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Police appeal to trace missing Leeds man

Police are appealing for information to find a man who has gone missing from Leeds.

Paul Tillotson Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Paul Tillotson, aged 45, was reported missing from an address in Horsforth at about 6.30pm yesterday (Sunday March 1, 2015).

Enquiries have shown his cashcard was used in Scarborough earlier that day.

"Mr Tillotson's family are very concerned for his welfare and we would like to hear from anyone who knows his current whereabouts. He may be in the Scarborough area and we would like to hear from anyone there who may have seen him.

He is described as white 6ft tall, with brown hair, which is going grey. He was wearing a black and white coat which buttons at the side, black shirt, blue trousers and brown leather boots."

– Insp Mark Birkett, West Yorkshire Police

Jessie J to perform at open air theatre

Jessie J has announced she will perform at Scarborough Open Air theatre in July as well as Whitby in February.

She has sold over 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide to date. Credit: Jessie J

Tickets are £37 are will go on sale next weekend.

We’re delighted that Jessie J has agreed to come back to the Open Air Theatre for a second time; the lure of the Yorkshire Coast proving too hard for her to resist!

The setting is a massive wow factor, we get the most enthusiastic audiences and our team really knows how to look after our visiting stars; it’s a great recipe for success.

– Cllr David Chance, Scarborough council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture

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Man dies after being swept into sea at Scarborough

A man has died in hospital after he was swept out to sea near the Spa in Scarborough's South Bay.

North Yorkshire Police were called at around 6pm yesterday to a report of a man being knocked off the sea wall into the water .

The RNLI and Coastguard also attended the scene of the incident, with air support provided by RAF Leconfield.

An unconscious man was recovered from the water at around 6.40pm and taken to Scarborough District Hospital.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, he was pronounced deceased at hospital.

The man, who has not been named, was from Scarborough and in his thirties.

It is understood that the man was walking in the area with his dog and a friend when he got into difficulties.

The man’s friend was also taken to hospital suffering from shock and the effects of the cold, but has since been discharged.

A family who were walking nearby, raised the alarm with the emergency services.

Two people in hospital after Scarborough sea rescue

Two men were taken to hospital after they were rescued from the sea at Scarborough this evening.

The alarm was raised at 6pm when the Humber coastguard received a 999 call informing them that a person had been knocked off the sea wall at South Shore into the sea by a combination of gale force winds and high tides.

It is not known how the second man ended up in the sea but it is believed he went into to try and rescue the other person.

Both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were scrambled to rescue the two men from the sea between the former swimming pool and the Spa.

The inshore lifeboat was launched in poor visibility at 6.10pm, followed 20 minutes later by the all-weather lifeboat.

It was at high tide, with a 4-5ft swell amplified by the backwash which made the search more difficult, despite the help of a spotlight from a Sea King helicopter from RAF Leaconfield.

Two coastguard teams , one from Scarborough and the other from Burniston, assisted with the search from the beach.

The two men were eventually rescued from the water and both were taken by ambulance to Scarborough General Hospital for treatment.

“We have very high tides at the moment and when you combine this with gale force winds you get very powerful waves.

"Whilst this can look spectacular we would ask people to please admire the force of nature at a distance.

"Breaking waves will knock you off your feet and are extremely dangerous for both you and the people who will be sent to rescue you.”

– Mike Puplett, Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre

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No train services between York and Scarborough

There will be no train services between York and Scarborough for nine days from today (Saturday February 14, 2015) while Network Rail engineers carry out maintenance work on the bridge which crosses the River Ouse just outside York railway station.

No train services between York and Scarborough while maintenance works are carried out Credit: ITV Yorkshire

During this time all First Trans-Pennine Express trains between York and Scarborough will be replaced by a coach service.

Drug dealer jailed after heroin find

A heroin dealer based in Scarborough has been jailed as part of the town's crackdown on drug dealers.

Michael Murphy, aged 21, was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment at York Crown Court

Michael Murphy, aged 21, was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment at York Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Murphy, of no fixed address but originally from Liverpool, was arrested by Scarborough police's Operation Impact team at a property on Sitwell Street on 27 January 2015.

During a search of the property officers found 18 wraps of heroin.

Police in the town have arrested almost 200 people suspected of drugs offences and charged over 125 people.

More than £70,000 in cash and large quantities of drugs have been seized.

Gulls branded 'muggers of the seaside'

They're as much a feature of the seaside as fish and chips or sticks of rock, but seagulls have now been dubbed "muggers" of our coastal towns ahead of a top level summit in Scarborough today.

Credit: Press Association

There's been growing concern about the birds causing mess, and even dive-bombing locals and tourists in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

Now civic leaders are to meet with conservationists, pest controllers and seaside traders to work out what, if anything, can be done to limit the nuisance.

Herring gulls and kittiwakes are protected by law and in the case of herring gulls, can only be culled if they are posing a proven risk to public health and safety.

Scarborough Council officials say birds nesting in the towns can cause a variety of problems including "excessive noise and sleep deprivation; fouling by droppings and regurgitated food; litter and mess from scavenging; attacks by parent birds; damage to property; blockage of gas flues; and mugging or stealing food."

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