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Scarborough man sentenced to 15 years in jail for historic sexual abuse

A 59-year-old man from Scarborough has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the historic sexual abuse of a young girl.

Peter Philip Wallis, now of Thornden Buildings, Selby appeared at York Crown Court on Friday November 21, 2014, when he pleaded guilty to six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

The offences took place between 1985 and 1994 in Scarborough.

"Wallis is an evil man who subjected his victim to sustained abuse over a number of years.

He has thankfully been imprisoned for a substantial length of time for his utterly appalling crimes.

“I would like to take the opportunity to praise the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting these distressing crimes she was subjected to by Wallis.”

– Det Cons Nadine Evans of North Yorkshire Police


Train delays due to Selby swing bridge problem

There have been delays to passengers travelling between Selby and Hull throughout the morning. It is due to a problem with the swing bridge at Selby. Engineers have been trying to fix the issue and there are delays of up to ten minutes on services.

The bridge only reopened last week follow six weeks of repairs.


Summer of misery for rail passengers

Thousands of passengers are facing a summer of disruption to their journeys while work is carried out on a rail bridge.

The swing bridge at Selby carries the line which links Hull with Leeds and Manchester, and will close in a week's time until the beginning of September.

As James Webster reports for many travellers it will mean getting on a replacement bus service to complete their journey.

Public meeting for Yorkshire's carbon capture project

The site will be built on land next to Drax power station

Residents are invited to visit public exhibitions this week to look at plans for a new carbon capture project at Drax power station.

The White Rose CCS Project, which recently secured €300 million in EU funding, will use carbon dioxide which will be captured and piped offshore beneath the North Sea seabed.

There will be a meeting tonight in Selby and tomorrow in Goole.

MEP welcomes carbon capture funding decision

Drax powerstation in North Yorkshire has secured hundred of millions of pounds in European funding for a project to capture carbon dioxide and bury it under the north sea.

The money would pay for a new a pipeline to take emissions from Drax to be stored under the sea off the Yorkshire coast. It is estimated that building the plant will create about 4,000 jobs.

Environmentalists have raised concerns about the process but the area's MEP Linda McAvan welcomed the move.

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