The Harrogate briefing - Friday, March 9, 2012

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AN EX-COP faces child porn charges, Harrogate Town sets up links with a Wetherby school and the Queen says “yes please” to a big cake, in our first ever daily news briefing.

Good afternoon. Here’s a new feature on the Advertiser website – a summary of the day’s main stories, plus footage of Chris Kamara singing and a video of a man named Ian.

Let us know what you think, including any suggestions for improvements, either in the comments section, via email at or on Twitter.

We hope you like the logo, it took three minutes to make.


Child porn charges for ex-cop

A FORMER North Yorkshire police officer has been charged over indecent images of children, according to the BBC.

Charles Kevin Littleboy, aged 55, of Howe near Thirsk, has appeared at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court.

The BBC reports that the former police officer, who served in the 1980s, faces 11 counts of making indecent images of children, four counts of distributing indecent images of a child, and five counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

For the full story, click here.

Queen says “yes please” to big cake

A CAKE fit for a queen is to be created in Harrogate and youngsters in the town can help design it.

Professional confectioners at Bettys Craft Bakery have received the Queen’s consent to create a cake to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

Budding bakers from primary and junior schools across the county are invited to send in their creative ideas to turn into a four tier, hexagonal cake.

Want to read some quotes about cake? Of course you do..

Links between Harrogate Town and Wetherby school

COULD the next Micah Richards, Seb Hines or Elliot Kebbie pull on a Harrogate Town shirt in the future?

Well the Blue Square North club certainly hopes so after announcing a link-up with Wetherby High School, which will start in September.

The club will provide budding footballers with the chance to complete a BTEC Level 3 in Sport Development at the school, whilst playing for its newly formed academy side.

To read more, click here.

Young carers get weekend yacht treat

A GROUP of young carers from Harrogate have been given an unusual break from their responsibilities.

The 11 boys, all aged between 12 and 17, were taken aboard James Cook, a specially-designed yacht, and enjoyed a weekend-long trip along the north-east coast.

Fiona Demain, young carer activities co-ordinator at the Carers’ Resource, said: “It was a brilliant experience for all the boys and they embraced every challenge that this unique opportunity threw at them.

The full story is here.


There’s a round-up of upcoming music events in Gig Scene with Graham Chalmers and you can get updates as they come in here.

Harrogate Rugby Club’s big match with Cross Green is previewed. You can also check out the Ackrill Sport Twitter feed.


Our round-up of the best Harrogate videos on the web, including dancing, a harmonica man and Ian’s existential crisis. We’re quite pleased with it.

The alleged arrival of Chris Kamara in Harrogate yesterday is enough reason to break out this video of the Soccer Saturday stalwart and ex-Leeds United player singing Brown Eyed Girl in a pub.

We also compiled the day’s liveliest Harrogate Tweets. Unfortunately the day was Tuesday, so they’re a bit old now. If you’d like to see this as a regular feature, let us know.


Lots of us are on Twitter. Feel free to follow us or just get in touch.

Our main feed: @HarrogateHound

Reporters: @rickburin @VickyHCarr @ReporterRuby

Business editor Katie Oxtoby @HGBusinessEd

Sport: @Ackrill Sport and reporter @AndyGroves83

Food: @HarrogateFood

Music: @harrogategigs