Live updates

Mum fears her baby was stolen

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.

Stolen Dachshunds "seen on motorway"

Roxie and Queenie

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.


Have you seen Roxie and Queenie?

Roxie and Queenie were stolen yesterday Credit: North Yorkshire Police

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.”


Hunt for dog-napper

This is the person believed to have stolen Cody the lurcher Credit: Family picture

A family from Barnsley is appealing for the return of their beloved dog, feared stolen from their garden.

The Bensons, from Kingsway Mapplewell, have released a cctv still which they believe shows a man leading Cody the lurcher away from the familly home on June 14th.

The man has a bad limp, is a slim build and has dark hair with a receding hair line. He was driving a pale blue van with part of the back bumper missing.

Chantelle Benson has launched a Facebook campaign to find her dad’s dog and said any help would be appreciated.

Appeal for return of diamond ring

York police appeal for return of diamond ring Credit: North Yorkshire Police

It was stolen at around 3.30pm on Friday May 25, from a car parked at Heworth Golf Club on Muncastergate in York.

The ring, valued at around £12,000, was in a bag of golf clubs which had been left in the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The bag was recovered a short time later but the ring was missing.

A 17-year-old local youth has been arrested in connection with the theft. He has been released on bail to allow for further enquiries.

PC Peter Smith, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "The stolen ring is so unusual that anyone who sees it will instantly recognise it.

"If you have seen this ring and can help to return it to its rightful owner, I urge you to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away."

Stolen birds

Around 60 birds have been stolen from an aviary in Doncaster.

They were taken from Hexthorpe Park in the early of 23 April. About half of the budgies and cockatiels have been stolen, along with nesting boxes.

The theft of these much-loved creatures is distressing for members of the local community, particularly children who enjoy visiting them.

– Joan Beck, Director of Adults and Communities Doncaster Council