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Scarborough rapist jailed for more than 13 years

A man from Scarborough has been jailed for more than 13 years for the horrific rape of a woman.

Thomas Holmes Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Thomas Holmes, 43, will serve 13 years and six months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and one of attempted rape at York Crown Court.

The court also issued him with a restraining order for life.

The offences took place at a property in Scarborough where Holmes subjected his victim to verbal, physical and sexual abuse over the course of one evening, into the early hours of the following day.

The length of the sentence handed out to Holmes reflects the gravity of his sickening crimes. He subjected his victim to a degrading, humiliating and frightening attack over a protracted period of time. She was recovering from a serious illness at the time and has been left with permanent health issues as a result.

“I am pleased that Holmes pleaded guilty, sparing the victim the ordeal of having to re-live her suffering through a trial. She has shown extreme bravery in coming forward and providing evidence to enable us to prosecute Holmes.

No jail sentence can ever undo the traumatic abuse she endured, but I hope the fact that Holmes is now serving a lengthy prison sentence, brings her some comfort that justice has been done, and she can now start to rebuild her life.

– Detective Constable Vicky Millington, Investigating officer

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Fears that North Yorkshire mental health charity may close

A mental health charity In North Yorkshire could be forced to close in a matter of weeks, if it does not find the £20,000 needed to keep its office running.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has helped over 8,000 people in the past 10 years, but does not receive a penny from the national arm of the charity. Ben Erlam reports.

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Titanic burial letter uncovered 103 years on from tragedy

A letter from the the owners of the Titanic to the family of a Scarborough officer asking for money to return his body to England has been uncovered 103 years on from the tragedy.

James Moody, 24, died in the disaster on the ship's maiden voyage in April 1912.

A letter to his brother, from the ship's parent company, asks for the equivalent of about £2000 for the repatriation.

The letter is due to be sold at the weekend at an auction in Wiltshire and is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £25,000.

It is being sold by a private collector, who acquired it directly from the Moody family.

Mr Moody had been serving as the Titanic's sixth officer, and was the only junior officer to perish after staying behind to help evacuate the passengers after the other officers left.

He was originally stationed on the Oceanic, the Titanic's sister ship, but transferred just months before the disaster in 1912.

The importance of this letter cannot be overstated as it was unknown to this point that the White Star Line would charge the family of one of the officers onboard the ill-fated liner for the return of their loved one.

The irony of this letter is Officer Moody's body was never recovered, which further illustrates the callous nature of the letter. This is a unique chance to own a historically game changing Titanic letter.

– Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge

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Girl rescued after falling 200 feet down cliff

Cliffs near holiday park Credit: PA

A teenage girl is in hospital after she fell 200 feet off a cliff in Filey yesterday evening. Her father raised the alarm following the accident just North of Chimney Hole, near Filey.

Coastguard rescue teams training nearby were at the scene within ten minutes. Specially trained cliff technicians were able to descend to the girl and administer first aid until the Coastguard Rescue helicopter arrived and she was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Filey, Scarborough, Burniston, and Bridlington attended along with the inshore lifeboat from Filey.

Birdman becomes 'surrogate parent' to pair of penguins

A 30-year-old aquarist who became a 'surrogate parent' to two Humboldt penguins has released them into Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary's penguin enclosure.

Foster dad Todd with his two babies Credit: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Both penguins were hatched in December at another UK wildlife centre and were rejected by their parents.

Todd German, who works as a senior aquarist at the Sanctuary had previously reared many abandoned baby birds and numerous orphaned, oiled and injured seabirds.

He fed Rico and Skipper a special fish soup six times daily with the aid of a syringe and even took them home with him so he could give them their last feed at 10pm.

Rico and Skipper go for a walk – Skipper opting for a ‘lift’ on this occasion. Credit: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Now fully fledged, they have joined 18 full-grown Humboldt’s in the Sanctuary’s new ‘Penguin island’ enclosure

Rico and Skipper weighed a miniscule 67 grams when Todd first adopted them. They now weigh in at four kilos.

I was thrilled to be given the chance to bring up Rico and Skipper. It was hard work, and I’m not sure what the neighbours made of their braying calls in the middle of the night, but it has been a hugely rewarding experience.

– Todd German
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