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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."


Seagull task force set up in North Yorkshire

For some, they are an integral part of life in our region's seaside towns. For others seagulls are an increasing nuisance which are bringing real harm to coastal communities.

Councillors in Scarborough and Whitby say it's now a problem that has to be dealt with and they have set up a special task force to tackle it.

They are only allowed to cull to the birds in exceptional circumstances, so now they are asking for the public's opinion on what to do next.

Chris Kiddey has the story:

Body found in woodland

A man's body has been found in woodland near Scarborough.

Police were called out to Staxton Woods on Friday after the discovery was made.

The man has yet to be formally identified, but the family of Alan Wilkinson from Cayton, who has been missing since early December, has been informed.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out to find out how the man died.

Work starts on Scarborough's multi-million pound water park

Work on a multi-million pound water park in Scarborough’s North Bay is getting underway today. Construction is expected to take around 14 months and the park is due to open for Easter 2016. It's hoped it will attract up to half a million visitors a year.

The attraction will initially feature four water rides, a wave pool,a luxury spa suite and an outdoor iodine infinity pool (a pool heated to 36° C with massage jets, which can help enhance health and well being). There are also plans for other features to be added to the water park under future development phases.

It will be built on Burniston Road car park.

The water park forms part of the much wider redevelopment of Scarborough’s North Bay, known as The Sands.

To say everyone involved in this project is very excited with this week’s fantastic news is an understatement. An attraction of this quality and scale will bring massive economic benefits, not just to Scarborough, but the wider borough and Yorkshire as well, both in the construction phase and once it is open.

– Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council


Police appeal to find wanted Scarborough man

Police in Scarborough are appealing for help to trace a wanted man.

Daniel Davis Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Daniel Davis, of Grosvenor Terrace, is wanted for recall to prison after breaching the terms of his release licence.

The 32-year-old was released from custody in October 2012 after serving a four year sentence for attempted robbery and conspiracy to steal.

He has now been charged with committing further offences, breaching his licence, so must return to prison.

Davis is described as white, around 6ft 2ins tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Investigation into alleged assault on boy in Scarborough

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a possible assault involving a woman and boy in Scarborough town centre. It happened outside Boots on Westborough between 12.20pm and 12.45pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014. Police received reports from members of the public that a woman was assaulting the boy. It is believed other passers-by witnessed the incident and may have tried to intervene before the police were called to assist. Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and are asking people with information to come forward. A local woman aged in her late 20s has been arrested in connection with the investigation. Following questioning she was released on police bail to allow time for further enquires. The boy was medically examined and did not require treatment.

Ambulance staff take 'safety' campaign to Scarborough

Ambulance staff will protest outside Scarborough Hospital today Credit: Press Association

Ambulance staff who are members of the Unite union will be protesting outside Scarborough General Hospital today over concerns that cuts to staff numbers could compromise patient safety. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service says patients' needs are at the heart of everything it does.

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