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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.

Scarborough man sentenced to 15 years in jail for historic sexual abuse

A 59-year-old man from Scarborough has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the historic sexual abuse of a young girl.

Peter Philip Wallis, now of Thornden Buildings, Selby appeared at York Crown Court on Friday November 21, 2014, when he pleaded guilty to six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

The offences took place between 1985 and 1994 in Scarborough.

"Wallis is an evil man who subjected his victim to sustained abuse over a number of years.

He has thankfully been imprisoned for a substantial length of time for his utterly appalling crimes.

“I would like to take the opportunity to praise the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting these distressing crimes she was subjected to by Wallis.”

– Det Cons Nadine Evans of North Yorkshire Police


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