Bid to keep Scarborough's beaches clean

People are being urged to help take part in cleaning Scarborough's beaches today as part of a campaign to keep them barefoot friendly.

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Le seagull rescued after Tour de France prank

A seagull has been rescued after being discovered covered in yellow paint.

Seagull found painted yellow
Seagull found painted yellow

The Scarborough Sea Life Centre investigated reports from holidaymakers in the area.

It was first thought the bird had a rare plumage but after trapping the bird, aquarist Andy Jayes realised it had been covered in red paind.

Seagull found painted yellow
Seagull found painted yellow

RSPCA Inspector Geoff Edmunds, who collected what proved – underneath the paint-job – to be a herring gull, speculated it may have been the victim of a prank linked to the Tour de France.

We know there were sheep spray-painted with washable yellow paint to mark the visit of the Tour de France. It’s likely someone thought it was a clever idea to paint a seagull as well.

– Lia Bull, Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Though still able to fly short-distances, the gull would inevitably have died as a result of the damage to its plumage.

It is now recuperating at a specialist RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire.

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Man remanded in custody over death of Gemma Simpson

A man has appeared in court today charged with the murder of a woman who went missing from Leeds fourteen years ago.

Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000
Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared in May 2000 from Harehills.

Martin Bell, 44, who was arrested in Scarborough last week, appeared via video link at Leeds Crown Court today.

He was remanded in custody until July 22.

Brimham Rocks search for missing Gemma

Police investigating the disappearance of a woman from Leeds more than 14 years ago have been searching woodland in North Yorkshire.

Officers have been scouring an area near popular tourist attraction Brimham Rocks in their search for the body of twenty three year old Gemma Simpson.

This morning 44-year-old Martin Bell, who was arrested in Scarborough earlier this week, appeared at York Magistrates Court charged with Gemma's murder. He was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday.

Gemma disappeared in May 2000 from the Harehills area of Leeds. Her body has never been found.

Man in court over missing Gemma's murder

Missing Gemma Simpson - her body has never been found Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A man has appeared in court today charged with the murder of a woman who went missing more than 14 years ago.

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared in May 2000 from the Harehills area of Leeds. Her body has never been found.

44-year-old Martin Bell, who was arrested in Scarborough earlier this week, appeared at York Magistrates Court this morning. He was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile police officers have been searching an area around Brimham Rocks near Harrogate as part of the investigation.

Man charged in a missing woman case - 14 years on

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who vanished in Leeds 14 years ago.

Gemma Simpson went missing 14 years ago

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she was last seen in the Harehills area on 5 May 2000, when she told a friend she was on her way to visit another friend Huddersfield.

Martin Bell, 44, of St Leonard's Crescent, Scarborough, was arrested in the town on Tuesday.

Mr Bell is due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning.

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CCTV to monitor North Yorkshire horse fair

Police say CCTV will be used to monitor a horse fair in North Yorkshire.

Gates open today for travellers for the fair in Seamer near Scarborough, which will be held next Tuesday.

Facilities will be provided for the travellers including the provision of an onsite water supply and a horse trough, as well as portable toilets and a daily waste collection service. Travellers will be charged a fee for staying on the site, depending on the number off nights they stay.

Scarborough Borough Council is bringing in site managers who will be there 24 hours a day for the entire time the site is open.

North Yorkshire Trading Standards will also be present on site to check traders are acting legally and responsibly and the RSPCA will attend to ensure the welfare of horses and other animals.

Man held over missing woman's death

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who went missing more than 14 years ago.

Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000
Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000

Gemma Simpson, 23, from Leeds, disappeared in May 2000.

She told a friend she was catching a bus from the Harehills area of Leeds to the city centre but vanished.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed a man has been arrested in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and a property is being searched in the seaside town.

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor, from West Yorkshire Police protective services (crime), said: "A 44-year-old man was arrested in Scarborough last night on suspicion of the murder of Gemma Simpson, who went missing in Leeds in May 2000.

"An address in Scarborough is currently being examined as part of the investigation and the man remains in custody while our inquiries continue.

"We have notified Gemma's family and will be keeping them informed of any developments."

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post last year, Miss Simpson's mother Linda Umpleby said: "It's unbearable. No mother should have to go through this.

"The frustration is so overwhelming you could scream."

She said: "I have had to live with this for 13 years and it cracks you up. I feel like she's there by my side all the time."

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