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Driver injured in 3-car pile-up

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses to a three-vehicle collision this morning on the southbound carriageway of the A19 at the Cleveland Tontine in the Northallerton area, just south of the A172 junction.

It occurred at 10.55am on Sunday, December 28, and involved a blue Mazda 6S car, a blue-grey Audi A2 car and a silver Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck.

The 35-year-old man driving the Audi A2, who is not local to the area, suffered serious injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he remains in a serious condition.

“If you witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles prior to this incident, please come forward and contact the police straight away. You may have vital information to assist the investigation.”

– Traffic Con Chris Garbutt, Thirsk Roads Policing Group


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Search for AirAsia plane set to resume at first light

Indonesia will resume the search for a missing AirAsia plane carrying 162 people at first light.

The flight disappeared from radars on Sunday just after the pilot requested a change in course to avoid bad weather.

The plane disappeared after the pilot requested a change in course to avoid bad weather. Credit: Reuters/Edgar S

Singapore sent an air force plane to take part in the initial search and said it will also send two naval vessels to help the Indonesian military look for the Airbus A320-200.

Malaysia is sending three naval vessels and an air force plane to assist, while Australia, the United States, Britain, South Korea and India all offered help ranging from planes and navy ships to experts and investigators.

Flight QZ8501 was carrying 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, along with one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, while the co-pilot was French.

Stolen van used in attempted ram raid

Police in Sheffield are appealing for information after a stolen car was used in an attempted ram raid on a clothing shop.

A white Mercedes van was stolen from an address on Stainton Road, near Hunter’s Bar sometime during the evening of Saturday 27 December.

The van was then used in an attempted ram raid at an outdoor clothing shop on Hill Street, Sheffield at around midnight. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

Officers are appealing for information or witnesses to the theft of the vehicle and the attempted break in.

Man charged over burglary which put elderly couple in hospital

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary at Elm Grove in Scunthorpe have today charged a man in connection with the offence.

Harley Newland, 22, of River View, Mill Lane, Brigg has been charged with robbery, two counts of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an imitation firearm.

He will be detained in custody overnight and is due to appear at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court tomorrow, Monday December 29.

The 27-year-old woman arrested has been released on police bail and the 36-year-old man earlier arrested in connection with the incident remains on police bail.

"This was a brutal attack on two very elderly people in their own home just days before Christmas.

"The police operation to identify and locate the suspect has meant we have had a very busy time over the festive period but we have now charged a man in relation to the incident.

"We all hope the injured couple, who remain in hospital at this time, make a full recovery and are able to return to their home. Out thoughts are with them and with their family."

– Det Insp John Cram, Humberside Police


Snow shovel sales rocket

With temperatures set to fall below freezing again tonight, drivers are once again being urged to take extra care.

Gritting teams have been out in force today. But with snow still lying in hilly areas though the thaw could take several days.

However ironmonger Mark Walton of Queensbury cashed in on the cold snap - selling one hundred snow shovels in a day.

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British passenger 'was travelling with his daughter'

A British passenger aboard the missing AirAsia flight has been named in Indonesian media as Chi Man Choi after the airliner's manifest was made available to local press.

He is believed to have been travelling with his daughter, Zoe, on tickets bought on Boxing Day.

Channel News Asia reports that Choi was born in Hull and graduated from the University of Essex in 1988.

The website also reported that he was now based in Singapore, where he was a senior executive at Alstom Grid.

Channel NewsAsia said it understood that Choi’s wife had travelled back to Singapore from Surabaya earlier with Zoe’s older brother.

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