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North Yorkshire estate staff clear dumped rubbish

Staff at Escrick Park Estate

Staff at a countryside estate in North Yorkshire cleared 20 bags of discarded rubbish in one morning on a stretch of road alongside their nature reserve.

The Escrick Park Estate held a 'Tidy Day' to get rid of waste fly-tipped around Skipworth Common.

A mattress was discarded in the North Yorkshire nature reserve

The CLA says fly-tipping incidents hit a peak at this time of year as it's the traditional time for DIY, gardening and spring cleaning and most recycling centres have limitations on the amount of waste that can be dumped free of charge.

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Body found in River Ouse identified as missing soldier

Tyler Pearson, 18

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Ouse near Skeldergate Bridge yesterday has been identified as missing 18-year-old, Tyler Pearson

The soldier was last seen entering the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday 3 April 2014.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:

“My heart goes out to Tyler’s family, and I know the police will offer all the help and support the family need at this very difficult time.

“The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York’s rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed. Last month’s river safety summit concluded that the priority needs to be on prevention as well as response.

"Work is currently underway with groups across York and families of recent river victims to make some short films to highlight the dangers of the river. In the longer term we will devise a sustained and powerful campaign to help prevent more lives being needlessly cut short.

"In addition to this, I am keen to facilitate vulnerability training, so those working in York’s night-time economy know who they can go to and what they can do to help keep vulnerable people safe."

Police identify man recovered from Wear

Police have identified a man who was recovered from the River Wear and later died. He was a 72-year-old man from Durham. There is no suspected third party involvement and reports are being prepared for the coroner.

Police were called to the River Wear in Washington on April 17, following reports of a man in the river.

Officers attended at Bonemill Lane, Fatfield where they found the man.

Police urge missing Newcastle man to contact them

Police are trying to find a man from Newcastle who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Gary Smith, 52, from Wideopen has been missing since March 31.

"It's been more than two weeks since Mr Smith was last seen and ourselves and his family are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"His family miss him, they want to know he is safe and to have him back at home and they ask him to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

"I'd urge anyone who sees him or has seen him since Monday, march 31, or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police."

– Detective Sergeant Nick Walker
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