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Man dies in crash near Northallerton

A man has died following a crash near Northallerton.

The victim, a man in his 40s from Ripon, was driving a green Toyota towards the town on the A167 when he was involved in a collision with a black Nissan Juke and a silver Vauxhall Vectra travelling in the opposite direction at around 8am.

The drivers of the other two cars were taken to hospital with suspected chest injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The road was closed for around five hours while investigations were carried out.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to call the major collision investigation team via 101.

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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.

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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.

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