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Thirsk man charged with attempted murder

A man from Thirsk has been charged with attempted murder after an 85-year-old man was found with serious injuries.

Police were called to The Flatts in Sowerby, Thirsk, on the evening of November 5, following a concern for safety. The victim remains in James Cook hospital in a critical condition.

A 29-year-old man from Thirsk has been charged with attempted murder and theft and will appear at Northallerton Magistrates Court on November 9.


County council watchdog hits out at hospital ward closure

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North Yorkshire County Council’s health watchdog has expressed grave concerns at NHS plans to close a 14-bed ward at the Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk.

The authority’s Scrutiny of Health Committee, which met today, has called on the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Thirsk hospital, to give a target date for the ward to be re-opened as a matter of urgency.

The Lambert hospital ward provides general re-habilitation, diagnostics and assessment of patients’ present and future care needs as well as pain control and palliative care. It is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and health committee members regard the ward closure as a particularly troubling development.

“We are extremely concerned by this development”, said County Councillor Jim Clark, the committee’s chair:

“Especially with winter approaching and the additional pressures this brings on the health service. We are especially unhappy that the South Tees Trust is not reviewing their decision until next January 2016 and that much-needed beds will be closed all that time.”

– Cllr Jim Clark

Professor Tricia Hart, Chief Executive of the South Tees Hospitals Trust, attended today’s Scrutiny of Health committee meeting to explain that a combination of long-term staff sickness, absence and vacancies had put considerable pressure on the ward and risked compromising patient safety. Temporary closure of the ward had therefore become necessary

But health scrutiny members are unhappy that they were made aware of these latest developments only a week ago. Cllr Clark continued:

“This situation must have been anticipated and yet the Trust has only let us know very late in the day.”

North Yorkshire’s Scrutiny of Health Committee will be meeting again in November and has called on the Trust to come back with a joint report, showing how the NHS and social care, will work together to mitigate the impact of the ward closure with the approach of the winter period.

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Police appeal after sheep discovery in North Yorkshire

Police are appealing to farmers after suspected stolen lambs were found near Thirsk.

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About 20 of this year's lambs (six months to a year old) were recovered on 24 August 2015.

Police say they do not appear to have ever been tagged and are of a Texel or Hampshire Down breed or similar.

Anyone who has any information about the lambs, or have had any stolen recently, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Businesses in Thirsk and Easingwold offered free crime reduction advice

Businesses in Thirsk and Easingwold are being offered free, expert crime reduction advice.

According to a 2010 survey by the Federation of Small Businesses, 20% of all crime nationally is against businesses, with the average annual cost of crime against Yorkshire and Humberside businesses reaching more than £25,000.

Police in Thirsk and Easingwold are now offering security advice to the area’s small to medium sized businesses.

Specially trained Police Community Support Officers will conduct a business security survey and provide a vulnerability report - with recommendations as to how threats can be reduced.

Police are offering businesses free advice

“North Yorkshire is a very safe place to live and work, but crime can have a serious effect on businesses in our area. Not only does it have a significant financial impact, it is a major quality of life issue – it threatens jobs, puts employee personal safety at risk and reduces business confidence.

“Implementing sound crime prevention and reduction measures makes good business sense, and we can help SMEs in the fight against business crime.”

– PCSO Lucy Walker, of Thirsk and Easingwold Police
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