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Brother of domestic violence victim backs campaign in her memory

The brother of a woman who was murdered by her boyfriend says he's determined to prevent other families suffering the anguish of domestic violence.

Rebecca Kowal suffered horrific injuries to every part of her body during the drunken attack.

As the anniversary of her death approaches, Rebecca's brother Andy is urging people to support a charity campaign launched in her name.

Jon Hill reports:


Rebecca’s Walk: how to take part

The brother of a young mother who was killed by her violent partner had organised a charity walk in her memory.

Rebecca Kowal, 29, was murdered by her partner Robert Byrom in 2008 following attacks which left her with 170 external injury marks all over her body.

Becca’s Walk has been organised by her brother Andrew Overton, 54, with any funds raised on 9 May to be donated to the domestic violence charity IDAS.

The 10km walk will start at Millennium Bridge at 10am on May 9 and will head along the river towards Water End in Clifton before looping back into town.

To take part in the walk, you can turn up on the day, meeting at the Millennium Bridge on the Rowntree Park side at 10am on 9 May.

For more information or to get sponsorship forms or IDAS at

Residents told to pay for parking with cheese

Council officials in Whitby have been left red-faced after an embarrassing error declared permits were payable by cheese, as opposed to cheque.

Credit: Ross Parry

Scarborough Borough Council typists have been left red-faced after an embarrassing error declared permits were payable by cheese, as opposed to cheque.

The letter which was posted by officials from the local authority in Whitby, said: "I enclose a cheese made payable to Scarborough Borough Council."

Numi Solomons, 55, spotted the error when a friend showed her the letter.

I thought it was brilliant. There's just no way it could be a genuine error. It's not an autocorrect error so I don't know how that got in there. The only explanation would be if someone spiked it for a joke but I wouldn't like to just speculate. It's crackers.

– Numi Solomons

Public warned not to approach absconded murderer

Police are urgently appealing for assistance in locating a convicted murderer who is wanted for emergency recall to prison, after he breached his release licence.

Police have warned the public not to approach William Kerr, 53, who was jailed in 1998 and released on licence in January 2015.

Police have warned the public not to approach William Kerr, 53, who was jailed in 1998 and released on licence in January 2015.

The National Offender Management Service contacted North Yorkshire Police for assistance after Kerr absconded from approved premises in Hull.

Police say they do no know where he is, however he is known to have links to the Humberside, West Yorkshire and London areas. Officers are currently conducting extensive enquiries to find him as a matter of urgency.

To assist our already extensive efforts to trace William Kerr, I am urging people to keep an eye out for the man in the photographs. We ask that you do not approach Kerr, as he is considered dangerous. You should contact the police straight away on 999 and officers will be despatched to arrest him or investigate the sighting.

– Detective Inspector Eamonn Clarke, of North Yorkshire Police


Baby giraffe born at Flamingo Land resort

A baby giraffe has been born at Flamingo Land resort in Malton.

Credit: Flamingo Land

The Rothschild giraffe was born to parents George and Lizzy on Sunday.

The resort says that the giraffe is a female, and will be named in a Name the Baby competition shortly.

Credit: Flamingo Land

Rothschild giraffes are listed as Endangered by the IUCN and their population is still decreasing.

Man jailed for dangerous driving and handling stolen goods

A man who fled from police and crashed his car following the theft of high-value bicycles in Harrogate has been jailed.

Anthony Stephen Copeland, 27, of Farnworth, Bolton, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, two counts of dangerous driving and possessing a class B drug at Manchester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to 15 and 8 months’ imprisonment for the driving offences, and 15 months’ for the handling offence, to run concurrently.

North Yorkshire Police traffic officers tried to stop Copeland’s car in Harrogate in November 2014. The car crashed into bollards and the driver made off on foot. Inside the car, officers found three bikes, worth about £2,750, which had been reported stolen from Harrogate the previous day. The bikes were returned to their rightful owner.

Families of Alps crash victims warned of delays in identifying bodies

Families of the Germanwings crash victims including a man originally from Hull may have to wait up to four months for their remains to be identified.

Three Britons were killed in the disaster including Paul Bramley, 28, originally from Hull.

The Head of the Criminal Research Institute at France's National Gendarmerie said DNA identification of the victims would take two to four months, German newspaper Bild reported.

Subject to the amount of body parts found, the time period could fluctuate between two months at the least, and four months.

It is better to work at the rhythm of the science than to rush ahead and thereby run the risk of making mistakes in the identification.

We cannot promise that we will be able to identify all of the victims.

– Colonel Francois Daoust, France's National Gendarmerie
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