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Scarborough Council bids to run university campus

Scarborough Borough Council has announced that it intends to submit a joint bid with Coventry University College to run the university campus in Scarborough.

Scarborough Campus, University of Hull

Earlier this year the University of Hull announced its intentions to pull out of the Scarborough campus to focus on its larger educational base in Hull and since that time, the council and local partners have been looking at ways to secure university education in the town.

The council says the proposed collaboration with Coventry University would create a university campus aimed at providing high quality, industry responsive education at a reasonable price with sustainable student numbers.

The ambition is to develop the campus so that it is sustainable in its own right and as such has realistic opportunities to achieve full university status for Scarborough, which would see it teaching and awarding its own degrees.

This is a defining moment in Scarborough's history and a paradise in educational standards. It will be an enormous boost to the economy and will give Scarborough the wow factor. It will enable the international, national and regional businesses at Scarborough Business Park to recruit higher level apprentices and graduate level personnel.

– Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of Scarborough Business Ambassador Forum


Number of rescued seals soar over summer

The number of seals being rescued at Scarborough Sea Life has soared over summer.

A rescued seal at Scarborough Sea Life sancturary

Staff are currently nursing two sickly seal pups in the seal hospital and have two more in the outdoor rehabilitation pool.

These four represent a tiny fraction of the 124 seals the centre has rescued and returned to the wild since it re-launched its rescue facilities in 2011.

Lyndsey Crawford, Displays Curator said:" Over the last three months alone, we have rescued more than a dozen common seal pups, with problems ranging from infections to malnutrition.

As part of their recovery programme the two pups in our rehabilitation pool will soon be introduced to the main seal pool to learn social skills and survival techniques from our residents," she added.

Appeal for help to find missing man in Scarborough

Police are appealing for the public’s help to locate a man who has been reported missing.

Joshua Carlton-Rylance Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Joshua Carlton-Rylance, 23, was reported missing from Ruston, near Scarborough, at around 10.35am today, by his mother.

It is believed that Joshua, who is also known as Joss, went out for a walk at sometime between 7.55am and 8.45am this morning and has not returned.

Officers are currently searching the area around Wykeham Forest in an effort to locate Joshua and are urging the public to report sightings of anyone matching his description.

He is described as white, with dark blond hair, blue eyes and tattoos on either side of his neck. When he was last seen he was wearing jeans and a dark grey jumper.

Here's looking at you Basil

Basil, the blind dog, is said to be doing 'fantastically well' in his new home after being adopted in Scarborough.

Basil who is blind is doing 'fantastically well' in his new home Credit: ITV Yorkshire

According to his new owner, the cross-corgi, who was found abandoned in Spalding, is having much fun finding his way around his new abode.

Basil became the first dog in the country to wear a new gadget called a 'muffin halo' to stop him bumping into things.

Basil has had no trouble finding his way around his new home thanks to his 'halo' Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Le seagull rescued after Tour de France prank

A seagull has been rescued after being discovered covered in yellow paint.

Seagull found painted yellow

The Scarborough Sea Life Centre investigated reports from holidaymakers in the area.

It was first thought the bird had a rare plumage but after trapping the bird, aquarist Andy Jayes realised it had been covered in red paind.

Seagull found painted yellow

RSPCA Inspector Geoff Edmunds, who collected what proved – underneath the paint-job – to be a herring gull, speculated it may have been the victim of a prank linked to the Tour de France.

We know there were sheep spray-painted with washable yellow paint to mark the visit of the Tour de France. It’s likely someone thought it was a clever idea to paint a seagull as well.

– Lia Bull, Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Though still able to fly short-distances, the gull would inevitably have died as a result of the damage to its plumage.

It is now recuperating at a specialist RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire.

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