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Whitby ranks as one of best places to pass driving test

It has been 80 years since the UK's first driving test and the chances of passing varies depending on where you take your test.

You have a better chance of passing your test in rural areas Credit: Press Association

According to the latest figures, those who live in rural areas, find it easier to pass than those who live in cities.

Whitby in North Yorkshire is one of the easiest places to take your test with around 65.4 per cent of learners passing.

Police find car in search for missing woman

Police searching for a missing woman from Nottinghamshire have found her car near Whitby Abbey.

Kathryn Summers

Kathryn Summers, 42, was last seen at her parents' address on 18 May.

Officers say they are growing concerned for her safety and are urging anyone who has seen Kathryn or has any information regarding her whereabouts to get in touch as soon as possible.

Kathryn is described as around five feet tall with shoulder-length, curly brown hair. She often wears glasses and has quite a pale complexion. She was last seen wearing a purple jacket, black trousers and black walking boots.

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Fears that North Yorkshire mental health charity may close

A mental health charity In North Yorkshire could be forced to close in a matter of weeks, if it does not find the £20,000 needed to keep its office running.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has helped over 8,000 people in the past 10 years, but does not receive a penny from the national arm of the charity. Ben Erlam reports.

And for more information about the charity click here

Man jailed for causing death of Whitby pensioner

A man from Middlesbrough has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for causing the death by dangerous driving of a 65-year-old pensioner from Whitby.

Fasail Ali, 28 was found guilty of the death of Leslie Anthony Barrett by York Crown Court on 19 February 2015, following the collision on Sunday 8 September 2013.

He was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday 8 April 2015, where he was also banned from driving for four years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Mr Ali was driving his white Mercedes E220 on the A171 Whitby to Guisborough Road near Tranmire when he overtook a vehicle on double white lines. He collided with Mr Barrett’s Vauxhall Vectra which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr Barrett was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.

I hope the sentence handed down by the court sends a stark warning to anyone who takes irresponsible and dangerous risks on the roads - it is simply not worth it.

– Martin Mulcaster, Investigating officer, Traffic Constable

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Appeal for witnesses after 'significant disorder' at football match

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after significant disorder during Wednesday night's football match between Whitby Town and FC United of Manchester.

They say the disorder predominantly involved the home supporters, with flares being set off and thrown into the crowd and onto the pitch.

Officers believe that the flares were hidden inside the Turnbull Ground at some point before the match.

An 18-year-old local man has been arrested in connection with the disorder and the police are working to identify other people who were involved.

Anyone who was at the match and witnessed the disorder has been urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Residents told to pay for parking with cheese

Council officials in Whitby have been left red-faced after an embarrassing error declared permits were payable by cheese, as opposed to cheque.

Credit: Ross Parry

Scarborough Borough Council typists have been left red-faced after an embarrassing error declared permits were payable by cheese, as opposed to cheque.

The letter which was posted by officials from the local authority in Whitby, said: "I enclose a cheese made payable to Scarborough Borough Council."

Numi Solomons, 55, spotted the error when a friend showed her the letter.

I thought it was brilliant. There's just no way it could be a genuine error. It's not an autocorrect error so I don't know how that got in there. The only explanation would be if someone spiked it for a joke but I wouldn't like to just speculate. It's crackers.

– Numi Solomons

Jessie J to perform at open air theatre

Jessie J has announced she will perform at Scarborough Open Air theatre in July as well as Whitby in February.

She has sold over 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide to date. Credit: Jessie J

Tickets are £37 are will go on sale next weekend.

We’re delighted that Jessie J has agreed to come back to the Open Air Theatre for a second time; the lure of the Yorkshire Coast proving too hard for her to resist!

The setting is a massive wow factor, we get the most enthusiastic audiences and our team really knows how to look after our visiting stars; it’s a great recipe for success.

– Cllr David Chance, Scarborough council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture

Joanne Froggatt looks for 'evil' roles

Joanne Froggatt, who plays kind-hearted maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, wants to get her teeth in to an evil character.

The actress, who is from Whitby, told the Mail on Sunday Event magazine: "I'd like to work on a big-budget US film, ideally playing the total opposite of Anna Bates, someone really evil. It would be nice to do lots of different roles and swap between TV, film and theatre like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren do. That's the perfect mix."

She and her husband James Cannon are set to spend six months living in Los Angeles after she finishes filming the next series of Downton Abbey.

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