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£1.4m parking fines boost York council's coffers

Almost 12,000 motorists have been fined flouting parking restrictions in York over the last three years which has resulted in the city council's coffers being boosted by £1.4m.

Parking fines boost council's coffers Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last year alone the council raked in just over £0.5m from drivers caught stopping in car parks or designated residential parking zones without a valid ticket or permit.

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Five things you need to know today:

Here's a summary on Monday's headlines in the Tyne Tees region.

Parliament has officially been dissolved after the Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today. The North East now has no MPs. The region's 37 incumbents are now all candidates.

The club's debt remains at £129m in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley.

Two people, both of Slovakian nationality, attended a police station in Newcastle and told police they had been the alleged victims of human trafficking and were being exploited for work.

Kenneth Nessworthy, 57, originally from Whitley Bay, has been jailed for eight months for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children at a property in Cramlington.,

The RNLI is looking for people who are interested in becoming summer lifeguards on the North Yorkshire coast.

Parliament dissolved: Election campaigning officially begins

Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today.

All MPs are no longer MPs, including the 37 in the Tyne Tees region.

They will no longer have any Parliamentary privileges unless they are re-elected at the general election on May 7.

Armed police called to house in Hartlepool

Armed police were called to a house in Hartlepool after reports that shots had been fired from a window.

When ordered, a man and four boys (three aged 13 and one aged 12) came out of the house on Larkspur Close.

The property was then searched by police officer, who found an an air gun.

Cleveland Police say the man was given strong words of advice regarding his conduct.

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Man jailed for making indecent images of children

A man, originally from Whitley Bay, has been sent to prison for making and possessing indecent images of children.

As part of a national operation, police officers had searched a house in Cramlington, Northumberland, in October 2014 and seized computer equipment.

This stored indecent images of children.

Kenneth Nessworthy, who was living in Malta at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing a photo of a child for distribution.

Kenneth Nessworthy Credit: Northumbria Police

He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to eight months in prison for making indecent images of children and eight months for possess indecent images of children.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Nessworthy will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

  • Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children and 566 movie files containing indecent images of children.

This investigation was part of a national operation in relation to child exploitation online.

Five arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

Police have arrested five people on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

A man and a woman, both of Slovakian nationality, attended a police station in Newcastle early in the morning of March 29th. They informed police that they had been subject to human trafficking and that they were being exploited for work.

Enquiries were carried out and later that day officers arrested two men aged 22 and 38, and three women aged 24, 18 and 37, on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for exploitation. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Northumbria Police said enquiries were ongoing and asked for people with information to contact them.

The Salvation Army human trafficking helpline can also be contacted in order to report instances of human trafficking on 0300 303 8151.

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