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Lorry fire closes A1 at Catterick

A1 at Catterick Credit: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The A1 in North Yorkshire is closed in both directions between the A6136 (Catterick) and the A66 (Scotch Corner), due to a HGV fire.

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire are at the scene.


Motorists are advised to follow the 'Solid Diamond' diversion symbol, exit the A1(M) northbound at J51 and take the A6055 to the roundabout with the A684. Take the A684 eastbound then join the A167. Follow the A167 through North Allerton, Little Smeaton and Great Smeaton until the A66/A67/A167 roundabout. Take the second exit to the A67 (Carmel Road South), then the B6280 (Carmel Road North). At the roundabout take the A68 and re-join the A1(M) at J58.


Man charged after 140mph police chase with three-year-old

A man has been charged in connection with a 140mph police pursuit involving a three-year-old along the A1.

The car evaded officers for more than 50 miles before it was eventually stopped near Boston Spa on May 17. The child and a large quantity of drugs were found in the vehicle.

Police have charged the man with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

The offender is due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court today.

A woman was also arrested. She has been released from bail and reported for prosecution in relation to drug offences.

Rare council tax freeze for North Yorkshire residents

Council tax bill Credit: PA

Richmondshire's 22,885 householders are among the few across the country to benefit from a freeze in their district council tax.

District Councillors have confirmed that its portion of the annual tax will remain unchanged for the next 12 months.

The Council is one of only a handful in the country not to be levying an increase to their householders.

Following local elections last year our aim was to keep council tax levels as low as possible - and by sound financial management we are going to deliver on that and support our local residents.

This is a budget that will support the whole community."

– Yvonne Peacock, Leader of the Council


Richmond Castle host final Afghan medal parade

Soldiers from a regiment based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire are conducting the final Afghan medal presentation parade in Richmond Castle.

Friends and family of the soldiers have gathered at Richmond Castle to see the ceremony. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees/Claire Montgomery

The medal parade marks the end of Operation Herrick in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

The 46 medals are being presented for service during Op Herrick in May – November 2014.

'Suspicious vehicle' seen outside barracks hours before reported explosion

A 'suspicious vehicle' was seen outside Marne Barracks at Catterick Garrison hours before a reported explosion in the early hours of this morning.

The A1 was closed for more than 12 hours after staff at the North Yorkshire army barracks reported hearing an explosion around 3am.

North Yorkshire Police say they have worked overnight and throughout the day to locate the driver of the vehicle and rule him out of any connection to the alleged explosion.

Officers say they are now satisfied he was not related to this investigation and he has been eliminated from their enquiries.

“We appreciate that members of the public will ask why the road had to be shut for so long.

"In view of the location of the suspected explosion, the source of the information, the current threat to UK security and a report a few hours earlier of a vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances outside the barracks, we were not prepared to take any chances with people’s safety and had to carry out a very extensive and thorough investigation.

"We thank the driver of the vehicle for his patience and cooperation. We have also ruled out any link to terrorism.

– Superintendent Dave Hannan, North Yorkshire Police

Supt Hannan also thanked drivers for their 'patience and understanding' during long delays on the A1, adding: "Their safety was our primary concern."

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