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Cash stolen from 70-year-old in Richmond

Police in Richmond are appealing for information after a 70-year-old man had a large amount of cash stolen from his home by a sneak-in burglar.

The theft happened in Parkinson's Yard, Richmond between 1pm and 5pm on the afternoon of Monday April 4.

The suspect(s) got into the house through an unlocked front door and stole the cash from inside his home.

PC David Bowley of Richmond Police said:

"This was a callous crime targeted at a pensioner who was trusting enough to leave their front door unlocked, pending the arrival of an expected caller. I am appealing to anyone with any information about the burglary or knows who is responsible to contact us. It is also a timely reminder of the importance of keeping your doors locked at all times - even when you are at home - particularly now the lighter nights are with us, and people are more likely to be outside."

Rare council tax freeze for North Yorkshire residents

Council tax bill Credit: PA

Richmondshire's 22,885 householders are among the few across the country to benefit from a freeze in their district council tax.

District Councillors have confirmed that its portion of the annual tax will remain unchanged for the next 12 months.

The Council is one of only a handful in the country not to be levying an increase to their householders.

Following local elections last year our aim was to keep council tax levels as low as possible - and by sound financial management we are going to deliver on that and support our local residents.

This is a budget that will support the whole community."

– Yvonne Peacock, Leader of the Council


Caravan parks flood at Richmond

A flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Swale Caravan Parks at Richmond and properties at Lownthwaite Bridge.

The current level of the River Swale at Grinton Bridge is 2.25m and is forecast to peak at around 2.8m this afternoon. The current level at Lowenthwaite Bridge is 2.6m and rising.

Met Police reportedly 'apologise' to Lord Brittan's widow

It's understood that the Metropolitan Police have apologised to Lady Brittan, the widow of the late Home Secretary and Richmond MP Leon Brittan, after he was investigated over allegations of rape.

Lord Brittan, who died of cancer in January was interviewed under caution regarding allegations of rape - but no further action was taken against him.

The Crown Prosecution Service found in July 2013 that there was not enough evidence for a prosecution but this decision was never passed on to Lord Brittan or his family.

Former Home Secretary and Richmond MP Lord Brittan Credit: PA


Richmond shops fire: a man is arrested

Firefighters dealing with the blaze. Credit: David Sloan

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a large fire which swept through terraced shops in the centre of Richmond, North Yorkshire.

The fire, at Finkle Street, was reported at around 5.11am on Saturday 6th June.It caused substantial damage to commercial premises in the street, including the Red Cross shop, Urban Spa and Beauty, Tasty Macs and the Oxfam shop.

No-one was injured. e damage will have a significant impact on the local businesses. The cost of the damage alone is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of pounds.

No-one was injured.

Police are asking anyone who has any information about the fire to contact them if they have not already come forward.

Thankfully, no-one was injured in the fire, however, the damage will have a significant impact on the local businesses. The cost of the damage alone is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of pounds."

– Det Con Andy Palmer, North Yorkshire Police

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Detective Constable Andy Palmer of Northallerton Serious Crime Team.

Richmond shops fire: cause still unknown

Firefighters tackled the blaze in Richmond this morning. Credit: David Sloan

Fire investigators are attempting to establish the cause of a fire in Richmond, North Yokrshire, which spread through several roofs of a terraced row of shops.

A delivery driver discovered the fire, at Finkle Street, at 5.15am Saturday.

The fire spread to adjacent properties.

The fire spread quickly. Credit: David Sloan
Finkle Street, the scene of the fire. Credit: David Sloan
Pictures were emailed to us by David Sloan. Credit: David Sloan

Fire spreads to row of shops in Richmond

Richmond's Finkle Street this morning. Credit: Anita Clarke

Fire crews have dealt with a large fire at a terraced commercial property on Finkle Street in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

A delivery driver discovered the fire, and emergency crews from Richmond and Colburn attended the scene.

The fire spread to the roof void in an adjacent property and a further six fire engines were sent Leyburn, Reeth, Bedale, Northallerton, Darlington, Ripon and Masham.

Two aerial ladders are in attendance from Middlesbrough and Harrogate, along with other support appliances from Malton and Northallerton.

An area was cordoned off during the emergency. Credit: Anita Clarke
Fire crews at the scene. Credit: Anita Clarke

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak: “I’ve got big boots to fill”

Rishi Sunak has been elected as the Conservative MP for Richmond, replacing former foreign secretary William Hague. Sunak has said that he has “impossible boots to fill.” He also responded to claims that he missed the count, saying that he arrived late so that he wouldn’t disturb the counters.

Sunak won the seat by a clear majority; UKIP candidate Matthew Cooke came second with 8,194 votes, taking 15.7% share of the vote after standing for the first time.

Cooke thanked his supporters and said he was proud to have “come second in the safest Conservative seat in the country.”

Richmond result breakdown with number of votes and percentage of the vote:

Rishi Sunak (Con) – 27,744 (51.38%)

Matthew Cooke (UKIP) – 8,194 (15.17%)

Mike Hill (Lab) – 7,124 (13.19%)

John Harris (Lib Dem) – 3,465 (6.42%)

John Blackie (Ind) – 3,348 (6.20%)

Leslie Rowe (Green) – 2,313 (4.28%)

Robin Scott (Ind) – 1,811 (3.35%)

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