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64-year-old sentenced to community order after causing cyclist's death

A 64-year-old man has been sentenced for causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving in Wetherby.

38-year-old Darren Greaves Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Brian Colling clipped cyclist Darren Greaves, 38, while attempting to overtake on the B1224 near Wetherby, on the afternoon of Thursday 17 October 2013.

As a result of being clipped by the car, Darren, who was cycling towards Wetherby, fell from his cycle and was struck by another car. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colling, 64, from Wetherby, was found guilty at York Crown Court on 5 June 2015.

On 26 June he was sentenced to a community order of 120 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £3,500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The verdict sends a clear message to drivers regarding the responsibility they have towards vulnerable road users, in particular cyclists. The Highway Code gives strong guidance within the rules for drivers: overtake only when it is safe to do so, give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would a car when overtaking, and take into account any wobbles or swerving by cyclists who may be trying to avoid potholes or defects in the road. When approaching cyclists, drivers need to be prepared to slow down and if necessary follow the cyclist until there is a safe opportunity to overtake. If there is oncoming traffic then drivers should show patience and not try to squeeze through the gap. Neither should drivers attempt to overtake cyclists on bends where the view ahead is obscured. Following the guidance given in the Highway Code will only add a few seconds to a journey, but the consequences of attempting to pass a cyclist at the wrong time could be very serious. We need to make the roads as safe as we can, and following the Highway Code will go a long way to achieving this.

– Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, of North Yorkshire Police

After several months of waiting for justice for Darren, we have finally received that. We would like to thank North Yorkshire Police who have supported us throughout. Darren lives with us every day.

– Statement from the family of Darren Greaves

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Police find body in search for missing pensioner

Police searching for missing Wetherby pensioner Jean Jellings say they have discovered a body.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, said: "We were notified by North Yorkshire Police on Monday that a body had been recovered from the River Wharfe at Tadcaster.

"We are continuing to liaise with our colleagues in North Yorkshire and the identification process is ongoing. The family of Jean Jellings have been made aware," he added.

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Police hunt two female armed robbers after post office hold-up

Police are hunting two women who carried out an armed robbery on a post office in Boston Spa near Wetherby.

It happened at around 9.30am this morning at the building on High Street in the village.

From initial reports, it would appear that a firearm was discharged during this incident but I can confirm that no-one has been shot.

A male member of staff has suffered what appear to be minor injuries and has been taken to hospital.

"We believe that two vehicles were used in this incident and in addition to the two female suspects who have entered the post office there may also have been a driver involved. One of the vehicles, a Nissan Juke, has been located burnt out in Beeches End. The other vehicle involved is believed to be a white Mercedes."

– Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID

Newspaper archive opened near Wetherby

The British Library's new national newspaper archive has been officially opened in Yorkshire. The building, near Wetherby, holds some 60 million editions, virtually every paper ever printed, which date back hundreds of years.

They were moved up from London over several months and are now kept in special conditions to help preserve them.

Our reporter James Webster has been to look around the new facility:

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