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Knaresborough sexual assault: Police urge dog walkers to come forward

Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Knaresborough have urged dog walkers in the area at the time to come forward.

Two men seen in the area that officers wanted to speak to have now been spoken to by detectives, providing information that has assisted the investigation.

However, officers say they need to speak to people who were walking their dogs in the area of King James’s School, the cemetery and the school playing fields between 9am and 10am on Sunday 5 April.

These dog walkers may also have important information, but have not yet contacted the police.

If you were walking your dog in the area at this time, please contact me without delay.

– Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder, of North Yorkshire Police

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Knaresborough attack: suspect's description

Scene of assault

Police investigating the serious sexual assault of a teenage girl in Knaresborough have issued a description of the suspect - and an appeal for two potential witnesses to come forward.

The man they are looking for is described as 5ft 7ins to 6ft in height, and of large build - not fat, but muscular and heavy-boned. He was wearing baggy black trousers and an oversized black hoodie with a large pocket to the front, and his face was covered.

Detectives also want to speak to two men who were seen separately in the grounds of King James's school where the attack took place on Easter Sunday. The first was seen there between 7am and 7.15am, the second between 9am and 9.15am.

It is very important that I speak to anyone who was in the area of King James's School on the morning of Sunday 5 April. If you have not already contacted the police, please do so straight away. In particular, I want to trace two separate men who were seen in the school grounds on that day. I believe that both of these men may have important information that could assist this investigation. I would also urge anyone who recognises the description of the suspect and his clothing to contact me as a matter of urgency. Officers are carrying out reassurance patrols in Knaresborough as the investigation continues.

– Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder, North Yorkshire Police

Anyone who can help with the enquiry should contact North Yorkshire Police by dialling 101 - select option 2 and ask for Harrogate CID. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police search playing fields where sex attack took place

Police are searching school playing fields in Knaresborough where a teenager was sexually assaulted on Easter Sunday.

Police search school playing fields where teenager was sexually assaulted Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man grabbed the girl and attacked her on land near St James's School. The scene has been cordoned off.

Pictures from scene of Knaresborough sex assault

Police have sealed off an area of school playing fields in Knaresborough where a teenager was sexually assaulted.

Police seal off area where sex attack took place Credit: ITV Yorkshire
St James's School in Knaresborough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man grabbed the girl, and attacked her on the morning of Sunday April 5.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Read: Knaresborough teenager assaulted on school playing fields

Teenager sexually assaulted on school playing fields

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Knaresborough.

It happened on the playing fields of King James's School, when the girl was grabbed by a man on Sunday April 5.

The victim, a teenage girl from Knaresborough, has been receiving support from specially trained officers. The area has been cordoned off to allow for forensic examination and searches.

"This is an extremely distressing incident and I am appealing for people to come forward if they have any information that may help the investigation.

I would ask anyone who may have been at King James's School between 9am and 11am to contact me as soon as possible. Did you seen anyone in the vicinity of the school this morning? Or did you see or hear anything that gave you cause for concern? If so, I need to hear from you."

– Det Chief Insp Allan Harder, North Yorkshire Police

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Recording of bomb hoax call released

A man's been sentenced to four years in prison for making hoax bomb calls which led to the centre of Knaresborough being sealed off by armed police last October.

York Crown Court was told that 23-year-old Shamsul Islam made the calls because he had a grudge against staff at a pizza parlour. The incident caused chaos when armed police were forced to lock down the town as they investigated the claim. Police today released the call made by Islam.

Controversial incinerator set to go-ahead

What the incinerator would look like

Councillors in North Yorkshire are set to give the go ahead for an incinerator. That's despite opposition from local residents in Knaresborough and losing government funding.

The facility at Allerton Park would dispose of non-recycled household waste either mechanically, biologically or in a specialist waste plant.

The proposal was agreed in principal in 2010 and was supported by Government funding under a Private Finance Initiative. However, this funding was withdrawn in February 2013.

The withdrawal of the PFI credits was unexpected, and presented us with a considerable challenge.

However, after examining the project in great detail, the council’s officers have determined that over the 25 years of the contract, the proposal is still the best long term available solution to the disposal of waste generated in NorthYorkshire and York.

– Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire County Council
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