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Warning to cat owners after suspected poisonings

Police are urging cat owners in the Thirsk area to be vigilant after five cats died of suspected anti-freeze poisoning.

Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire Police are jointly investigating the five incidents with the RSPCA, and have also issued advice to pet owners following the incidents, which all took place on the Hambleton estate in the town.

PC Clare Mayes, North Yorkshire Police Wildlife Crime Officer for the Thirsk area, said: “There is a possibility that anti-freeze poisoning was involved in these incidents.

"Anti-freeze poisoning is usually associated with pets licking anti-freeze drips or spills off the ground. For a cat, as little as a teaspoon can prove fatal. Such items should be disposed of in such a way that a cat cannot get to them. Any spills or drips should be cleaned up immediately, and any leaks in your car should be repaired."

Anyone who has any information about how the cats may have been poisoned is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

If your cat appears to be lethargic or unsteady on their feet, you need to seek urgent veterinary assistance. The sooner your pet receives treatment, the better their chances of survival. If left untreated, anti-freeze poisoning can cause pain, suffering, distress and ultimately death.

– PC Clare Mayes, North Yorkshire Police Wildlife Crime Officer

Tributes to Thirsk care home "murder victim" - devoted family man and champion leek grower

A photograph of David Paterson, the 81-year-old man allegedly murdered in a care home at Sowerby, Thirsk, has been released by his family.

David's family say he was a 'devoted family man' Credit: Family photo from the 1980s

David's family have also made an official statement

David lived in the Thirsk area all of his life and previously worked as a welder at Thircon in Thirsk for 30 years. He was a devoted family man who adored his nieces and nephews. He was devoted to his wife and cared for her when she became ill, up until her death in March 2014. They were a very private couple who idolized their family and enjoyed being a part of their local community.

David enjoyed writing poetry and had some of his poems published. He was a champion leek grower and also enjoyed quizzes and board games, anything that challenged his mind. He was an active member of his local church and enjoyed bowling until his health deteriorated and he was no longer fit enough.

We will remember David as a devoted husband and family man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life.

– Family statement

A woman charged with Mr Paterson's murder made her first appearance at Teesside Crown Court today. Heather Davidson, 53, of Sowerby Road, Sowerby, appeared via a video link from prison. The charge was not put to her and there was no application for bail. There will be another hearing next month.


Woman appears in court over murder of man in Thirsk care home

A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering a man at a care home.

Sowerby House care home

Heather Davidson, 53, appeared at Northallerton Magistrates' Court in connection to the death of David Paterson, 81. Mr Paterson was found dead at Sowerby House care home in Thirsk on Wednesday.

No cause of death has been given yet. Police have not confirmed the relationship between Davidson and Mr Paterson, only saying the defendant is an "associate" of the deceased.

Davidson, dressed in a grey sweatshirt and grey sweatpants, only spoke to confirm her name and address at the short hearing today.

She will next appear at Teeside Crown Court on 17 February.

Woman charged with murder of 81-year old due in court

A 53-year-old woman is due to appear at Northallerton Magistrates court this morning after being charged with the murder of a pensioner at a care home in Thirsk.

Police were called to Sowerby House care home in Sowerby on Wednesday afternoon after an 81-year-old man was found dead. The identity of the man has not been released by police.

Police activity seen near Sowerby House

Around half a mile away from Sowerby House care home, three police vans were seen parked in front of a row of terraced properties. Two forensic evidence officers in masks were seen entering one of the houses.

A police car was parked behind the terrace, which is on a busy, narrow main road. Neighbours said they did not know what had gone on. A builder said he had noticed a lot of police activity in the village yesterday.


Police: murder suspect 'known' to victim

North Yorkshire police now say the woman arrested on suspicion of murder at a care home in Thirsk was an 'associate' of the elderly victim.

Police were called to the home at around 3.20pm yesterday after the man's body was found in his room. They say early indications are that his injuries were 'non-accidental'. The man was in his 80s but his name has not yet been released. The home remains open.

We ask that consideration is given to the residents and the families connected to the care home at this time. The home has not been closed, however, there are areas within the home which are still being examined. Specially trained police Family Liaison Officers have been deployed to support the deceased’s family.

– Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn

Care home murder suspect arrested

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in his 80s at a care home in Thirsk. Police were called to the Sowerby House care home yesterday at around 3.20pm after the man was found dead in his room, with non-accidental injuries. A woman in her 50s from Thirsk, who has no known connection to the care home, was arrested late last night on suspicion of murder. She is currently in police custody for questioning.

Man seen 'violently attacking' dog in Thirsk

Police are appealing for information after a young man was seen violently attacking a dog in Thirsk. The man was allegedly seen hitting, dragging and shouting at the dog near Thirsk swimming pool at around 7.15pm on Monday 5th January.

Police need to speak to the man and are asking anyone who recognises him from the CCTV image to contact them. He was riding a bicycle and had the dog on a lead at the time.

The dog is described as small and brown.

Man dies and child airlifted to hospital after Thirsk crash

An elderly man has died after two cars collided on the A168 at Thornton le Street near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A mother and her two children were in the other car.

A boy, aged 8, has been flown to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for observation.

He is not thought to be seriously hurt.

The A168 was closed in both directions between Thornton Le Moor and Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club.

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