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Moped rider critical after York collision

Police in York are appealing for witnesses after a collision which left a moped rider with serious injuries.

It happened on January 8, on the A19, Shipton Road, at the junction of Howard Road, opposite the Mitre pub and involved a moped and a car.

The 21-year-old moped rider was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.

“The collision happened at a busy time of day and I believe that there are a number of people who witnessed who have not yet contacted the police. I urge them to do so straight away.

“I also need to speak to you if you saw either vehicle prior to the incident and ask you to get in touch.”

– Traffic Constable Roger Walker

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Hands-behind-head driver is banned

A driver has been banned from the roads for 12 months after he was filmed doing 60 miles an hour - with both hands behind his head.

Mechanic, Richard Newton, was found guilty of dangerous driving by Magistrates.

The video was taken by North Yorkshire Police as Newton drove along the A171 near Whitby.

The road has seen 30 serious accidents in the last six years - five of which were fatal as Chris Kiddey reports.

Road ban welcomed for hands-free driver

“North Yorkshire has some of the most perilous roads in the country and so it is right that our police take action against reckless driving that puts road users in unnecessary danger.

“I welcome the 12-month driving ban and hope it acts as a reminder to all motorists of their responsibilities when they get behind the wheel.

“I would also like to thank the road safety team for making this prosecution possible.”

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– Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

Look - car - no hands!

Watch amazing footage of Richard Newton driving at 60mph with his hands behind his head.

The 36 year old, from Whitby, was filmed by North Yorkshire police officers on the A171 near the Scaling Dam Reservoir, last August.

Today he was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £625 by Scarborough magistrates, after they found him guilty of dangerous driving.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

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Ban and fine for driving with no hands

Richard Newton found guilty of dangerous driving

A Whitby man has been banned from driving for 12 months for driving with no hands.

Richard Newton, 36, of Abbots Road, was found guilty at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court of dangerous driving.

Mr Newton was filmed as he drove past a police mobile safety camera on the A171 near Scaling Dam reservoir, at around 6.20pm on Friday 9 August 2013.

He had both hands behind his head as he continued along the road for around 25 seconds driving at between 60 to 63mph.

Police pay tribute to PC who died on duty one year ago

PC Andrew Bramma died on duty on January 5, 2013. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in North Yorkshire have paid tribute to a PC who died on duty a year ago.

PC Andrew Bramma was on his way to a road accident when his patrol car hit a tree near Ripon.

On Friday, officers laid wreaths on the police memorial stones at Newby Wiske Hall.

To mark the anniversary, the North Yorkshire police flag will fly at half mast in his memory today and tomorrow.

North Yorkshire Police officers have laid a wreath in memory of PC Andrew Bramma. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Sgt Mike Stubbs, Secretary of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Our thoughts are with the people who will be missing Andrew the most this weekend – his wife Kathryn, his two sons Jack and Sam, his parents and wider family, and his friends and colleagues.

“Andrew was greatly loved and hugely respected, and this anniversary will be a painful and poignant reflection of just how great a loss he is, both as a family man and as a police officer.

“With the severe weather anticipated this weekend, the anniversary of his death is also a sombre and timely reminder of the dangers that police officers, and members of other emergency services, face as they work to keep the public safe.”

North Yorkshire Police move HQ to save money

North Yorkshire Police hopes to save £445,000 by moving its headquarters to land just north of Thirsk,

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed to buy a site next to the A19 at South Kilvington.

The field at South Kilvington near Thirsk will be the new police HQ Credit: ITV

If planning permission is granted, the modern facilities would replace the current HQ at Newby Wiske.

Commissioner Julia Mulligan said: "The current headquarters are a converted stately home set in a remote village. As such, they are too costly to run, difficult to access and not suited to modern policing.

"By relocating to an energy-efficient, custom-made facility that is close to major roads, we'll be able to provide a modern, cost-effective base that allows the police to do their job better and provide real value for taxpayers' money."

The old HQ at Newby Wiske costs too much to run Credit: ITV

The public will be asked for their views on the plans next year.

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