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  1. New location for Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

    BBC Radio York

    The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is taking place over the next 3 days, but this year it is not being held at the town's Great Yorkshire Showground.

    Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at Newby Hall

    The event has a new location at Newby Hall near Ripon and admission to the award-winning gardens is included in the the ticket price.

    Around 30,000 people are expected at the show, which runs until Sunday.

    It's the first time it has has taken place since 2019, when plans were announced to move it out of Harrogate, a decision organisers said they hoped would "future-proof the event."

    The show's director Nick Smith told BBC Radio York: "To end the season we thought it would be lovely to celebrate gardening and where better than one of the country's most famous gardens, Newby Hall and that's why it naturally fell together."

    Richard Mann sitting on his giant pumpkin from 2019

    The show is famous for its giant vegetable competition and in 2019 Richard Mann's huge pumpkin (pictured) weighed in at 45 stones (291.7kg).

    Organisers of the show also hold an event in the spring, but that will continue to be staged at the Harrogate showground.

  2. Man in critical condition after car crashes into house

    A man is in a critical condition after the car he was travelling in crashed into a house and demolished the living room.

    Thornton Lane, High Marishes

    The 20-year-old was in a Ford Fiesta when it left Thornton Lane in High Marishes, near Malton, smashed through a fence and into the home at 03:25 today.

    North Yorkshire Police say the owners of the property were in bed at the time but were able to get to safety and alert the emergency services.

    The driver, a 19-year-old man from the Driffield area of East Yorkshire, was arrested and has been released under investigation.

    Police believe the car travelled from around York and have appealed for anyone who may have seen it prior to the crash to get in touch with them.

  3. New police operation after spate of sneak-in burglaries

    A new police operation is under way in York following a spate of burglaries.

    Inspector Lee Pointon

    Since the start of August 2021, more than 20 thefts have occurred in the Heworth, Clifton, Osbaldwick and Tang Hall areas.

    North Yorkshire Police say in most cases the break-ins have happened after 20:00 with keys, bank cards and handbags being taken after thieves were able to get in through unlocked doors or open windows.

    To combat the thefts, officers are running Operation Joypad, aimed a raising awareness among residents of safety measures to combat thieves.

    PCSOs will also be carrying out extra patrols and checking doors and windows.

    Insp Lee Pointon (pictured above) said: “It is a sad fact that opportunist thieves won’t hesitate to walk into your house and steal your laptop, phone, car keys and any other valuables they can get their hands on."

  4. Hundreds of hospital front-line staff not fully vaccinated

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Around 350 front-line staff at Harrogate District Hospital have not been fully vaccinated against Covid, it has been revealed.

    Harrogate District Hospital

    That figure represents just under 10% of the 3,598 patient-facing staff at the hospital and was revealed by Dr Jacqueline Andrews, executive medical director at the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

    She said the trust was urging all remaining staff to get doubled jabbed and that managers were speaking with those workers who may have concerns.

    It's also emerged that across North Yorkshire around 430 care home workers have not been vaccinated.

    Today is the deadline for care home staff to have their first jabs ahead of it becoming mandatory in November for people working in the sector to have been vaccinated.

  5. Pandemic sparks record rise in 101 calls - Police boss

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a record number of calls to police in North Yorkshire, with many neighbours "complaining about each other”, the county's crime commissioner has said.

    Philip Allott

    North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott said that on some days last month, police received more calls than they did on traditionally busy times like New Year's Eve.

    Mr Allott blamed people not going on holiday over the summer for the spike in calls.

    "You’ve got a record number of people complaining about each other. The pandemic has created a lot of these record call numbers at a time when nobody else is willing to pick these calls up," he said.

    The commissioner made his comments in a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council where the police's 101 number came under criticism by councillors as "not being fit for purpose".

    Councillor Tony Randerson said those staffing the 101 line needed more training as when residents did eventually get through they were given useless or misleading information.

    Defending the service Mr Allott said it was being used for many non-policing issues and police were having to deal with calls over matters such as potential suicides and noise, which were the responsibility of the NHS and council environmental health officers.

    “The police will do the enforcement, but what we can’t be is a sticking plaster for everything," he said.

  6. City mural unveiled at new stadium

    BBC Radio York

    A 100ft mural, inspired by York, has been unveiled at the city's Community Stadium.

    Mural at York's Community Stadium

    Adorning the West Stand, the artwork was designed by the University of York.

    It captures sights from around the city including Clifford’s Tower, the famous city walls and York Minster, as well as an Azuma train departing York station.

    Mural at York's Community Stadium

    York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club, who play at the stadium, are also represented with players from both teams depicted within the colourful display.

    The feature has been a year in the planning and took 100 hours to create.

    Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: "The mural looks fantastic and perfectly captures the spirit of the stadium and wider complex as an incredible community facility for the local community and the whole of York."

  7. Calendar Girls story returns to North Yorkshire roots

    BBC Radio York

    The story of the North Yorkshire Women's Institute members who famously stripped off for a charity calendar more than 20 years ago is returning to its roots.

    Calendar Girls poster

    Calendar Girls: The Musical is to be performed by the Grassington Players later this month.

    The show, which opens at the end of September, will be the first time an amateur group has been allowed to stage the musical written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth.

    It tells the story of the women of the Rylstone and District Women's Institute whose calendar had an initial print run of just 3,000 copies in 1999 but went on to sell tens of thousands more.

    The story inspired the film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters and the calendar idea has since raised millions of pounds for leukaemia research.

  8. Witness appeal over York city centre attack

    Police are appealing for witnesses and information about an assault in York city centre which left one man with an eye injury.

    Market Street, York

    The attack happened on Market Street between 22:30 and 22:45 on Saturday 28 August 2021.

    The male victim had to be taken by ambulance to York Hospital for treatment to his eye following the assault.

    Police say they are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

    Officers say they particularly want to hear from anyone with information about two young males wearing sports clothing who were seen in the area at the time of the incident.

  9. Great North Run win 'really special' - Marc Scott

    BBC Radio York

    North Yorkshire Olympic athlete Marc Scott says it was "really special" to take part in and win the Great North Run this year.

    Marc Scott

    The 27-year-old, from Northallerton, crossed the finish line in Newcastle in 61 minutes and 22 seconds, taking the title won by Mo Farah in the past six races.

    Thousands of people took to the streets of Tyneside on Sunday for the 40th staging of the event.

    Last year it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and organisers changed the half-marathon's route this year to aid social distancing.

    Participants started and finished in Newcastle, rather than making their way to South Shields.

    Staggered time slots replaced the traditional mass start for the world's biggest half-marathon.

    Marc told BBC Radio York: "The Great North Run is always so special. People were lining the streets and a lot of those people knew who I was.

    "Obviously, it was a little different to Tokyo, with no crowds, but it was really good to have that atmosphere back."