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Appeal for witnesses after Selby collision

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses to a serious head-on collision in the Selby area on Easter Sunday.

It occurred on the A63 near the Brackenholme Business Park at about 12.25pm. The crash involved two red saloon cars, a VW Passat and a Seat Toledo.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, attended the scene to assist five casualties.

The 23-year-old man driving the Seat Toledo, who is from Selby, was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries. He is in a “satisfactory” condition and has been released from hospital, police say.

A male passenger in the VW Passat and two men in the Seat Toledo were taken by ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment to less serious injuries. The passengers from the Seat Toledo have received treatment for broken bones and cuts and bruises.

The driver of the VW Passat, a 22-year-old man from Goole, failed a roadside breath test. Police enquiries are ongoing into this matter.

The stretch of road remained closed until 7.50pm to allow the police to fully examine the collision scene and for the two cars to be recovered.

TV star collects grand total for cancer research

Calendar presenter Christine Talbot was in the village of Burn near Selby on Friday March 21 to collect a total of £1000 for Cancer Research UK.

Christine Talbot with Andy Gowdall, landlord of The Wheatsheaf Pub, Burn Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The money was raised over Christine’s twelve months as Burn’s ‘Honorary Duchess’, a title bestowed when she switched on the village Christmas lights in 2013.

From collections at the lights event, including the Christmas market in the Methodist Chapel, donations from residents and the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s group and last June’s Big Lunch, plus the giant whisky bottle always available for spare change on the Wheatsheaf bar, the grand total came as a surprise to Burn’s latest VIP.

I can’t believe that such a tiny village has managed to raise so much cash! It’s brilliant and I am really honoured to be accepting the money on behalf of Cancer Research UK, a cause very close to my heart after my breast cancer scare a couple of years ago. The charity does amazing work, and every penny we can send on will help enormously.”

– Christine Talbot, Calendar presenter


Selby's new leisure centre opens for first time

Selby's new leisure centre has opened to the public for the first time.

Former Abbey Leisure Centre on Scott Road Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It replaces the former Abbey Leisure Centre on Scott Road which burned down two years ago. The new centre has been built with the aid of two million pounds of funding from Sport England. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington from Mansfield will mark the official completion of the seven million pound project in a ceremony next weekend.

445 jobs at risk as Selby fruit factory set to close

A North Yorkshire factory which supplies fresh fruit to supermarkets is to close, putting 445 jobs at risk, after it lost a crucial contract with Asda.

Employees at Yorkshire Fresh Fruit (YFF) in Camblesforth, near Selby, were told the news by Icelandic parent company Bakkovor on Friday.

Bakkavor can confirm it is entering into a period of consultation with all 445 employees at its Yorkshire Fresh Fruit (YFF) business in Selby, North Yorkshire with regard to a proposed closure of the YFF business following the loss of a major customer.

The consultation process will last 45 days during which time YFF will be working closely with UNITE, the recognised union for the site, as well as considering all representations made on behalf of the Company’s employees. Bakkavor appreciates that this is an unsettling and difficult time for everyone at YFF and would like to stress that this proposal in no way reflects the commitment and hard work of the employees at the site. The Company will work closely with elected staff representatives to keep all staff appropriately updated throughout the consultation period.

– Bakkovor


Yorkshire film-makers making new movie for Cannes

Some of our region's best up and coming new film-makers have spent the day shooting the final scenes of a movie they're planning on taking to the world's best known film festival. Rossi Pictures are building on the success of a short film they showed in Cannes last year with a new film following a group of British soldiers which has been shot around Yorkshire. James Webster has spent the day behind the scenes in Selby:

Taiwanese pop star weds in North Yorkshire

Selby Abbey and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire are expected to benefit from an influx of Asian tourists after the two venues hosted the wedding celebrations of the Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou.

Jay Chou with fans outside Castle Howard in North Yorkshire Credit: Jay Chou Facebook

The star, who has sold 30 million albums, was once called the 'Asian King of Pop' by the Asian version of Time magazine.

On Sunday, he married the Australian model Hannah Quinlavin at Selby Abbey, before hosting a party reportedly costing £2m for 50 friends and relatives at Castle Howard. The house and grounds were closed for the day.

There is huge interest in the wedding in East Asia. One magazine described fans in China as 'heartbroken'. His name was reportedly searched more than 520 million times on the social network Weibo over the weekend.

Jay Chou has posted these pictures of people who waited for him outside the venues in North Yorkshire and thanked fans for their support.

A number of fans waited for Jay Chou outside the venue Credit: Jay Chou Facebook

The star also posted his wedding video to his Facebook page:

New leisure complex planned for Selby

Major plans for new leisure facilities in Selby have been unveiled.

A submission to Selby District Council’s planning committee details a leisure village proposal, which will be built alongside the new Scott Road leisure centre when it opens next year.

If given the go-ahead, the site will include an indoor ski slope, a five-lane ten-pin bowling alley, an indoor skate and BMX park, an indoor adventure play area, and a high ropes area.

A report submitted to planners said the site would complement the more traditional sports facilities at the leisure centre, which include a six-lane 25m swimming pool and a learner pool, a studio gym, sauna and steam rooms and an outdoor all-weather sports pitch.

A decision is expected on the plans in February.

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