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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

Friarage Hospital decision sent for independent review

A decision to downgrade services at the Friarage Hospital in North Yorkshire has been sent to the Secretary of State for review.

Friarage Hospital, Northallerton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

It was decided in February 2014 that children's and maternity services at the Friarage in Northallerton would be scaled back. It was claimed that treatment at larger hospitals in Middlesbrough, Leeds or Darlington would be safer.

However, thousands of families have campaigned against the move, saying it would be risky for patients to travel further.

William Hague, the Conservative MP for the area, has asked for the decision to be reconsidered.

Now it has been decided it will be sent to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, requesting a full review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Public meeting begins over future of maternity and children's services at Friarage Hospital

Public meeting being held in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV

A public meeting is being held this morning at the Golden Lion Hotel in Northallerton, to discuss the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital. It was decided last week that services will be scaled back.

Campaigners, councillors and members of the Clinical Commissioning Group, which made the decision, will take part.

Maternity service meeting for the public

Friarage Hospital in Northallerton Credit: ITV News

A public meeting will be held this morning to discuss how maternity care will operate at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

It follows a decision last week by the hospital to scale back paediatric and maternity services.

The existing service, run by consultants, will become midwife-led.

The changes will start in October.

Today's meeting is being held at The George Hotel in Northallerton and has been organised by NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.

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