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Man jailed for 'one punch' manslaughter

A man who killed a work colleague with one punch during a night out in Harrogate has been jailed for six years.

Phillip Patrick Begley Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Phillip Patrick Begley, aged 44 and of Wellington Road, Bridlington, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Morrison at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday 2 July 2014, following a four-day trial.

Begley was also found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm for an attack on Paul’s friend, Peter Bell, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment to run consecutively.

Paul Morrison Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The men had met in Harrogate on the evening of 1 November 2014, where they went for a drink in the Wetherspoons Winter Gardens pub, in Parliament Street.

At around 7.30pm, Paul and Mr Bell were in the beer garden at the back of the pub when they were approached by Begley. He punched Paul in the face and he fell backwards hitting his head on the base of a pillar.

Paul, who was aged 51 and from Burton Leonard, sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital, where he spent almost three weeks fighting for his life before he passed away.

Mr Bell suffered facial injuries in the incident, which required hospital treatment.

I hope Paul’s death highlights to people that getting involved in any kind of violent behaviour can have a tragic outcome.

A family has lost a loved one, and Philip Begley is spending the foreseeable future in jail all because of one punch.

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Martin

Search for missing Damion scaled down by police

The family of a man from Bridlington who has been missing for more than six months say they are angry after police told them they are scaling back their investigation to find him.

Damion Vernon has not been seen since early December when he was reported missing by his family in Bridlington.

Police say they believe the 32-year-old travelled to Wakefield, but have now completed all lines of investigation.

The force will be keeping the case open, though.

Nothing has been seen or heard of Damion since he disappeared but as James Webster reports, his family believe someone knows what's happened to him:

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'Potentially dangerous' gas stolen from Bridlington hospital

Police are appealing for the public’s assistance in locating 12 blue coloured bottles of BOC Gas Nitrous Oxide stolen in Bridlington earlier today.

Nitrous Oxide canisters Credit: Press Association

The force was called at 10.37am reporting that the gas bottles had been stolen from the Bridlington and District Hospital on Bessingby Road, Bridlington.

There are described as six 5ft G Size royal blue bottles and six E Size 2ft royal blue bottles marked up as “Medical Nitrous Oxide”.

The gas is used as a general anaesthetic by the hospital and is potentially dangerous if misused and needs to be stored appropriately.

The gas bottles should be returned to the hospital or handed into the nearest police station.

15-year-old girl missing from Bridlington

A 15-year-old girl has been reported missing from Bridlington.

Credit: Humberside Police

Danni Jade Davies from High Street in Bridlington was reported missing to police on Wednesday May 6.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for Danni’s welfare and are asking for help in finding her.

The teenager was last seen by at approximately 2pm on Thursday April 30 and is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build, with long, mousey coloured hair.

Officers investigating Danni’s disappearance have reason to believe she may be in the Bolton/Greater Manchester area and enquiries are being conducted in that area.

Blow for family after missing man's mother dies

The family of a missing man who've endured months of anguish over his disappearance - have been dealt a terrible new blow after his mother died - they say from a broken heart.

Damion Vernon from Bridlington was reported missing in December and since then his mother Margaret has campaigned for his safe return.

But on Saturday night, she died suddenly - Helen Steel has been to see her family and spoken to Margaret's sister Bridget:

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Fresh appeal to find missing man after mother's death

The family of a man missing from Bridlington have issued a fresh appeal to find him after the death of his mother.

Damion Vernon's mother, Margaret, died at the weekend - her family say brokenhearted.

Despite appeals for her son to get in touch, he's never done so. His car was found in Wakefield, where a police search of the nearby River Calder found nothing.

His aunt Bridget Bean says they're facing a race against time to find Damion.

Mother of missing Bridlington man dies

The family of a missing man from Bridlington have spoken of their heartache after his mother died without seeing him again.

Damion Vernon disappeared five months ago.

His mother Margaret appeared on Calendar as part of her search to find him in January - but she died on Saturday.

Damion's mother, Margaret on Calendar

Mr Vernon, 32, went missing before Christmas last year.

The father-of-two was last seen in Wakefield, where police later began an underwater search of the River Calder.

It is believed he was on his way to pick up a car in South Yorkshire when he went missing.

Woman charged over Bridlington murder

A woman has been charged with the murder of a Bridlington man last summer.

Credit: Humberside Police

30-year-old Katie Marie Rose of Brdilington is charged with killing Graham White on 27 August 2014 on Sewerby Road, Bridlington.

Humberside Police say:

Mr White sustained a fatal injury on Sewerby Road, Bridlington following a disturbance at 0425hrs on Wednesday 27 August 2014. The disturbance was isolated incident involving two groups of people who were known to one another at an address on Sewerby Road

– Humberside Police
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