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Police guard station as bomb team heads in

A policeman stands guard outside Northallerton station Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North Yorkshire Police has positioned officers around Northallerton station, while a military bomb disposal team attend to a 'suspicious package'.

Pictures from the scene also show that a large part of the road has been closed off.

A part of the High Street has been closed off Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Roy 'Chubby' Brown fined for reading paper at wheel

Roy 'Chubby' Brown was filmed reading a newspaper as he drove down the A19. Credit: PA

Roy 'Chubby' Brown has been fined £30 and slapped with four points on his licence after he was caught reading a newspaper at the wheel.

The comic, whose real name is Royston Vasey, 69, was filmed by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera as he drove along the A19 near Crathorne on 15 May.

The newspaper can clearly be seen as the driver navigates the A19.

Northallerton Magistrates also ordered him to pay costs of £60.

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A statement from North Yorkshire Police said: "Motorists must give the road their full attention as a few seconds’ lapse in concentration can have catastrophic consequences, literally meaning the difference between life and death.”

Brown's agent said: "He is not available to comment on this matter."


Hospital apologises to disabled boy after £12m payout

A hospital trust has apologised to the family of a seven-year-old boy who has received a £12m compensation payout. Toby Hart will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life after staff at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton failed to spot he had an abnormal heartbeat when he was born.

Toby Hart in 2009, when his family were filmed for ITV News Tyne Tees

South Tees NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are sorry that the care afforded to Mrs Hart and to Toby fell below an acceptable standard and that Toby suffered very substantial injuries as a result.

"We have apologised for the failings and that apology is repeated together with every good wish to Toby and his family.

The trust acknowledges that no amount of money can compensate adequately for the damage suffered but it is hoped at least that the agreed sum will give some financial security and provide for Toby's needs."

£12m payout for disabled boy

A High Court judge has approved a £12m compensation agreement for a seven-year-old boy left severely disabled after an abnormal heartbeat was not 'acted upon' during his birth, lawyers said.

Toby Hart, of Bedale, North Yorkshire, will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life.

Mr and Mrs Hart later said they hoped that the NHS would invest in better midwife training.

Lawyers said a settlement had been agreed with the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital has apologised to the Hart family.

Lambs left in distress after Northallerton burglary

Callous burglars injured lambs and a horse at stables in Northallerton.

It happened between 10 am on Tuesday June 9 and Wednesday June 10 at the premises on Castle Hills in Springwell Lane.

The burglars fed something to lambs which caused them discomfort and daubed them with blue paint. The intruders also seem to have tried putting a saddle on a horse, causing an injury to its mouth.

It is not known if anything was stolen during the burglary.

"Whoever broke into this stables has left the animals suffering in pain. They need to understand the consequences of their actions and the distress they have caused.

“I need to speak to anyone who has information which could help to identify those responsible for these acts of cruelty and urge them to contact the police straight away.

“Due to the location of the stables in the Castle Hills, it is possible the offenders approached them along Springwell Lane or from Romanby. If you were in the area at the time when the animals were injured, I ask you to contact the police immediately.”

– PC Adam Scott, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team

Bowling club secures funding a year after facing closure

A bowling club has secured almost £50,000 in funding a little over a year after they faced closure.

Just 12 months ago financial difficulty meant that Northallerton Bowling Club's future was in doubt.

But members have managed to put the club back on a more firm financial footing through a mixture of sponsorship and fundraising.

And now the club has been told that a bid for Sport England Inspired Facilities funding has been successful.

The club will receive £47,700 - securing its future.

"It is absolutely mind-blowing; a lot of our members are still in shock.

"We thought our plans were a bit pie in the ski; they're now now. We really can do all those things."

– Val Coe, chairwoman
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