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Three masked men smash way into Harrogate jewellers

Police are appealing for witnesses after three masked men smashed their way into a jewellers in Harrogate. They left A Fattorini The Jeweller on Parliament Street, empty handed at 8.30am on December 4.

A member of staff sounded the shop's alarm and the men left the scene empty-handed in a grey metallic van.

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Manslaughter charge after Harrogate pub incident

Paul Morrison

A 44-year-old man from Harrogate has been charged with manslaughter after a man died in hospital almost three weeks after an incident in a pub beer garden.

Paul Colin Morrison, 51, from Burton Leonard, Harrogate, passed away at Harrogate District Hospital last week. He had been in a critical condition since the incident at Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub on Parliament Street on November 1.

The man charged has been bailed with conditions to appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court in December.

"In particular, we have established that Mr Morrison and the other alleged victim were with a group of men who may have been talking to some women inside the pub. Mr Morrison is then believed to have chatted to a woman in the beer garden just before he was injured.

"There is no suggestion that these general conversations were in anyway linked to the alleged assaults that followed, but it is vitally important that these women contact the police as soon as possible to assist the investigation."

– Detective Sergeant Steve Menzies, of Harrogate CID


North Yorks Police want public's help to find wanted man

Zydrunas Scerbinskas failed to appear to answer 18 charges of fraud by false representation. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for the public's help to find a wanted man.

A warrant has been issued by York Crown Court for the arrest of 27-year-old Zydrunas Scerbinskas, who failed to appear to answer 18 charges of fraud by false representation.

The offences were committed in the Harrogate area at the end of 2012.

'High value chocolate' stolen in Harrogate

Detectives in Harrogate are appealing for information after 'high value chocolate' was taken from a business on Hornbeam Park. Thousands of pounds worth of chocolate was stolen between November 1 and November 2.

“Due to the amount of chocolate which has been stolen, I believe that a large vehicle will have been used to transport it.

“If you saw any suspicious activity in the Hornbeam Park area around the time of the burglary I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away.”

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who is offered chocolate bearing either the brands Confectionary by Design or Serious Sweets in unusual circumstances and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Sam Harding, of Harrogate CID


Man critical after assault in beer garden in Harrogate

A man in his early 50s is in a critical condition in hospital after he was assaulted in a pub beer garden in Harrogate.

He was allegedly punched to the ground in the garden of the Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub on Saturday 1st November. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital.

Another man, 43, from York also required treatment for facial injuries after being assaulted in the same place.

North Yorkshire Police said they were carrying out "extensive enquiries" to establish the full circumstances and locate the man suspected of the assaults. He was described as:

  • white
  • mid 40s
  • medium build
  • bald head with short hair around the sides
  • wearing a dark grey long-sleeved jumper

Harrogate launches lorry sticker campaign to warn off cyclists

The Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership has launched an awareness campaign to stop cyclists from being seriously injured by lorries and other large vehicles.

The ‘stay back - don't undertake’ campaign is being launched with the Road Safety Group and aims to highlight the dangers of cyclists undertaking lorries on the road.

While motorists have a duty of care to use their mirrors before turning across a cyclist's path, a growing number of cyclists are being injured by left turning heavy good’s vehicles which have not seen them in their mirrors.

The multi-agency Road Safety group has produced warning stickers which can be fixed to the backs of lorries and trucks warning cyclists to ‘STAY BACK – DON’T UNDERTAKE’ The stickers, which have been attached to the council’s refuse vehicles, have also been sent out to a range of local haulage firms asking them to support the campaign by attaching them to their own fleet of vehicles.

Councillor Margaret Atkinson, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities said: “With the increase in the numbers of bikes on the district’s roads, it is important to remind cyclists of the dangers they face if they undertake large vehicles. These stickers serve as a visible warning to stay back from the vehicle in front, hopefully giving the cyclist a safer ride.”

Have you seen Trusty the inflatable mascot?

Harrogate police are appealing for information after an inflatable mascot was stolen from a motor industry event at Harrogate football club on Wetherby Road.

The mascot, called Trusty, was taken between 6:30pm and 9:30pm on the evening of Tuesday, 16th September.

Trusty was attached to a power supply and contained a fan which kept it inflated. It cost around £2,500.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the inflatable being stolen, has come across it, or knows where it is now, to contact them, along with anyone with any other information about the incident.

The inflatable is quite large and of a distinctive design. It would not be of any use to anyone other than the organisation it was intended for.

Also, anyone attempting to remove it would have been visible to any passers-by. It’s possible that people who saw it being taken didn’t think anything suspicious was happening.

I urge anyone who has any information about the theft, to contact the police as soon as possible.

– PC Peter Taylforth of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team
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