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NEWS FROM YOUR AREA

Shoplifter who pulled knife on Lidl boss jailed for 12 months

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

6:01am Friday 29th August 2014

A NOTORIOUS shoplifter with almost 150 offences on his record was last night (Thursday, August 28) behind bars for pulling a knife on a store boss.

Grandfather cleared of historic abuse charge

The Northern Echo: ON TRIAL: Gordon Currie leaves Teesside Crown Court Picture: Tom Banks

4:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A GRANDFATHER accused of abusing a boy at his farm in the 1970s was today (Thursday, August 28) cleared by a jury in less than an hour.

Five arrested over drunken fight on train

3:05pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FIVE men have been arrested after a drunken brawl on a train in which passengers were injured.

Thirsk parent and toddler group created after £46k grant windfall

1:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A PARENT, baby and toddler group is set to be launched after volunteers landed a £46,000 grant.

Huge tailbacks on A19 following two-vehicle crash

The Northern Echo: ON SCENE: The Great North Air Ambulance attends the scene of the accident. Pic: Cleveland Police RPU

8:33pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

MORE than seven miles of tailbacks were caused following a two-vehicle crash on the A19 this evening (Tuesday).

Police officer's devastation over alleged farm sex attack

The Northern Echo: ON TRIAL: Gordon Currie leaves Teesside Crown Court Picture: Tom Banks

7:32pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A LONG-SERVING policeman has told of 40 years of devastation after being allegedly sexually abused by a dairy farmer turned newspaper columnist.

Race-goers urged to dress to impress

The Northern Echo: GETTING AHEAD: Sophia Monkman, marketing manager at Thirsk Racecourse with Warrior, the racecourse's willow horse sculpture, ahead of Ladies Day. Picture by Louise Pollard

5:39pm Sunday 24th August 2014

THE annual Thirsk Racecourse Ladies’ Day takes place next month – and the racecourse is encouraging the county's ladies and gentleman to dress to impress.

Teenager wins a spot in semi-final of TV dance competition with group Dance Illusion.

The Northern Echo: DANCE ILLUSION: Ashley Crewdson, from Thirsk, with Ashley Banjo of Diversity

5:01pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A TEENAGE dancer who deferred a place at university to pursue his dream to be a dancer has gained a place on a national TV search semi-final.

Great Taste Awards help celebrate 25 years

The Northern Echo: Caroline and Katie Bell from the Shepherd's Purse

2:33pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AN artisan cheesemaker is celebrating its 25th anniversary in true style – after winning another clutch of awards.

Thirsk archery club offers primary pupils taster sessions

The Northern Echo: AIMING HIGH: Flynn Cole, a Year Three pupil at Mill Hill Primary School, Northallerton, with Denise Brockbank and Danny Cameron, of Thirsk Bowmen and Councillor Bridget Fortune, right

4:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

AN ARCHERY group will offer primary schoolchildren the chance to try the sport after landing a council grant.

Ampleforth Abbey to feature in BBC Songs of Praise

The Northern Echo:

11:16am Wednesday 13th August 2014

THE singing and music of Ampleforth Abbey will be celebrated among a wider congregation than usual this Sunday when a special Songs of Praise episode airs on BBC1.

Two men refused bail by magistrates after being charged with rape of woman outside Northallerton's Club Amadeus

The Northern Echo:

4:40pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

TWO men have been refused bail after both were charged with the rape of a woman outside a night club.

Fire engulfs prison van on A19 - one lane closed

The Northern Echo:

2:44pm Monday 11th August 2014

A HUGE blaze has engulfed a prison van on the A19 at Birdforth, between Thirsk and Easingwold, just after noon today.

Snow plough company goes green

The Northern Echo: GOING GREEN: Andrew Hudson and Colin Trewhitt with one of the panels.

6:32am Monday 11th August 2014

A MAJOR manufacturing company is expecting to make major savings on its energy bills after making a £220,000 investment in green technology.

Historic 13th century church receives restoration funding

5:12pm Thursday 7th August 2014

FUNDING worth £26,800 has been has been awarded to a project to restore a 13th century church.

Listed bridge closed until March following vehicle crash damage

The Northern Echo: BRIDGE DAMAGE: Blakey Bridge, in Sowerby, near Thirsk

4:35pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A GRADE II listed bridge in North Yorkshire has been damaged for the third time in recent weeks after being hit by a vehicle.

Urgent funding for animal rescue centre

The Northern Echo: RESCUE: A fawn brought to The Wildlife Haven this spring

5:45pm Monday 4th August 2014

A RESCUE centre which takes in more than a thousand wild animals a year in North Yorkshire is in urgent need of fundraising volunteers.

Animal shelter tackles black cats' selfie-image

The Northern Echo: BLACK CAT SELFIES: Alyson Jones from the Blue Cross rehoming centre with Millie

2:46pm Thursday 31st July 2014

AN ANIMAL charity is proving black cats do have photogenic qualities, following reports dark felines are being abandoned because they do not look good in selfies.

Borrowby Show a hit with animal lovers

The Northern Echo: BORROWBY SHOW: Robyn Watson with her dog Jarvis, who came first in the sporting dog category. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:57pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A SHOW with increasingly popular dog and gymkhana events has proved a success.

Tasty role for leading chef at Flavours of Herriot Country Awards

The Northern Echo: STEPHANIE MOON: "Really honoured."

5:25pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ONE of Yorkshire’s most prominent chefs will be playing a key role in one of the region’s highest-profile food award schemes this year.

Thirsk student proves her worth

The Northern Echo: AWARDS NIGHT: Rachel was supported by colleagues from the university’s Enterprise team, from left, Jon Powell, Amanda Brooks, Lucy Sanderson, Rachel Everett, Sarah Marshall and Simon Harrison

2:27pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A STUDENT from Thirsk has won a national award for her work to help other students set up businesses.

Bodybuilder weighs in to compete in British title

6:04am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A NATURAL bodybuilder who was about to give up his career just a few months ago has won a place in the British championships after launching his own gym and fighting back to fitness.

Soldiers to attend First World War ceremony

12:41pm Friday 25th July 2014

SCORES of soldiers are set to attend a candlelit vigil to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Blueprint to revamp Thirsk town centre is unveiled

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the plan for Thirsk Market Place

12:11pm Friday 25th July 2014

A BLUEPRINT to reinvigorate a historic market square after the controversial felling of mature trees has been unveiled.

Self-made millionaire selected as safe Tory seat candidate

The Northern Echo: TORY CANDIDATE: Kevin Hollinrake

10:28am Friday 25th July 2014

A SELF-made millionaire estate agent has been selected as the Conservative candidate for one of the safest Tory seats in the country.

Teenage rider wins place on British eventing team

The Northern Echo: RIDING HIGH: Storm Straker, who has been selected for the British squad for the European junior show jumping competition

1:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE niece of an OIympic silver medallist has been selected for the British eventing team, only 18 months after taking up the discipline.

Pupils turn a profit for charity

The Northern Echo: Profitable school: Head teacher Christine Gabbott with money making  pupils at Pickhill Primary

11:59am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ENTERPRISING pupils have won a charity trophy after turning a £20 donation into hundreds of pounds.

Man fighting for life after fall from roof

The Northern Echo: Ambulances outside The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. (6011246)

5:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A 62-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life after falling from the roof of a bungalow.

Village hall fundraiser fears after Great North Run move

The Northern Echo: RUN APPEAL: Dionne Reid and Eileen Morley with villagers promoting the Tholthorpe 10k run

3:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE organisers of an annual 10km race, staged to help maintain a community hub, have issued a plea to runners to sign up.

Images released of man wanted over early morning train sex act

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: A CCTV image of a man wanted over a sex act on a York to Thirsk train

4:38pm Monday 21st July 2014

DETECTIVES have released images of a man wanted over a sex act on an early morning train.

Beauty spot turned into cyclists' paradise

The Northern Echo: RIDING HIGH: Seth Baum, four, Adrian Carter and Nicola Richardson test one of the new trails near Sutton Bank – Picture: Tony Bartholomew

2:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

THOUSANDS of cyclists are set to descend on a beauty spot best known for its gliding and hiking opportunities.

Teenage eventer challenges for British team

12:19pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE niece of an OIympic silver medallist is challenging for selection for the British eventing team, only 18 months after taking up the discipline.

Football skills world record holder visits boy for masterclass

The Northern Echo: SKILLS SESSION: Football freestyler Dan Magness coaches Max Lawson, ten, in his back garden

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FOOTBALL mad boy has been helped towards his ultimate goal after winning a coaching session in his back garden with a world record holding football tricks expert.

Fundraiser climbs Roseberry Topping 28 times – the equivalent of climbing Everest – to boost appeal for South Otterington cancer sufferer girl Gaby Alderson

The Northern Echo: ROSEBERRY TOPPING: Anthony Garbutt scaled Roseberry Topping 28 times to raise cash for Gaby Alderson. Picture credit: Emma Turner.

7:03am Monday 14th July 2014

A FUNDRAISER has managed to conquer Everest – without leaving North Yorkshire – to raise more than £1,000 for a girl’s brave battle against a rare and aggressive cancer.

Multinational firm celebrates 40th anniversary

The Northern Echo: FIRM MILESTONE: GSM Group chairman Barry Dodd

3:40pm Monday 7th July 2014

A FIRM which has grown into a multinational business employing over 500 people since being launched by two entrepreneurs above a small shop has marked its 40th anniversary.

Authorities share live footage of Tour hotspots to ensure safety

The Northern Echo: LIVE IMAGES: Stewart McCone, managing director of Vemotion, whose CCTV technology will be used to ensure crowd and rider safety on the opening stages of the Tour de France

1:51pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

POLICE forces and councils across Yorkshire will share live footage from numerous sites on the opening stages of the Tour de France to ensure the safety of the spectators and riders.

First World War exhibition plea for women and children documents

1:50pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE organisers of an exhibition to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War are appealing for historic documents to illustrate how the conflict affected women and children.

Top dog trainer to compete against the worlds best

The Northern Echo:

6:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A disabled dog agility trainer who battled against her illness for 16 years has been chosen to take part in a world cup event in Italy.

Swing act added to Picnic In The Park charity concert bill

The Northern Echo: CHARITABLE CAUSE: Action Medical Research fundraisers at last year's Picnic In The Park

6:08pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE organisers of an open-air concert to fund research to help reduce the number of premature births have announced a jazz swing act will support a Rod Stewart tribute act.

Kilburn White Horse is given a paint job

The Northern Echo: PAINT JOB: The White Horse at Kilburn which is being given a new coat of white paint

5:58pm Friday 20th June 2014

BRIGHTENING up most North Yorkshire landmarks does not involve safety harnesses and a good head for heights – but volunteers at a spot near Thirsk take it in their stride.

Bowling group plans fundraising all-night bowls session

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISERS: Members of Thirsk Athletic Bowling Club, who are planning an all-night fundraising bowls session

12:19pm Friday 20th June 2014

A GROUP of bowlers aged between 60 and 82 are to stage a marathon 12-hour overnight bowls contest.

Traders welcome launch of free Wi-Fi in Thirsk town centre

The Northern Echo: WEB ACCESS: Councillor Mark Robson, Jill Miller, of Thirsk and District Business Association and Andrew Newton, of Telecom Yorkshire, test electronic devices in Thirsk town centre

10:11am Friday 20th June 2014

TRADERS have welcomed the launch of free Wi-Fi internet access in a town which is dependent on attracting tourists.

Artist to have brush with fame

The Northern Echo: BRUSH WORK: Robin Puplett's self portrait, which has impressed competition judges

3:47pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A FORMER professional cyclist who has turned his hand to painting has overcome competition from thousands of artists to secure a place painting celebrity portraits in the finals of a national art contest.

Cleaner clocks up 40 years service at historic hotel

The Northern Echo: LONG SERVICE: Joanne Lee, manager of The Golden Fleece, congratulates head of housekeeping Kathleen Hall, with Homfray Hotels director Richard Murray Wells

4:15pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A WOMAN who has spent 40 years of her working life making one of the oldest coaching inns in England look its best has been recognised for her dedication.

Popular skate park needs volunteers to keep it safe

The Northern Echo: RAMPING UP: Skateboarders and BMX and scooter riders at Thirsk8 park's contest

3:32pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A POPULAR skate park which been linked with a fall in antisocial behaviour is appealing for volunteers to help run it.

Chinese get a taste of Herriot 's Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: HERRIOT FANS: The Chinese journalists gather by a image of the author.

12:50pm Monday 16th June 2014

JOURNALISTS from China have been getting a quintessential taste of Yorkshire – courtesy of the late and great James Herriot.

Special brew honour for Tenpole Tudor frontman

The Northern Echo: PUNK VETERAN: Eddie Tudor Pole, the frontman of Tenpole Tudor, who will be playing at the Willowman Festival

2:15pm Friday 13th June 2014

A BREWERY is bringing out a real ale in honour of punk veteran Eddie Tudor Pole – who is performing at a nearby music festival this summer.

Waste firm urged to move from industrial estate after second fire

The Northern Echo: SECOND FIRE: Smoke billowing from FD Todd, Thirsk

7:05pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A 115-YEAR-OLD waste firm is being urged to move from an industrial estate after being hit by a second major blaze in three years.

Award handed to inspirational care worker

The Northern Echo: CARE ACCOLADE: Disability Action Yorkshire’s Heather Fleetham is presented with her award by charity chairman Martyn Weller Bryn and home care team acting manager Karen Minteh

2:27pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A CARE charity worker, described as 'inspirational' by colleagues, has received an accolade to recognise her efforts.

Inspirational Nic recognised by award for helping others

The Northern Echo: Award Night: Nic is presented with his award by Lucy Alexander from Homes Under the Hammer

1:02pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A YOUNG man who rebuilt his life after being paralysed from the chest down in a horrific crash has been presented with a national award for his inspirational work.



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