ditch at the side of a road. 59-year-old Peter Maltby, from Northallerton, was reported missing at around 2.30am on Sunday after he failed to return from a night shift. North Yorkshire Police say they were called to Ingleby Cross at around 6.55pm on Sunday, after a member of the public located a taxi in a ditch at the side of the road there. Officers say Mr Maltby’s family has been informed of the tragic discovery. There have been hundreds of tributes to Mr Maltby on social media pages.

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