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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.

Police appeal after sheep discovery in North Yorkshire

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

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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.


Fraudster who sold counterfeit DVDs ordered to repay £400,000

A 37-year-old man from Thirsk has been given an 18 month suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of fraud.

Nigel Bennetto, who was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Monday 20 April 2015, was also subject to a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and was ordered to repay £464,838 or face a default prison term of up to three years in addition to his existing sentence.

Mr Bennetto was initially arrested in January 2013 by the North Yorkshire Police Financial Investigation Unit on suspicion of money laundering and offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

During a search of his home address, several thousand DVDs, all suspected of being counterfeit, were recovered. An investigator from FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) was present during the search and tested several of the DVDs, establishing that they were counterfeit goods.

It was found that Mr Bennetto had created seller accounts on Amazon using false company details in order to hide his identity from Amazon. In order to avoid giving his own telephone number, which would give away his identity,

Mr Bennetto admitted to hiring telephone lines from another company. This company rent out phone lines which can be transferred to a location of the customers choosing, therefore giving the outward appearance that a different number is being called.

Other steps to avoid detection by Amazon were also taken. The defendant used numerous computers and BT Home Hubs in order to create each seller account with a different IP address.

Between July 2012 and May 2013 Mr Bennetto set up and operated six Amazon seller accounts which were used to sell counterfeit DVDs imported from China.

At a previous Court appearance he pleaded guilty to Fraud by Failing to Disclose, contrary to Section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006.

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