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Ukip candidate says party must combat 'racist' image

The candidate standing for UKIP in Skipton and Ripon says polls can be misleading, and many of UKIP's supporters are too shy to admit they agree with their policies.

Alan Henderson said: "In places like Ripon we've had signs which have had swastikas written on them, signs which have been burned. You can appreciate that puts people into a degree of unease.

"Whilst we're not racist and that's very clear, we need to combat that image."

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Police investigating Ripon sexual assault appeal for more information

Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Ripon have urged more members of the public to come forward with information.

The offence happened at the Quarry Moor Nature Reserve last Tuesday.

Police will be in the area tomorrow (Tuesday 31 March) from 9am and 1pm and hope to gather as much information from the public as possible.

The victim was a woman in her 30s.

We have had a great response following our initial appeal, with many people coming forward with information to assist our investigation.

We are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry and I would like to urge those who have not yet come forward to please do so.

– DI Allan Harder

Warning issued about bogus police phone scam

Police in North Yorkshire are warning people not to be taken in by conmen making phone calls about bank fraud and claiming to be police officers.

North Yorkshire police have issued advice Credit: Press Association

The warning comes after a member of the public from Ripon took a call from a man claiming to be a detective who was investigating a fraud on their bank account and asked for bank account details including Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).

He asked them to call back on the police non-emergency number 101, to verify his identity.

The victim’s phone call to 101 then appeared to be re-routed back to the suspects who held their line open.

The victims did not hand any details over. They became suspicious of the caller and reported the incident to the police.

North Yorkshire Police have issued the following advice:

  • A police officer will never, ever ask for your bank account security details.
  • Please don’t ever give your bank account details to anyone who calls you out of the blue.
  • Please also wait at least five minutes and ensure you have a dialling tone before you make another call from your phone.

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Is this your sheep?

Ripon police have issued a picture of a sheep found near the city as they search for its owner.

Sheep found in Ripon

The Suffolk tup was found in a garden of a house next to the A61 on Monday 29 September 2014.

The animal, which is believed to be around 18 months old, has a tag in its right ear and a marking in its left ear.

It is now being looked after by a local arable farmer.

There are no sheep farms in the local area and so it is possible that the tup has escaped from a passing vehicle.

If you have any information which could to reunite the sheep with its owner please get in touch with the police as soon as possible.

– PC Gareth Jones, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team

Gurkha soldiers battle through mud to win ovation at tough cross-country event

Thousands of racers took part in one of the world's toughest sporting challenges in Yorkshire today.

They included five members of the Gurkha Company, who are stationed at Catterick Garrison. They competed under team name “The Gurkha Warriors”.

A mud-clad competitor in the Spartan Race Credit: Epic Action Imagery

The event, staged by obstacle race specialists Spartan Race, was a so-called 'Sprint' event, a 5km, cross-country race held at Ellington Banks in Ripon; a training area for Army cadets normally used by tanks, with hilly terrain, deep potholes and craters.

Racers tackled 15-foot rope climbs, slippery 7-foot ramp scaling, spear target-throwing, carrying sandbags up steep hills and barbed-wire mud crawls. To finish, runners had to scale 25-foot-high cargo nets and leap through fire across blazing logs.

The Gurkhas, who won an ovation from the crowds when they finished the course in one hour, were Cpl Nishan Rai, 24, Lance Cpl Prabin Jabegu, 26, Private Navin Rai, 27, Lance Cpl Mukum Hembya, 23, and their team captain, Lance Cpl Amar Gurung, 25.

“We trained especially hard for this event and it turned out to be both very challenging and a lot of fun too.

“Staying fit and healthy is good for everyone whether they are from the military or civilians. It was very muddy out there today and we got wet but we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."

– Lance Cpl Amar Gurung

Yorkshire bishop to be enthroned

Nick Baines is the first Bishop of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

There will be a brass band procession in three cities today as the Bishop of the newly-formed diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales is enthroned.

The Right Reverend Nick Baines will have three ceremonies at Wakefield, Bradford and Ripon.

Tour de France legacy evident in Yorkshire

This time last week Yorkshire's Grand Départ had come to an end in Sheffield, but that does not mean Tour fever has left the region. In fact, the Tour de France is already showing its legacy by inspiring more people to get on their bikes.

A new cycling event was launched today in North Yorkshire. Hundreds of riders took to the streets for the first ever Ripon Tour Sportive as Sarah Clark reports.

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