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Police ask residents to search outbuildings for missing pensioner

Police are asking residents in Harrogate to check outbuildings in case a missing pensioner has taken shelter in them. 77-year-old George Bass was last seen on Wednesday on King's Road just before midday.

George Bass Credit: North Yorkshire Police

George is described as white, 5ft 4in tall with grey receding hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey waterproof jacket with a blue fleece underneath, brown trousers, a dark blue hat, dark blue gloves and black shoes.


Police say Harrogate 'rape' never took place

There was no attack in Valley Gardens

Police who have been investigating reports that a teenage girl was raped by three men in a Harrogate park say the attack never took place.

The 14-year-old claimed she was assaulted in Valley Gardens on February 16th. She was supported by specialist officers and an extensive police search was carried out.

Two men who were arrested in connection with the report have been released without charge.

Officers would like to reassure the public that the incident was not as first reported and that no attack took place in Valley Gardens. The girl involved continues to receive support from specialist agencies. North Yorkshire Police take all reports of sexual assault seriously and will always conduct a thorough investigation.

– Spokesperson, North Yorkshire Police


Man released on bail after being arrested in connection with Harrogate sexual assault

The police investigation is continuing after a sex attack against a 14-year-old girl in a Harrogate park Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The man who was arrested in connection with a sex attack against a 14-year-old girl in a Harrogate park has been released on bail.

The incident happened in the early hours of 16 February.

North Yorkshire Police say their enquiries are continuing.

Man arrested over Harrogate sex attack

Police team at scene

A man has been arrested in connection with a sex attack on a 14-year-old girl in a Harrogate park.

Police say the man is currently helping them with their enquiries as they continue to seek further information and witnesses in relation to the assault, which happened at around 4am yesterday in Valley Gardens.

We’re continuing to provide specialist support to the victim today. I’d like to emphasise that investigations remain ongoing and the public’s help is vital, so we’d urge anyone with any information to come forward.

We realise the incident will cause a great deal of concern in the local community. But I’d like to reassure residents that we are doing everything possible to investigate this incident while providing a strong police presence in the community.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Ellis, of North Yorkshire Police
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