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Selby man jailed for historic sexual abuse

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man from Selby has been jailed for 24 years for sexually abusing girls between 1972-85.

Terence Mitchell, 68, will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.

He was found guilty in July this year of 22 counts of historical sexual abuse, two rapes and attempted rape. His criminality spanned 1972 to 1985.

"Terence Mitchell is a predatory paedophile who, between 1972 and 1985, systematically abused four young girls aged four to 15. He groomed his victims and sought out opportunities to be alone with them to commit unspeakable acts. This has led his victims to suffer severe physical and mental scars throughout their lives."

– Detective Constable Pete Cooper, of the York Serious Crime Team

Man threatened with machete and gun in robbery at home in Gargrave

Robbers armed with a gun and a machete threatened a man in a raid on his home in North Yorkshire.

The pair turned up at the house on Skipton Road in Gargrave at around 9.50pm last night and threatened the householder – a man in his thirties – and demanded jewellery and money.

But they fled empty-handed before driving off.

One of the robbers was Asian, in his mid-twenties, with short dark hair and a moustache. He was around 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build and was wearing dark clothing. The other was wearing a balaclava and is about 5ft 11ins tall and of medium build.

This was a very frightening ordeal for the victim and I am appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time. In particular, we want to identify the vehicle that we believe the suspects used. I urge anyone who was in the area of Skipton Road and Eshton Road between 9pm and 10pm on Thursday night, to please get in touch.

Thankfully, the victim was not injured during the incident, but was very shaken up by what happened. We believe that the suspects have targeted the address rather than it being a random attack.

– Detective Sergeant Michele Fawcett, Harrogate Serious Crime Team

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