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North Yorkshire racehorse trainer David Nicholls 'strenuously denies' sexual assault charges

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls "strenuously denied" sexually assaulting two women, his solicitor said.

David Nicholls entered not guilty pleas Credit: Press Association

The 60-year-old from Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, appeared at Northallerton Magistrates' Court where he entered not guilty pleas.

Chairman of the Bench Malcolm Smith sent the case to Teesside Crown Court for a hearing on June 24. Nicholls was granted unconditional bail.

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Man jailed for manslaughter of 85-year-old

Sentenced: Ryan Campbell Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man's been sentenced to 11 and a half years for the manslaughter of an 85-year-old man who died after being attacked in his North Yorkshire home.

Ryan Brady Campbell, who is 30 and from Thirsk, was sentenced at Teeside Crown Court for killing 85-year-old George Francis Kidson.

Police were called to Mr Kidson's home at The Flatts in Sowerby, near Thirsk, last November, where they found Mr Kidson with serious injuries. He was taken to James Cook hospital where he remained in a critical condition, but died four days later from his injuries.

Campbell was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with attempted murder and theft. Following Mr Kidson's death the charges against Campbell were changed to murder.

This was a difficult and tragic case for everyone concerned and the sentence given to Campbell reflects the gravity of the offence he committed. Whilst this will not bring Mr Kidson back, I hope the sentence gives his family some sense of justice and closure to what has been a very difficult time for them.

– Detective Superintendent Matt Walker of North Yorkshire Police

We have prematurely lost a valuable member of our family in desperately distressing circumstances, that must have led to him experiencing considerable pain and fear. For these reasons we welcome the verdict and sentencing passed today. We would like to pass our thanks to the North Yorkshire Police for their continued support and the manner in which the investigation was conducted.

– Mr Kidson's family

Body found in Thirsk in search for missing man

Police searching for a missing 64-year-old man near Thirsk have today found a body.

Andrew Thornton was reported missing from his home in Husthwaite at around 9.40pm last night.

Specialist police teams, including a helicopter and police dogs, worked with search and rescue teams from Scarborough and Wharfedale to conduct an extensive search.

Police found Mr Thornton’s vehicle at Thornton Bridge last night.

At around 8am this morning, a man’s body was found in the River Swale around a quarter of a mile from Thornton Bridge.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

A formal identification has yet to take place, but Mr Thornton’s family has been informed and are receiving support from specially-trained officers.

Police issue e-fit following sex assault

North Yorkshire Police has issued an e-fit image of a man they want to trace in connection with a sexual assault investigation in Thirsk.

Do you know this man? Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A teenager reported that she was groped by a man as she walked along Sutton Road in the early evening of October 20th.

The man is described as white, in his 40s, about 5ft 5in tall, of chubby build, with a bald head with some hair at sides and he was wearing glasses. The clothing he had on included a beige hooded jacket, green t-shirt and "scruffy" denim jeans.

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Police appeal after sheep discovery in North Yorkshire

Police are appealing to farmers after suspected stolen lambs were found near Thirsk.

Credit: Press Association

About 20 of this year's lambs (six months to a year old) were recovered on 24 August 2015.

Police say they do not appear to have ever been tagged and are of a Texel or Hampshire Down breed or similar.

Anyone who has any information about the lambs, or have had any stolen recently, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Administrators called into halal abattoir

Caught on camera

Administrators have been called into a halal abattoir in North Yorkshire which hit the headlines earlier this year after hidden cameras filmed the alleged mistreatment of animals.

Buyers are now being sought for Bowood Farms Ltd in Thirsk. In February the Food Standards Agency said it had launched an investigation into the footage, saying it was considering whether prosecutions should be brought.

Animal rights group Animal Aid used hidden cameras to record footage over a period of three days in December which appeared to show sheep being kicked in the face and head, lifted by their ears, fleeces or legs, and hurled into solid structures.

Bowood Lamb said at the time the footage was released that it had dismissed one member of staff and suspended three others.

Motorcyclist dies following Thirsk collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision near Thirsk.

At around 10am on Thursday 30 July 2015, a Triumph motorcycle collided with a white Volkswagen Sirocco at Scawton, around one mile from the top of Sutton Bank.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 60s from the Harrogate area, suffered serious injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was travelling in the company of two other motorcycles at the time the collision occurred.

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