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Investigation underway in Hull after man tries to kidnap schoolgirl

An investigation is underway after a man tried to kidnap a schoolgirl in West Hull.

Police investigate alleged kidnap of 13-year-old girl Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The 13-year-old girl was walking down a cycle track at the back of Springhead Park Golf Club when a man in his early 20s jumped out of bushes and grabbed the girl, putting her over his shoulder and attempting to carry her off.

But he was spooked by a dog walker and dropped the girl before escaping on a black mountain bike.

It happened around 8.30am yesterday Friday 29th April 2016.

A week earlier, two 13-year-old girls were also approached by a man. This time on Hull Road in Anlaby at 7.30am. He asked them questions which they ignored and he became abusive. The girls ran off .

The man the three girls have described appears to be very similar; a white man in his early 20s with a very strong Hull accent and travelling on a gents mountain bike.

In Friday’s incident the man was described as being between 5ft 6ins; and 5ft 12ins; tall, of a slim build and stubble on his chin. He wore a grey coloured hooded Nike top, with the hood up and either had very dark hair or possibly wore a hat under the hood.

In both incidents, the girls were young, they look their age and wore school uniform.

I am asking three things of the public, 1) are you the dog walker who walked down the cycle track on Friday morning? If so, I need you to call in. 2) From the description provided, can you pass on any suggestions you believe this man could be? A young man, possibly in his early 20s who owns a grey hooded top and travels on a mountain bike? 3) Pass this message on, I want parents and school children to be aware of these incidents. I am taking them seriously, you should too. If your child has had a similar encounter, I need to know about it.”

– Detective Inspector Paul Welton, Humberside Police


Road remains closed following fatal lorry crash in Hull

Extensive road closures remain in place around the Springbank area of Hull this evening following a collision involving a lorry and two pedestrians.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area with closures in both directions from Blundells Corner to Princes Avenue, including all roads onto Springbank.

The male driver of the lorry has been arrested following the death of the woman and young girl who were involved in the collision shortly after 2pm today (Friday, April 29) near the Iceland store on Springbank.

Ambulance crews and the fire service also attended the scene.

Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the collision are ongoing,

Adult and child killed in Hull lorry crash

A man has been arrested following the death of an adult and child in a collision in Springbank in Hull.

A man has been arrested following the death of an adult and child in a collision in Springbank Credit: Press Association

Officers were called to the scene following reports the pedestrians had been in collision with a lorry shortly after 2pm today.

Police say the male driver of the lorry has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Ambulance crews and the fire service also attended the scene.

Road closures are in place in both directions from Blundells Corner to Princes Avenue, including all roads onto Springbank.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Cleethorpes sex offender sentenced to 14 years

A 62-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of historic sex offences at Grimsby Crown Court yesterday.

Colin Bell was sentenced to 14 years for historic sex offences Credit: Humberside Police

The jury decided that Colin Bell, 62, of Coulbeck Drive, Cleethorpes was guilty of the offences of rape and indecent assault of a girl under 16. The charges related to incidents that took place approximately 25 years ago.

It was further recommended that the greatest proportion of the sentence must be served before he can be considered for parole.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also imposed for life which prohibits Bell from having any unsupervised access to any girl under the age of 16.

We welcome the verdict of the jury and the lengthy sentence now handed to Colin Bell.

Perhaps most importantly is the justice this outcome brings for the victim whose life has been adversely affected by her experiences at the hands of this man.

We must acknowledge her bravery in coming forward to report the offences to us and hope that she may now gain a degree of closure.

Humberside Police is committed to the protection of vulnerable people and anyone reporting a sexual offence can be assured their case will be investigated thoroughly and sensitively.

– Phil Gadd , Detective Chief Inspector, Humberside Police

Ambulance worker set for ballot over 'unfulfilled promises'

Ambulance staff are being balloted from today on potential industrial action against what they call 'unfulfilled promises' from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff is demanding better pay and working condition for ambulance workers. The union also wants a safe and sensible retirement age, proper training and improved development and career progression for ambulance drivers.

The ballot runs until 25 May.


Three further arrests in connection with Hull double murder investigation

Police investigating the murders of two men in Hull last weekend have made three further arrests.

May Street in Hull where the bodies were found Credit: ITV News

The bodies of Daniel Hatfield, 52, and Matthew Higgins, 49, were discovered in May Street, Hull last week.

The three new arrests follow a court appearance by Phillip Simmons, 38 of May Street, Hull at Hull Magistrates Court on Monday this week where he faced charges of robbery and two counts of murder in relation to the incident.

A 42 year old man and two women aged 32 and 33 were arrested earlier today and are in police custody on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

A 36 year old woman also remains on police bail until a date next month.

“As our enquiries continue we would urge anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken to us to come forward and call 101 quoting log number 482 of 22 April 2016. Calls can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill, Senior Investigating Officer Detective
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