• 12 in court on drugs charges

    TWELVE people accused of being part of organised drug production and dealing in York have appeared before the city’s magistrates. Between them, the 11 men and one woman face charges relating to cocaine, a class A drug; cannabis, a Class B drug; and money

  • Child taken to hospital after accident outside York school

    A CHILD has been taken to hospital with a leg injury after an accident outside The Mount School in York. North Yorkshire Police and ambulance were called to Dalton Terrace at 3.37pm today after reports that a girl, who is believed to be about

  • Stevie Ze Suicide to record new single

    YORK punk rocker Stevie Ze Suicide will be in the studio first thing tomorrow to record his next single, Bad Girls. "It will be the first recording at my own studio, which I've set up in Hessle with David Bowie's former bass player Trevor Bolder

  • Subaru XV

    DON’T be fooled; Subaru has not gone soft. For sure, its new “soft-roader”,will compete with the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai, but its rakish profile and low-slung appearance is only a small part of the story. No, the Subaru XV comes with a

  • Final pain does not detract from York Acorn U18's top year

    A determined effort from York Acorn ARLC Under-18s was not enough for them to claim their third piece of silverware of the season as they lost 30-16 to Shaw Cross Sharks in the Yorkshire League Cup final. As reported in Park Life, the Thanet Road young

  • Come out and join in the fun

    WITH only days to go before the Olympic torch comes to our region, organisers are encouraging people to line the route and cheer on the torch relay team. Assistant chief constable Iain Spittal, who is leading the North Yorkshire Police section of the

  • Games flame heading for a warm welcome in Yorkshire

    THE Olympic Flame will begin its historic journey through our region on Monday when it steams into Pickering from Whitby by train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The torch is expected to arrive in Ryedale at 11.44am, before being taken through

  • In the running to fulfil their Olympic dream

    THEY include young and old and come from all walks of life, but each one is proud to hold the Olympic torch as it makes its way through the streets of York next week. These are some of the lucky few who have been successfully nominated for the “once-in-a-lifetime

  • Smile effect travels well

    RECUPERATING York musical producer and director Bev Jones has taken to the airwaves but not the air. After a producer from Canadian national radio station CBC saw The Press’s front-page story on how a smile saved Bev’s life when he suffered a stroke,

  • Flower festival starts in York

    Two internationally-acclaimed flower arrangers are among the exhibitors at a flower show being held at York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. The Acomb Flower Guild’s members are displaying their work alongside arrangements from Janet Hayton, who

  • Olympic Torch road closures

    ORGANISERS of the Olympic flame’s historic journey through York say they hope to keep traffic disruption to a minimum during the two-day visit and have issued advice to motorists on road closures. City of York Council is advising drivers to

  • Sports taster sessions coincide with flame's arrival

    City of York Council has laid on a range of sports taster sessions to coincide with the arrival of the flame in York. The events will kick off on Knavesmire at 2.30pm on Tuesday, with a host of interactive sports displays from a wide range of sporting

  • Review: The View, The Duchess, York

    The View are on fire. So went the chant from the influx of fans that swarmed to the front of the stage at The Duchess on Thursday night. Playing in front of an intimate crowd, the Dundee-based band previewed their fourth album Cheeky For A Reason

  • Music climax to Olympic flame’s arrival in York

    A FANTASTIC line-up of free entertainment has been organised to celebrate the Olympic flame’s arrival in York, culminating in a huge concert on Knavesmire. Singer Katy B and street dance duo Twist & Pulse will take the stage on Tuesday evening to round

  • Olympic Flame cycling escorts look forward to relay

    WHEN 65-year-old John Dodds joins the other 199 riders to escort the Olympic Flame through York, it will be the first time he has ridden a bike since being diagnosed with cancer three years ago. York, along with Cambridge, is one of the only cities

  • “Blinged” bikes to line Olympic torch route

    THESE two pupils from Scarcroft Primary School have been busy decorating their bicycles to welcome the Olympic torch when it comes to York on Tuesday. Tom and Benedict are among 200 pupils and parents who have “blinged” their bikes and will line the

  • York City Knights reserves lose to Oldham

    SELBY Warriors ace Wayne Fennell got his point-scoring for York City Knights reserves off the mark last night with a goal on his debut, but the team lost 36-16 to their Oldham counterparts. Home tries came from Dave Sutton, playing in the second row,

  • Dexys, One Day I’m Going To Soar (BMG Rights Manageemnt) ****

    KEVIN Rowland will be 60 in August and he still hasn’t found love. Well, not “real love”. It’s always been about the “search” with Kevin, ever since he was Searching For The Young Soul Rebels on Dexys Midnight Runners’ combustible debut album in

  • Ultravox, Brilliant (EMI) ***

    LET’S be clear from the off: Brilliant is the name of the album, not a rating. If it was, it might have been called “All Right” or “Yeah Not Bad I Suppose” or “There Are A Few Decent Songs On Here And Old Ultravox Fans Will Probably Love It But Not

  • Alt-j, An Awesome Wave (Infectious Records) *****

    THIS looked so pretentious. The group’s name is a triangle symbol, what alt-J on the computer keyboard produces. In one song there’s an exhortation to “let’s tessellate” – hardly in the rock realms of “let me entertain you”, “let the good times

  • Public Image Ltd, This Is Pil (Pil Official) *****

    JOHNNY doesn’t hate Pink Floyd, he hates the idea of Pink Floyd, so went Mr Lydon’s curious revelation the other day on 6 Music. He’s also partial to Ska, T. Rex and who’d have thought it, Dolly Parton – for two good reasons, he confesses. Butter too

  • JD McPherson, Signs and Signifiers (Hi-Style Records) ****

    IT seems incongruous to listen to this album on CD. Recorded using vintage mics directly onto an antique 1960s Berlant ¼ inch tape machine, Signs and Signifiers would surely be more at home on vinyl, 78rpm even. Because it’s as if someone opened

  • Scissor Sisters, Magic Hour (Polydor CD & DVD) ****

    Scissor Sisters, Magic Hour (Polydor CD & DVD) HHHH GLORIA Gaynor has quipped that disco is still alive and kicking, only that the names had been changed to protect the innocent. In all its many guises, Magic Hour is a disco project through and through

  • Sonny & Cher, The Collection (Rhino Music Club) ****

    THE magic of Sonny and Cher was about so much more than simply the music. Okay, so they scored a handful of hits, and I Got You Babe in particular is an absolute Flower Power classic. But mostly the chemistry relied on kitsch glamour, faux domestic

  • Chambers signs up and revels in York City’s big cup opener

    YORK City attacker Ashley Chambers cannot wait to kick off the new season at League Cup opponents Doncaster Rovers after admitting that committing his future to the Bootham Crescent club was a “no-brainer”. Chambers has signed a new one-year

  • International action for RL sons of York

    DRINGHOUSES youngster Pat Smith is in line to win his third international cap for Ireland tomorrow when they take on England Knights at St Helens’ Langtree Park. Fellow Yorkie Ross Divorty is also set for more international action with Wales. However

  • Benenden Heathcare in York City sponsorship deal

    YORK City’s players will receive regular heart monitoring next season from the club’s new shirt sponsors Benenden Healthcare. Free health checks will be provided for Minstermen chief Gary Mills and his players thanks to the partnership with

  • Luxury hotel plan for York

    AN UPMARKET hotel is set to be created out of council offices in an historic York crescent, providing new jobs and boosting the city’s tourism industry. Developers Rushbond plc have applied to City of York Council for permission to convert 1-9 St Leonard

  • Yorkshire Bach Choir to sing rare Purcell masterpiece

    YORKSHIRE Bach Choir will present Henry Purcell’s Dioclesian in the final concert of its 2011-2012 season at St Michael-le-Belfrey, High Petergate, York, tomorrow. “This will be the first time we have performed this very rarely heard masterpiece and

  • Echo & The Bunnymen to headline Pocktoberfest

    LIVERPOOL legends Echo & The Bunnymen will lead the line-up at this year’s Pocktoberfest in Pocklington’s former railway station on Sunday, October 28. Organisers of the town’s annual music and beer festival hope to raise at least £5,000 for the main

  • Accessible Arts & Media launches two music projects

    ACCESSIBLE Arts & Media is launching new projects to provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled young people as equal partners, as part of the York charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The two innovative music programmes, known as Inclusive

  • Former York City winger loving his Swedish sojourn

    FORMER York City winger Jamie Hopcutt will be upsetting the locals when he cheers on England from his adopted home of Sweden tonight. Hopcutt, who turns 20 this month, is currently starring in the Scandinavian country’s third tier after making the

  • Jazz notes

    EXPRESSLY for nine to 14 year olds, the Brazilian Carnival Day at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York, runs on Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Heralding the South American theme of the 2012 York Early Music Festival and celebrating with

  • Skipper keeps calm as York Cricket Club play catch-up

    KEEPING calm is key for York Cricket Club as they plot the defence of their Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League title. Two defeats this season and repeated interruptions from the weather, the latest of which saw their game with Hull abandoned

  • Review: The Elvis Bus Tour of Ryedale, The Shed

    IT is not every day that you gladly accept the gift of what looks like a nuclear-radiated, peach-coloured woollen quiff to plonk on your head. For the next two hours, this Elvis woollen wig with bobbing sideburns would take its place among myriad

  • Crucial fortnight for shot put star

    RISING City of York Athletics Club shot put star Scott Lincoln is facing a crucial fortnight of competition. The teenager will this weekend be aiming to add the national outdoor under-20s title to the indoor crown he won earlier this year when he competes

  • York Schoolboys U11s trial

    A SECOND trial for next season’s York Schoolboys Under-11s squad will be held at York College in Sim Balk Lane on Monday. The following players should register at 5.45pm for a 6pm start: Joseph Hobson, Jamie Higginbotham, James Hanson, Joe Crosby,

  • Jack Sinclair in action for BARLA Great Britain Cougars

    NEW Earswick All Blacks ARLC player Jack Sinclair scored two tries and created another as the BARLA Great Britain Cougars made it two wins out of two on their Jubilee Tour to Jamaica – with sprint great Usain Bolt looking on. The Cougars, the BARLA

  • Rich Pyrah returns for Yorkshire's t20 match against Durham

    Fit-again all-rounder Rich Pyrah has urged his Yorkshire team-mates to avoid the sluggish start of previous seasons as they bid for Friends Life t20 glory. Pyrah will make his first-team return from the broken hand he suffered during the first week of

  • Charlton targets a Priceless victory on Knavesmire

    The £80,000 Bond Tyres Trophy is the centrepiece of Macmillan Charity Day at York tomorrow and Priceless Jewel looks set to sparkle for trainer Roger Charlton and jockey James Doyle. A lightly-raced filly, who is a half-sister to Group 1-winning sprinter

  • Charity jockey John Powell loving life in saddle

    THREE months ago, John Powell hadn’t sat on a donkey never mind a racehorse. But in August, the York-born syndicate manager will experience something for which most horseracing fans would happily trade a limb – he will ride on Newmarket’s famous

  • Gold is the only focus for York City Rowing Club Olympian

    THE push for Olympic gold is all-consuming for York City Rowing Club’s Tom Ransley. The 26-year-old University of York graduate has secured a seat in Great Britain’s eights crew for the London 2012 regatta, which gets under way at Eton Dorney on Saturday

  • Talent shows are infesting British TV

    Anthony Horowitz, one of TV’s greatest screen writers, will be in York tomorrow for the Festival of Ideas, reports MATT CLARK. FORMER University of York student Anthony Horowitz will return to his alma mater tomorrow to share tips on writing for

  • Tom Ransley calls on fans to show their colours

    HOME advantage has a huge part to play at London 2012, according to York City Rowing Club star Tom Ransley. Great Britain supporters are being urged to show their backing for our Olympic medal hopefuls by wearing and waving an official Team GB

  • Angling: Juniors get in on river action

    THE York & District Amalgamation of Anglers’ Junior Championships will be held on Friday, June 22. Youngsters will take to the banks of the River Ouse at New Walk from 6pm to 9pm after a draw at Blue Bridge at 5pm. There will be another junior match

  • Spain sublime as Irish crash out of Euro 2012

    Fernando Torres marked his return to the Spain team with a well-taken double as the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 dream came to a painful end with a 4-0 defeat. Torres struck after just four minutes and then again 20 minutes from time either side

  • Italy and Croatia play out a draw

    Mario Mandzukic scored his third goal in two Euro 2012 games to leave Croatia and Italy's quarter-final hopes on a knife-edge after they drew 1-1. Croatia went into the Group C encounter knowing a win over Italy would guarantee them a last-eight place

  • York Shakespeare Project seeks cast and crew for Othello

    YORK Shakespeare Project is seeking talented, hard-working and creative cast and crew to take part in this autumn’s production of Othello. Director Mark France and designer Simon Jarvis, normally of the Mooted Theatre Company, are joining YSP

  • Restaurant fined for poor hygiene

    A YORK restaurant where Prince William once famously dined has been prosecuted for a string of food-hygiene offences. An environmental health officer found a catalogue of problems at Saffron Desi, in Micklegate, including encrusted dirt on the kitchen

  • Police deserve better

    I HAVE always had the highest regard for the public services provided by our police. This respect was enhanced in 1997 when I was appointed to the North Yorkshire Police Authority. I was soon appointed as the lead member on human rights issues.

  • Curse of the mummy

    IS PRINCE Charles the only 64-year-old man in the country to refer to his mother as mummy? CS Jeffrey, East Mount Road, York.

  • Give taxis a chance

    I READ the letter headlined ‘Fares not fare’ (Letters, June 13) and had to give a loud cheer. Finally, after being a taxi driver for nearly 20 years, it is nice to see somebody complaining about bus fares for a change and not denigrating taxi drivers

  • Luxury Orient Express trip in aid of North Yorkshire hospice

    A LUXURY train ride will be raising funds for a North Yorkshire children’s charity later this month. The Northern Belle, run by Orient Express, will be taking a special excursion - called “A Grand Day Out” - from York and Leeds to Bath on June

  • Thousands trapped in fuel poverty

    A NEW survey claims Ryedale has the highest fuel poverty levels in Yorkshire. The survey, carried out by the Energy Bill Revolution group, said 10,025 households in the Thirsk and Malton constituency – 23.5 per cent of the total number of homes -

  • Stolen Earth, The Duchess, York, June 16

    STOLEN Earth, the York powerhouse of atmospheric rock, will be launching their debut album, A Far Cry From Home, with a home-city gig at The Duchess tomorrow. This marks the start of a tour for the band with the immense sound, soaked in emotion, led

  • Olympics ceremony no place for animals

    I READ with great anxiety that the opening ceremony at the Olympics will involve live animals, including cows, sheep and chickens. It is hard to imagine a more inappropriate setting for animals than amid the thunderous crowds and fireworks of such

  • Jubilee not just ‘a fuss’

    I DESPAIR at Colin S Jeffrey pouring abuse on what he calls “a fuss”. Can he and his fellow detractors really not see how much public goodwill and spirit the diamond jubilee has raised? The Press was packed with news and views of people enjoying

  • Automatic generosity

    FROM this week, the public can make donations to nine well-loved national charities at more than 8,000 ATMs in the RBS group network. Customers can choose to donate between £1 and £150 to help fund the selected charities, including Age UK, Barnardo

  • Wildfowling master

    I WAS interested to read in The Press, Thursday, June 7, in the Way We Were entry for 100 years ago, a reference to the celebrated wildfowler of East Cottingwith. However, his name was Snowden (not the Welsh mountain!) Slights (not the village

  • Give us something we can smile about

    IS IT just me or is everything rubbish at the moment? The news, the weather, the economy, the present and the future are all – without exception – depressing. I remember being a teenager in the early nineties and everything was fantastic. There was good

  • York in line for top tourism award

    York has been shortlisted as a finalist for a prestigious travel award for the second year in a row. The city won the Most Group Friendly UK Destination category at the Group Travel Organiser (GTO) Awards last year and is hoping to retain its title

  • Benefit cheat claimed £5k

    A BENEFIT cheat has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds she obtained by lying about her job. Sam Balyen, 28, of Weeton Drive, Wetwang, admitted making false representations to gain housing and council tax benefits of £5,635 in 2010. Balyen

  • Tories in call for community stadium inquiry

    YORK’S main opposition political group has called for the Government to stage a public inquiry over plans for a community stadium and two superstores on the edge of the city. Oakgate (Monks Cross) Ltd’s proposals for a 6,000-seater arena to house

  • Widow’s charity skydive in memory of husband

    A WOMAN who lost her husband soon after he was diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumour has completed a parachute jump to boost funds for research into the disease. Sandra Mennell’s husband Berni died on March 31 aged 54, only four months after

  • Police appeal over suspected thief

    POLICE have urged the public to help locate a suspected thief. John Henry Blake, 25, of Lismore Road, Scarborough, is wanted in connection with the theft of food and drink from Sainsburys in Edgehill Road, on March 25. Chief Inspector

  • Mother in dock over ‘home alone’ charges

    A MOTHER has been accused of leaving her young children home alone. The 22-year-old was arrested after the two youngsters, aged six and four at the time, were allegedly found in a street looking for her earlier this year. After her arrest

  • Benefits of a local diet

    Yorkshire produces great local food. But do we see enough of it on our plates? STEPHEN LEWIS reports. IT is 10.30am on a Wednesday at Home Farm at Beningbrough. The farm shop has not long since opened for the day, but already there are several vehicles

  • Mum pleads guilty to child neglect

    A MOTHER is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to leaving her three-year-old son at home alone. Friends of the 22-year-old Selby woman alerted police after she gave vague answers when asked about her child’s whereabouts, Steven Ovenden

  • Road safety measure installed at East Cowick

    SPEED indicator signs have been installed at the scene of a crash in East Yorkshire in which a woman from York and two other people were killed. Sheila Lee, 70, of Wigginton, was one of the victims of the collision on a bridge over the River Aire

  • More shops being turned into homes

    SCHEMES which saw shops in York turned into flats and houses more than doubled last year - and more small business sites could be in line for changes. Figures from City of York Council have shown 11 planning applications to convert retail premises

  • Cutting out bad habits

    Motoring Editor STEVE NELSON continues his journey with the Institute of Advance Motorists towards gaining the Advanced Driver award. BY the time I had undergone my third and fourth sessions of observation with the Institute of Advanced Drivers

  • Poets to capture the imagery of the Olympic torch

    About 20 local poets will capture the imagery of the Olympic torch passing through York streets next week by “tweeting” their lines at different stages of the journey. Poet performers from The Spoken Word group will compose the story at different intervals

  • Stepping Out, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, June 20 to 23

    YORK theatre producers John Hall and Mike Thompson had a decision to make. Did HAT fit or should it be JAM today when it came to deciding on the name for their new stage company? “It was either going to be Hall and Thompson or John and Mike

  • Zumbathon to raise money for Jamie Inglis appeal

    A ZUMBATHON is being held to raise much-needed money for a little boy who is seriously ill with cancer. The event is being held to raise funds for six-year-old Jamie Inglis, whose family has less than two months to raise £200,000 to fund potentially

  • Suzanne Vega, Grand Opera House, York, June 20

    SUZANNE Vega is taking stock. Not only has the Santa Monica-born singer-songwriter been re-recording her back catalogue, with the fourth and final instalment, Songs Of Family, set for release next month, but also she is planning to run Living A Creative

  • Open-air concerts in York’s Museum Gardens

    EIGHT York brass bands are to showcase their talent in a weekend of open-air concerts in York’s Museum Gardens at the end of the month. And on August 20, York’s top two bands will return to the gardens to join forces for a Proms concert on the

  • Asbestos death toll rises again

    INQUESTS have heard how York’s asbestos timebomb has claimed the lives of another two former York Carriageworks employees. York residents Peter Barnett and Raymond Kelly both contracted the asbestos-related disease malignant mesothelioma after

  • Baby Amelia born in A19 lay-by

    A SELBY father-to-be who rushed to the maternity unit at York Hospital for the birth of his daughter missed the event after his wife gave birth in a lay-by on the A19. Paul Bailey, 28, arrived at the hospital expecting his fiance Karla Banks, who was

  • Forget Rio, it’s carnival time here in York

    A SEA of colour, music and dance will transform York city centre tomorrow as York Carnival hits the streets for the ninth year in a row, writes Freddie Nathan. Since its conception in 2004, when a University of York student had the idea of creating

  • Bus to be hauled through city in charity drive

    SERVICEMEN are due to drag a double-decker bus through the streets of York to raise money for charity. On Sunday, July 1, current and former servicemen will pull the bus around the city centre to raise money for forces charity Help for Heroes. Among

  • York homes plan gets the go-ahead

    CONTROVERSIAL plans for a housing scheme in York which was opposed by one of the city’s MPs have been given the go-ahead. The five properties will be built next to a bungalow in Whitby Drive, in the Heworth Without area of the city, after City of

  • Feather forecast

    READERS of The Press have sent in these pictures of bizarre birds and their antics. Linda Hill, of Copmanthorpe, snapped a semi-albino blackbird which has been living in her garden for some time. Linda described the bird’s tail feathers when it

  • New apartments plan for rail offices

    NEW apartments could be built in a city-centre street in York. Plans have been submitted for a building on the corner of Tanner Row – opposite the site of a £10 million Hampton By Hilton hotel and City of York Council’s new headquarters – to be converted

  • North-South fears for York businesses

    THE majority of small and medium-sized businesses in York believe they are hampered by a North-South divide, according to research. The research into perceived inequalities stunting growth by TalkTalk Business found that 89 per cent of small and medium-sized

  • High Dalby House

    A HOTEL owner who battled back from serious heart problems has been nominated for the New Business Of The Year and the Tourism And Hospitality categories in The Press Business Awards 2012. David Wreglesworth and his wife Sandra, both from York, have

  • The fight for jobs in York

    Bringing jobs to York is one of the useful things an MP can do. While Labour was in power, between 1997 and 2010, 1,400 additional civil service jobs were transferred to York – bringing the total to just under 3,000. We know the Government is cutting

  • Funeral date for ex-Lions president

    THE funeral of John Brown, former president of Selby Lions Club, who died this week, will be held on Monday. As previously reported in The Press, Mr Brown, who was a member of the club for ten years, served as president in 2004 and 2005, and took up

  • York’s Apprentice finale

    THE finale of York’s own version of cut-throat TV business showdown The Apprentice will be staged this weekend. Teams have been battling it out in a range of challenging tasks as they aim to win a £1,500 prize through the annual York Apprentice contest

  • Parish council opposes Flamborough wind turbine idea

    PARISH councillors have voted against plans to build a wind turbine on the East Yorkshire coastline, saying it would spoil some of the UK’s most spectacular views. An application has been handed in to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a

  • Charlotte Brown to carry Olympic Torch through Richmond

    A YOUNG congregation member from a village church near York has been chosen to carry the Olympic flame when it comes to our region next week. Charlotte Brown, 20, will carry the torch through Richmond on Wednesday, after being nominated for the honour

  • Union meeting to discuss Crown Prosecution Service move

    A PUBLIC sector union has joined the fight to stop the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) moving its North Yorkshire unit to Leeds. The CPS is proposing to move prosecutors out of Athena House on Clifton Moor where they work alongside the police. The

  • June 15

    100 years ago A meeting had been held at the Exhibition Buildings, York, for the purpose of the formation of a proposed York City Association Football and Athletic Club, and to give those who had not already taken out shares in the company an opportunity

  • Friday 15 June: Tea-break teaser

    Welcome back to our picture quiz. Each day, we show you a picture of somewhere in York - all you have to do is answer the question. Good luck! Above which restaurant would you find this clock? Come back tomorrow for the answer