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Harrogate News Round-Up – April 2018

May 17, 2018,
Andrew Gray,
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Key Harrogate Employer Unveils £6million Investment

Belzona Polymerics unveiled a new 40,000 square foot training and distribution facility at its Claro Road premises in April. The engineering firm employs 170 people and attracts visitors from all over the world to its training facility. The Mayor of Harrogate was on-hand to open the extension to the facility which Belzona hope will contribute to the organisation doubling turnover by 2021.

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Fraudsters Target 80-year-old Harrogate Man

Harrogate police are investigating after an 80-year-old man was targeted in a fake police fraud. The victim was phoned by the scammers and an elaborate plot resulted in the pensioner being on the phone for two hours and eventually withdrawing and handing over £3,000 in cash.

Housing Developer Fined For Hedge Removal

Harrogate Borough Council have successfully fined a housing developer who removed a hedgerow from a housing development in Penny Pot Lane. Persimmon Homes PLC were ordered to pay £34,000 plus £9,468 in costs in a move that Harrogate Borough Council claimed “sent out a clear warning to developers and builders”.

Developers Eye Prime Housing Plot In Harrogate

Gladman Developments have identified a potential plot of land on Lady Lane in the west of the town, which could lead to 700 new homes being built to further boost the thriving Harrogate property market. Nearby residents are now being consulted over the development which could cover over 80 acres of land.

Banking Giant To Close Harrogate Branch

Widespread redundancies are expected after High Street banking giant Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) included Harrogate in a list of branch closures. It is believed that weekly walk-in customers at the Cambridge Crescent branch in Harrogate had been reduced to an average of only 46 and a nationwide restructuring, due to begin in August, means many staff could lose their jobs.

Harrogate Water Announces Record Sales

Local bottled water producer Harrogate Water announced a growth in sales of 24% in the last year, a rise more than four times higher than the market growth for bottled water. The company pointed to increased sales in the high-volume supermarket sector, strong export growth and greater demand for premium glass products for the record figures.

Harrogate Health Organisations Invited For Networking Opportunities

Complaints about the way mental health services currently operate has led to voluntary and community mental health organisations being invited by North Yorkshire County Council to an initial meeting to explore the possibility of a local service network. This would have the aim of pooling resources to improve services in the Harrogate area.

Workman Freed After Harrogate Trench Collapse

A six-hour rescue operation involving fire, ambulance and police crews was required to lift a workman to safety after a trench collapsed on Rossett Green Lane. The workman was trapped up to his waist in clay and tarmac between 9.00am and 3.30pm, and while he was largely unharmed he was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary for tests.

Harrogate Club Members Tackle Armed Attacker

Members of Harrogate Ex-Servicemen’s Club on East Parade bravely thwarted an attacker armed with a gun and a machete as he assaulted a customer in February this year. A York Crown Court judge praised the people involved after they intervened in the unprovoked attack on a drinker in the club. A Malcolm Johnson, 52, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to drink driving, possession of an imitation firearm, possession of a knife in a public place, affray and assault.

Drink Driver Jailed After Harrogate Police Chase

A drink driver who was apprehended after a high-speed car chase through Harrogate was jailed in April for a string of offences. 22-year-old Christopher Newton was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and aggravated vehicle taking. A 24-minute police chase started in Harrogate and also took in Killinghall, Ripley, Knaresborough and Starbeck.

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