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Police appeal to trace missing Scarborough teenager

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 13-year-old girl from Scarborough.

Tashanna Walker Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Tashanna Walker was reported missing from home on the afternoon of Sunday March 15.

Police believe she may be heading to London where she has connections and are appealing to anyone who may have seen her to come forward.

She is described as black, around 5ft 7ins tall, with brown eye and long black hair worn in braids.

When she was last seen she was wearing khaki green parker coat, black skinny jeans or leggings, white trainers and was carrying a white bag.

Police are concerned for Tashanna’s welfare due to her age and the belief that she is trying to travel to London on her own.

Police concerned for welfare of missing Scarborough teenager

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 16-year-old girl missing from her home in Scaborough.

Zara Surrayah Dunbar Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Zara Surrayah Dunbar was last seen in the town's Falsgrave Road area at around 7.30pm on Monday March 9, 2015.

She is described as white, medium build and 5ft 3in tall. She has a fair complexion, green eyes, and shoulder-length dyed blonde hair which she sometimes wears in a ponytail. He natural hair colour is brown

"We are becoming increasingly concerned for Zara's safety due to her young age and the fact that she has no access to money and her mobile phone is switched off when we have tried to contact her.

Police are actively searching the Scarbrough area to make sure she and well. If anyone has any information that could help the missing person appeal to find Zara , please contact the police without delay."

– PC John Fawcett, Scarborough Police

Police appeal to find missing Scarborough teenager

Police are appealing for help to trace a teenager missing from Scarborough.

Zara Surrayah Dunbar Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Zara Surrayah Dunbar, who is 16-years-old, was last seen in the town's Falsgrave Road area at around 7.30pm on Monday March 9.

Police say she could be vulnerable due to her young age and are concerned that she was no access to money. She has a mobile phone but it was been switched off.

Zara is described as white, medium build and 5ft 3in tall. She has a fair complexion, green eyes and shoulder-length dyed blonde hair.

She was last seen wearing a peach and black quilted jacket, light blue jeans, white trainers, and was carrying a large brown holdall bag.


Mother jailed for leaving daughter to die from drugs overdose

A woman who failed to call an ambulance and left her daughter dying from a heroin overdose in her flat in Scarborough has been jailed.

Claire Johnson jailed at Leeds Crown Court Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Natasha Johnson died at her mother Claire Johnson's flat on Market Way on 23 May 2013. A police spokesman said Natasha had arrived there the previous evening with Daniel Kedge, aged 41, and another man and they began drinking.

Kedge went out to buy drugs and when he returned he took some heroin before allowing Natasha to inject some herself. The heroin had an immediate effect on her and she collapsed and began struggling for breath.

Miss Johnson was helped onto a sofa and put in the recovery position before her mother went to bed leaving her unresponsive on the sofa.

Police said it was a 'tragic end to a young life.'

Claire Johnson, aged 41, was jailed for 2 years and 8 months after admitting manslaughter by gross negligence at Leeds Crown Court.

Daniel Kedge Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Daniel Kedge, who provided the heroin to Natasha Johnson, was jailed for 16 months after being found guilty of supplying Class A drugs. He was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Scarborough to get new university campus

Scarborough is to get a new university campus as part of a £45 million scheme announced today by Coventry University.

Artist's impression of new campus

The campus - an expansion of Coventry - will include a technical college, a sports village and student accommodation. It is due to open in September 2016 and is expected to generate £1 billion for the local economy over the next decade.

The scheme is being developed through a partnership with Scarborough Borough Council and local businesses and is aimed at addressing the employment and skill needs of the local community, as well as attracting students from all over the country and overseas to come and study there.

Coventry University are initially investing more than £12m into their education and learning facilities, with ambitions to expand the capacity of the universe campus to cater for in excess of 5,000 students over time.

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