North Yorkshire Police u-turn on new HQ

North Yorkshire Police say that a u-turn on proposals to build new headquarters near Thirsk will save the tax-payer millions of pounds.

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Police headquarters move cancelled - but "not just for the money"

North Yorkshire Police has backed its commissioner's decision to cancel moving their headquarters.

The move from Newby Wiske to South Kilvington was originally billed as saving the force money - but the commissioner now claims stopping the move will in fact save up to £10 million.

“I understand and support the Commissioner’s decision to draw a close to the Northern Base project, to pursue other options.

“This is a difficult time financially for all public services, so if there is an opportunity for us to secure the right facilities - at a lower price tag - by doing things differently, then we must grasp it with both hands.

“North Yorkshire Police has been recognised by HMIC for its prudent approach to meeting financial challenges, but this decision not to pursue a Northern Base is not just about the money. It is part of looking at what we do and how we do it, for the sake of our communities.

“I am confident that North Yorkshire Police is on track to get the facilities it needs to serve the public in the best possible way.”

– Dave Jones, Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police

Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan says it was a "tough decision", and that a new opportunity to work with police in Cleveland had changed her mind.

"I am committed to making sure that North Yorkshire Police has the facilities it needs to serve our communities now and in the future – and that commitment has not changed.

“However, I also want to ensure that the North Yorkshire tax-payer gets the very best value for money, and with new options now available, I am no longer convinced that a new-build facility is able to offer that.

“Closing the Northern Base project was a tough decision to make, because a lot of effort has gone into the preparatory work, but it is the right thing to do.

"The new information we have about custody demand, and the possibilities offered through a partnership opportunity with Cleveland, give us scope to explore different accommodation solutions.

"And if that can save us around up to £10m, and cushion North Yorkshire Police from some of the tough economic challenges ahead, then we must take that opportunity.

“I believe working in partnership with Cleveland Police will have great potential to deliver real benefits to the people of North Yorkshire - including new ways of working to tackle cross-border crime, which is a real issue for many of our communities. I am looking forward to working with the PCC in Cleveland to take this forward.”

– Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

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North Yorkshire Police HQ move called off

Controversial plans to move the North Yorkshire Police headquarters have been called off.

Julia Mulligan, the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, had announced the site at Newby Wiske would move to South Kilvington.

Councillors in Thirsk condemned the move, claiming the building would be more suited to an "American city" than a town with a population of 220.

They were also concerned about traffic and the release of detainees.

The site at Newby Wiske will stay
The site at Newby Wiske will stay

The Commissioner had said the move would save money.

Virgin Money to create 200 jobs after Osborne's visit

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George Osborne speaking at Virgin Money's site in Newcastle.
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Can I help you? The Chancellor was shown the ropes at Virgin Money's branch in Newcastle city centre.
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The Chancellor chatting to Virgin Money staff.
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Something to smile about: Virgin Money has announced it will pay the Treasury a further £154.5 million.

Virgin Money has announced that it will create 200 new jobs, 120 of which will be based in the North East.

The announcement was made earlier today when the Chancellor, George Osborne, visited Virgin Money's site in Gosforth, Newcastle. The visit also included a tour of the bank's high street branch in Newcastle city centre.

Virgin Money bought Northern Rock from the Government in 2011. As part of that deal, Virgin Money will pay a further £154.5 million to the Treasury.

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Quarter of people want to visit Yorkshire after Tour de France

The success of the Tour de France in Yorkshire is expected to create a tourism boom in the region.

The Tour de France passes through Haworth in Yorkshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

A survey has shown a quarter of the country now want to visit Yorkshire. One third of people changed their opinion of the county after watching the biggest Grand Départ in history.

Skills shortage "means Hitachi will recruit from Nissan"

A government advisor warned that a shortage of skilled workers in the North East of England means the train company Hitachi will have to recruit staff from nearby car manufacturer Nissan.

A Hitachi javelin train Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The warning was issued by Jim O'Neill, a former senior banker who is now advising the government on how to grow the UK's cities.

Hitachi will create thousands of jobs at its factory in Newton Aycliffe. But there are fears that it will only be able to fill those vacancies by taking staff from the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

Synod to vote in York over women bishops

The Synod gathers for discussions over women in the Episcopate at the General Synod, University of York. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Church of England will decide whether or not to back the introduction of women bishops at a meeting in York today.

Members of the General Synod will be asked to give final approval to legislation introducing women bishops in a gathering at York University. If the bill is passed, the first women bishops could be introduced to the Church of England by early next year.

The vote comes after the plan was derailed by just six votes cast by lay members in November 2012, causing shock and bitter recriminations within the Church of England and prompting threats of an intervention by Parliament.

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Murder post office up for auction

Melsonby Post Office Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The post office in a North Yorkshire village where a woman was killed has is to go up for sale at auction.

Postmistress Diana Garbutt was murdered by her husband as she slept at their home in Melsonby in March 2010.

Murdered postmistress Diana Garbutt Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Robin Garbutt was jailed for life for what a judge called the "brutal, planned, cold-blooded murder" of his 40-year-old wife.

The three-bedroomed property has been left empty since the murder, but will now be auctioned off at York Racecourse at the end of the month. The estate agents have specified in the advert that a crime took place there, but do not go into further detail.

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