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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

Girl punched in the face in Harrogate

Harrogate police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was punched by a man she offered to help. The 17-year-old girl was walking along a cycle path just off Woodfield Road when she noticed a man she thought appeared to be lost. It was around 1.30pm on September 19. She asked the man if he was alright and he punched her in the face.

He is described as white, 5’9” to 5’10” tall, aged between 20 and 25 and of slim build.

“This was an alarming, unprovoked assault on a lone girl who offered to help someone and in return for her concern, was punched in the face.

“The victim suffered bruising to her eye and was very shaken up by what had happened to her. I am appealing to anyone who can help us to find out who was responsible or has any other information which could assist our investigation, to please contact us as soon as possible.”

– PC Adam Fenwick of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team

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


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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