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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.

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MP says young should stay in family home rather than claim housing benefit

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake said he would be "appalled" if his children left home and claimed housing benefit.

He suggested young people should stay living in their family home where they already have a bed rather than moving out and costing the taxpayer cash.

Mr Hollinrake made the comments as MPs debated Government plans to stop 18 to 21-year-olds from claiming housing benefit.

The MP for Thirsk and Malton said: "As a parent of two children between 18 and 21 I would be appalled if I felt they were going to leave home to live a life on housing benefits while they have still got a bed in my house.

"Will the minister agree, will the minister confirm, that there will be support made available for those who are vulnerable or have complex needs?"

Work and pensions minister Caroline Nokes replied: "Absolutely, yes.

"For those who cannot live with their parents, for those who are in receipt of the main disability benefits, they will be exempt from this policy."

North Yorkshire racehorse trainer David Nicholls 'strenuously denies' sexual assault charges

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls "strenuously denied" sexually assaulting two women, his solicitor said.

David Nicholls entered not guilty pleas Credit: Press Association

The 60-year-old from Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, appeared at Northallerton Magistrates' Court where he entered not guilty pleas.

Chairman of the Bench Malcolm Smith sent the case to Teesside Crown Court for a hearing on June 24. Nicholls was granted unconditional bail.

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Man jailed for manslaughter of 85-year-old

Sentenced: Ryan Campbell Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man's been sentenced to 11 and a half years for the manslaughter of an 85-year-old man who died after being attacked in his North Yorkshire home.

Ryan Brady Campbell, who is 30 and from Thirsk, was sentenced at Teeside Crown Court for killing 85-year-old George Francis Kidson.

Police were called to Mr Kidson's home at The Flatts in Sowerby, near Thirsk, last November, where they found Mr Kidson with serious injuries. He was taken to James Cook hospital where he remained in a critical condition, but died four days later from his injuries.

Campbell was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with attempted murder and theft. Following Mr Kidson's death the charges against Campbell were changed to murder.

This was a difficult and tragic case for everyone concerned and the sentence given to Campbell reflects the gravity of the offence he committed. Whilst this will not bring Mr Kidson back, I hope the sentence gives his family some sense of justice and closure to what has been a very difficult time for them.

– Detective Superintendent Matt Walker of North Yorkshire Police

We have prematurely lost a valuable member of our family in desperately distressing circumstances, that must have led to him experiencing considerable pain and fear. For these reasons we welcome the verdict and sentencing passed today. We would like to pass our thanks to the North Yorkshire Police for their continued support and the manner in which the investigation was conducted.

– Mr Kidson's family

Body found in Thirsk in search for missing man

Police searching for a missing 64-year-old man near Thirsk have today found a body.

Andrew Thornton was reported missing from his home in Husthwaite at around 9.40pm last night.

Specialist police teams, including a helicopter and police dogs, worked with search and rescue teams from Scarborough and Wharfedale to conduct an extensive search.

Police found Mr Thornton’s vehicle at Thornton Bridge last night.

At around 8am this morning, a man’s body was found in the River Swale around a quarter of a mile from Thornton Bridge.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

A formal identification has yet to take place, but Mr Thornton’s family has been informed and are receiving support from specially-trained officers.

Police issue e-fit following sex assault

North Yorkshire Police has issued an e-fit image of a man they want to trace in connection with a sexual assault investigation in Thirsk.

Do you know this man? Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A teenager reported that she was groped by a man as she walked along Sutton Road in the early evening of October 20th.

The man is described as white, in his 40s, about 5ft 5in tall, of chubby build, with a bald head with some hair at sides and he was wearing glasses. The clothing he had on included a beige hooded jacket, green t-shirt and "scruffy" denim jeans.

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