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Hundreds of gifts destined for victims of abuse

Det. Con. Lee Featherstone of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit and Chief Constable Dave Jones.
Det. Con. Lee Featherstone of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit and Chief Constable Dave Jones. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

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

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

They will be given to victims who have been forced to flee their homes and leave everything they own behind.

This is the third year the force has held the collection organised by staff from the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit.

Chief Con Dave Jones, said: “When most people are enjoying the festive season with family and friends, there are others who have to leave their homes to escape violence and abuse.

“We see all to often the devastating consequences of that abuse which, sadly increases over the festive season.

“Refuges provide safety and security and a step on the way to breaking the cycle of abuse, helping victims to re-build their lives.

“The Christmas gift collection is a simple gesture to help make the festive season a bit more bearable and let victims know that there are people who care. I’d like to thank our officers and staff for their generosity.”

Missing: Simon Hodgson-Greaves - new picture

Simon Hodgson-Greaves Credit: Family photograph

As concern grows for a walker who it is feared may have come to harm on the Yorkshire coast, police have released a more up-to-date photograph of him. Simon Hodgson-Greaves (47) has not been seen by his family since Sunday December 15.

He is a keen walker - and his camper van was found unoccupied at the RSPB visitor centre at Bempton, near Bridlington on Saturday December 21. It is believed the van was parked overnight, but the alarm was raised when he was nowhere to be seen.

A helicopter has joined the police search for him, which is concentrated in an area along the 350ft high cliffs. Police say they are very concerned for his safety.

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Cliff search for missing walker

Bempton Cliffs - Searches of the area for Simon Hodgson-Greaves Credit: ITV Calendar

A stretch of the North Yorkshire coastline best known as home to one of the world's biggest seabird colonies is now the focus of the search for a missing walker. Simon Hodgson-Greaves's camper van was found unoccupied at the car park of the RSPB visitor centre at Bempton, near Bridlington.

It is thought the vehicle had been parked overnight and the alarm was raised on Saturday December 21 when Mr Hodgson-Greaves was nowhere to be seen.

Missing: Simon Hodgson-Greaves

Simon Hodgson-Greaves Credit: Family photograph

North Yorkshire Police say they are "very concerned" for the safety of Simon Hodgson-Greaves. He has not been seen by his family since Sunday December 15. His camper van was found unoccupied at the RSPB visitor centre at Bempton, near Bridlington on Saturday December 21.

He is white, around 6ft tall, and of slim build. He has sandy coloured hair, a greying beard and moustache, blue eyes and wears spectacles. Police say it is not known what he will be wearing, but he is known to dress very smartly and often wears tweed jackets, shirts and scarves.

Officers are exploring the possibility that he has gone walking in the area and may have got into difficulties. They want anyone who has seen Mr Hodgson-Greaves since Friday December 20 to contact them as a matter of urgency.

Police "very concerned" for missing camper

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of a man whose camper van was found at a cliff-top RSPB visitor centre on the Yorkshire coast. North Yorkshire Police say they are "very concerned" about the safety of Simon Hodgson-Greaves (47) who was reported missing on Saturday.

The alarm was raised after Mr Hodgson-Greaves's camper van was found at Bempton Cliffs, near Bridlington. He was reported missing after a member of the public became concerned that the van had been parked at the RSPB visitor centre overnight, but he was nowhere to be seen.

Mr Hodgson-Greaves, from Riccall, near Selby, is known to go on frequent camping trips and likes to go walking. But police are now concerned after finding his unoccupied vehicle and due to the lack of contact with his family.

Police hunt wanted York man

On the run - Steven Thompson
On the run - Steven Thompson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

York police are urging a wanted man to hand himself in as they appeal for the public’s help to find him.

Steven Thompson, 48, is wanted for failing to appear at the York Magistrates’ Court on Monday 2 December 2013, charged with assault.

The appearance relates to an incident at a pub on Malton Road, York, which occurred on Tuesday 1 October 2013, when a 49-year-old woman was assaulted.

Thompson is described as being white, 6ft 1in tall with a medium build and brown hair.

He is believed to be in the York area.

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Missing man found safe and well

Missing Stefann Brown found safe and well
Missing Stefann Brown found safe and well Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have called off the search for a missing hospital patient after he was found safe and well in York last night.

21-year-old Stefann Brown was reported missing on Tuesday morning by staff at York Hospital after he walked out of the hospital without completing his treatment or taking his essential medication with him.

Police concentrated the search for Mr Brown in York city centre after reported sightings of him were received yesterday. And last night he was found safe and well.

Man injured tackling intruder in York

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was injured while confronting an intruder in York.

The man, suffered two broken ribs when he tackled the intruder in his back garden in Horseman Lane, Copmanthorpe, at around 9am today.

Following the incident the intruder fled from the scene and officers believe he headed for the centre of Copmanthorpe.

He is described as white, late teens or early 20s, around 5ft 10in tall, with a stocky build and dark hair. He was wearing a dark grey hooded-top, jeans and white trainers.

Police hunt playground vandals

Vandalised play equipment in Harrogate
Vandalised play equipment in Harrogate Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Harrogate police investigating acts of criminal damage at children’s playgrounds in the town have released images of the vandalism.

They occurred between Friday 25 October and Monday 28 October 2013, at play areas on Camwel Terrace and Stonecrop Drive.

Vandalised play area in Harrogate
Vandalised play area in Harrogate Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The vandals daubed paint on a nest swing, chains and handles of play equipment. They also tore up pieces of one of the playgrounds’ safety surfaces.

It is not known if the two incidents are connected.

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