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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.

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."

Futurist Theatre up for sale after dispelling human remains rumours

The site of the Futurist theatre in Scarborough's South Bay has gone on the market in the hope of finding a developer to regenerate it.

It comes after Scarborough Borough Council obtained evidence dispelling claims that there could be a grave containing human remains on the site.

The Futurist Theatre is up for sale

Previous research conducted by supporters of the Futurist suggested that a concrete slab on a terrace to the rear of the theatre may mark the position of the final resting place of Thomas Alfred Fox, a brother of Will Catlin, who was the former founder and owner of the Futurist

However, results from exploratory excavations around and underneath the concrete slab show only "made ground", comprising of black-brown sandy silt and pieces of brick, plastic and metal.

Contractors didn't find any indication of human remains below the concrete slab.

Nick Edwards, Scarborough Borough Council Director of Business Support said:

"Based on the contractor's detailed explorations and subsequent findings, we are as satisfied as we can be that no human remains are buried below the concrete slab.

"We have shared the contractor's final report with the granddaughter of the Catlin family and hope that it brings her peace of mind and a conclusion to the uncertainty that has surrounded the area in recent months.

"We are now looking forward to seeing what proposals come forward from developers interested in regenerating the site.

"This is a chance to create something truly innovative and exciting for the South Bay that will reflect both the council's and local community's aspirations for the future of Scarborough as a first class destination."


Pedestrian dies after being hit by lorry on A64

A pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a lorry at Sherburn near Scarborough. It happened on the A64 at around 7.45pm Friday night (June20,2014).

The 25-year-old man was hit by a white and blue DAF lorry. He was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries but later died. Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw anyone walkiing along the side of the carriageway is urged to contact police.

Public urged to look out for wanted man

Aaron Bennett
Aaron Bennett Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Scarborough police are appealing for the public to report any sightings of a wanted man.

Aaron Bennett, 25, is wanted on suspicion of burglary and officers believe he is currently in the Scarborough area.

Police have been conducting checks at a number of addresses in the town in an effort to locate Bennett, who is aware that he is wanted.

Members of the public are being urged to remain vigilant and contact the police or Crimestoppers if they see him.

Bennett is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, with a heavy build, blue eyes and fair hair.

Scarborough Council official sacked for "leak"

Scarborough Council has revealed it has sacked a town hall official for leaking a confidential document to "an unauthorised third party."

It has given no more details about the leak.

The authority meets next week to discuss ways of improving security and ensuring that confidential documents that are meant to be seen only by certain councillors are not passed on to others.

The council's legal chief says it has become clear that documents have been occasionally leaked.

In November 2013 a further unauthorised disclosure of confidential legal information which could have jeopardised the council’s position in a commercial law case led to an immediate review of access to confidential reports.

Decision expected on £3m Scarborough lifeboat station

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Plans for a new £3 million lifeboat station in Scarborough go before councillors today, for a final decision.

Artist's impression

Scarborough Council planning officers have recommended that the station be given planning approval.

The RNLI say the boathouse will allow the charity to house its state-of-the-art £2m Shannon class lifeboat, as the current 70-year-old station is too small.

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