Union strike action over college job losses

Teaching union members went on strike at Harrogate College over fears of job losses due to restructuring. Hull College Group plan to reduce staff numbers at their Harrogate, Goole and Hull campuses and UCU members staged a one day strike on May 9th, with further strike action planned.

Tories maintain Harrogate council seat

The Conservative party held power in the local council elections, gaining 9% of the vote. Councillor Richard Cooper will hold office for a further four years, having won a majority of 31 seats out of 40.

Motorists frustrated by three-week road closure

A busy Harrogate road was closed for three weeks throughout May for a fresh round of Yorkshire Water roadworks, causing frustration for local motorists. On the junction between Otley Road and Beckwith Road, the roadworks are for essential mains water pipes to be replaced.

Police call for help in drugs crackdown

North Yorkshire Police have called on Harrogate people to be their eyes and ears as they look to curb an increase in drug offences in the town. An online appeal has called on residents to contact North Yorkshire Police with information of drug use or areas where there is a specific drug problem. A Twitter promotion has already led to a positive reaction from local people.

Frequent fly-tipper sentenced

A Harrogate man has been sentenced to a 12 month community order, and to pay £6,000 in costs, after being found guilty of illegal fly tipping. 28 year-old Christopher Binder had dumped tonnes of rubbish in various locations across the district, which cost local authorities around £2,000 to clear up.

Information plea after school girl punched by unknown attacker

A 16 year-old school girl was brutally punched in the face by an unknown assailant as she waited for a bus in Harrogate. The unprovoked attack happened outside the Royal Hall on May 21st and police are now looking for a bald, white male aged around 40.

Harrogate driver faces prison sentence after running over student

23 year-old Kieran McGowan pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving after he struck Kate Whalley on the A660 Leeds Road near Poole-in-Wharfedale in June last year. McGowan will face sentencing at a later date, but the Judge commented that his conviction was “automatically going to lead to a custodial sentence”.

18 months for fraudulent care home owner

A former owner of Harrogate care home Bluebird Care, has been jailed after being found guilty of defrauding clients of up to £37,000. York Magistrates’ Court heard how James Poole used client’s funds to supplement his own business, while running the care home between 2010 and 2017. He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Overwhelming response to Betty’s job advert

Famous Harrogate brand “Betty’s and Taylors” received more than 100 job applications overnight for a position on its tasting panel. Having been overwhelmed by the response to their job advert, the famous café and tea room brand shut the application process down three days earlier than the original deadline.

Investigations continuing into fatal helicopter crash

Investigations are ongoing into a fatal helicopter crash at Boroughbridge, near Harrogate, on May 30th. The pilot of the private aircraft died at the scene and was later named as HM Lieutenant Barry Dodd CBE. No other people were injured in the crash.

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