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Police appoint Deputy Chief Constable after 'selfie' application

Humberside police have appointed Garry Forsyth as their new Deputy Chief Constable. Candidates were asked to include a 'selfie' with their application for the job.

Garry Forsyth, pictured on the right, got the job after submitting a 'selfie' with his application Credit: Garry Forsyth

Mr Forsyth was appointed after interviews with Chief Constable Justine Curran were held yesterday. It is hoped he will be able to take up his post sometime early in the summer.

Assistant Chief Constable Forsyth is a motivated and driven individual who will lead, inspire and help drive through the significant changes required to our structure, culture and performance in the future.

– Chief Constable Justine Curran, Humberside Police

Obviously I am delighted I was successful and I can’t wait to get started. The thing that really struck me in my preparation and research is the real sense among Humberside Police’s people that they are passionate about serving the public.

I was hugely impressed by the feeling that everyone is really up for the challenges and opportunities ahead and determined to ensure that the public continue to get the service they deserve. I was also struck by the excellent partnerships in the area, that really excites me and I can’t wait to help build on that work.

– ACC Forsyth, Humberside Police

Helicopter search and rescue launched at Humberside Airport

The country's controversial privatised search and rescue helicopter service has been launched today at Humberside Airport.

Two helicopters will be based at Kirmington, one of ten locations around the UK.

The deal, with the Bristow Group ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and the Royal Navy.

The company will operate the service on behalf of the Coastguard. Critics have expressed concerns that lives could be endangered, claims rejected today:


Warning to pet owners after cat poisoned

Police are warning pet owners to be vigilant after a cat died from suspected anti-freeze poisoning. The incident happened on Thorpe Road in Howden. It is not known how the cat came into contact with the anti-freeze and whether the poisoning was accidental or intentional.

The cat’s owner is keen to ensure people are aware of the incident and to look out for similar symptoms in their own cats such as nausea and vomiting; wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken-appearing gait; twitching muscles; short, rapid movements of the eyeball or head tremors.


Police warning after youngsters rescued from frozen pond

Humberside Police are warning people , particularly children, to stay away from frozen bodies of water after they had to rescue a number of youngsters who were walking on the ice over the pond at Main Street in Swanland.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon and officers who had received several reports expressing concern for the childrens' safety attended and ensured the children left the ice safely.

"We would advise anyone not to go onto iced up bodies of water as doing so puts them in danger. Furthermore if they fall through the ice it also risks other involved in rescuing them.

“Parents are urged to ensure that children in particular are kept well away from any iced over ponds or rivers. Dog walkers are also encouraged to keep their dog on a leash when passing any stretch of frozen water."

– Humberside Police spokesman

19 cars damaged in Holderness wrecking spree

Police are appealing for witnesses after 19 cars were damaged whilst parked overnight at three separate commercial premises on Main Street in Coniston.

The incidents took place between 8pm on Monday December 22 and 8.15pm on Tuesday December 23.

"An instrument was used to break the glass of side windows and windscreens of 19 vehicles.

"If you witneseds this incident or know anything that would help us find those responsible please contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting Crime Reference CY/2088018/2014. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Humberside Police spokesperson

Man arrested after pensioners attacked

A 36-year-old man has been arrested after an elderly couple in Scunthorpe were seriously injured in a "vicious attack" by a suspected burglar, police have said. A 90-year-old man suffered injuries to his throat while his wife, in her 80s, sustained head injuries when they were assaulted at their home in Elm Grove.

Humberside Police said a man was arrested at an address in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, and is being questioned at Scunthorpe police station.

The elderly man is being treated at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby while his wife is at Scunthorpe General Hospital. Both are in a stable condition.

Police were alerted after members of the public reported seeing a man running from the pensioners' home and officers found the couple seriously injured.

A man was seen driving away in a white van following the attack.

Earlier, a Humberside Police spokesman said: "It is believed they were assaulted by the man who was attempting to burgle them.

"At this time it is not known whether anything was stolen."

Detective Inspector Jon Cross said: "This was a vicious attack on two elderly and vulnerable members of the community in their own home."

The address in Elm Grove has been cordoned off and crime scene investigators are examining the property.

House-to-house inquiries have been carried out in the area.

CCTV images released after Scunthorpe assault

Police have release CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a disturbance which left three people injured on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe at around 4.30am on Saturday 29 November 2014.

An 18-year-old man and two women aged 18 and 24 were waiting for a taxi when they were approached by four men who allegedly assaulted the victims.

The 18-year-old man sustained a broken nose, the 24-year-old woman sustained a fractured cheek and the 18-year-old woman sustained a minor injury to her cheek.

Following the incident an 18-year-old man has been arrested but police have now released CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to or identify following the incident.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to over assault Credit: Humberside Police
CCTV image of man police want to speak to over assault Credit: Humberside Police

They have been described as:

• A white man, in his 20's with a medium build and short dark coloured hair. He was wearing black short sleeved shirt and dark trousers.

• A white man with a large build and short dark coloured hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt with dark trim to collar and sleeves and dark trousers.

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