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Motor stolen from a boat in Whitby

Police are appealing for information after an outboard motor was stolen from a boat in Whitby.

The blue Mercury F3.5m motor was taken from an 18ft long cabin cruiser called Gemini, which was moored in Whitby Marina, sometime between the end of February and Saturday 5 April 2014.

The motor carries the serial number 0R383260 and is worth around £590.

Officers are appealing to anyone with information about the theft to contact them with information.

Scarborough police seek help in historical sexual abuse investigation

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for people in the Scarborough area to come forward with any information about the late Peter Jaconelli - a prominent local businessman and former Mayor of Scarborough - as part of an ongoing investigation into historic sexual abuse.

The request for information, be it from potential victims or those with knowledge relating to allegations about Mr Jaconelli, follows last week’s announcement by North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner that it has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Recent publicity has identified a number of people who say they were victims of Mr Jaconelli when they were younger.

North Yorkshire Police is keen to identify possible other victims and is also appealing for any information that could assist the inquiry.

A police spokesman said: “Anyone who believes they have been a victim of Peter Jaconelli, or has relevant information and who has not recently contacted North Yorkshire Police, are asked to do so as soon as possible.

“It is important that victims are able to access the specialist support services that are readily available, and that we gather all the evidence in respect of this matter."


River searches continue for young soldier

Tyler Pearson Credit: Calendar

Police divers will resume underwater searches today for a young soldier who attempted to swim across the River Ouse following a night out with friends. There's been no trace of 18 year old Tyler Pearson since he was seen in the water in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

Watch: Campaign to improve river safety

Detectives commended as defendant pleads guilty to York murder

The Recorder of Leeds has commended detectives after a former soldier pleaded guilty to the murder of an estate agent and the attempted murder of her flatmate in York.

Jeremy Green
Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green subjected Nicole Waterhouse and Karen Browne to a brutal and sustained attack in their flat.

Miss Waterhouse died while Miss Browne endured 19 injuries after the nine hour attack.

During the sentencing of Green, The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, commended the team who investigated the murder and attempted murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, led the murder investigation.

He said: “I am satisfied with the sentence handed down by the court.

"It reflects the gravity of Green’s planning, his horrific physical and mental control of both Nikki and Karen over an eight and a half hour period, and then the gratuitous violence that ended Nikki’s life and which he intended would end Karen’s.

“These were extremely brutal attacks on two defenceless women. On top of this, whilst at the flat and when Nikki and Karen would have been terrified as to their fate, he continued to contact numerous other women arranging dates via his mobile phone as if this was just any other normal day.”

DCI Costello added: “Jeremy Green lived a ‘fantasy life’ and he lied to anyone he conversed with. He told stories to make himself more appealing but in truth he is a callous, deceitful, manipulative, dishonest and self-centred individual.

“Prior to his dishonourable discharge from the army, he had been trained for combat and since his dismissal remained physically fit, yet he still found it necessary to arm himself with a knife.

Nikki and Karen were not confrontational and would have given Green money out of fear. Green had access to monies which were in his name, but he chose not to use this, rather taking from others which was a pattern throughout his life.

“There are so many more people affected by Green’**s actions that day who will never recover from the loss of their loved one. My thoughts at this time are with Nikki’s family and friends.

“Green’s decision to plead guilty has spared Karen the trauma of giving evidence which would have meant reliving those dreadful events she endured and those she witnessed regarding her friend Nikki.

“While this result can never bring Nikki back or compensate for the visible injuries and nightmares Karen has to battle, I hope that the outcome at court brings all those affected by the terrible events which occurred on that fateful day, a degree of closure and reassurance in the judicial system.”

Former soldier jailed for estate agent

A former soldier who pleaded guilty to the murder of an estate agent in York and the attempted murder of her colleague has been told he will serve at least 34 years in jail before being considered for release .

Jeremy Green was jailed for at least 34 years
Jeremy Green was jailed for at least 34 years

Jeremy Green, 26, held 32-year-old Nicole Waterhouse and her flatmate and colleague Karen Browne, 23, hostage and subjected them to a sustained and brutal attack. Miss Waterhouse died while Miss Browne suffered devastating injuries.

Prosecutors said Green - a graduate of Sandhurst Military Academy who had served with the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan before stepping down as a platoon commander last April - drank beer while both women, who were in different bedrooms, suffered with their horrific injuries.

The court heard that Green - who was flanked by three dock officers - had dated Miss Browne briefly, but the relationship had ended before he turned up at the flat the two women shared in York.

Green had phoned the flat to say he was going to drop a DVD off, but when he was buzzed in her went into her bedroom and commenced his vicious assaults.

Before leaving the flat, nearly nine hours later, Green had robbed the two friends and inflicted 65 injuries on Miss Waterhouse and 19 on her friend

Peter Moulson QC said Green, who admitted murder and attempted murder, told police "he was a former soldier and following the attack on Lee Rigby he felt he had to arm himself at all times".

Miss Waterhouse's older sister Danielle said: "He has destroyed all our lives and has taken a part of out family we can never replace. The horror of how she was taken will never be forgotten."

Her dad John said: "She was totally conned by this man's evilness, which is beyond comprehension."

The court heard that Green had not given a reason for doing what he did but he was short of money and withdrew cash using both victims' cash cards when he left the flat.

Two sentences extended after prison officer attack

Two inmates already serving life for murder have been sentenced to six more years each for threatening to kill a prison officer days after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale, both 26, were found guilty at the Old Bailey last week following the incident at HMP Full Sutton in North Yorkshire on May 26 last year.

Khan was also convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm on prison officer Richard Thompson after relations between Muslim inmates and guards "became strained" in the days following Fusilier Rigby's death.

Judge Michael Topolski QC today sentenced Khan to six years for threats to kill and three years for GBH, to run concurrently at the end of his life sentence with a minimum of 20 years.

Awale was also sentenced to six years for threats to kill, to be served at the end of his life sentence, which carries a minimum term of 38 years.

Passing sentence, the judge said: "This was a premeditated, well planned and carefully orchestrated attack on a single and previously identified prison officer, who was, as such, performing a public duty and upon whom it has had a significant impact.

"The events as a whole formed part of a joint enterprise involving force and weapons, committed by men with convictions for murder.

"Both of you carried weapons to the cleaning office.

"Given the context, the level of threats uttered and repeated were truly appalling, causing great anguish, not just to prison officer Thompson but also his colleagues who were convinced he was going to die in horrific circumstances."

The men were cleared by the jury of charges of false imprisonment during the four and a half hour stand-off along with co-defendant David Watson, 27.

Khan was also found not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against another officer.

Their trial earlier this year heard allegations that the defendants called for the release of Abu Qatada and Roshonara Choudhry, a student who attempted to stab MP Stephen Timms to death in 2010.

They were also accused of demanding to be flown to Afghanistan, the jury heard.


North Yorkshire Police motorcyclists event in Helmsley

Police advanced motorcycle officers who operate the rider improvement scheme "Bikesafe" and representatives from the Institute of Advanced Motorists will be at Helmsley Market Place today to provide advice to riders who want to improve their skills.

Riders will also be able to pick up a copy of the Biker's Guide to North Yorkshire which provides invaluable advice about riding in North Yorkshire, highlighting hazards and high-risk locations on the most popular riding routes.

"We welcome responsible bikers to the county and recognise that the vast majority are responsible and considerate in their riding. If riders want to improve their skills, we are more than happy to speak to them about how they can do this. Having been on a Bikesafe course myself I can't emphasise enough the value of this type of post-test training.

– Sergeant Andy Quaye the organiser

Police rescue "vulnerable woman" from River Ouse

North Yorkshire Police say officers have tonight risked their own lives to rescue a "vulnerable woman" who had gone into the River Ouse, in York. It is understood she is an 18-year-old who was said to be in a distressed state when she had earlier this evening left a property in the city.

In a post on its Twitter account tonight, North Yorkshire Police said: "Amazing actions by York officers who risked their own safety to secure a vulnerable female who had entered the Ouse this evening." The teenager is believed to have been taken to hospital as a precaution.

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Soldier missing in York believed to be from Nottingham

Signaller Tyler Pearson.
Signaller Tyler Pearson. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A soldier who's missing after entering the River Ouse in York is believed to be from Nottingham.

Signaller Tyler Pearson, 18, was last seen in the early hours of Thursday (3 April) after a night out with friends.

Police think he entered the river voluntarily.

Yesterday, Superintendant Phil Cain, of York Safer Neighbourhood Command, said: “At this time we cannot confirm whether he has exited the water safely."

He is the third person this year feared to have drowned after a night out in the city.

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