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Acomb robbery appeal

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information about a robbery in the Acomb area of York which happened yesterday afternoon at about 4.50pm.

The victim, a local man aged in his 20s, was walking along a cycle path leading from Danebury Drive towards the Morrisons supermarket, when he was approached by two unknown men on pedal cycles who punched him to the floor, searched his trouser pockets and attempted to steal his bag.

The victim was then kicked in his ribs and head resulting in hospital treatment, including stitches to his face.

The suspects made off empty-handed towards Woodlea Avenue after the victim shouted “police”.

The victim remembers seeing a man walking a dog at the time of the robbery.

Police are particularly appealing to the dog walker to come forward who may not have realised what was happening. One of the suspects was riding a red and white mountain bike and is described as white, aged between 20 and 30, and was wearing a black baseball cap and black hooded top.

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Fracking proposals submitted in North Yorkshire

There is a warning tonight that the economic lifeblood of part of North Yorkshire could be put at risk by plans for the gas drilling technique fracking.

An energy firm has today submitted a formal bid to frack for gas close to the Flamingo Land theme park near Malton.

If it goes ahead, it would be the first fracking since the Government called a temporary halt when one well near Blackpool triggered earthquakes.

Those in favour say it will help secure our future energy supply, but critics are warning of the risk of toxic radiation, more earth tremors and a threat to tourism and farming.

Chris Kiddey reports on a controversial method of fuel extraction which divides opinion:

Man wanted for recall to prison in Bradford

Police in Bradford are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of Joseph Coultous, who is wanted on recall to prison.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Coultous, aged 22, was released on licence in February having been sentenced for burglary.

He is originally from Bradford and has links to the Little Horton, Canterbury, Holme Wood and Great Horton areas of the city.

Coultous was previously sentenced for burglary and has breached the conditions of his prison licence. If he is not prepared to adhere to these strict guidelines then he must be brought to justice and recalled to prison. We have undertaken numerous enquiries to locate this man and officers are fully briefed as to his description. Members of the public, however; can assist in our efforts to return him to jail and I would call on anyone who has seen him or has information, to contact us immediately by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Paula Bickerdike, of Bradford District CID
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