Injured Wensleydale man still on ventilator but now moving

George Handley is in a critical condition.

A Wensleydale man found unconscious in the road with head injuries is making progress in hospital.

George Handley, from Askrigg, is in intensive care after being found with a fractured skull on the road between Askrigg and Newbiggin last Saturday night.

Mum Louise Porter said George remained on the ventilator but was now moving both his arms.

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She said: “George is taking things at his own pace – slow and steady, which is good.

“He is still on ventilator in case he forgets to breathe – he will have to be fully awake before they will consider taking that off.”

Louise, who runs the Crown Inn in Askrigg, said her son gave the “biggest yawn as if he hasn’t had enough sleep!”

She added: “We know we’ve got a very long road ahead, but every little bit of him we get back is very precious.”

George Handley was found with a head injury in Howgate Hill, Askrigg.

At around midnight on Saturday, the 22-year-old left the White Rose pub in Askrigg on foot and was found injured a short time later (in the early hours of Sunday) on Howgate hill.

He had fractured his skull and had bleeding on the brain

Police say they need to piece together George’s last movements from leaving Askrigg to being found in the road.

They are appealing to anyone who was in the area around midnight on Saturday night, or was travelling along the Askrigg to Newbiggin road, to contact them.

George is a well-known and popular local man who plays football for Carperby Rovers in the Wensleydale Football League.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask or Northallerton Serious Crime Team or email

Please quote reference number 12170060388 when passing on information.