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Silence to be held for Didcot Power Station collapse victims

A four minutes' silence to be held for the four victims of the Didcot Power Station collapse six months ago.

'Whitby' Mick Collings, who was from Brotton on Teesside was among those killed when a building collapsed in February. The families of those who lost their lives are due to gather at the site in Oxfordshire.

The remainder of the Power Station was brought down in a controlled explosion last month.

The families of the men are to gather outside the site tomorrow at 4pm to pay tribute.

The site was fully demolished last month Credit: Credit: PA


New ministerial job for North Yorkshire MP

Robert Goodwill: on the road to a new ministry Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A North Yorkshire MP has been given a new ministerial job by the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Robert Goodwill, the Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, was a Transport Minister under David Cameron.

He is now the Minister for Immigration in the Home Office.

Two-year-old girl dies in Whitby collision

A two-year-old girl who was involved in a collision in Whitby on Thursday 16th June has died.

Lockton Road, Whitby

The incident took place at around 6.15pm on Lockton Road and involved a black 4x4 vehicle.

The child was taken by ambulance to James Cook Hospital in a critical condition, but she died the day after from her injuries.

An investigation is ongoing and Police are continuing to appeal to any witnesses who were in Lockton Road or Fyling Road area, or anyone who may have witnessed the child or a black 4x4 car prior to the incident, to come forward and contact them.

The child was wearing pink and purple trousers and a white coat with pink and purple flowers and an insect print.

Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to Iain Atkinson quoting reference 12160106067. Alternatively you can email


Campaigners welcome Eskdale School reprieve

Campaigners who have fought against plans to close Eskdale School in Whitby have welcomed the "fantastic news" that North Yorkshire County Council will suspend its decision-making on the school's future.

Parents, teachers, and current and former pupils were among thousands to have opposed the closure of Eskdale School.

It is fantastic news that North Yorkshire County Council have decision to suspend decision-making and look at other options.

I am overwhelmed by the amount of support for Eskdale School: over 5,200 people signed the petition, over 120,000 have watched Alistair Griffin's music video, hundreds turned out at the protest and consultation evenings - and the vast majority of consultation responses were against the proposals.

We understand there may be more fights to come - but we are ready for them, to save our school.

– Louise Cornforth, Save Eskdale campaigner

Controversial plans to close Whitby school put on hold

Controversial plans to close North Yorkshire's last remaining middle school have been put on hold.

North Yorkshire County Council has announced today that it has suspended decision-making on its proposal to close Eskdale School in Whitby, due to the government's expectations that all schools should become academies.

Eskdale School has 450 pupils, aged 11 to 14.

Eskdale could have been shut as early as this summer and amalgamated with Caedmon College in the town, under council plans aimed at improving standards.

Parents, pupils and teachers have fought the proposals, with more than 1,000 objecting in the council's public consultation.

A final decision on the school's future was due in June - but that has now been pushed back significantly.

What we are now proposing is a pause for further consideration of how the Government's stated ambitions might come about in Whitby whilst also addressing the very serious concerns that we have expressed as a local authority.

The consultation process has generated considerable interest and strong contributions but the challenges and our concerns about the entire secondary system in Whitby have not gone away.

This strategic pause must now be used well to enable key leaders of the local schools, academy sponsors, the Regional Schools Commissioner and the local authority to explore all options which address the real risks to quality secondary provision in the town.

– Cllr Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools
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