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Two men arrested following reports of a man with a gun

Two men, aged 35 and 32 have been arrested after an incident involving armed police in Scarborough.

Officers closed Dean Road at around 1.30pm and cleared pedestrians away from the area after reports that a man had entered a block of flats carrying a gun.

The road has now been reopened and police would like to thank the public for their patience during the incident.


Veterans given free trips to Normandy

This weekend sees the anniversary of the D-Day landings – the 6th of June 1944, a turning point in the Second World War.

Every year, groups of veterans head to Normandy to visit the places where they fought and to remember those who lost their lives. Now, veterans across Yorkshire are being offered free trips, as part of a scheme funded by the huge Libor bank fines. A former serviceman from Scarborough’s just been taken on one of the trips, along with a number of other veterans. They were joined by our reporter Lauren Hall.

Mental health charity saved with hours to spare

A metal health charity in North Yorkshire has been saved from closure, with less than 24-hours to spare.

A metal health charity in North Yorkshire has been saved from closure, with less than 24-hours to spare.

Scarborough, Whityby and Ryedale Mind was on the verge of closure, but donations from the public helped raise £20,000 to keep it running.

Children's author GP Taylor supported the campaign to save the charity.

Scarborough rapist jailed for more than 13 years

A man from Scarborough has been jailed for more than 13 years for the horrific rape of a woman.

Thomas Holmes Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Thomas Holmes, 43, will serve 13 years and six months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and one of attempted rape at York Crown Court.

The court also issued him with a restraining order for life.

The offences took place at a property in Scarborough where Holmes subjected his victim to verbal, physical and sexual abuse over the course of one evening, into the early hours of the following day.

The length of the sentence handed out to Holmes reflects the gravity of his sickening crimes. He subjected his victim to a degrading, humiliating and frightening attack over a protracted period of time. She was recovering from a serious illness at the time and has been left with permanent health issues as a result.

“I am pleased that Holmes pleaded guilty, sparing the victim the ordeal of having to re-live her suffering through a trial. She has shown extreme bravery in coming forward and providing evidence to enable us to prosecute Holmes.

No jail sentence can ever undo the traumatic abuse she endured, but I hope the fact that Holmes is now serving a lengthy prison sentence, brings her some comfort that justice has been done, and she can now start to rebuild her life.

– Detective Constable Vicky Millington, Investigating officer


Fears that North Yorkshire mental health charity may close

A mental health charity In North Yorkshire could be forced to close in a matter of weeks, if it does not find the £20,000 needed to keep its office running.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has helped over 8,000 people in the past 10 years, but does not receive a penny from the national arm of the charity. Ben Erlam reports.

And for more information about the charity click here

Titanic burial letter uncovered 103 years on from tragedy

A letter from the the owners of the Titanic to the family of a Scarborough officer asking for money to return his body to England has been uncovered 103 years on from the tragedy.

James Moody, 24, died in the disaster on the ship's maiden voyage in April 1912.

A letter to his brother, from the ship's parent company, asks for the equivalent of about £2000 for the repatriation.

The letter is due to be sold at the weekend at an auction in Wiltshire and is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £25,000.

It is being sold by a private collector, who acquired it directly from the Moody family.

Mr Moody had been serving as the Titanic's sixth officer, and was the only junior officer to perish after staying behind to help evacuate the passengers after the other officers left.

He was originally stationed on the Oceanic, the Titanic's sister ship, but transferred just months before the disaster in 1912.

The importance of this letter cannot be overstated as it was unknown to this point that the White Star Line would charge the family of one of the officers onboard the ill-fated liner for the return of their loved one.

The irony of this letter is Officer Moody's body was never recovered, which further illustrates the callous nature of the letter. This is a unique chance to own a historically game changing Titanic letter.

– Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge
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