LIVE: Thursday 2 June 2016

LIVE: Thursday 2 June 2016

Published at 8:47am 2nd June 2016. (Updated at 7:30am 3rd June 2016)

The latest news across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.


Specialist emergency doctors have joined the crew of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in a move that could save even more lives across the country.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and commissioners to launch a new Yorkshire Critical Care Team. This will see 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the life-saving helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year.

The charity says the team will carry additional drugs as well as being able to perform emergency anaesthesia and life-saving surgical procedures at the scene of an incident.

Dr Andrew Pountney, Emergency Medicine Consultant at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, is clinical lead for the Yorkshire Critical Care Team.

He said: “We have had doctors flying with Yorkshire Air Ambulance on an ad hoc basis for over 10 years now.

“But thanks to this initiative we now have a dedicated and funded system to ensure that a consultant with appropriate training and experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine can respond every day of the year.”


YAA CCT Doctors (2)


Tickets are selling fast for a "once-in-a-lifetime" show in Harrogate.

On 23 to 25 June, Valley Gardens is set to be transformed into a 'Fire Garden' featuring dancing flames and visual effects lighting up the night sky.

See the full story here.

The Fire Garden


Yorkshire's cricketers are getting ready for their NatWest T20 Blast match against Worcestershire.



Meet Leeds United's new manager...



Well, it's been confirmed sooner than we expected!

Garry Monk has been appointed as Leeds United's new manager.

The former Swansea boss has signed a one-year rolling contract.

He takes over from Steve Evans who was sacked earlier this week.


It's thought that Leeds United will confirm the appointment of former Swansea boss Garry Monk as their new manager this afternoon.

A news conference has been arranged for 2.30pm.

Monk has reportedly agreed a one-year contract at Elland Road.


Harrogate Borough Council and Craven District Council are reminding everyone that they must be registered to vote in the EU referendum later this month.

The deadline for registration is Tuesday 7 June and you can do so at

Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive of Craven District Council, said: "This is one of the most important decisions this country will take in a generation, so it’s vital that residents make sure they can have their say.

"If you are not registered to vote, there is still time, so please take this opportunity and don’t lose your vote."


There are calls for a clampdown on setting pole traps, after an incident in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Last month, a member of the public reported finding three spring traps illegally set along the north side of Widdale Fell near Hawes.

A man was interviewed by police and given a caution, but the RSPB says there should be a zero tolerance approach.

You can find out more here.

pole trap


Czech Denisa Allertova is leading the way in the women's draw for the second Aegon Ilkley Trophy.

The player, currently ranked number 70 in the world, will head to Yorkshire after a strong showing at the BNP Paribas Open.

See the full story here.

Aegon Ilkley Trophy


This is a great interview.

A year after taking up the sport, Harrogate mum-of-two turned boxer Rachael MacKenzie has been crowned British Champion.

That's despite injury forcing her to fight effectively on one leg for much of the contest.


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