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The 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) is one of the army units to disappear under plans to slim down the armed forces.

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Mother speaks of her heartache

A mother from North Yorkshire who gave birth to her first child in Spain 20 years ago fears she may have been a victim of a baby trafficking scandal. Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in hospital just hours after she was born.

But now she believes her baby was one of thousands suspected to have been sold for adoption by corrupt medical staff. She spoke to our correspondent, Rachel Bullock

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Mum fears her baby was stolen

A North Yorkshire mother fears she may be a victim of a Spanish baby trafficking scandal.

Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in a Spanish hospital just hours after she was born - but now she believes her baby was stolen and sold for adoption by a criminal network of Spanish doctors, nurses, priests and nuns. More to follow.

Seaham motorcyclist dies near Richmond

A motorcyclist, from Seaham in County Durham, has died after losing control on the A6108, one mile from Richmond. The rider was travelling towards Richmond when he collided with a stone wall, police say it was because of surface water on the road.

He was leading a group of motorcyclists, one believed to be his brother. The man died at the scene and the road was closed for four hours. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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Hague's concern over Friarage

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William Hague has expressed his deep concern over the distance some people would have to travel if the consultant-led maternity unit at the Friarage hospital was closed.

A report earlier this year by the National Clinical Advisory Team into paediatric services at the Friarage recommended an outpatient-only service - meaning the maternity unit would not longer be sustainable.

Mr Hague, MP for Richmond, said: "I share the deep concern that many residents have over the proposed changes at the Friarage.

"Patients already have to travel long distances, often through difficult rural conditions and this would be made worse if they had to travel all the way to James Cook University Hospital for consultant-led maternity service.

"In the case of people from Hawes this would mean a journey time of one hour 45 minutes and from Leyburn one hour 15 minutes.

"My fear is that these journeys are too long for people reasonably to be asked to make and too long on safety and reliability grounds."

He added that the Friarage was the most important provider of health care services in Hambleton and Richmondshire and any changes should "give the utmost consideration to the possible dangers and inconvenience of patients having to travel longer distances."

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