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Buyer found: A buyer has been found for the former Terry’s chocolate factory in York, meaning redevelopment of the site could finally go ahead. An undisclosed company has successfully bid to buy the entire site off Bishopthorpe Road, where a £165m scheme including hundreds of new homes, hotels, shops, bars and restaurant are planned.

University honour: Doreen Lawrence, mother of teenager Stephen Lawrence who was killed in a racist attack in London 20 years ago, will be among those presented with an honorary degree by York University this weekend. The honour follows her campaign work since the attack.

Student fun: York University will hold their fund-raising rag week from February 2 to 9 – culminating in a colourful fancy-dress parade through the city centre on the last day. Last year the week raised more than £10,000 for local and national charities.

Victim named: A body found on the East Coast main line near Copmanthorpe, York, last Thursday has been identified by police as that of 32-year-old Steven Michael Lamb, of Acomb, York. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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