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  • Joint lunacy

    I am furious and sad that a Government that talks so much about how much they care about the community can possibly think of legalising cannabis use. The average person in this land respects the fact that scientists know more about drugs than most. In

  • Christmas music but only for well-heeled

    IF proof were needed of the moneyed elite expected to be attracted to the forthcoming York Early Music Christmas Festival one need look no further than the recommended list of hotels featured on the publicity leaflet alongside the concert details. The

  • I've got art at my fingertips

    IT STRIKES me as a bit of a nuisance but it might just be a work of art. The bedroom light has a way of turning on sometimes and not at others. Occasionally the switch at the bottom of the stairs won't work where the one upstairs in the bedroom itself

  • Pocklington starts farmers' market

    A FARMERS' market with fresh local produce attracted Christmas shoppers to Pocklington on Saturday. The smell of sausages, eggs, vegetables, fish, potatoes, cheese, jams and home baking filled the air when the first farmer's market was held in the town

  • Party to put year behind farmers

    EVERYONE involved in farming is invited to a Christmas party on Friday, December 14, at Laycock's Animal Health in Showfield Lane, Malton. There'll be food and drink, presents, a prize draw plus music, comedy and videos. Invitations went to the firm's

  • Leaning for Benbyas in Cheltenham raid

    BENBYAS, winner of his last two races, heads to the home of National Hunt racing tomorrow to bid for a notable hat-trick. The gelding, trained at Hambleton by Les Eyre, journeys from North Yorkshire to Cheltenham to contest the £25,000 C F Roberts Handicap

  • Security guard 's secret life as bomb hoaxer

    A YORK security guard who led a secret life as a bomb hoaxer has been jailed for 12 months. Ian Hood sneaked out during snack breaks and alerted emergency services to "bombs" at Boyes' store in York, and at its Scarborough branch, where he worked. On

  • York students' appliance of science

    FOUR York University students are set to launch Europe's first student experiment in space. Neil Melville, David Waterman, Jon Howe and Tony Wilkinson have won a European Space Agency competition to organise a scientific experiment on board a Russian

  • Ken bolstered by pluck of Irish

    A SHATTERED Ken Doherty was today putting his feet up after last night winning one of the toughest duels of his career in York. The world number four, from Dublin, won a marathon battle with Welshman Matthew Stevens 9-7 and tomorrow takes on Stephen Lee

  • Nikki has answer to fundraising

    TEENAGER Nikki Kay is collecting hundreds of pounds from friends and neighbours to help the appeal in memory of her school chum Jamie Bucknell. Nikki, 15, has produced a 40-question TV quiz and is selling them at a pound a time to people who live nearby

  • Park man fights off knife attack

    A MAN fought off an armed attacker who tried to rob him in a York park. The victim said he was approached by two youths as he walked through Tedder Road park from the Woodthorpe area last night. He was threatened with a short bladed kitchen knife. Sergeant

  • Battle lines drawn for derby clash

    IT has been deemed the biggest amateur clash in York for decades. Saturday will see York Acorn take on Heworth in the Challenge Cup for a place in the third round and a possible money-spinning encounter against professional opposition. More than 500 people

  • Passengers praise rail firm

    RAIL passengers have named GNER as the best long-distance train operator in the UK, independent research released today reveals. The York-based company has been given a huge thumbs-up in a national passenger survey commissioned by the Strategic Rail Authority

  • Brothers in arms

    NEW Earswick All Blacks have a tough task on their hands as they entertain second-placed Brotherton in Yorkshire League senior and division one (kick off 2pm). All Blacks, still rooted to the bottom after one win in ten games, will also have to contend

  • 10.25% tax hike on cards

    TAXPAYERS in North Yorkshire are facing an inflation-busting 10.25 per cent council tax increase next year. County council chiefs meet next week to discuss provisional figures which would be equivalent to an extra £1.31 a week on the average band D property

  • Death crash driver jailed

    A DRIVER who caused an accident which killed two teenage passengers has been jailed for a year. Andrew Tock, 20, of Farmanby Close, Thornton-le-Dale, was at the wheel during an accident on the A64 at Golden Hill last year which caused the deaths of Tom

  • York edged out in Egham Trophy

    YORK suffered only their second defeat in nearly three years of Egham Trophy competition when they lost 85-73 to Huddersfield. Last year's beaten finalists at Basingstoke, York were well in contention when the scores were level at 57-57 after 15 ends.

  • Thugs throw live cat at bus

    YOUTHS who flung a live cat at the windscreen of a bus are being hunted by police. The driver contacted police after seeing the animal hit the front of the First York bus as it drove through Tang Hall, at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue

  • RI rise above Rose

    York RI 'A' comfortably defeated Rose Forgrove 'A' 7-3 in the Woodhouse Cup. York heavily out-graded their opponents and wrapped up the expected easy win. Gawain Jones was promoted to board one where he drew and David Adams, the usual top board, played

  • York student's rainforest adventure

    A YORK student is to spend several months in the depths of the Central American rainforest as part of an exciting conservation project. Gianna Chadwick, 18, from Huntington Road, has been asked to take part in a major group expedition to Belize with the

  • Back with a bang

    GOAL poacher Peter Duffield underlined his recovery from a career-threatening injury in stunning fashion. The former Darlington hit-man bagged a super-quick first-half hat-trick in City reserves' 3-2 home win over Blackpool. It was Duffield's first competitive

  • Streets ahead

    THE cheerful ingenuity of traders in parts of York city centre remains a little marvel. Shops in the Quarter, covering the Swinegate area, are once again putting on a special effort to lure visitors into their colourful backwater. Street food, fires,

  • £50,000 boost for city schools

    FOUR primary schools in York are to share more than £50,000 in lottery cash to pay for out-of- school activities. Derwent Junior School, in Tang Hall and Fishergate, New Earswick and Tang Hall Primaries will all receive cash over the next three years

  • Fears over schools revamp scheme

    A £15 million regeneration bid for York schools has not accounted for local residents' opinion, the city's Liberal Democrat leader said today. Steve Galloway said plans to rebuild Hob Moor Junior and Infant Schools had not been run past the people who

  • Cardiff's ploy and Wembley saga do a national disservice

    FOOTBALL stadia have been very much in the news this week. I was glad to see common sense prevail when the Football Association snubbed Cardiff City's request to switch their FA Cup third round tie with Leeds United to the Millennium Stadium. Cardiff

  • Ken bolstered by pluck of Irish

    A SHATTERED Ken Doherty was today putting his feet up after last night winning one of the toughest duels of his career in York. The world number four, from Dublin, won a marathon battle with Welshman Matthew Stevens 9-7 and tomorrow takes on Stephen Lee

  • Blunders guaranteed

    THE Secretary of State for the Environment's ruling enforcing the erection of a controversial line of pylons in the county reminds one of the total influence of that government department. It was that same influence which convinced me that designated

  • Sugar beet disease fears

    NORTH Yorkshire farmers fear new Government proposals could put crops at risk from a highly contagious sugar beet disease. Letters have been sent to sugar beet growers as part of a government consultation on rhizomania, a soil-borne disease which affects

  • Prince of Wales to visit hard-hit communities

    NORTH Yorkshire communities hit by the foot and mouth crisis are to receive a "welcome boost to morale" from the Prince of Wales. The Prince is coming to the county on Monday, December 17, to show his support for those most affected by the outbreak, and

  • Frank's still working at the age of 90

    A Ryedale farm has probably the oldest worker of any in Yorkshire in Frank Hill who despite being a nonagenarian is still at work each day! For Frank has been working on Ryedale farms for some 76 years and is still active on Chester Bosomworth's Charity

  • What a pantomime

    OH no it isn't! - Oh yes it is! The York Christmas Pantomime story continues unabated and, precisely seven days after shutting the York Collection Centre down, DEFRA allowed a new licence to be issued which enabled us to operate last Monday. Having put

  • Back with a bang

    GOAL poacher Peter Duffield underlined his recovery from a career-threatening injury in stunning fashion. The former Darlington hit-man bagged a super-quick first-half hat-trick in City reserves' 3-2 home win over Blackpool. It was Duffield's first competitive

  • Mobile phone users find ally in N Yorks firm

    WHETHER you're bewildered by the mobile phone revolution and still trying to catch up, or simply determined to make the most of the brave new world of communication it offers, a new organisation based in North Yorkshire could be just the thing for you

  • Ice maidens on a wing and a prayer

    TRADERS in York are dusting off their wings and harps to get into the Christmas spirit. For the Annual Festival of Angels, in the Quarter, is happening this weekend. There will be plenty of events to watch and take part in, including live music. Organisers

  • Retired farmer found dead in woods

    A RETIRED farmer found dead in woodland on the North York Moors has been named as 73-year-old Gordon Garbutt. Mr Garbutt, from Craven Farm, Hartoft, near Rosedale, was reported missing late on Sunday night. His car was found by police in the early hours

  • Cliffe's top brace

    NEW Earswick and Cliffe share top spot in the Winter Ladies Tennis League. New Earswick beat Terrington and Rowntree Park, while Cliffe enjoyed wins over Pocklington and Poppleton. Terrington and neighbours Sheriff Hutton had a close match before Terrington

  • Hospital's chapel restored to glory

    AN HISTORIC York chapel which fell into dereliction has undergone a £400,000 refurbishment. When The Helmsley Group started to re-develop the former Clifton Hospital, the future of the chapel on the site was undecided. Local residents wanted the building

  • Raiders romp to victory

    SMITH and James accounted for Huntington Rovers as Barlby Raiders emerged victorious from their York Mitchell Sports Football League division two clash 4-0. Luke Smith, James Smith and Jamie Castle were on target for Raiders, with Jonjo Gabell also getting

  • £29m boost for transport schemes

    YORK and North Yorkshire were today given £29 million of government cash to pay for small-scale transport improvements across the county. The grant can be used for everything from bus and cycle lanes to park and ride schemes, traffic calming and better

  • Wiggington whitewash

    Wigginton won the latest 'battle of York' with a 5-0 whitewash of city opponents York in the premier division of the Yorkshire Squash League. A crowd of more than 60 strong crowded into Wigginton Squash Club to witness the nap hand in which the hosts

  • Pizza the action for Countdown host

    COUNTDOWN favourite Richard Whiteley swapped conundrums and chatted with shoppers at a revamped York supermarket. Acomb's Safeway Supermarket enlisted the help of the popular quizmaster to launch a new range of fresh international food products. Fresh

  • Knavesmire booty

    York Racecourse has scooped another prestigious title. It has been named Racehorse Owners' Association 'Racecourse of the Year' for the second season running. John Smith, manager and secretary at Knavesmire, collected the award at the Park Lane Hilton

  • 'Little star' Amber loses leukaemia fight

    TODDLER Amber Jasmine Southerington has lost her fight for life after living with leukaemia since she was only four months old. The three-year-old died at home after she fought a "brave and courageous" battle, and managed against the odds to stay alive

  • £3.2 million to free-up hospital beds

    Hospitals with "blocked" beds are being given a lifeline, as North Yorkshire Social Services puts more than £3.2 million into trying to defuse a potential winter crisis. The cash injection will immediately fund 20 nursing home places to free up blocked

  • System failed tragic Sarah

    A HIGH level of emotion has surrounded the trial of Sarah Payne's killer and this is not surprising. Few people can have been left unmoved by the murder of this eight-year-old girl. Watching last night's television news, few can have felt anything but

  • School proud of young achievers

    TEST results which saw Joseph Rowntree School described as the most improved secondary school in York were celebrated at its annual celebration of achievement evening. The evening was held at the Central Hall of the University of York, and the guests

  • Angry Hendry lashes out

    STEPHEN Hendry, bidding to win the UK Snooker Championship for a record equalling sixth time, was disgruntled after battling to victory in York yesterday. The seven-times world champion was unhappy with the playing area at York's Barbican Leisure Centre

  • Gunning for Barry Prudom

    Triple murderer Barry Prudom's 17-day reign of terror left scars that have still not healed to this day. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on a new documentary about the hunt for the killer once feared as Britain's most dangerous man. RETIRED police dog-handler Ken

  • YOU ARE TO BLAME

    SLEEPY motorist Gary Neil Hart, 37, this afternoon faces a "substantial" jail sentence for the crime that led to the deaths of the ten people who died in the Selby train crash disaster. The 37-year-old Landrover driver hung his head, and winced, as the

  • Andy's Greek prison agony

    YORK air enthusiast Andy Jenkins will have to stay in his Greek prison cell until £9,000 can be found to rescue him. His family today confirmed they cannot pay the five million drachma bail money which has been set by the judges presiding over his case

  • Pit job left me with life of pain

    USING hand-held vibrating tools has left Selby miner Brian Wood with a lifelong painful legacy. He has been awarded an interim payment of £8,000 three years after being diagnosed with vibration white finger (VWF). But the Wistow pitman says no amount