Three more arrests in county lines drug crackdown

An ongoing investigation in to county lines drug dealing in Harrogate has led to three more arrests in the area. A woman was arrested in a car park in the Jennyfields area, whilst two men from Harrogate and Bradford respectively were also arrested in a crackdown that has been ongoing throughout 2019.

Council to consider new street begging initiative

An innovative scheme to help street beggars and the homeless in Harrogate is to be considered by Harrogate Borough Council. Cabinet member Mike Chambers has proposed the ‘Harrogate Street Aid’ scheme, whereby people can donate electronically to a central fund which is used to make real changes for street beggars and the homeless, rather than given to individuals.

Appeal for witnesses to knifepoint robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to a knifepoint robbery on fields next to Kingsley Drive in Harrogate on June 22nd, when four males approached the victim and took several items of property. The four males all had their faces covered, but police are interested in any information on suspicious people hanging around the area.

Council plan to buy up empty houses

Harrogate Borough Council have been given access to an £800,000 funding pot which will enable them to purchase empty dwellings and help solve a housing shortage in the area. Up to 911 empty properties have been identified, and under the scheme the council can purchase two homes at a time and also offer loans to owners to help make homes habitable again.

Harrogate man jailed for indecent image collection

A 63-year-old Harrogate man, John William Marshall, was jailed for 15 months for making and possessing up to 24,000 indecent images of children. Marshall pleaded guilty at York Crown Court after police seized hard disks and other electronic devices from his home.

School leaders rally behind troubled Academy

A group of Harrogate school leaders have joined forces to support Grove Academy amid fears it may have to shut before Christmas due to funding cuts. Head teachers and senior staff from the region undertook a 10-mile protest walk to raise awareness of the school’s plight.

Harrogate woman to repay cancer fraud money

42-year-old Harrogate woman, Patricia Robertshaw, has been ordered to repay £26,207 and was jailed for four years and five months, after pleading guilty to fraud, by saying she had been diagnosed with cancer and claiming sick leave on full pay. Robertshaw worked as an events manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research in Harrogate, a job she also attained through falsifying her qualifications.

Yorkshire celebrity heavyweights back famous tea brand

Acting legend Sean Bean and magician Dynamo have joined forces to promote Yorkshire Tea in the latest TV advert for the famous Harrogate brand. The tea makers – established in 1886 – have adopted a big name marketing strategy and the latest adverts can be seen on screens in July.

Woman jailed for Morrisons theft

A Harrogate woman has been jailed for 10 months after stealing over £8,000 while working on the tills at Morrisons. Trina Howard spent four months accumulating the theft, which was identified after tills were checked in the petrol station where she worked.

Retail blow as big name closes its doors

Harrogate’s high street was dealt another blow when clothing retailers Gap closed its doors for the last time on its store on the corner of James Street and Station Parade. This follows an earlier recent blow when Next vacated a unit on the same street to move to the Victoria Shopping Centre.

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