A man who committed online sexual offences against 24 children whilst posing as a fake casting agent for a modelling agency has been jailed for eight years.
The victims of 19-year-old David Harmes ranged in age from eight to 18 and included some from the Humberside police force area.
Harmes, formerly of Ellesmere Port, admitted 34 sexual offences following a joint operation run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and numerous police forces including Humberside Police.
He pleaded guilty to a range of offences, from taking indecent photographs to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and asked for a further four offences to be taken into account,
He will serve a minimum of five years and will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Emergency services are working to rescue the driver of a vehicle after it plunged into Immingham Docks.
The vehicle, which is believed to be some sort of truck, went into the water at around 8:30am.
Police, fire and ambulance services are all on the scene, including divers who are specially trained to deal with under water rescues.
Concern is growing for the safety of the vehicle's driver.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old Brandon who has gone missing in Cleethorpes.
Brandon Fitzgerald was reported missing to police on Sunday 21 February when he was last seen in the Cleethorpes area.
He is described as 5ft 6ins tall, of stocky build and wearing grey Nike jogging bottoms, a grey Nike jumper, a black coat and black Adidas trainers and a light blue Nike baseball cap.
Concern is growing for Brandon’s welfare due to his age and lack of contact with those close to him.
Police are investigating after a woman was grabbed by two men whilst she was with a child in Scunthorpe.
The a woman was followed by the men and grabbed by one of them as she walked through the park with her two-year-old child.
Both men were said to be white and aged 19 to 20. One wore jeans and a navy hooded top. The second – who is said to have grabbed the woman’s arm – wore a grey tracksuit.
The men fled when a man known to the woman challenged them.
Police have caught a driver speeding at 132mph on the M180 near Scunthorpe today.
Five men have been arrested in relation to a scam that saw hundreds of elderly victims being targeted by conmen.
The sting, which was carried out in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police, led to the arrest of a 24-year-old and two 23-year-olds from the London area and a further two 24-year-olds in Birmingham.
They remain in custody on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.
More than 300 incidents were reported in the Humberside force area alone – with more victims targeted nationally.
The conmen claimed they were police officers, bank officials or HM Revenue and Customs officers and told their victims they were the victims of fraud.
They asked the victim to hang up and call their bank to confirm their story and to transfer funds to a safe account.
However, the call with the fraudster remained connected and when victims believed they were speaking to their bank, they were in fact speaking to the original caller, handing over personal details.
In some cases, the victim was persuaded to transfer cash to a ‘safe’ account or to hand over money to a courier, who was sent to collect the funds.
In total, 49 people had money stolen, with a combined total of more than £200,000 taken.
There are reports that is a lane is blocked on the M180 Westbound on the exit slip road, which is causing very slow traffic. It is due to broken down lorry at Junction 4.
Concern is growing for missing Scunthorpe teenager Joshua Mansfield, who has not been since last Thursday.
The 16-year-old, who has been missing before, is described as white, of slim build, with short, wavy blond hair.
He was last seen wearing a Nike hooded jacket, matching dark blue jogging bottoms and black and white Airmax trainers.
He was riding a pale blue pushbike.
The Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn says she would be happy to give George Kavanagh her seat in Parliament.
If you were watching ITV Calendar this evening, you may have seen our report on the launch of the Grimsby & Cleethorpes Monopoly Board and in particular, ten-year-old George who says those who have their doubts about his home town of Grimsby 'need to be slapped in the face with a wet fish'.
What we did not have time to mention is that George is also an ambassador for St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby - which also features on the board. Sadly, George lost his father to cancer and George is deeply grateful to the hospice for its help in his final days.