A shake-up of Army bases to speed up the return of of all troops from Germany will mean the disposal of seven sites across the country, including one in North Yorkshire.
Carlo Barracks in Ripon is to go, although there is good news for Catterick Garrison, also in North Yorkshire, where further investment is to be made at the base. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the changes would save £240 million a year in running costs .
Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016 under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases. The remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service has confirmed a 72-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital yesterday after a car and a tractor collided on a country road, near Catterick, in North Yorkshire. The woman has chest injuries, she is in a stable condition.
Police are investigating a serious assault on a soldier at Catterick Garrison.
The 22-year-man was attacked by a group of approximately six people as he walked to a fast food outlet on the Garrison in the early hours of Sunday 15 July 2012.
The assault happened at around 04.35 as the victim approached the White shops on Catterick Roadafter leaving Louis’ Bar on Kitchener Road moments earlier.
He was initially taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with a suspected fractured eye socket and nose, and bruising to his head, neck and back.
He was later transferred to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough but has since been released.
This was a disgraceful attack on a passer-by which has resulted in serious facial injuries. I need to find out exactly what happened and am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or knows anything about it to contact me as soon as possible.
– PC Nicola Pattinson, Catterick Safer Neighbourhood Team