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Harrogate News Round-Up – May 2019

May 31, 2019,
Andrew Gray,

Pride parade and party to celebrate diversity in Harrogate

Pride in Diversity is taking place in June, with the town of Harrogate being transformed into a colourful parade and a huge outdoor party venue. The event aims to celebrate LGBT diversity in Harrogate, as well as minority groups in ability, gender, ethnicity, age and socio-economic backgrounds. Sponsored by us, Truth Legal, Pride in Diversity takes place on 15th June with a parade through the town centre followed by a party at the Valley Gardens. Stay tuned for photos!

Crowdfunding page set-up to assist school after arson attack

A local resident has set up a Just Giving page to assist Saltergate Primary School after it was the victim of an arson attack. £3,000 has so far been raised towards the cost of repairs to the school’s Early Years area. Meanwhile, three teenage boys have been arrested following the attack.

Harrogate man jailed for armed robbery

22-year-old Tyler Griffiths, from Harrogate, was jailed for three years after holding up a newsagents in Halifax with a knife and demanding cash from the till. Police were able to catch up with Griffiths after he was caught on CCTV.

Local business ‘overwhelmed’ by support in troubled times

The owner of famous Harrogate stationary business Jespers, has claimed to be overwhelmed by messages of goodwill and support, following the announcement that the business is seeking new ownership. The shop has stood on Oxford Street since 1901 and owner Peter Jesper has reassured people that it will continue to trade until new ownership is secured.

Boy released after stabbing incident

A 17-year-old boy has been released under investigation following a stabbing incident reported at the end of April, outside the Hydro Leisure facility on Jennyfield Drive. A man was taken to hospital with stab wounds following the incident and police are still appealing for witnesses as the investigation continues.

Climate change protest hits Harrogate

Around 30 Harrogate schoolchildren inspired by influential Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg took to the streets of Harrogate recently to protest against climate change. The protest was taken through Harrogate town centre with youngsters from three different schools in the area carrying banners as part of the demonstration.

Appeal for former shopworkers to assist in sexual assault investigation

Former workers at the USC store in Harrogate have been asked to come forward to potentially assist in a sexual assault investigation. The alleged incident did not take place at the store, but former employees who worked there between 2006, when it opened, and 2011, have been asked to come forward to help the investigation.

Harrogate Borough Council boosts charity pot by £30,000

Local authority cabinet members voted in favour of donating £30,000 into a community fund formed in 2018 to support a range of local charities in Harrogate. In its first year the fund has allocated £42,000 to 22 different projects in the town.

Harrogate drug-driver in lorry rampage

A 36-year-old Harrogate man caused £16,000 of damage to eight different parked cars during a drug-driving rampage in a flat-bed lorry. Daniel Hardcastle also damaged a pair of electric gates at a property in King’s Grove while driving indiscriminately and before being pursued and arrested by police. Hardcastle was jailed for 10 months and received a three-year driving ban after being found to be over the drug-driving limit.

Six figure claim awarded to Harrogate woman left deaf after operation

A Harrogate woman left deaf and unbalanced after a routine ear infection operation has been awarded a six-figure compensation sum in settlement following a clinical negligence claim. The surgeon carrying out the operation at Harrogate District Hospital was found to have skills described as ‘rusty’.


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