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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.

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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.

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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.

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."

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.

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