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Walk your way into the New Year

Exercisers can start the New Year off with a walk which offers a full body workout!

Two new ‘Nordic Walking’ classes are being set up in both Northallerton and Thirsk.

“Nordic Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. “It burns more calories than regular walking, improves posture and co-ordination, allows the cardiovascular training intensity of jogging without the high impact and can alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

“The use of poles gives a work out to the upper body as well as the legs. The poles help propel the walker along, meaning they work harder than normal but with the support of the poles it feel easier. Its sociable and fun, so come along and have a go!”

– David Earl, Hambleton District Council’s Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing

The hour long taster sessions led by qualified and experienced Nordic Walking instructor run every: Wednesday in Thirsk from 10 – 11am, starting at Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre and every Thursday in Northallerton from 12 – 1pm, starting at Northallerton Leisure Centre.

£2 per session, poles will be provided but spaces are limited.

To book and for further details contact David Earl on 01609 767202.


Police appeal after dog attacks woman and her dog in Northallerton

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a woman and her dog were bitten by a black Alsatian-type dog.

Police are appealing for information following the attack Credit: Press Association

The incident took place in Thornton-Le-Moor on 22 June at around 3.30pm.

Police say the woman and her four-year-old son were walking their dog, accompanied by a friend, when the dog which was off its lead approached them.

It then attacked the woman’s dog, causing puncture wounds to the dog’s leg. When the woman attempted to separate the dogs, the Alsatian-type dog bit her hand, causing cuts to her hand.

The male owner of the Alsatian-type dog then approached, removed it and walked away from the incident. He is described as being in his 40’s with dark, greying hair and wearing a leather jacket.


Man dies in crash near Northallerton

A man has died following a crash near Northallerton.

The victim, a man in his 40s from Ripon, was driving a green Toyota towards the town on the A167 when he was involved in a collision with a black Nissan Juke and a silver Vauxhall Vectra travelling in the opposite direction at around 8am.

The drivers of the other two cars were taken to hospital with suspected chest injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The road was closed for around five hours while investigations were carried out.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to call the major collision investigation team via 101.

Morrisons to close North Yorkshire store

Northallerton store set to close

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced that its Northallerton store in North Yorkshire is among the 11 it is planning to close across the country.

The closure announcement was made last week, following the revelation that half year profits to August had fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. But the Bradford-based chain did not disclose which stores were to go, saying the decision had only just been announced to staff.

The full list has now been revealed, with most of the closures in the North of England, Morrisons' traditional stronghold. Supermarkets in Salford, Manchester and Sunderland will all close, while the Midlands, the West Country and London have been hit too. The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million and is in addition to the closure of10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

We have looked extremely carefully at whether the stores can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making them viable. We are therefore proposing their closure. We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.

– Morrisons

Witness appeal after serious sexual assault on man in Northallerton

Detectives in Northallerton are appealing for witnesses and information about a serious sexual assault on a man.

The victim, who is in his 20s, was approached by two men in Bullamoor Park in the early hours of today. It is believed the men were disturbed by the sound of a loud bang, which was heard sometime between 2am and 4am. One was wearing a white baseball cap.

Detective Inspector Fiona Wynne, of Northallerton CID, said: “The victim was left extremely upset by the experience and is receiving support from specially trained police officers.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area around the time of this incident, if they have not yet already contacted the police, to do so as soon as possible. Perhaps you heard a loud bang and looked out of your window? Did you see the victim or perhaps two males running from the scene? Any information, no matter how slight, may help to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.”

Officers are particularly keen to speak to a man who is seen on CCTV at about 3.30am leaving the entrance to Bullamoor Park at the Bullamoor Road entrance and walking towards the Forum Car Park.

About 10 minutes later the same man is seen to return from the Forum Car Park to cross Bullamoor Road and walk back into Bullamoor Park. He is described as white and in his 50s, wearing dark clothing.

DI Wynne said: “If you are that man or know of him, please come forward as you may have seen or heard something that will be of value to the enquiry, no matter how slight.”

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