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Appeal after body found on beach

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to identify an elderly man found dead on Scarborough's North Bay beach on Friday morning.

Police and paramedics were alerted at 7.54am on Friday, September 11, by a member of the public to the body of a man on the beach.

Police are treating it as a sudden and unexplained death at this early stage as enquiries continue.

Officers are seeking the public's assistance to help identify the man who is described as white, aged between 75 and 85 and is 5ft 9in tall. He has a medium build with grey hair, blue-green eyes and size nine feet. He had a gold crown on the lower left side of his jaw.

The man was found wearing a white, purple and blue check full sleeve shirt, a white vest, grey socks and black 'Paddlers' make shoes. He was also wearing an analogue "Eton" watch.

Police would like to trace any witnesses who, during the past 24 hours, may have seen someone in the area of the North Bay or entering the water, who matches this description.

Anyone with information which could assist in this investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference 12150160099.

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Search underway for Scarborough's new town crier

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Hear ye this news! The search is underway for a new town crier for the coastal town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire!

Editorial Image Credit: Press Association

Following the retirement of Honorary Freeman of the Borough, Alan Booth MBE, after 31 years of service, Scarborough Borough Council is calling on anyone interested in taking up the honorary position to apply and take part in an outdoor public audition in front of a judging panel on Friday 9 October.

When asked about what qualities are most needed to make a good town crier, Alan Booth MBE, who will be on the judging panel, said:

"Ultimately, we'll be looking for someone that wants to do the job for the love of the town and the borough. They should always have the best interests of the area at heart. As well as the obvious skill of loud hailing, a town crier has to demonstrate exemplary behaviour at all times and be smart in appearance. They must like meeting people, engaging in conversation with young and old and listening to others. A good knowledge of the area's history, culture and attractions would be a distinct advantage although they should also be willing to learn on the job.”

At the audition, each candidate will have to hail two announcements, one written by the judging panel, which will be provided to candidates in advance and one that the candidate has personally written for the occasion.

The council must receive applications, including submission of each candidate’s personal announcement, no later than 30 September.


Motorcyclist critically injured in Scarborough crash

A motorcyclist is fighting for his life in hospital after being involved in a collision at Eastfield in Scarborough.

It happened when a motorbike and car were in collision outside the Vantage Toyota garage on Dunslow Road on Friday August 21, 2015 around 7.22pm.

The 23-year-old motorcyclist from Cayton was taken to Scarborough Hospital suffering serious injuries. The driver of the Yaris car, a 22-year-old woman from Scarborough, escaped injury.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Gemma Simpson's killer appeals against jail term

A man from Scarborough, who kept the location of the remains of the woman he stabbed to death secret for 14 years, is appealing against his jail term.

Gemma Simpson

Martin Bell says the minimum 12-year sentence he was handed last year violated his human rights..

Bell, a schizophrenic, pleaded guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility to the manslaughter of Gemma Simpson at Leeds Crown Court last year.

He had dumped her body at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire.


Tourism in Scarborough up as national figures fall

More than £500 million was spent by tourists in Scarborough last year according to figures released today.

Tourism in Scarborough up as national figures fall Credit: Nick Fletcher

The Great Britain Tourism Survey found that while visitor numbers and average spend fell nationally, they were higher in Scarborough than in 2013, which the borough council says it is delighted with.

In the area, the number of overseas visitors increased and the amount spent by those tourists rose by 13 per cent.

Nationally, domestic overnight trips fell by 9 per cent.

Increase in domestic overnight trips
Increase in domestic trip spend

We’re obviously delighted with these results and they reflect the positive conversations we’ve had with local tourism businesses in the last 12 months about trade being buoyant in all parts of the borough.

– Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Borough Council

Did famous Hull aviator visit Scarborough?

Amy Johnson visits Scarborough? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

A Scarborough coffee shop owner is investigating whether famous Hull aviator Amy Johnson made a flying visit to Scarborough in the 1930s. Jack Siddons, co-owner of the Greensmith and Thackwray coffee shop, was given an old black and white photo by a descendent of the original owners of the shop, back when it was called 'Indian Colonial Outfitters'.

It shows a woman who appears to be wearing a flying helmet in the centre of crowds near Greensmith and Thackwray.

The famous aviator? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

"Janet told us that she believes the woman is Amy Johnson, and judging by other pictures we’ve found online, it certainly looks like her.

But we can find no reference to her ever visiting Scarborough, although it looks as though she really drew the crowds! We’d love to know for certain if it is her and, if so, when and why she was here.”

– Jack Siddons, Greensmith and Thackwray

Hull-born Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English aviator who set many long-distance records during the 1930s. Her death has been the subject of much speculation, but the most likely explanation is that she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary after, it’s believed, running out of fuel. Her body was never recovered.

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