• It's who you know

    IF you wanted to gauge the gulf between Britain's two main political parties, ignore the opinion polls and don't compare the leaders' conference speeches. Just contrast the company they keep. Two years ago, global hero Nelson Mandela wowed the Labour

  • We are not 'bullies'

    WHETHER or not some people find the presence of tills at the entrance to York Minster off-putting, or intimidating, or the whole process "distasteful", nowhere in Mike Laycock's report is the word "bullies" used, so including it in the headline is misleading

  • Blame John Major for Tory Party's decline

    EDWINA Currie's revelation of a four- year affair with John Major will alter the public's perception of him. However, it should not be forgotten that his Government was responsible for the botched privatisation of the railways and the nuclear industry

  • Durham wheels out city road tolls

    Durham launched the first city centre road toll yesterday. CHRIS TITLEY went along to see it in action - and consider whether this could be a sign of things to come in York THEY are serious about cutting traffic congestion in Durham. Yesterday the county

  • Union's stars of the future shine brightly

    MORE than 230 pupils from schools around York district area descended on Clifton Park last week for the annual York RUFC Seven-a-side competition. And this season's tournament took on special significance, with the trophies being dedicated to the memory

  • Water customers face paying extra £7

    WATER customers in North Yorkshire could be forced to pay an extra £7 a year because of extra costs incurred by Yorkshire Water. Work to reduce the number of properties subject to sewer flooding and protecting customers from the potentially harmful parasite

  • Heartbreak

    TRIBUTES were paid today to a York classic car enthusiast who died in a road crash while towing a police car used in the popular ITV drama Heartbeat. John Norton Harrison, 63, of Shipton Lane, Wigginton, was killed when the pickup truck he was driving

  • Warning over deadly vodka

    YORK drinkers are being warned to avoid a potentially lethal vodka. A 33-year-old Manchester woman was still in intensive care today with methanol poisoning after drinking the Valkonov vodka last week. A spokesman for City of York Council said there was

  • Matthew thrills to Meteoric rise

    YORK teenager Matthew Kilgallon was on a mighty white roll today after being called up to the Leeds United senior squad for the first time. The 18-year-old central defender was drafted by manager Terry Venables into United's squad for tomorrow's UEFA

  • Science health team pioneers DIY test

    YORK scientists have developed a new do-it-yourself test which predicts the risk of heart disease and strokes. The test measures the presence of homocysteine (HCY), a sulphur-bearing amino acid chemical found in blood, that can damage the lining or thicken

  • Sprinters' successful seven

    YORK City Rowing Club finished off the regatta season in style by winning seven events at their own Sprint Regatta. Over 80 crews took part in 24 events over a 500m course on the Ouse between Scarborough and Lendal bridges. York's Anne Homa, Rob Drever-Smith

  • Greens fear plans for future city expansion

    THE guardians of rural England have written to York planning chiefs to voice concern about development of the city. City of York Council has been told its green belt review would damage the city's environment. The warning has been made by the Council

  • 4 years for courier with key role in big drug ring

    A NORTH YORKSHIRE drug courier has been jailed for four years for his work as a key part of a major cannabis ring. Outwardly, Philip James Easey, 41, was a respectable family man with a daughter and a wife who ran a business in York, York Crown Court

  • Church school plans better deal for community

    A YORK Church of England secondary school is changing its admissions policy to give those from the local community a better chance of getting in. Manor School, in Low Poppleton Lane, is over subscribed every year, sometimes by more than 50 children. Compared

  • Bliss for life

    WING wizard Lee Cook admits the influence of York City coach Luther Blissett proved a decisive factor in his move north. As reported in later editions of yesterday's Evening Press, Wood has signed a one-month loan deal from First Division Watford. Cook

  • Knights shun Jacko

    YORK City Knights RL are set to step up their search for players in the next few weeks, but Great Britain hooker Lee Jackson is not on the club's shopping list. With the new season set to kick off early next year, the newly-formed club are actively trying

  • York police to get crime fight boost

    RETIRING Chief Constable David Kenworthy has announced a massive shot in the arm for York's policing. The area is to get the lion's share of a £600,000 crime fighting fund to boost recruitment of new officers. Mr Kenworthy admitted in an exclusive interview

  • School only £2,500 from goal

    A YORK school is facing a race against time to secure £2,500 to become a sports college. Staff at Oaklands School, in Acomb, are making a desperate last-minute plea for individuals or businesses to come forward and pledge the money before tomorrow's 10am

  • Children on trail of adventure at new play area

    CHILDREN at a York school are celebrating after the completion of a new adventure trail. The trail, at Our Lady's RC Primary School, in Acomb, includes ropes and bridges. Funds were raised by the Friends of Our Lady's School, children, parents and parishioners

  • School scores science first

    A YORK school has become one of the first in the country to officially be named a science college. Archbishop Holgate's CE School was given the official title at a ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton. Head teacher John Harris

  • School reaches £50,000 sports target

    A YORK school has won its race against time to raise £2,500 in pursuit of a bid to become a sports college. And Evening Press readers played their part in Oaklands School's success. A number of parents gave donations to the school in Acomb after reading

  • Yes please, to more police

    IN less than a fortnight, David Kenworthy retires as Chief Constable of North Yorkshire. And today he sent the people of York and Selby a parting gift - a pledge to invest most of a £600,000 crime fighting fund on policing these areas. This is a welcome

  • Missing in action

    CONTRARY to your report (September 30), Saturday's massive anti-war demonstration was organised not by CND but by the Stop The War Coalition (to which York Against The War is affiliated) and the Muslim Association of Britain. CND was, however, among the

  • Pig farmer's lament

    IT IS not a case of town verses country (Helen Mead, September 30). My pig farm depended on 'townies' to buy my produce but the in-betweens have so forced down ex-farm prices for the past five years I have to stop production before I am forced to. A few

  • First... and foremost

    YOUR reporter Richard Edwards has got hold of entirely 'the wrong end of the stick' in your front page article 'Bus axe blow to cancer patient' and the page five article 'Pensioner blasts crazy timetables' (September 28). The service referred to in the

  • Bliss for life

    WING wizard Lee Cook admits the influence of York City coach Luther Blissett proved a decisive factor in his move north. As reported in later editions of yesterday's Evening Press, Wood has signed a one-month loan deal from First Division Watford. Cook

  • Paint not good enough on bypass site bridge

    WHAT do you do when your bridge turns up and you find it hasn't been painted properly? You send it back to get it painted all over again. That's certainly what happened when a bridge was delivered to the A64 underpass site, near Copmanthorpe. The 100-

  • Council provides catalyst for clean driving

    POLLUTION experts have found a way of making York's air cleaner. Test runs of an emissions-slashing catalyst, by City of York Council, have shown it cuts the release of nitrogen oxides by 32 per cent, and of hydrocarbons by 90 per cent. The researchers

  • Macca's Vale and farewell

    SECOND Division Port Vale have released former York City winger Jon McCarthy after manager Brian Horton revealed plans to bring in a new striker. Horton admitted that 'finances dictated' the move and McCarthy, who was in his second spell at Vale Park

  • Knights shun Jacko

    YORK City Knights RL are set to step up their search for players in the next few weeks, but Great Britain hooker Lee Jackson is not on the club's shopping list. With the new season set to kick off early next year, the newly-formed club are actively trying

  • Sooty sweeps into town

    IZZY Wizzy! Sooty and Sweep are getting busy in preparation for a visit to York's Grand Opera House this weekend. These two giant-sized versions of the furry puppets popped in to Pipkins Day Nursery in Fulford Road to meet excited youngsters including

  • Going fourth

    FOUR youngsters from North Yorkshire have been selected for their respective Great Britain train-on squads. Ross Divorty from York, plus Scarborough duo Sam Millward and Billy Parker will join up with the GB U14s' squad, while Scarborough's Sam Hakins

  • Top of the lollipops

    SCHOOL crossing patroller Chris Horn has been named top of the lollipops. Mrs Horn has guided Osbaldwick Primary School pupils across the road for more than 31 years. Parents and children voted her their favourite in a competition run by York's Asda Supermarket

  • Silver lining for York rods in NE regionals

    YORK-AREA anglers fared well in Saturday's 108-entry North East Regional Championships held on the Aire and Calder Canal at Rawcliffe. Anglers World fielded half their side from the York district and secured a silver medal finish with three anglers in

  • Cool Cordell shows his class

    WIGGINTON ace Neil Cordell has added to his growing reputation after capturing the Yorkshire County Closed Championships Under-15s title over the weekend. Cordell, who won the British U13s crown last year, showed no fear in his leap up in age groups to

  • Vandals show grudge against pensioners

    VANDALS with an apparent grudge against older people have attacked a leisure centre near Selby, burning the slogan OAPS OUT into the cricket pitch. Volunteers at Bubwith Leisure Centre, at Bubwith, near Selby, were furious to discover the message which

  • Strictly ballroom

    A NINE-YEAR-OLD North Yorkshire girl is set to dance her way to a national ballroom dancing competition. Karen Garbett, who celebrates her tenth birthday tomorrow, won the ballroom dancing section for nine to 12-year-olds in a contest this week. After

  • Country can Reel in his Newmarket rivals - 02/10/02

    COUNTRY REEL, triumphant in the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August, has the chance of bagging another prestigious prize at Newmarket tomorrow. The David Loder-trained juvenile lines-up for the £150,000 Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, the feature race

  • Brits are mad for easy cash

    PRINCE Charles is unhappy about Britain's compensation culture. He is not the only one. Everywhere you go there is an ambulance-chasing lawyer urging you to turn your hard luck story into hard cash. A while back, I took a friend who had broken his wrist

  • BNP targets row over York hostel

    YORK'S political leaders today united to accuse the right-wing British National Party of exploiting local fears over a controversial probation hostel. Leaflets saying the party would bring back hanging for convicted paedophiles are being circulated by

  • A-level re-grades to affect 50,000 students and 31 subjects

    TENS of thousands of students are likely to have their grades reviewed, the head of the inquiry into this summer's A-level exams fiasco said today. A total of 31 subjects are affected - all but seven of them involving exams set by the Oxford and Cambridge

  • Volunteers needed to help county's youth

    NORTH Yorkshire's community education service is in need of adults to work with young people. Almost 400 workers are employed by the service, across 29 districts, working between two and 20 hours a week. They provide support for young people through arts

  • Pupils urged to be model citizens

    PUPILS from Burnholme Community College in York celebrated the launch of the new citizenship curriculum, which has been implemented in schools across the city. The event coincided with the official government launch of the subject in London. Citizenship