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£14 million scheme to protect Scarborough cliffs gains council backing

A £14 million scheme to protect Scarborough’s South Cliff – and the iconic Spa – from the sea won the backing of North Yorkshire County Council.

Members of the Council’s Executive agreed to commit £1.2 million from the reserves to covering any financial risk associated with the project.

A large section of the roof and main building at the Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough falls down in 1993 Credit: Press Association

The scheme is aimed at stabilising the cliff on which the Spa, along with homes, hotels and businesses, stand. Although the scheme has been costed at £10.3m, a further £4.3m is required to cover any extra amounts necessitated by the need for any further work which may become apparent during the course of the operation.

“Over the years we have seen many incidents in which the boulder clay that makes up much of the North Yorkshire coastline has been compromised and become unstable, sometimes with disastrous consequences, such as the destruction of Holbeck Hall Hotel in 1993,” said County Councillor Carl Les, the Council’s Leader.

The massive landslip on the cliffs at Scarborough which left The Holbeck Hall Hotel only feet from the edge of the cliffs in 1993 Credit: Press Association

“Huge advances have been made in monitoring and understanding the way our coastline is affected by storms and by the day to day impact of our climate, which has led to significant investment in locations all along the North Yorkshire coast so that residents remain safe and property is protected wherever possible.

“Securing the safety of The South Cliff is a priority and the County Council is glad to be able to play a part in this vital project.”

The scheme has secured a £10.3m contribution from central Government, through the Environment Agency.

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Two men arrested following reports of a man with a gun

Two men, aged 35 and 32 have been arrested after an incident involving armed police in Scarborough.

Officers closed Dean Road at around 1.30pm and cleared pedestrians away from the area after reports that a man had entered a block of flats carrying a gun.

The road has now been reopened and police would like to thank the public for their patience during the incident.

Veterans given free trips to Normandy

This weekend sees the anniversary of the D-Day landings – the 6th of June 1944, a turning point in the Second World War.

Every year, groups of veterans head to Normandy to visit the places where they fought and to remember those who lost their lives. Now, veterans across Yorkshire are being offered free trips, as part of a scheme funded by the huge Libor bank fines. A former serviceman from Scarborough’s just been taken on one of the trips, along with a number of other veterans. They were joined by our reporter Lauren Hall.

Mental health charity saved with hours to spare

A metal health charity in North Yorkshire has been saved from closure, with less than 24-hours to spare.

A metal health charity in North Yorkshire has been saved from closure, with less than 24-hours to spare.

Scarborough, Whityby and Ryedale Mind was on the verge of closure, but donations from the public helped raise £20,000 to keep it running.

Children's author GP Taylor supported the campaign to save the charity.

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Scarborough rapist jailed for more than 13 years

A man from Scarborough has been jailed for more than 13 years for the horrific rape of a woman.

Thomas Holmes Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Thomas Holmes, 43, will serve 13 years and six months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and one of attempted rape at York Crown Court.

The court also issued him with a restraining order for life.

The offences took place at a property in Scarborough where Holmes subjected his victim to verbal, physical and sexual abuse over the course of one evening, into the early hours of the following day.

The length of the sentence handed out to Holmes reflects the gravity of his sickening crimes. He subjected his victim to a degrading, humiliating and frightening attack over a protracted period of time. She was recovering from a serious illness at the time and has been left with permanent health issues as a result.

“I am pleased that Holmes pleaded guilty, sparing the victim the ordeal of having to re-live her suffering through a trial. She has shown extreme bravery in coming forward and providing evidence to enable us to prosecute Holmes.

No jail sentence can ever undo the traumatic abuse she endured, but I hope the fact that Holmes is now serving a lengthy prison sentence, brings her some comfort that justice has been done, and she can now start to rebuild her life.

– Detective Constable Vicky Millington, Investigating officer

Fears that North Yorkshire mental health charity may close

A mental health charity In North Yorkshire could be forced to close in a matter of weeks, if it does not find the £20,000 needed to keep its office running.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has helped over 8,000 people in the past 10 years, but does not receive a penny from the national arm of the charity. Ben Erlam reports.

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