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Blow for family after missing man's mother dies

The family of a missing man who've endured months of anguish over his disappearance - have been dealt a terrible new blow after his mother died - they say from a broken heart.

Damion Vernon from Bridlington was reported missing in December and since then his mother Margaret has campaigned for his safe return.

But on Saturday night, she died suddenly - Helen Steel has been to see her family and spoken to Margaret's sister Bridget:

Four men arrested after police discover cannabis factory in Knaresborough

Four men have been arrested after police found a cannabis factory in a disused car showroom in Knaresborough.

The operation was discovered on Tuesday 28 April 2015, when a local officer became suspicious about the site and went to investigate.

More than 100 plants were found on the lower floor of S&R Motors, on Harrogate Road, Ferrensby, along with equipment commonly used in the production of cannabis.

A 36-year-old man from Leeds was arrested at the scene on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

Two other men, aged 24 and 30, were arrested in Plompton a short time later.

All three men have been released on police bail to allow for further enquiries.

Following police enquiries, a fourth man was arrested in connection with the incident in Harrogate on Wednesday 29 April 2015. He remains in police custody for questioning.


Police appeal for information about suspected thief

York police have issued a fresh appeal for the public's help to trace a Latvian man wanted on suspicion of theft.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A European Arrest Warrant has already been issued for Viktors Sokolovskis, 42, who is wanted in Latvia.

Sokolovskis was arrested at York Magistrates' Court in September 2014, after appearing on a separate matter of two thefts in Wheldrake, near York.

He was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 12 February 2015, for an extradition hearing but failed to turn up.

Officers are appealing to anyone who sees Sokolovskis or knows where he is to contact them with information.

He is known to have links to York and Hull but he could be anywhere in the country.

Fresh appeal to find missing man after mother's death

The family of a man missing from Bridlington have issued a fresh appeal to find him after the death of his mother.

Damion Vernon's mother, Margaret, died at the weekend - her family say brokenhearted.

Despite appeals for her son to get in touch, he's never done so. His car was found in Wakefield, where a police search of the nearby River Calder found nothing.

His aunt Bridget Bean says they're facing a race against time to find Damion.

Charity highlights affordable housing crisis in Yorkshire

The homeless charity Shelter says its becoming increasingly difficult for families to buy their first homes in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Research published today reveals only 32% of homes for sale in the region are affordable for families that need at least two bedrooms, and only 15% are affordable for larger families looking for homes with three bedrooms or more.

Amongst the worst spots identified are York and Craven.

Zorana Halpin says politicians need to devise a plan to deal with the crisis:

Mother of missing Bridlington man dies

The family of a missing man from Bridlington have spoken of their heartache after his mother died without seeing him again.

Damion Vernon disappeared five months ago.

His mother Margaret appeared on Calendar as part of her search to find him in January - but she died on Saturday.

Damion's mother, Margaret on Calendar

Mr Vernon, 32, went missing before Christmas last year.

The father-of-two was last seen in Wakefield, where police later began an underwater search of the River Calder.

It is believed he was on his way to pick up a car in South Yorkshire when he went missing.


Jimmy Savile abused Surrey school pupils

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At least 22 pupils and one visitor at Duncroft Approved School in Staines, Surrey, were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile in the 1970s, a report by Surrey Police has concluded.

The force has concluded its investigations into the activities of the TV personality who was given "unrestricted and largely unsupervised" access to Duncroft School in Staines, Surrey, which he visited at least 16 times between 1974 and 1979 and even stayed overnight on two occasions.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced in December last year that no charges would be made against former staff members following the police investigation to find if anyone was complicit in the abuse.

Man dies in York flat fire

A man in his thirties has died after a fire at a block of flats in York.

Officers attended the scene of the blaze on North Lane, off Thanet Road, in Dringhouses, York, at around 12:50am today.

The emergency services were alerted by a call from a member of the public.

Police say the flats were evacuated and a man was taken to York District Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The police and fire services are making enquiries to establish the cause of the fire, which is at this time unexplained.

Songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy drops into Calendar studio

He's sold 80 million records around the world, picked up a grammy along the way, and has currently got a hit show on Broadway with his best mate Gary Barlow.

Songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy has never chased the limelight that comes with his extraordinary talent and still lives in Sheffield where he was born and bred.

As a child he didn't even take music lessons and there were no signs of what was to come until his headmaster at Dinnington High School near Rotherham heard his first album and talked him into quitting school.

He has worked with Take That, written for the Spice girls, who've stayed at his house, and is pals with Bryan Adams.

Right now his show Neverland, the life story of playwrite JM Barrie is a hit on Broadway.

Kennedy joined Duncan and Christine in the ITV Calendar studio - and you can watch their extended chat below:

Wintry conditions return with light snow in late April

By Jon Mitchell

As promised, a few Pennine places woke up to a light covering of snow this morning (Tuesday).

Snow is by no means unusual in April, even late April. It just depends which direction our airflow is coming from.

Last week it was coming from the Mediterranean and this week it is coming from the Arctic which is still very cold, having only just started to warm up from the deep winter. The effect on our weather is obvious - the possibility of snow showers. Lying snow won't last long by day though as the sun climbs higher in the sky and gains strength.

Over the coming days expect some heavy, possibly thundery showers - typical of April.

Are there any signs of it going to warm up? Frankly, over the next seven days, the answer has to be 'no'.

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