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Cyclist suffers 'life-threatening injuries' near Ripon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist suffered life-changing injuries in a road traffic collision at Bishop Monkton.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist suffered life-changing injuries in a road traffic collision at Bishop Monkton.

The cyclist, a 15-year-old local girl, suffered serious injuries when she was struck by blue Audi estate car at the crossroads of Knaresborough Road, Hungate and Moor Road at around 6pm on Thursday July 3.

The girl, who was riding a silver and white bike, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, where she is currently being treated for her injuries.

The driver of the car, which was travelling along Knaresborough Road towards Ripon, was uninjured.

The road was closed for over four hours while officers conducted their investigations into the collision.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either the Audi or the cyclist - who was wearing a distinctive pink top - to contact them with information.

Cycling champion calls Yorkshire Tour as a fairytale

Double Olympic cycling champion Ed Clancy has described the Tour de France coming to his home county as almost fairytale.

Clancy, who's from Huddersfield, was in Ripon yesterday to join a number of amateur cyclists from the Yorkshire Building Society who are riding the first stage of this year's Tour de France in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Although a track cyclist by trade, Clancy says he can't wait to watch some of the worlds best road racers in the flesh.

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Diocese gathers in Ripon for farewell service

Ripon Cathedral Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Representatives of every church in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds will gather for a Service of Thanksgiving today, marking the end of the diocese after 178 years.

The new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales will officially launch on April 20.

To mark the occasion, Ripon Cathedral will transform into an imaginary railway complete with train driver and a guard, to create a "journey" theme.

Two actors playing a train driver and a guard, will play a major role in the service, leading the congregation through the theme of the journey.

Police appeal after 29 Ripon cars scratched and slashed

Ripon police are appealing for information after a spree of car vandalism.

The damage occurred during the evening of Saturday 8 March 2014, when at least 29 cars were damaged.

Cars parked on Southgate, Aismunderby Road, Wakeman Road, Holmefield Road, King Edward Road, Princess Royal Road, Quarry Moor Road and Clotherholme Road, had their tyres slashed and body work scratched.

Junior soldier from Ripon wins top award

Jordan McCarthy: Best Junior Soldier from the Royal Engineers. Credit: © Crown Copyright 2014

A Junior Soldier from Ripon received a top prize when he graduated from the prestigious Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Jordan McCarthy (16) was awarded the prize as the Best Junior Soldier from the Royal Engineers.

He joined the Army Foundation College in September last year for the first of the newly designed courses combining vocational education and military training.

On the course, he completed Non-Vocational Qualifications in English, Maths and ICT as well as driver theory training.

“The best part of being here was making a new set of friends and knowing they’ll be friends for life,” said Jordan, a former pupil of Outwood Academy.

“The course as a whole has given me a wider sense of leadership – I had to lead a fire team on fire and manoeuvre and that was really challenging.”

The 23-week course delivers basic training to Junior Soldiers before they leave to follow their longer and more specialist technical training.

“The prize awarded to Jordan is the culmination of 12 months of hard work and dedication,” said Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane, the College’s Commanding Officer.

“He can be rightly proud of his achievements at the College, and the staff and I wish him well as he goes forward to the second phase of his training which he hopes will be with the Royal Engineers.”

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