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Fresh appeal to trace hit and run driver on 14th anniversary of cyclist's death

Officers investigating the death of a Harrogate cyclist 14 years ago have today launched a fresh appeal for information to trace the hit and run driver.

Stefan Forge Credit: North Yorkshire Police

47-year-old Stefan Forge died on 22 August ,2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.

The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend - at around 11.15pm - failed to stop at the scene.

Tragically Stefan died from his injuries. His friend, who was severely traumatised by the incident, survived but suffered serious injuries.

Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case and to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the collision, are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.

“14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.

“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible.

"We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.

“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information. "For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

– Sgt Ian Pope, North Yorkshire Police's Major Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email ian.pope@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Man wanted on prison recall

Ashley Fulcher Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police are urging a man wanted for recall to prison to hand himself in. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 24-year-old Ashley Fulcher two weeks ago after he breached his licence conditions.

Ashley, if you see or hear this appeal, our advice is simple – hand yourself in. By remaining at large you are only making the inevitable outcome worse for yourself and prolonging your stay in prison when we catch up with you. We are also asking members of the public who see Ashley Fulcher to contact us straight away.

– North Yorkshire Police

Claudia police hunt mystery CCTV figures

CCTV pictures of two mystery figures seen near the York home of Claudia Lawrence on the night she vanished have been broadcast by police for the first time.

Six years on from her disappearance officers say they have significant new lines of enquiry and they expect to make more arrests in the next few weeks.

Today Claudia's father repeated his plea for information and said if she had indeed been murdered he wanted the right to finally lay her to rest. Sally Simpson reports

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Breathalysers for pubs and clubs in York

Nightclubs and bars in York are to be given breathalysers to help stop people who've had too much to drink being allowed in. It's part of a police initiative to reduce alcohol-related trouble in the city. They're also increasing the number of patrols during weekend evenings.

The breathalysers are another tool to help us tackle drink-related disorder and violence. Many people pre-load before going out for the evening and are already heavily intoxicated before they enter a bar. Much of the disorder and violence we are called to deal with is triggered by excessive alcohol intake. Being drunk and out of control also makes people more vulnerable. The breathalysers will support door staff in the difficult job of challenging people who they believe have drunk too much.

– Acting Inspector Andy Godfrey, York Safer Neighbourhood Team

Investigation into alleged assault on boy in Scarborough

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a possible assault involving a woman and boy in Scarborough town centre. It happened outside Boots on Westborough between 12.20pm and 12.45pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014. Police received reports from members of the public that a woman was assaulting the boy. It is believed other passers-by witnessed the incident and may have tried to intervene before the police were called to assist. Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and are asking people with information to come forward. A local woman aged in her late 20s has been arrested in connection with the investigation. Following questioning she was released on police bail to allow time for further enquires. The boy was medically examined and did not require treatment.

Hundreds of Christmas gifts collected for victims of abuse

North Yorkshire Police officers and staff have donated hundreds of presents to victims of abuse and families in need this Christmas.

The gifts have been collected at police stations around the county and will be distributed to refuges and charities across North Yorkshire and the City of York over the Christmas period .

Inspector Mark Gee of Hambleton and Richmondshire Safer Neighbourhood Team, Detective Constable Elaine Malcolm, Detective Constable Lee Featherstone and Intelligence Analyst Emma Phillips all of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The Christmas collection is organised by staff from North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit.

Detective Constable Lee Featherstone who organised the collection, said: “‘I have worked in communities and with vulnerable people for over 20 years and it’s very sad to see people suffer through no fault of their own and who have no control over their situation, particularly at this time of year.

“The festive season can be especially difficult for children and adults who have been affected by crime and they can often find themselves in desperate situations. In many cases, victims are forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind. We hope the gifts go some way to make the festive season a little better for people in these situations.

“This year we have seen a unprecedented amount of gifts donated and it’s very heartening to see such a reaction from our staff. I thank them for their wonderful generosity. By taking the time to get involved they will have helped to put a smile on the face of someone this Christmas and helped to make life a little easier for people going through a distressing or worrying time.”

A total of around 500 gifts have been collected across the force area and are destined for domestic abuse refuges and various charities across North Yorkshire.

Police issue e-fit of suspect after attempted dog theft

Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.

A woman was walking her dog near the Oaks in Dalton when two men in a blue van pulled up.

The passenger got out of the van and told the woman to give them her dog. The man then tried to grab the dog which slipped its lead and ran off.

The woman kicked the man and sustained a cut to her wrist as the he tried to get hold of the dog’s lead. The dog was found safe in a field nearby and has been reunited with its owner.

The van is described as blue, about the size of a post office van with very dirty rear doors and muddy wheels.

The man who spoke to the woman and shown in the e-fit is described as aged in his mid 30s and spoke with an Eastern European accent. He was wearing muddy lace-up boots, blue jeans and a blue parker style coat with fur around the hood. The driver of the van had dark hair and a dark complexion.

Following the incident, the van drove off towards the Jolly Farmer pub.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

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