A police officer in Selby has been praised after saving the life of a one year-old baby.
PC Tony Morton was passing by a house in the town when a woman ran out in distress, holding a limp child in her hands, waving frantically.
PC Morton explains: "It was a wet afternoon and as I came to the junction of Bawtry Road, I saw a young woman emerge from a house waving and shouting frantically at anyone who was passing. She appeared to be holding what at first glance looked like a rag doll.
"I went over to help and when I saw baby Harry my heart sank, he was floppy, grey, his lips had turned blue and his eyes had rolled into the back of his head.
"I sat the lady and baby down in the back of the van while at the same time, made an urgent radio call for an ambulance. I checked for a pulse but there was none.
Tony's first aid training kicked in when he realised the ambulance might not arrive in time:
"After a few breaths his eyes started to move and he miraculously began breathing on his own. I was amazed at how quickly he came round and within a few minutes he was wearing my yellow woolly hat and was wrapped in my police jacket."
Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and thanked PC Morton for his quick thinking and told PC Morton he had saved baby Harry's life.
PC Morton added: "Once the incident was over and I had time to reflect on what had happened, it was quite emotional."
Harry's mum, Ruth Travis thanked PC Morton and hand delivered a card and chocolates to Selby police station. She said: "I thought he was dead. I am very grateful to Tony and I feel lucky that he was there at the right time."
A lorry driver has been jailed for the death of a 19-year-old Leeds man.
Stoyan Andonov Stoyanov, 56, of Plodiv, Bulgaria pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for seven years and eight months at York Crown Court.
The crash happened on Saturday 1 March 2014 on the A1246 near Fairburn, Selby and involved Mr Stoyanov’s lorry and a black Renault Clio being driven by 19-year-old Callum Wark of Swillington near Leeds. Callum died from his injuries.
Mr Stoyanov was also found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol and was given a four-month jail term for this offence to run concurrently.
In addition to the jail term, he was also banned from driving in the UK for 10 years and ordered to take an extended driving test. The judge will also apply to the Home Office for Mr Stoyanov to be deported after serving his sentence.
Sergeant Andy Fraser of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts and those of my investigation team remain with Callum’s family at this very distressing time.
“Callum’s tragic and untimely death was only three week’s ago and his family are still in shock from the events of that devastating day.
“No sentence can ever compensate for the loss of Callum, but we hope the outcome brings some small measure of comfort to Callum’s family knowing that Stoyanov has been held responsible for his death. By pleading guilty, he has spared Callum’s family the trauma of sitting through a court hearing.
“This investigation was very fast moving and the speed with which a conclusion was reached is unusual. My thanks go to everyone involved in bringing the case to court.”
Callum's father, Robert Wark, said;“Even though the judge gave the maximum sentence he could in relation to a guilty plea. All the family feel very let down by the justice system knowing he will only serve half the sentence. This has made them feel Callum has had no justice.”
Rare birds worth around £2,500 have been stolen from an aviary in Camblesforth, near Selby.
Between 1am and 6am on Saturday 15 March 2014, a small holding near the A1041 was broken into the birds stolen along with £700 worth of red diesel.
Police say the offenders had time to chase the birds, catch them and place in containers before leaving the scene of the burglary. A number of aviaries where also damaged.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area, has been offered the birds for sale, or knows of their current whereabouts.
PC Dean Turner of Selby police said: “I’m appealing to anyone in the Yorkshire area who may have been offered these birds for sale or has any information about who may be responsible for the theft of them.
“The thieves must have had suitable transport to remove the birds, which will have taken time to catch and place into transit. Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact the police without delay.”
Hull City Council say that work on a rail bridge in Selby is essential, even though it will significantly limit rail access to Hull over the summer.
“These repair works are essential to maintain the reliability of rail services on this line. It is imperative that Network Rail take all necessary steps to ensure that the risk of future disruption to rail services is minimised in advance of City of Culture, 2017 ... Passenger volumes are lower during the summer holiday period. Whilst there is never a good time for the travelling public to have to suffer disruption to their travel arrangements, such disruption is probably more acceptable than later in the year when the weather may well be cold and wet.”
Thousands of train passengers in Hull will have to get the bus for six weeks this summer because of repair work.
Network Rail will close the line between Selby and Hull from the end of July so it can fix and paint a 160-year-old swing bridge.
First TransPennine Express will be laying on buses for commuters who use the route.
Police have arrested a man in Selby after reports of a potentially strong batch of heroin is in circulation in Selby.
The man, aged 46, was arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug at a property in Hollywood, Selby, this morning. He remains in police custody for questioning.
Police investigating the disappearance of a man in the Lake District say a body has been found.
The discovery was made in a waterfall pool south west of the Great Gable Summit. Formal identification has not yet taken place and enquiries are on-going.
53-year-old James Lonsdale from Selby went missing after going walking on Scafell Pike. He was last seen yesterday morning at his home.
A 19-year-old man from the Leeds area has died after his black Renault Clio was in a crash with a white, Bulgarian-registered HGV. It happened on the A1246 between Fairburn and the junction with the A63 near the Selby Fork Hotel on Saturday. The driver of the HGV received minor injuries.
Police are appealing for witnesses, in particular the driver of a pale coloured or white car which was seen in the area at the time. Officers would also like to hear from anyone else who was travelling along the same stretch of road in either direction.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team.
The MP for Selby has told the commons he will be fighting for the future of Eggborough Power Station.
800 jobs are at risk after it failed to secure funding to convert from coal to renewable biomass energy.
Nigel Adams said money should be made available to help established plants in the UK:
North Yorkshire Police say that wanted Polish national Piotr Hubert Rzeznik has been arrested.
Officers in Selby had issued a public appeal to trace him after a European warrant for his arrest was issued by a court in Poland where he is wanted for burglary and theft offences.
Rzeznik was arrested at an address on Volta Street in Selby on Monday. He is currently in police custody and will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.