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Scarborough Hospital declares 'major incident' due to demand

A 'major incident' has been declared at Scarborough Hospital after it experienced an unprecedented demand for its services.

Scarborough Hospital declares 'major incident' due to surge in demand. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

While the winter months are traditionally a busy time for all hospitals across the country, we have been experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for our services and we have today reached a point in Scarborough where we have needed to enact our major incident plan.

Today in particular we have had people waiting in the emergency department before being admitted to a bed, and we need to make sure that our hospital beds and resources are saved for those who need them most.

We have also had to postpone some planned surgery and other procedures, and we apologise to those patients affected by this.

– Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Beauty pageant contest descends into mass brawl

Police were called to a beauty contest in Scarborough after a mass brawl broke out when supporters of one of the contestants claimed the competition was a fix.

Security were kicked and punched after a woman was eliminated from the Miss Scarborough beauty contest.

There were also chants of "fix" from a section of the audience at the Scarborough Fair Collection in Lebberston, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Picture shows Miss Scarborough line up with Shannon Colling (C) the girl who was eliminated. Credit: Johnston Press© Ross Parry / SWNS Group

Miss England organiser Angie Beasley said: "It’s a great shame that it was ruined by thugs".

Picture shows the Miss Scarborough audience before a 10-person brawl. Credit: Johnston Press© Ross Parry / SWNS Group

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called at around 11.45pm following reports of a disturbance

"We didn't receive any complaints and no one has been arrested in connection with the incident."

Lifeboats 'temporarily stood down' in search for angler

Two RNLI lifeboats based at Scarborough have been "temporarily stood down" after a search for a missing man on the North Yorkshire coast.

Search for missing angler on North Yorkshire coast

The search for a missing angler off the North Yorkshire coast is continuing. A helicopter was previously deployed to help search the cliffs near Burniston.

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Video: Moment motorist captured driving 'hands-free'

A man found guilty of dangerous driving has been banned from driving for 12 months after he was caught on camera driving with no hands.

North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera shows Richard Newton driving past a safety camera van with both hands on his head. He continues along the road for around 25 seconds driving around 60mph.

A court in Scarborough also ordered Newton to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community and fined him £625.

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Court finds man guilty after being caught driving 'hands free'

A man caught on camera driving at more than sixty miles an hour with his hands behind his head has been found guilty of dangerous driving by magistrates in Scarborough .

Richard Newton,a thirty six year old motor mechanic from Whitby, had admitted in court that his driving was careless but had denied it was dangerous. Newton said he was stretching himself because of a back problem.

Watch: the moment motorist got caught on camera driving with hands on head

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