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Charities and community organisations are being invited to help themselves to spare furniture from Craven District Council.

The council has a number of desks, pedestals, cupboards and filing cabinets at Skipton Town Hall which it is making free to any community or charitable organisation.

The furniture is available on a first-come, first-served basis and interested organisations will need to collect the items themselves from their current location within the building.

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Roberts2 imageThe chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority today paid tribute to Member John Roberts, who died suddenly at the weekend at the age of 70.

Mr Roberts who lived in Kettlewell and was a widower with three grownup children, joined the National Park Authority in 2008 as a Craven District Council appointee.

Authority chairman Peter Charlesworth described him as "a lovely man and a gentleman" and he added: "It was with huge shock and sadness that I received the news of his death. He was a much valued member of the Authority and made an immense contribution to our work not least on the planning committee.

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skipton train stationA working party has been formed to look at reopening a rail route between Skipton and Colne.

Campaigners want a 12 miles stretch of track replacing to connect Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The creation of the working party has been hailed as the most significant ever in their fight to restore the east-west connection, which was scrapped by Dr Beeching's reforms 45 years ago.

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skipton vandalismNorth Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a criminal damage incident that occurred in Skipton.

It happened to the rear of Carling Jones and Nestegg on Newmarket Street, Skipton in the alleyway leading to private flats sometime between Friday 20th and Monday 23rd February 2015 and involved paint being smeared across a first floor flat and ground floor walls of the buildings leading to permenant damage being caused.

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Vehicles may be banned from using a road into one of Skipton's main car parks.

Craven District Council is considering pedestrianising Jerry Croft between the High Street and Marks and Spencer.

An independent road safety risk assessment was carried out after concerns were raised about the mix of vehicles and pedestrians.

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skipton robbery2Police in Skipton have issued CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a bag from a Cancer Research
charity shop.

It happened at Cancer Research in Caroline Square, Skipton, at 3pm on Tuesday 17 February 2015, when a brown leather Ralph Lauren
bag priced at £99.95 was stolen.

The man police want to speak to was dressed in smart, casual dark coloured clothing and was carrying a leather man bag across his
body and entered the store with a woman.

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Beacons Festival bosses have snubbed rural Skipton for the big cities.

Organisers today announced the annual music festival - traditionally held in local green fields - is moving to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool for 2015.

The unexpected move has disappointed many festival goers, some who gave already bought tickets for this year' event and the relocation will harm local businesses who welcomed the influx of visitors to Skipton.

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