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Taxi driver urged to come forward in search for missing Whitby man

Missing: Ian Gibbon Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police are trying to trace a taxi driver they believe may be able to help them in their search for a missing man from Whitby.

Ian Gibbon, 43, has not been seen since around 10pm on Friday 27 December 2013 at his home address in Stainsacre. During extensive searches to trace him officers located his silver Vauxhall Zafira on Larpool Lane but Ian remains missing.

Police now want to speak to the driver of a black Volkswagen Passat estate, which picked a man up on New Bridge in Whitby at around 5.30am on Saturday 28 December and headed towards Scarborough or Middlesborough.

Officers say the driver may have vital information which can help with their search.

They would also like to trace the man who got into the taxi so he can be eliminated from their enquiries.

Members of the public are being urged to keep an eye out for Ian and get in touch with the police if they see anyone matching his description.

He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a medium build, short black hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion.

160 brave Whitby Boxing Day dip

Around 160 swimmers braved the icy waters of the North Sea for Whitby's traditional Boxing Day Dip.

Thousands of people lined the town's west pier to watch the annual spectacle, which is organised by the local Lions club to raise money for charity.

The hardiest souls spent up to 20 minutes in the water which at this time of year hovers around a chilly nine degrees celsius.

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Police investigate theft from Whitby fire engine

Whitby police are appealing for information following a theft from an emergency service vehicle in the town.

It occurred between Saturday 14 December and Monday 17 December 2013, on Ainthorpe Lane, Danby, when someone broke into a fire engine.

The thieves stole a red door enforcer with the serial number X211165, a pair of blue croppers, serial number X212274 and a Halligan bar, bearing the serial number X212273.

A Halligan bar is a specialist tool used by the fire service to force entry to properties.

PC Darren Mortimer, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is a despicable theft. Had the fire engine been called to an emergency which required fire fighters to force entry to a property, not having the essential equipment could have led to a tragedy.

Pedestrian dies in Whitby collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was killed near Whitby.

The pedestrian, a 35-year-old local man, was hit by a black Ford Focus on the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road yesterday at around 5.40pm .

He is believed to have been crossing the road near the entrance to the Flask Inn and Fylingdales Service Station when the collision occurred. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to Scarborough Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Focus was travelling north in the direction of Whitby and was being driven by a 34-year-old man from Redcar, who was uninjured in the incident.

The road was closed for around six-and-a-half hours while officers conducted a detailed examination of the scene.

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Cliff fall woman named

A woman who who fell to her death from the East Cliff at Whitby has been named as 28-year-old Rosanne Hinchliffe, from Halifax. She was found at the bottom of cliffs on Sunday, November 3rd. An inquest has been opened and adjourned in Scarborough.

Body found off Whitby cliffs

A body, thought to be that of a woman, has been found off cliffs in North Yorkshire. Police were called this morning to the bottom of East Cliff in Whitby.

Coast Guard and RAF Leconfield's helicopter assisted the police operation.

North Yorkshire Police say they are currently treating the death as unexplained.

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