The Harrogate Briefing - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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MAN returns to the UK after 20 years in foreign jail, a new bar gets ready to open and why you should stop saying “it’s health and safety gone mad”, in Harrogate’s only and therefore best daily web round-up.

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TUESDAY’S MAIN STORIES

Billy Burton returns to the UK after 20 years imprisoned in the Philippines. Our reporter, who campaigned for his release, is with him. More here.

Hit ITV drama is being filmed in Harrogate. Stephen Tompkinson’s in town. We like him.

Rising star of insurance firm jailed for fiddling expenses. Full story here.

Do you know someone with a suspiciously spotless carpet? Cleaning equipment stolen.

ALSO ON THE ADVERTISER WEBSITE...

New bar opens in Harrogate on Thursday. Have you tried delicious “alcohol”?

Harrogate runner checks out London’s Olympic Park. Clicky.

Mucho moolah for Ripon International Festival. Ten grand, to be precise.

Thanks for the positive response to our silly April Fool. If you missed it – and, indeed, if you didn’t – you can read it here.

FOR SALE

“Harrogate Advertiser (dated Friday, March 30) – mint condition. Just £1. Includes a story about a pigeon. Sure to become a collector’s item. Buy now to avoid debilitating social embarrassment.” That last sentence is completely unsuitable for a classified ad.

ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB

Ali Schofield got in touch to say that our sulphur water story and the subsequent uproar had inspired her to write this excellent piece for the Huffington Post about “health and safety gone mad” – and why that phrase enrages her.

Hot cross buns from Bettys come second in Guardian taste test. Do not look at these pictures if you’re hungry.

Carlisle Castle must be in Harrogate, or else why would English Heritage keep emailing our newsdesk about it? Oh no, sorry, it’s 107 miles away.

ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB – VIDEO SPECIAL

Here’s visitor-to-Harrogate Stephen Tompkinson as scruple-free reporter Damian Day in the classic Channel 4 comedy Drop the Dead Donkey. Clip contains rude words.

Gymnasts from Harrogate. They’re flipping good.

Right, I better get back to writing this week’s paper now. Follow us on Twitter @HarrogateHound for a barrage of news updates.