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Getaway car set alight after robbery

Police and fire crews in Ilkley have been battling a car fire after a group of armed robbers set their get away car alight.

Four masked men dressed in blue overalls drove onto the pavement and smashed the window at Lister Horsfall, Brook Street at about 1.40pm.

The robbers sped off in a silver Honda Civic car, down Brook Street and Railway Road, narrowly missing pedestrians.

The getaway car was abandoned and set alight on Hampshire Close, Ilkley.

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Education needed on river dangers

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says education is needed to make people aware of the dangers of York's rivers.

Police diving teams in York today
Police diving teams in York today

Police are searching for a third person missing in the River Ouse a matter of weeks after Megan Roberts and Ben Clarkson drowned separately in the river.

Julia Mulligan said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man as the emergency services continue their search and investigation of events leading up to this incident.”

“At the River Safety Summit I called a fortnight ago, those present resolved that our combined efforts need to be focussed on educating people about the dangers of being close to the river when under the effects of alcohol and vulnerability training for people working in the night-time economy.

“Since the summit, I have had meetings with some of the family members who approached me to express their willingness to be involved in such a campaign.

"I am now working with our river safety partners to draw up a specification for the campaign, which will include how it can be sustained over the long term.”

Life saving charity and mother of Megan Roberts issue river warning

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Jackie Roberts, the mother of Megan Roberts who drowned in the River Ouse, have issued a statement warning people about the dangers of York's waterways.

Police diving teams in York today
Police diving teams in York today

Police are searching today for another person who is thought to have gone into the river.

Director of Lifesaving at the RLSS UK, Adrian Lole, said: “It is deeply concerning to hear that a man is missing, last seen entering the River Ouse, and we a hoping search teams will find him safe and well.

“However, with two tragic drownings in this river in the last few months and news of the missing man this morning, we are urging people to please listen to water safety advice and acknowledge the considerable dangers that can be associated with open water.

Jackie Roberts added: “I am working with the RLSS UK as my daughter’s life meant so much and I want to do something in respect to her and to prevent further tragedies.

“I am devastated to hear that one more person may have lost their lives, so close to where Megan lost hers, and this makes me even more determined to do something to make people consider the dangers and the risks they face around water, particularly if walking home after a night out or drinking.”

The RLSS UK is also working with York St John students’ union to make sure messages reach local residents and students.

York river search: latest

Police divers and crews using specialist sonar equipment are searching a 200m stretch of the River Ouse in York for an 18-year-old feared drowned after he attempted to swim across the river early on Thursday.

It is believed the local man had been out with a group of friends and police say "entered the river voluntarily" to try and swim from King's Staith across the river to Queen's Staith. There has been no trace of him since the alarm was raised at around 2.30am.

Police say he had been seen to cross the Ouse Bridge with two friends before getting into the river near the Lowther pub in the city centre. Specially trained officers are currently supporting the man's family.


Divers and sonar equipment carry out river search

Police are using specialist sonar equipment to scan a 100 m stretch of the River Ouse close to the Kings Arms pub.

Calendar understands this is where police have been told the man was seen in the water at about 2.30am. Police divers will be carrying out underwater searches soon.

Ian Hugill of Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, who have been searching the banks and surrounding areas, spoke to Jon Hill:

Police divers resume search for missing man

Police divers have returned to the River Ouse in York to resume their underwater search for a man who is reported to have gone in the water in the early hours of this morning.

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Fifteen members of the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team have searched both banks of the river from the city centre to the A64 on the edge of York - a distance of two miles.

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So far there has been no trace of the man. Police have released few details, but are now concentrating their search close to the Ouse Bridge in the centre of York.

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