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Military honours for Skipton soldier

The funeral of Sergeant Gareth Thursby takes place in his home town of Skipton. He and a colleague were killed by a rogue Afghan policeman.

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Skipton woman still missing

Linda Scaife who has gone missing from Skipton
Linda Scaife who has gone missing from Skipton Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police are making a fresh appeal to the public to find Linda Scaife who has been missing since Monday June 16. She was spotted in Keighley but there has also been an unconfirmed sighting of her in the Moorside area of Leeds around 9.30am on the day she disappeared.

Linda who is 54-years-old is described as white, around 5ft 2ins tall, of medium build, blue eyes, a rosy complexion and shoulder length blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black trousers, a black coat and black boots and was carrying a black and cream handbag.

Concern for missing Skipton woman

Linda Scaife Credit: North Yorkshire Police

There is concern for a woman from Skipton who has been reported misisng.

Linda Scaife has not been seen since 10am yesterday. She was spotted in Keighley having left Airedale General Hospital around an hour earlier.

She may have been in the Moorside area of Leeds in the evening, but this has not been confirmed.

Sergeant Trevor Burton, of Skipton police, said:

"Linda's family are understandably anxious about her and I am urging anyone who has seen her or knows where she is to get in touch with the police.

"At the moment, we don't know what her intentions are or where she has headed but it is possible that she may seek accommodation at hostels in the Leeds area."

800 cyclists take part in Le Petit Grand Départ

More than 800 cyclists have been getting into the spirit of the Tour de France today by riding part of the first stage of Grand Départ.

The event, which began this morning in Skipton, was dubbed 'Le Petit Grand Départ' and included two routes through the dales - one for the the keen amateur and another for those just wanting to enjoy the scenery.

Sean McKibben from Skipton Cycling Club was involved in organising the event and told us what the motivation was.

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