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Search for missing dog after owner's van stolen

Buster Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The search has started for a dog who was inside a van when it was stolen in North Yorkshire.

The white Vauxhall Vivaro van, registration number DS60JDO, was stolen from the driveway of a bungalow on the Bolton Road in Scorton near Richmond at around 11.30am this morning.

A black and white spaniel called Buster who belongs to the owner of the van, was sat on the front seat.

The van was parked inside the grounds of the bungalow while the owner carried out work at the premises and the door of the van had been left open to help keep Buster cool.

The vehicle also contained the owner’s tools, along with his wallet.

PC Kalinka Smith-Owen of Catterick police said: “I am appealing to anyone who believes they have seen the van since this morning or knows of its current whereabouts to contact the police.

“There is added urgency and distress in this case with the theft of Buster the dog who may be in need of care and attention.

"It’s possible that Buster may have been dumped by the thieves, so I am also appealing to anyone who has seen a lone black and white spaniel in the Scorton, Richmond or surrounding areas to get in touch.”

Passer by punched in Richmond brawl

Police are investigating after a woman was punched as she walked past a brawl in Richmond.

The 25 year-old victim sustained a swollen eye and bruising to her face and neck when she was punched in the face and stamped on outside the Conservative Club on Newbiggin at around 2am on Saturday 15 February.

There were a number of people fighting outside the club as the victim walked past and was assaulted.

She was taken to Darlington Hospital for treatment to her injuries.


Police seeking public's help to trace wanted man

Richmond police are asking for the public’s help to locate a man wanted for recall to prison.

Christopher Hugill, 29, from Richmond, is wanted for recall to prison as he has breached the terms of his licence after failing to live at a specified address and has not attended appointments.

It is believed he has committed further offences.

Hugill was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment in 2012 for common assault. He was released in June 2013.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in tall with a medium build and short brown hair.

Although his whereabouts are unknown it is believed that Hugill is still in the Richmond area.

Inspector Mark Gee, of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team, appealed to Hugill: "By not facing the consequences of your actions you are only making matters worse for yourself."

Tattooist inks tribute to Nelson Mandela

A tattooist said he was "compelled" to ink a likeness of Nelson Mandela as a tribute to the former South African leader.

Artist Chris Moss made the free offer on his shop's Facebook page and it was taken up by Gareth Smith, a 43-year-old carpet fitter from Catterick Village, North Yorkshire.

Mr Moss took about three hours to ink the design, which is around two hands wide, onto Mr Smith's thigh.

The artist who runs the K2 Body Art shop in Richmond, North Yorkshire, was inspired to make the offer after watching hours of tributes to Mr Mandela on television.

Mr Smith says he saw the advert and was delighted to take up the offer.

Watch: William Hague appears to call MP a "stupid woman"

Richmond MP William Hague is coming under fire after appearing to call a Labour MP a "stupid woman" during Prime Minister's Questions.

The Foreign Secretary's remarks followed questions from Cathy Jamieson about his links with Conservative donors and private companies. Hague has said he did not intend any offence.

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North Yorkshire flood victims offered council tax discount

Flood victims who are forced to move out of their homes will be offered discounts on their council tax in one part of the region.

The plans for the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire follow last year's severe weather.

The local council is one of only a handful in the country to create its own policy, which could see a tax free period for up to 12 months for properties affected by floods.

The area was badly hit last Autumn and the authority says it is responding to the hardship suffered by residents.

The scheme will be piloted for 12 months and then reconsidered by councillors.


Mother speaks of her heartache

A mother from North Yorkshire who gave birth to her first child in Spain 20 years ago fears she may have been a victim of a baby trafficking scandal. Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in hospital just hours after she was born.

But now she believes her baby was one of thousands suspected to have been sold for adoption by corrupt medical staff. She spoke to our correspondent, Rachel Bullock

Mum fears her baby was stolen

A North Yorkshire mother fears she may be a victim of a Spanish baby trafficking scandal.

Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in a Spanish hospital just hours after she was born - but now she believes her baby was stolen and sold for adoption by a criminal network of Spanish doctors, nurses, priests and nuns. More to follow.

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