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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Rail plan would "deliver growth for region's economy"

"One North is a demonstration that the great northern cities can work together to shape transport plans which would transform the economic competitiveness of the north - linking people to jobs, goods to customers and our businesses to international markets. Ensuring that Newcastle and the north east are part of an integrated approach to transport is essential to delivering our vision for economic growth in the region.”

– Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

£15bn rail plan for the north

Five cities in the north of England, including Newcastle, have combined forces to draw up plans which would transform the rail network in the region.

The "One North: Superconnected Cities" plan has been presented to the Chancellor, George Osborne, today.

It is the result of an alliance between councils in Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

If adopted the 15-year plan would make journeys between those cities up to 55% faster - and would improve Newcastle's links with ports and airports.

It would also deliver new trains running on a dedicated 125mph trans-Pennine rail route.

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Metrocentre to sponsor Gateshead FC

Gateshead FC has bagged a sponsorship deal with the region’s biggest shopping centre. Intu Metrocentre is now the home shirt sponsor.

Gavin Prior, General Manager at intu Metrocentre with Gary Mills, Team Manager ,Gateshead FC and Graham Wood Chairman, Grahame McDonnell Commercial Manager and Vice Chairman Brian Waites
Gavin Prior, General Manager at intu Metrocentre with Gary Mills, Team Manager ,Gateshead FC and Graham Wood Chairman, Grahame McDonnell Commercial Manager and Vice Chairman Brian Waites

“We are absolutely delighted to have intu Metrocentre on board,

“To be supported by such a high profile organisation and one of the region’s biggest employers is fantastic for us.

“It’s also the perfect fit because not only are we both based in Gateshead but also because supporting and working with the community is an important objective for both of us."

– Graham Wood, Chairman of Gateshead FC

“We know what a successful season Gateshead FC had last year and we hope to see them go on to even bigger and better things this year,”

“We are sure this relationship will continue to grow and develop and we look forward to actively working with the club going forward.”

– Gavin Prior, General Manager of intu Metrocentre

The new shirts will be seen for the first time this Saturday (August 9th) at the International Stadium, when Gateshead take on Torquay United on the opening day of the new Conference season.

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Action plan for northern cities to become "global powerhouse"

Leeds and Sheffield are among cities in the north of England which will unveil a £15 billion plan to improve road and rail connections in the region.

The joint One North report will include plans for a new 125mph inter-city rail link, faster links and better access to ports and airports.

It has been developed by five cities - Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

It comes after George Osborne said faster links could create a "northern global powerhouse".

The report will be presented to the chancellor in Manchester later.

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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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