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Next phase of roadworks around Market Weighton set to begin

Credit: Press Association

The next stage of the £1.6million improvement works for the A1079 Hull to York road near Market Weighton is due to begin today.

The third phase of the 15-week scheme will involve the resurfacing of the A1079 between the western end of Shiptonthorpe and Hayton, and will be done in two stages.

The first stage will involve the resurfacing of the road between Drakes Garage and the start of the Hayton dual carriageway, taking two to three weeks to complete.

The second stage, following straight on, will involve the resurfacing of the York-bound section of the Hayton dual carriageway.

The A1079 road improvement scheme is the first to be funded following the council's successful £16.7 million bid through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership's Local Growth Fund to the Department for Transport.

"Thanks to its successful bid for funding, the council will be able to improve this stretch of the A1079 and other important 'A' roads across the area.

"Motorists, residents and businesses will see the benefits for years to come."

– Cllr Andy Burton, portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation

Two found guilty of care home sex abuse

Two former members of staff at an East Yorkshire approved school have been found guilty of 35 counts of sexual abuse of boys in over two decades.

James Carragher
Anthony McCallen

James Carragher, 75, the former principal of the now defunct St William's Children's Home in Market Weighton, was found guilty of 24 charges of sexual abuse by a jury at Leeds Crown Court. It is the third time he has been convicted of abusing boys in his care.

Anthony McCallen, 69, who was former chaplain at the home was found guilty on 11 counts of sexual abuse.

Both men will be sentenced in the new year.

Under starter's orders - UK's oldest horse race

The oldest horse race in the UK, the Kiplingcotes Derby will be held later today at Market Weighton.

Kiplingcotes Derby winning post Credit: ITV Yorkshire

With origins in the Sixteenth Century and firm records dating back to 1618, it is open to jockeys and horses of all ages

The course covers four miles, steep in places and often muddy.

The winner has to be in it for the glory - the way the prize money is allocated means that the runner-up, whose prize is made up of the entry fees on the day, often gets a bigger cash prize than the winner who receives a fixed sum of £50.


Trio in court on childrens' home sex abuse charges

Three men are due to appear in court today to face a total of ninety two historic child sex offences against residents at an East Yorkshire childrens' home.

The former St William's Childrens' Home at the centre of child sex abuse allegations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

James Carragher and Michael Curran were employees at the St William's Childrens Home near Market Weighton. Anthony McCallen was a former chaplain, at the home. The charges, in respect of 20 complainants, date from 1970 to 1993.

Schoolgirl wins Hollywood acting prize

Franesca Turton plays 'Edwina' on the app

An eleven-year-old girl from Market Weighton has won an award in Hollywood for her acting in an app. Francesca Turton plays two characters in the City of York's Hologram Tour app.

She won the Best Actor award in the Los Angeles-based Women’s Independent Film Festival. In the category for young film-makers, the international festival also named the film ‘Moving On’ as having the Best Cinematography and Best Editing too.

While her role in ‘Moving On’ was an imaginary friend, for the York Hologram Tour app, Francesca played two characters who appear as 3D holograms from contrasting sectors of Victorian society.

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