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Police find body in search for missing walker

73-year-old Stephen Gibson who disappeared whilst walking Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Emergency services searching for 73-year-old Stephen Gibson, who went missing on 11 November when out walking near Rosedale Chimney Bank, have found a body.

Officers recovered a man's body near Cropton this morning. Stephen's family have been informed of the discovery.


Search for missing walker, aged 73

Stephen Gibson

Police are appealing for help in finding an elderly walker who has been missing for three days.

Stephen Gibson, who is 73 and from Malton, was last seen on Wednesday when he was separated from his group during thick fog on the North Yorkshire Moors. His fellow walkers raised the alarm at 7pm when he did not return to his vehicle.

Police and search and rescue teams have been searching with the help of nine specially trained search and rescue dogs from across the country and the National Police Air Service helicopter.

Mr Gibson is a regular walker, is very fit and knows the area well, however we are growing concerned for his safety and fear he may have got into difficulty or has been injured. He did not have any food with him or overnight equipment. If anyone has seen a man matching his description in the areas around Lastingham, Rosedale and Hutton le Hole, or has given him shelter overnight, we urge you to contact the police.

– Inspector Mike Fenton

Pickering flood defence scheme welcomed

Locals in Pickering have welcomed the opening of new flood defences in the area. The scheme means there will not be walls and barriers in the town which could have spoiled its looks.

Matthew WIlkinson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Matthew Wilkinson of the Television House says the 2007 flood devastated his shop and welcomes the new defences, along with Gordon Clitheroe of Beck House Museum who helped run the flood defence campaign.

Gordon Clitheroe Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Search for missing North Yorkshire pensioner

Missing 77-year-old in Pickering area Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information about a 77-year-old man who was reported missing in Ryedale yesterday afternoon.

Peter William Johnson, from the Cropton area of Pickering, had not been seen by neighbours for a couple of days. His family say he is in an increasingly confused state. Due to his age and for medical reasons, Mr Johnson's disappearance is being treated as high-risk by the police.

A full search involving specialist officers, search and rescue and a police helicopter is ongoing.

Anyone with information or possible sightings of Mr Johnson in the Pickering or surrounding areas, should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room.


Public consultation begins on North Yorkshire fracking proposals

Public consultation begins today into plans to frack for shale gas at a site in North Yorkshire.

Credit: Press Association

The Environment Agency is considering the proposals put forward by Third Energy UK Gas for exploration in Kirby Misperton.

The month-long consultation also includes a public drop-in session on Tuesday 16 June from 12 noon to 8pm at Kirby Misperton Village Hall.

Our regulatory controls for onshore oil and gas are in place to protect people and the environment. We will now assess the proposals to ensure they meet our strict requirements.

We welcome comments from the public and interested groups on local environmental factors that people feel are important.

– Martin Christmas, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency

Two jailed for blackmailing Pickering man into suicide

Two people have been jailed after blackmailing a Pickering man which led to him taking his own life.

Graham Cooper, aged 59, was found dead at his home on 8 January 2014. Police found documents detailing how he had been threatened by people who had demanded money from him.

Aysha Mullah aged 18, and Javed Ali, aged 19, on were arrested in January and charged with blackmail.

Mullah, of Olive Street, Bolton, and Ali, of Foxley Grove, Bolton, were each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when they appeared before York Crown Court on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

Conmen sentenced for defrauding elderly and vunerable

A gang of cowboy builders have been sentenced for scamming elderly and vulnerable residents in North Yorkshire out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

They approached their victims at their homes and pretended to be their friends in order to charge them for unnecessary repair work.

Trading Standards Officers have labelled their actions as one of the worst cases of repeat victimisation they have ever seen. Grace Melody-Gardner has the details:

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