Legendary Harrogate cyclist’s death ‘avoidable’

An inquest has ruled that the death of ultra-endurance cyclist Mike Hall was “avoidable” after he was hit by a car two years ago while cycling in Australia. Hall, 35 from Harrogate, was competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race and had a memorial service in his honour at the Great Yorkshire Showground following his death.

Capital rail boost for Harrogate

Train operator LNER has provided a welcome boost to rail commuters by revealing direct trains from Harrogate to London will soon increase from one daily to six. A 7.34am service runs at the moment, with other commuters having to change at Leeds or York to reach the capital.

Serial Harrogate criminal facing yet another jail term

Professional burglar Christopher Waite, from Harrogate, is facing a four year jail sentence after being found guilty of burgling two properties in Thirsk. Waite was caught by police upon fleeing from the second property and now faces his seventh prison term for burglary and can claim 13 burglary convictions amongst his 63 offences.

Harrogate drivers rack up the penalty points

New research has revealed that Harrogate drivers lie fourth in a league table of drivers who have racked up the most penalty points on their driving licences. In research released by comparison site Motorway.co.uk 6.3% of Harrogate residents were found to have at least three penalty points on their licence.

Mysterious death near Premier Inn Harrogate

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was found dead near to the Premier Inn in Harrogate. Police failed to revive the man who was found on Springfield Avenue, and with no trace of information left, police have appealed for witnesses to the sudden death.

Free travel to offer Harrogate retail and emissions boost

The Harrogate Bus Company have opened the doors of its fleet of eight electric buses to passengers with a free travel offer on Sundays, in a bid to boost local trade. As part of the Government’s £2.25million Low Emission Bus Scheme, the company aims to make Harrogate Britain’s first Low Emission Bus town.

Five arrested in drugs ring operation

Police swooped to arrest five men to break up a ‘county lines’ drug dealing operation in Harrogate. While two of the men had Harrogate addresses, three were from the Birmingham area, and are thought to have indulged in county lines drug dealing, where dealers travel from urban areas to deal in smaller, rural towns.

£1.6million investment in Harrogate commuter routes underway

North Yorkshire County Council has begun a £1.6million scheme of works to improve key commuter routes both in and out of the town. Resurfacing work will continue until May in a bid to improve traffic delays and disruption and welcome more people into the town. The work is also essential to the town hosting two major cycling events in the summer.

Security concern at Harrogate beauty spot

Police have urged people to be vigilant after a “creepy man” was reported to have approached a number of women at Nidd Gorge. The man – described as in his mid-40s and dressed as a runner – is claimed to have acted suspiciously and police have asked people to report any further sightings or unusual incidents.

Critics speak out over controversial Crescent Gardens project

Harrogate Civic Society have claimed the £75million scheme to redevelop the former Harrogate Borough Council headquarters at Crescent Gardens into luxury apartments with an art gallery and restaurant, does not “live up to the original intentions” for the iconic building.

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