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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.


Police appeal for witnesses to Gunness collision

Humberside Police is appealing for a key witness who was driving a silver coloured Ford Focus in the Gunness area around the time of a serious road traffic collision which happened shortly after 8pm on Sunday 7 December.

A 20-year-old man was seriously injured in the collision when the black Vauxhall Corsa he was driving along the A18, Doncaster Road, Gunness towards Scunthorpe left the road.

A woman who was a front seat passenger also sustained minor injuries in the collision. The injured driver was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital with serious injuries.

Police are investigating the circumstances which caused the vehicle to leave the road and are particularly interested in tracing the driver of a silver coloured Ford Focus which was travelling towards Gunness from Scunthorpe direction.

Watchdog investigates Humberside police for care of man in custody

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the care and treatment given to a man while in custody in Hull who had serious leg injuries in an incident prior to being detained.

The 50-year-old man was arrested in a street in Hull on 13 February and officers noted at the time the man had leg injuries and could speak little English.

He was taken to a police station where he was seen by a nurse.

The following day, the man was then seen by a force medical examiner and taken to hospital where his injuries were subsequently identified as fractures to his lower legs.

The police watchdog is now carrying out an independent investigation into professional standards.

Notices have already been served on 11 police officers and staff to advise them their conduct is subject to investigation, and a custody officer has been suspended by Humberside Police.

The man was not subsequently charged with any offence.

This man had sustained serious leg injuries before being arrested by police and our investigation will examine why he wasn't taken to hospital sooner. We will consider the decision making and assessments made by the police officers during his time in custody, and whether appropriate consideration was given to the man's welfare. Humberside Police has acted appropriately in drawing our attention to evidence which has led to us undertaking the independent investigation.

– Kathryn Stone OBE, IPCC Commissioner

Drug dealer jailed and ordered to pay back £300,000

A drug dealer who was jailed for 10 years in September 2013 has now been ordered to pay back over £300,000.

David Thabet

David Thabet, 56, and formally of Highfield Avenue, Grimsby pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court, on Thursday 12 September 2013, to seven drug offences and was handed a 10 year prison sentence.

The investigation into Thabet began following a search at his home address when police found:

• 33 kilograms of Cannabis Resin

• Three kilograms of Amphetamine Sulphate

• One kilogram of Cocaine; and

• Numerous kilograms of adulterants and cutting agents

Thabet was finally arrested on Tuesday 26th March 2013 travelling along the A1 in Hertfordshire with one kilogram of pure Cocaine and one kilogram of Benzocaine.

He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to supply Amphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to supply Cannabis Resin and one count of production of Cannabis.

The total street value of the drugs recovered in this case is approximately £500,000

Harrow Crown Court found that Mr Thabet had benefitted from £596,410 from his criminal activity ordered him to pay back £322,346 over a six month period. If he fails to pay the money he will receive a further three years and three months added to his sentence, and the amount he owes will increase by a further 8% p.a.


Level crossing warning at Rescue Day

Visitors to a special Rescue Day have been getting up close and personal with the emergency services in North Lincolnshire.

The centrepiece of the event was a rail crossing specially built at the site in Crowle for the event. It was aimed at showing first hand the devastating effects a collision at a crossing can cause. With the holiday season coming it is hoped it will encourage drivers not to take risks at crossings.

Former police officer pleads guilty to eight offences

A former Humberside police officer has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault and four counts of misconduct in a public office at Sheffield Crown Court.

Sheffield Crown Court

Lee Kershaw was a police constable working at Hornsea Police Station. He was dismissed from the force in May 2009.

Detective Superintendent Mathew Hutchinson said: "Lee Kershaw abused the trust that was placed in him as a police officer and committed a number of very serious offences.

"I would like to praise the victims for their bravery.

"Coming forward to report allegations such as these can be extraordinarily difficult and these women have demonstrated real tenacity and courage.

"Humberside Police would always encourage and support victims to report crime, whoever the offender may be."

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