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Children’s Laureate Visits Holt Park

November 12th, 2012 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo entertained over 250 children on her visit to Holt Park Library and Ralph Thoresby School.

The Gruffalo Book CoverThe current Children’s Laureate, who has penned over 150 books, was in Leeds as part of her UK tour of libraries.

In partnership with Holt Park Library, Ralph Thoresby High School hosted an audience with the author for children from local primary schools. Ms Donaldson and the children brought to life some of her most popular stories and songs including Room on the Broom, Zog and Tiddler. They were then invited to ask her some questions about her career and life.

Head teacher of Ralph Thoresby School, Will Carr said: “This was a fantastic event and linked well with our drive to improve standards of literacy at Ralph Thoresby and in our partner primary schools. We hope this will be the first of many successful events in partnership with Leeds Libraries”.

At the end of the event each child was given a signed copy of one of Ms Donaldson’s bestselling books.

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New Ralph Thoresby Headteacher to Build On Positive Foundations in School and Holt Park

November 1st, 2012 · Ralph Thoresby

by Joel Beaumont
The new headteacher of Ralph Thoresby School is expecting the high levels of success achieved at the school over the previous years to continue.

Will Carr Ralph Thoresby Head TeacherWill Carr, who has taken over from the retired Stuart Hemingway, is settling into life at the school and in the community of Holt Park with positive impressions.

Mr Carr, who was formerly the deputy head at Lawnswood High School said: “I am looking forward to building on the solid foundations already in place at Ralph Thoresby and have been very impressed with the positive attitudes of both the staff and students.”

“The term has started with a calm, purposeful atmosphere, with aspirational targets for achievement already in place. We aim to drive up standards and remind students that there is no limit to what can be achieved. The local community deserve an excellent school and we are striving for excellence in all areas.” he added.

Mr Carr also appeared enthusiastic about the opportunities that are available to the community as a whole in Holt Park including the eagerly anticipated replacement to Holt Park Leisure Centre: “With the development of Holt Park Active next door to the school, a real campus feel will be created around school and the wider area.”

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Leeds North West MP – UK’s Most Expensive

October 15th, 2012 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Local MP Greg Mulholland has been declared the most expensive politician in the country.

Figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) show during the 2011/12 term the Liberal Democrat claimed expenses of over £185,000 to cover the cost of his office and payroll. Combined with his Parliamentary salary Mr Mulholland cost the taxpayer over £250,000 last year.

Expenses paid for the running costs of his constituency surgery in Holt Park were £20,000. The Leeds North West MP also had expenses of just over £30,000 for travel and accommodation.

Whilst all of Mr Mulholland’s expenses have been approved by the IPSA, the body created in the wake of the expenses scandal to keep MP’s spending in check, his large expenses are shocking compared to some of the other MP’s representing the people of Leeds.

Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central claimed over £11,000 for travel and accommodation expenses whilst Leeds East MP George Mudie only claimed £7,000.

Mr Mulholland also claimed nearly £10,000 in expenses for staffing costs in stark contrast to Mr Benn who claimed £65.

In response to the findings the large expenses were put down to unexpected circumstances. Mr Mulholland said:

“I had to employ temporary staff to cover the posts whilst permanent employees were absent through illness. The additional cost arising from this difficult situation was just over £30,000, without which my expenditure would have been ranked 90th and below several other Yorkshire MP’s.”

Mr Mulholland has claimed over £7,500 in expenses since the 2012/13 term of Parliament opened in May.

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Crime report from October 1st 2012 for Holt Park, Cookridge, Tinshill, Ireland Wood, Adel and Horsforth.

October 7th, 2012 · Crime

Holt Park Crime Report, Leeds, LS16

Holt Park

There have been no reported burglary incidents this past week. However, there have been two reports of vehicle crime in the area this past week. On Holtdale Place, a window was smashed and items were stolen. Items were also stolen from a vehicle on Holtdale Avenue.
Please remove all valuable items from your vehicles when parking, wipe the suction marker off the windscreen and if empty leave glove box open in full view.

Asda and the Mall continue to have problems with nuisance youths; letters are currently being issued the Parents/Guardians of youths known. The Mall has a new upgraded CCTV system which has been instrumental in identifying offenders.


There has been one reported attempt burglary on Tinshill Road. Suspect/s made an attempted to snap euro profile style lock. If you are unaware of euro profile style lock attacks please do a Google search or Utube search, replacement locks can easily be purchased and fitted.

Tinshill and Ireland Wood

There have been five reported burglaries in the area over the period of the last month. In relation to three of the burglaries two local males aged 14 and 15 have been arrested for these offences. In relation to the other offences two males aged 20 and a 26 year old local male have been arrested for these offences. To lessen the chances of being a victim of crime the Police ask residents to lock all doors and windows and to also upgrade locks in UPVC doors to snap proof locks and also to fit sash jammers. These products make it more difficult for burglars to gain access to your home. You can find these products details on the SECURED BY DESIGN website.

There have also seven theft from motor vehicles in the area. The Police ask residents not leave any valuables in your cars. Always take items such as sat-navs, tools and CDs inside with you when you leave your car. Thieves will not target you if they cannot see anything to take.
In other news a 37 year old local male has been sentenced to 15 years for Burglary and Robbery offences in the Tinshill and Horsforth area.

Officers ask that all residents report any suspicious circumstances to us so we can investigate them promptly. In relation to the 14 and 15 year old males arrested for burglary they where seen committing the offences by a member of the public who contacted the Police. The Police arrived immediately and caught both males red-handed. This shows reporting suspicious behaviour to the Police is very effective.


There have been no reported burglary incidents in the Adel area this week. There have not been any reported vehicle crime incidents in the area this week. After the recent spate of 3 burglaries in the previous weeks it is good to see no reported crime over the past 7 days.

SID (Speed Indication Device) was deployed on Sir George Martin Drive on the 23rd Sept with two vehicles caught driving in excess of 30mph.
SID was deployed on Thursday 27th Sept at 11:30 till 12:30 with 15 vehicles caught driving in excess of 30mph.


There has been two reported burglaries this past week, on 22/09/12 – 23/09/12 overnight on Featherbank Walk, suspects stole property after gaining entry to the property.
On Abbey Court, Horsforth between 02:30 and 03:00 on 25/09/12, suspect(s) gained entry to the property. An untidy search was conducted and suspects removed car keys and subsequently left the scene in the complainant’s car.

Cuckoo Steps, Newlay and Regent Avenue are patrolled daily – no incidents of note.

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Brand New Farmers Market Launches in Horsforth

October 6th, 2012 · Events

St Margaret Church Horsforth LS18Horsforth Churches Together sponsor and launch a new farmers market today, which is set to become a regular monthly feature.

The event, which runs from 9am to 12.30pm, will feature a wide range of stalls providing a variety of locally-produced foods in season including organic vegetables, meat, eggs, cakes and chocolate.

Keep an eye out as future markets will be held on the first Saturday of every month in St Margaret’s School car park.

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