A North Yorkshire mother fears she may be a victim of a Spanish baby trafficking scandal.
Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in a Spanish hospital just hours after she was born - but now she believes her baby was stolen and sold for adoption by a criminal network of Spanish doctors, nurses, priests and nuns. More to follow.
Miniature Dachshunds Queenie and Roxy were stolen from a house near Knaresborough in August and a number of appeals have been made to trace them.
In a key development, on Tuesday last week, West Yorkshire Police received several calls from members of the public reporting two Dachshunds had been abandoned on the A1 motorway between junctions 41 and 42 in the Knottingley area.
The dogs were left by the occupants of a blue Volkswagen Golf. It is reported a woman driving a red car stopped to try to help the dogs - one of whom is on urgently needed medication.
Contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Cheryl Power.
The pair of Dachshunds were stolen from a house off the A661 between Plompton Woods and Spofforth, between 11.45am and 2.10pm on Tuesday 21 August 2012. They are both girls, Roxie aged two and Queenie aged six.
Queenie has been suffering from a severe slipped disc and needs daily medication to help contain this condition. Without this medication her back legs could collapse. Anyone else who knows anything about the thefts or knows the whereabouts of the two dogs is asked to call police urgently on 101.
Sergeant Matt Hagen, said: ”We would particularly like to speak to the occupants of a blue Mercedes Vito panel van which was parked near to the owner’s home on the afternoon of the thefts, as they could have vital information which could help our investigation.”