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Flowers bloom for the opening of the Harrogate Show

Florist Lucy Hutton Smith finishes off her fruit and vegetable flag which is dedicated to the Scottish independence referendum Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Exhibitors prepare their stands for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Gardeners and growers from across the country are in Yorkshire for the Harrogate Flower Show.

The gates for the Autumn show open today (Friday, 12th September) and thousands are expected to flock to the exhibition tents for everything from geraniums to giant pumpkins.

Lucy Hutton Smith (top picture) is just one of many florists creating special displays for the event.

She has made a fruit and vegetable flag which is dedicated to the Scottish independence referendum.

It shows the top half as the Saltire and the bottom the Union flag and is made up of over 3,000 fruit and veg including mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, onions , aubergines and blueberries.

Chrysanthemums on show as exhibitors prepare their stands Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Preparations under way for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

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Police appeal in Harrogate shop theft

Harrogate police have issued CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of goods from 'Woods of Harrogate' on Station Parade.

The theft took place between 11am and 11.20am on Friday 8th August Credit: North Yorkshire Police
CCTV appeal in Harrogate shop theft investigation Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Between 11am and 11.20am on Friday 8th August, a pair of antique, stipple engravings were stolen along with some white and floral Yves Delorme towels.

Stolen items included a pair of antique, stipple engravings Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Officers are asking anyone who recognises the woman from the images to contact the police.

Some white and floral Yves Delorme towels were also stolen Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Ripley murder victim named by police

Mark Leslie John Berney Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man who died from stab wounds on Sunday 3 August has been named by police as Mark Leslie John Berney, 44-years-old, from Knaresborough.

Officers re-opened the B6165 at Whipley Bank on Monday 4 August. The section of road had been cordoned off while searches were carried out at the scene.

The suspect - who is aged 40 and from Harrogate - remains in police custody for questioning while enquiries continue.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, Head of the Major Crime Unit, said: “At this time we are not looking for another person or anticipate further arrests in connection with the case.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for theMajor Crime Unit.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting 12140130641 when providing information about this incident.

Duncalf into Women's Doubles Squash final

Harrogate squash player Jenny Duncalf is through to the final of the Women's Doubles at the Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old and her partner Laura Massaro beat fellow England pair Emma Beddoes and Alison Waters 11-7, 11-8 (2-0) in the Semi-Final.

The result means Duncalf is now guaranteed at least a silver medal in the final.

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Harrogate squash competitor Duncalf wins doubles Pool A in Glasgow

Jenny Duncalf wins Pool A match in Glasgow Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

North Yorkshire's Jenny Duncalf has won her first match in the Women's Squash Doubles in Glasgow.

The 31-year-old from Harrogate, and her team mate Laura Massaro, won 11-4 and 11-5 in Pool A against Papua New Guinea.

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