I want to ride my Bike!!!
A leading Scarborough police Officer is
urging owners of new bikes to be on their gaurd after a
spate of thefts in the town.
Inspector Malcolm Smith said at least five
machines had been stolen over the weekend in the usual
post-Christmas run of thefts .
"Every year we get lots of reports of stolen
bikes after Christmas when they all still look nice and new
and are worth more," he said.
The latest thefts include:
A yellow BMX, worth £50, from outside
Wineways, Edgehill Road, Scarborough.
A Carrera mountain bike, worth £400,
from the back of Tricolos, Newborough, Scarborough.
A Raleigh Max mountain bike, valued at
£250, from the garden of a house in Dean Road,
A Silver Muddy Fox Alulite mountain bike,
worth £500, from outside shops at Newlands Park Drive,
A dayglo yellow Y-frame Specialised Extreme,
worth £2,700, from the garden of a house in Newlands
Park Drive, Newby.
Inspector Smith gave a final word of warning
to cycle owners to check their insurance.
"These days bikes can cost a lot of money
and many insurance policies may not cover the full
replacement cost. It is definitely worth checking it out,"
Anyone with information on any of the above
stolen cycles can contact Scarborough Police on (01723)
Planned operations have been cancelled at
Scarborough Hospital because of the flu bug.
Scarborough NHS Trust has announced it was
suspending all waiting list operations for at least the next
two to three weeks so it can cope with the large number of
patients being admitted with flu-related symptoms.
But spokeswoman Gilly Collinson said
emergency and urgent operations would not be
Health chiefs say medical admissions have
increased by 50% on a normal winter. Last week(w/e 8 Jan
2000) there were 370 patients compared with an average of
Ms Collinson said: "Most of the flu patients
are very ill and need alot of care."
Council Rents Up
About 5,500 Scarborough Council tenants face
a 5.1% rise in rents from 1 April. The move would mean rents
rising to £28.62 for a bedsit and £62.34 for a
four bedroom modernised house. The council's housing
services committee will be recommended to approve the
increases on Monday(17 Jan 2000).
Protesters have pledged to fight on to stop
the controversial plans to develop the Montorosa site, even
though workers have begun clearing the area.
Harrison Developments, the company that owns
the site, has permission to put up a new complex for elderly
people on the site currently occupied by a maze, a crazy
golf course and a car park.
Objectors from the South Cliff Conservation
Group have fought the development every step of the way, and
hope a last-ditch move over rights of way may halt
But the company has decided to go ahead with
the initial work on the site, including the removal of a
number of trees on the site, pending a possible public
The protesters latest moves centre on at
least two routes across the site and they are not happy with
initial plans to reroute them round the outside of the
A spokesman for the group said: "The whole
point of these rights of way is that they are a short cut.
The suggested new pathways just take the long way
Harrison sent its own workers and a team of
tree surgeons to work after calling in an official from
Scarborough Council's Planning department to supevise the
marking of the trees it is permitted to fell.
A spokesman for the tree surgeons said as
well as a number of trees, they were also taking out the
shrubbery along the Esplanade.
"Many Youngsters just drop their bikes
outside a house or shop and expect it to be there when they
come out even just a few minutes later. But that is all it
Inspector Malcolm Smith, of the Scarborough
Police Force, on Bike thefts over the post Christmas
Seafood and eat it!
The heritage of the local fishing industry
could be celebrated in a spectacular two day Sea Festival
later this year.
Plans have been unveiled for the event to
give a shot in the arm for troubled seafood and fishing
The National Fishing Exhibition of the
fisheries Co-operatives (UK) Ltd conference and exhibition
will see hundreds of industry big-wigs in Scarborough at the
beginning of September.
The forum wants to take advantage of their
presence by organising the festival at the same time.
Events could include seafood cooking
demonstrations, an appearance by a celebrity chef, a seafood
market, and various other events.
Fishing forum bosses are proposing to use
the West Pier car park for the event on 2nd and 3rd of
"It is always disappointing when a small
group of protesters attempts to prevent a development which
will benefit so many people."
A spokesman for Harrison, the Malton based
construction company with planning permission to build
replacements for the Dulverton Hall home for retired clergy
and Montrosa care home,when asked to defend his company from
protestors with banners trying to stop development on the
Scarborough's newly-appointed town centre
manager Margaret Inglesant said the town had "ended the 20th
century on a high note".
"Council car parks have shown an increase,
although figures are not yet available, and the Brunswick
Shopping Centre operated at capacity levels every day of
Decemberwith a 12% increase on last year," she said.
National figures released earlier this week
by the British Retail Consortium revealed sales were up by
2.9% on last year. Bill Whittles, manager of Boots in
Westborough, said it was infinitely better than other
Ivor Davies, manager of Debenhams in
Westborough, said the store was running its biggest ever
half-price sale this year.
"We've had an exceptionally good Christmas
and we're very pleased how the sales are going."
"Quite often all you need is an
interruption like a telephone call and, as you answer, the
pan can be forgotten."
Robert Webb, North Yorkshire Fire Safety
Manager - Divisional officer, adding his thoughts after a
fire in Eastfield was found to have been caused by a chip
"It was a good turnout - it was something
different, I enjoyed it,.....I was a bit nervous but you've
got to get practice to be perfect. It's something we will do
Paul Ingle, IBF World Featherweight champion
and local hero, when asked how 'An Audience with Paul Ingle
and Friends' had been for him. The event was held at the
Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round and he shared the stage
with Barry McGuigan.
"He has just been to the launch of Ben
and Jerry ice cream at the American embassy in London and
told reporters it was good, but not in the same class as
what he gets in Scarborough"
Giulian Alonzi, of the Harbour Bar ice cream
parlour on Sandside - South bay, Explaining why he was sent
a certificate from Michael Winner stating Alonzi's the best
ice cream in the UK.
Amputated Arm - Crushed
Surgeons have amputated a Scarborough man's
arm after it was crushed by a reversing lorry.
Frnacis Bayes, 41, was at work at Playmakers
UK,in Eastfield, when the accident happend.
He was rushed to Scarborough Hospital where
surgeons performed emergency surgery, just before 3.30pm on
Monday(10 Jan 2000).
Today(13 Jan 2000) doctors at the hospital
described his condition as "comfortable and stable."
Health and Safety Executive officials have
been informed and an investigation is under way.
Bosses at the firm, which imports toys, say
the incident shocked and upset staff.
Mr Byaes , of Ryefield Road, Eastfield, had
been waiting to load an articulated lorry from the
distribution company Palletline, of Lincolnshire.
Nick Palin, company secretary for Playmakers
UK, said the incident happened when the lorry reversed into
a loading bay.
He said: "We were all very upset by it but
things are getting backto normal now."
A second worker in the bay managed to jump
Mr Bayes had been with the firm for less
than a year.
Mr Palin confirmed the the company had
notified the Health and Safety Executive but said he was
confident there had been no breach of health and safety
The investigation will be carried out by
Scarborough Council, acting as investigating
Andy Skelton, head of environmental health
at the council, said: "We are in the early stages of what is
likely to be a fairly lengthy investigation."
10 year Health Plan
Scarborough Health Trust has uneiled a 10
year vision for the upkeep of its £60m estate.
It includes a new hospital development zone
which will be created on vacant land to the north west of
The area would be capable of taking a number
of new, single-storey buildings, built as necessary in
phases over the next decade.
Trust director John Wane has drawn up a
six-phase plan incorporating the £4m first phase
currently under development, which is being funded by the
regional NHS Executive.
Also incorporated this year is a
£650,000 modernisation of the Accident and Emergency
Mr Wane said: "The strategy aims to provide
the Trust with modern, high quality and efficient
"In concidering the estate, St Mary's and
Cross Lane Hospitals have been excluded because the former
is to be disposed of and Cross Lane is no longer managed by
Both cars from the cliff lift running from
St Nicholas Cliff to Foreshore Road, Scarborough, were
removed yesterday to be given a £20,000
Scarborough council is splashing out on the
lift, which was first used 80 years ago.
Traffic was stopped as a crane was brought
in to lift the cars from the tracks and enable workers to
carry out the refurbishment.
Graham Price, the council's head of property
services, said: "It's a routine overhaul and something which
we carry out every five to ten years. We will be repainting
the cars, probably dark green, with some gold
Scarborough Council operates one other cliff
lift at the Spa, which is the oldest of its kind in Britain
and first began carrying passengers in 1875.
The lift was bought by the local authority
six years ago, and has been plagued by problems.
In September 1998 a group of pensioners were
on board the lift when it slipped more than 20ft and crashed
into the buffers at the bottom of the track. Several
pensioners were taken to hospital.
The other Cliff lift in Scarborough, which
is run by Central Tramways company, runs from near Olympia
Leisure on Foreshore Road up to the Panarama Cafe.
It first began operating in 1881.
The council also formerly ran a cliff lift
in the North Bay, near The Corner.
It was dismantled nearly two years ago and
transported to Launceston in Cornwall.
Homes are urgently needed for 11 puppies
abandoned in Scarborough and Whitby over Christmas.
The puppies are in temporary foster homes
run by Whitby Dog Rescue Service.
The charity also has 16 young adult dogs to
rehome, which are being kept in kennels in Whitby.
Chair Mararet Young said: "We are absolutely
desperate. Most of our dogs are passed on to us by the
Scarborough dog wardens and we are overrun at the
All the dogs are fully vaccinated and spayed
or castrated before being rehomed.
For information contact Mrs Young on (01947)
Alison, the 80-tonne 'mole'
An 80-tonne tunnelling machine called Alison
will be sinking her teeth into a £30m sewer project to
clean up bathing waters off Scarborough.
The 80-tonne 'mole' arrived in town
yesterday and will be used by Yorkshire Water to cut a
tunnel 330 metres long and nearly 9ft in diameter.
It will take two months to dig, but before
the machine can start work it has to be lowered into
position down a specially constructed shaft.
Once in position, a team of 16 miners will
work round the clock constructing the tunnel from north of
Scalby Beck at Burniston Road to the Scalby Mills work near
the Sea Life Centre.
The project is part of Yorkshire Water's
£120m Coastcare programme to improve sewage treatment
along the East Coast.
Project manager Martin Barran said: "The
tunnelling work is one of the most difficult parts of the
project and relies heavily on the experience of the miners
"The tunnel will house two sets of pipes,
one taking away untreated sewage to the new works and the
other carrying the treated effluent away, together with an
Why Alison? Miners believe any machine not
given a womans's name will be dogged by bad luck, so Alison
has been named after the wife of the project manager in
charge of the tunnelling.
50 mile trip to burgle house
A key found in a handbag which was stolen in
Middlesbrough was used to break into an address in
The address of the house in Norwood Street
was also in the bag.
Goods worth £3,500 were stolen and the
haul included a Hamman Kardon amplifier, two speakers, a
Sony 22inch TV, a Toshiba video recorder, DVD player,
camcorder, Sony Playstation and computer system. Police said
the owner was "extremely unlucky"
"Scarborough is a wonderful location
because there are so many different types of areas to film
Mike Hobson, Dalziel and Pascoe(TV
detectives on the BBC) locations manager, When asked why
they will be in Scarborough from Mon 17 Jan 2000 until Tues
22 Jan 2000.
Burglar in a flap
A would-be burglar shoved his head through
the cat flap of a house in Hoxton Road, Scarborough - and
came face-to-face with the occupant.
Police say the offender unscrewed the flap
and was trying to crawl through when he was seen by the
homeowner and forced to flee.
The man is described as about 20, with
dark-brown cropped hair and wearing a black puffa
He was accompanied by a man wearing a grey
A power drill, aMikita cordless drill and a
Bosch screwdriver valued at £250 have been stolen from
the Scarborough Council depot in Dean Road. All are marked
Smoke but no fire
Passers-by called the fire brigade when they
saw smoke coming from the side of the Grand Hotel.
Two fire engines went to the scene at 1:30pm
on Tuesday(11 Jan 2000), and firefighters found workers
burning old wood and leaves beneath the tram that runs down
to the beach.
Immediately afterwards firefighters went to
the Millenium Experience in Sandside, where an automatic
fire alarm caused a false alert.
"We have had one of our staff, Sharon
Warren, doing nothing else but clean our chandeliers for
almost four months."
Donald Stewart, Manager of the Royal Hotel,
Talking about the £2m restoration plans to give back
the Scarborough hotel its former glory.
"Before January's quarterly bills have
hit the carpet, a cheque is winging its way to the mail
order firm. All this and you have still to make it past the
rows of seedlings displayed like sweets in superstore
outlets, always positioned so that packs mysteriously appear
in your shopping trolley on arrival at the checkout......Oh,
and you haven't visited the garden centre
Ron Womack, gardening writer for the
Scarborough Evening News, on the pitfalls of reading glossy
seed catalogues etc......to the avid gardener.
Mike Salt, Newly appointed general manager
at the Sea Life Centre.
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