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Selby & Knottingley road closures for level crossing work

People in Selby and Knottingley are being warned of a series of road closures and diversions this month, to allow for work to signals and level crossings.

It's part of a project to re-signal the railway in the Sudforth Lane and Hensall areas, including closing the signal boxes at each, and moving control of the signals to the Ferrybridge signalling control centre.

Network Rails says many of the closures are taking place over the May bank holiday, to reduce the risk of disruption as much as possible.

The improvement work includes renewing five level crossings across the area. At High Eggborough and Heck Lane, the manned gate boxes will be removed.

Investigation after York restaurant fire

An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at a converted mill in North Yorkshire.

At it's height around 25 firefighters from York and Selby were called out to tackle flames at the Spice Mill restaurant in Riccall.

Crews say the building has been severley damaged by the blaze and they are now working to establish the cause.


Walking with the Wounded hero looking forward to family time

A former soldier from Selby who trekked to the South Pole to raise money for charity says he is looking forward to taking a rest - but only until the next challenge presents itself.

Ibrar Ali lost his right arm in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

Weeks after returning from the Polar trek he took on the London Marathon at the weekend to raise even more money for the charity Walking with the Wounded.

He spoke to Duncan and Lisa about his adventures:

Police seek witnesses to serious assault in Selby

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man’s jaw was broken in two during an assault in Selby.

The victim, a 24-year-old local man, was attacked outside Barclays Bank at the junction of Gowthorpe and Finkle Street at around 2.30am on Sunday 30 March 2014.

He was in the company of a woman and as they turned into Finkle Street they passed five men walking in the opposite direction. One of the men and the victim had a verbal altercation during which another of the group punched him in the face.

The victim fell to the ground and sustained serious injuries to his face. His jaw was split in two and he suffered a fracture higher up his jaw bone.

He spent three days in hospital, where he had an operation to insert metal plates and screws into his jaw to hold his chin together. He may also need further surgery.

The man who punched him is described as white, aged in his 20s, 6ft tall, with a slim build, and fairish hair which was short on the sides. He was wearing a distinctive white t-shirt with a pattern on the front and black sleeves and possibly blue jeans.

Following the assault a white man, aged in his 20s, with a slim build and dark hair, helped the victim to his feet. He was wearing a grey hooded top with dark trousers and officers are urging him to come forward.

Another man officers want to trace is a man who watched the assault and then walked off down Finkle Street. He is described as white, with a slim build, and dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans with a long white t–shirt with a black jacket.

Selby children rewarded for recycling

The "O2 dog" with Selby Community Primary's school council Credit: Selby Times

Children at a school in Selby have been rewarded for recycling - by being given funds for a special nature garden.

The pupils, at Selby Community Primary School, took part in an assembly run by O2, who are encouraging youngsters and their parents to recycle their old mobile phones.

In return, for each device, the company are donating double their recycle value to develop a nature garden at the school.

Ian Clennan, headteacher at the school, said: "The children are looking forward to planning and working on their garden. We welcome this great opportunity to raise funds to enable the children to develop the garden for their enjoyment whilst at the same time enhancing their knowledge of nature.

"It is also a good opportunity to support O2 in their project to recycle phones and other electrical gadgets."

Police officer saves baby's life

A police officer in Selby has been praised after saving the life of a one year-old baby.

Ruth with baby Harry and PC Tony Morton

PC Tony Morton was passing by a house in the town when a woman ran out in distress, holding a limp child in her hands, waving frantically.

PC Morton explains: "It was a wet afternoon and as I came to the junction of Bawtry Road, I saw a young woman emerge from a house waving and shouting frantically at anyone who was passing. She appeared to be holding what at first glance looked like a rag doll.

"I went over to help and when I saw baby Harry my heart sank, he was floppy, grey, his lips had turned blue and his eyes had rolled into the back of his head.

"I sat the lady and baby down in the back of the van while at the same time, made an urgent radio call for an ambulance. I checked for a pulse but there was none.

Tony's first aid training kicked in when he realised the ambulance might not arrive in time:

"After a few breaths his eyes started to move and he miraculously began breathing on his own. I was amazed at how quickly he came round and within a few minutes he was wearing my yellow woolly hat and was wrapped in my police jacket."

Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and thanked PC Morton for his quick thinking and told PC Morton he had saved baby Harry's life.

PC Morton added: "Once the incident was over and I had time to reflect on what had happened, it was quite emotional."

Harry's mum, Ruth Travis thanked PC Morton and hand delivered a card and chocolates to Selby police station. She said: "I thought he was dead. I am very grateful to Tony and I feel lucky that he was there at the right time."


Lorry driver jailed for teenager's death

A lorry driver has been jailed for the death of a 19-year-old Leeds man.

Stoyan Andonov Stoyanov, 56, of Plodiv, Bulgaria pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for seven years and eight months at York Crown Court.

Stoyan Andonov Stoyanov Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The crash happened on Saturday 1 March 2014 on the A1246 near Fairburn, Selby and involved Mr Stoyanov’s lorry and a black Renault Clio being driven by 19-year-old Callum Wark of Swillington near Leeds. Callum died from his injuries.

Mr Stoyanov was also found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol and was given a four-month jail term for this offence to run concurrently.

In addition to the jail term, he was also banned from driving in the UK for 10 years and ordered to take an extended driving test. The judge will also apply to the Home Office for Mr Stoyanov to be deported after serving his sentence.

Sergeant Andy Fraser of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts and those of my investigation team remain with Callum’s family at this very distressing time.

“Callum’s tragic and untimely death was only three week’s ago and his family are still in shock from the events of that devastating day.

“No sentence can ever compensate for the loss of Callum, but we hope the outcome brings some small measure of comfort to Callum’s family knowing that Stoyanov has been held responsible for his death. By pleading guilty, he has spared Callum’s family the trauma of sitting through a court hearing.

“This investigation was very fast moving and the speed with which a conclusion was reached is unusual. My thanks go to everyone involved in bringing the case to court.”

Callum's father, Robert Wark, said;“Even though the judge gave the maximum sentence he could in relation to a guilty plea. All the family feel very let down by the justice system knowing he will only serve half the sentence. This has made them feel Callum has had no justice.”

Police appeal after theft of rare birds

Rare birds worth around £2,500 have been stolen from an aviary in Camblesforth, near Selby.

Between 1am and 6am on Saturday 15 March 2014, a small holding near the A1041 was broken into the birds stolen along with £700 worth of red diesel.


Police say the offenders had time to chase the birds, catch them and place in containers before leaving the scene of the burglary. A number of aviaries where also damaged.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area, has been offered the birds for sale, or knows of their current whereabouts.

Barnacle goose stolen

PC Dean Turner of Selby police said: “I’m appealing to anyone in the Yorkshire area who may have been offered these birds for sale or has any information about who may be responsible for the theft of them.

Tufted duck

“The thieves must have had suitable transport to remove the birds, which will have taken time to catch and place into transit. Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact the police without delay.”

Council say bridge refurbishment is essential

Hull City Council say that work on a rail bridge in Selby is essential, even though it will significantly limit rail access to Hull over the summer.

“These repair works are essential to maintain the reliability of rail services on this line. It is imperative that Network Rail take all necessary steps to ensure that the risk of future disruption to rail services is minimised in advance of City of Culture, 2017 ... Passenger volumes are lower during the summer holiday period. Whilst there is never a good time for the travelling public to have to suffer disruption to their travel arrangements, such disruption is probably more acceptable than later in the year when the weather may well be cold and wet.”

– Cllr Martin Mancey, Hull City Council

Rail chaos expected on Hull - Selby line

Thousands of train passengers in Hull will have to get the bus for six weeks this summer because of repair work.

Network Rail will close the line between Selby and Hull from the end of July so it can fix and paint a 160-year-old swing bridge.

First TransPennine Express will be laying on buses for commuters who use the route.

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