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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.

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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

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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."

A1 reopens after reports of explosion at Catterick

Police have reopened the A1 in North Yorkshire after it was closed for more than 12 hours following reports of an explosion.

It was shut between Leeming and Barton as a precaution while police investigated reports of a blast near Marne Barracks at 3am this morning.

Eight people told police they heard an explosion - but officers say after extensive searches of the area, they've found no obvious signs of a blast.

North Yorkshire Police, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, explosives detection dogs, the National Police Air Service and military search personnel have all been involved in today's searches.

We are satisfied that the call to the police was made with good intent.

“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 may never find out what the source of the explosion was, however, following the search and investigation I am now satisfied that there is no threat to members of the public. A number of possibilities have been looked into, however, there is no information or evidence to say this reported explosion was a criminal or deliberate act.”

– Superintendent Dave Hannan, North Yorkshire Police

Detonators for explosives found next to the A1

Police investigating reports of an explosion in and around CatterickGarrison says they have found a number of ageing detonators alongside the A1 adjacent to Marne Barracks.

These detonators are being removed by the army’s bomb disposal team to a safe area where a controlled explosion will take place.

However a police spokesman insists that the detonators were NOT the cause of the original explosion reported by staff at the Marne Barracks at 3am.

The search for the source of that explosion continues and the police say that the A1 will reopen when it is safe to do so.

The road has been closed in both directions in the Catterick area since 3am.

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