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Driffield tutor jailed over indecent images of children – but girlfriend escapes immediate prison sentence

Philip Riddiford-Bell Credit: Humberside Police

A tutor from Driffield who sent indecent images of children to his partner has been jailed.

Philip Riddiford-Bell, of Skerne Road, sent pictures to Aimee Esnee, 30, after the pair met on the mobile chat app Kik.

Police found 477 indecent images, including of children as young as four, on the phone of 32-year-old Riddiford-Bell, with 164 being the most serious category.

He was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to distributing and possessing indecent images.

Esnee, 30, of Weeton, near Patrington, pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images. She was sentenced to a six months in prison suspended for two years and fined £1,000.

“Police across the country are committed to identifying and prosecuting people who make, distribute and possess indecent images of children.

"Their abhorrent fascination leads to the exploitation of young and vulnerable children.

"I hope this successful conviction serves as a warning to other offenders that they can and will be identified and face justice for their crimes.”

– Detective Constable June Sarel, internet sex offences team

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Trailer of bouncy castles stolen

Police are appealing for information after a trailer full of bouncy castles was stolen from a house near Driffield.

The theft happened on Main Street in Hutton Cranswick.

The white box trailer contained a blue ocean themed bouncy castle, and two other bouncy castles, one red and one yellow.

East Yorkshire man victim of online sex scam

A man from Driffield is the latest person to be targeted by online blackmailers posing as women wishing to exchange sexy online chat, explicit videos and pictures.

The 56-year-old was contacted via Facebook by a woman claiming to be a mutual friend.

She later lured the victim into sending explicit pictures and performing sex acts on a video chat application.

A man then told the victim unless he paid £2,500 the videos and pictures would be shared with his friends and family and posted to YouTube.

Officers are highlighting this latest incident in the hope of preventing others falling victim to the scam, as the force has received a number of reports from men who have been similarly targeted.

Some offenders also post further claims that the acts have been performed whilst talking to girls under the age of 16.

There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent yourself from being targeted by similar cons:

  • Remember that not everyone online is who they claim to be.
  • Don’t ‘friend’ people you don’t know in real life. You don’t know who they really are or what their intentions are.
  • Be wary of using private chat rooms and don’t enter into sexual exchanges.
  • Don’t respond to messages that are provocative or threatening.
  • If someone is aggressive or inappropriate online, most social networking sites have tools to help you block or delete that person.
  • Don’t be embarrassed about seeking help if you need it. Acting quickly can limit the damage if you have sent out something you regret.
  • Change your social media account security settings to prevent ‘Everyone’ been able to find and add you as a friend and send you messages
  • Change your social media account security settings to prevent search engines finding your account profile
  • Change your social media account security settings to prevent ‘Everyone’ from being able to view your posts, view the posts you have been tagged in and the posts that you have shared.

CCTV released over stolen money left behind in cash machine

Police in Driffield are searching for a woman who they think stole money left behind in a cash machine.

Do you know this woman? Credit: Humberside Police

A woman withdrew £200 from an at Boots in Market Place in Driffield at around 5pm on 11 November, and walked away without the cash.

A second woman then passed by and took the money. Police would like to speak to the woman about the incident.

360 pigs killed in arson attack

A fire at a farm in Beeford in the early hours of Monday morning has killed 360 pigs and caused upwards of £340,000 worth of damage.

The fire is believed to have been started sometime between 8pm on Sunday August 16 and 1.40am on Monday morning at a farm in Beeford, Driffield.

The fire service believe the fire was started by deliberately. The blaze started in a shed with 300 tonnes of straw, before spreading to a large steel barn with agricultural machinery and a pig pen.

Humberside Police are now urging anyone who believes they know anything about the arson to contact them.

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Cyclist fighting for life in hospital after hit and run accident

A cyclist is critically ill in hospital after being found laying in the road following a collision with a car in Driffield.

It happened at around 9.50am on Saturday March 21, outside Yorkworld Pigpro on the road between the B1249 and Kilham.

The 51-year-old man on the pedal cycle was found by a passing motorist. Police believe the car which collided with the bicycle had driven away from the scene without leaving any details.

The cyclist was airlifted to hospital suffering head injuries and fractures.

Bird flu restrictions lifted after outbreak

All restrictions have been lifted Credit: Press Association

All restrictions following the outbreak of Avian Flu in Yorkshire last month have now been lifted.

This means that all poultry keeping farms within the 10 kilometre surveillance zone around the infected property in Nafferton, East Yorkshire are now allowed to move poultry and other animals without restriction.

Other restrictions covering the storage, transport and sourcing of meat products are also lifted.

A protected zone which imposed additional movement controls on properties within 3 kilometres of the infected farm was lifted on Friday 12 December. The restrictions have been lifted at the earliest time permitted under EU law, to minimise the impact on the local economy.

NHS England: Treatment will continue

NHS England say patients receiving the drug elosulfase alpha will continue to be treated with it.

The family of one young patient with congenital myotonic dystrophy had feared that the 6-year-old would no longer receive the drug, but in a statement the health body said:

Patients who have received elosulfase alpha as part of the clinical trial will continue to receive it. NHS England will not currently be making any decisions which affect this while we review the process for making funding decisions about specialist treatments.

– NHS England
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