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Teenagers admit barn arson that killed cattle

Two teenagers aged just 13 and 14 have admitted starting a barn fire which caused £245,000 worth of damage and led to the death of more than a dozen cattle.

Northallerton Youth Court heard the two youths, a girl from Bedale and a boy from Darlington who cannot be named for legal reasons, thought the fires had been put out, but fled the scene when they realised they had taken hold.

The court was told the two, who admitted arson, were part of a group of seven who had gone to the barns in Bedale Road, Aiskew, Bedale, on the afternoon of Sunday (March 1).

Melanie Ibbotson, prosecuting, said when the two were interviewed later they admitted having three or four lighters between them, and both had admitted starting fires.

They said they had panicked and couldn't contact the emergency services because there was no battery left on their phones.

Farmer Sam Webster who rented the barn said the blaze had had a huge impact on his health and his business.

He had to go through the trauma of seeing his cattle slowly suffer.

The case has been adjourned for sentencing until June 2 so reports could be prepared.

A 14-year-old boy from Northallerton pleaded not guilty to arson at the barn. A trial date was set for September 18.

Hundreds line Bedale streets to back RAF parade

Hundreds of people are lining the streets of Bedale to support the Royal Air Force’s Communications specialists who are marking the end of 13 years service in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people are supporting the parade in Bedale Credit: ITV

Personnel from 90 Signals Unit, based at RAF Leeming are parading along Bedale High Street. It symbolises the end of Operation HERRICK for the RAF’s longest continuously-serving unit in Afghanistan.

RAF Leeming Community Primary School pupils Credit: ITV
The parade is underway in Bedale Credit: ITV


E-fit released after indecent exposures to young girls

North Yorkshire Police have released this e-fit image of a man suspected of indecently exposing himself to two young girls.

North Yorkshire Police released this e-fit image Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The incidents happened in Bedale on Saturday 28th June and then separately in Catterick on Sunday 29th June.

In both cases the suspect was driving a black VW Polo, or similar car, and is described as being aged in his late forties or fifties, with dark hair which is greying and a tanned complexion.

Detective Inspector Shaun Page said: "If you do recognise him, I urge you to come forward and contact the police immediately.

“If someone is identified and they are not responsible we will be able to quickly eliminate them from our enquiries.”

Man may have indecently exposed himself to two girls

Detectives in North Yorkshire said they had received two reports of indecent exposure to young girls, which may involve the same man.

In the latest incident, the driver of a black VW Polo stopped on Mowbray Road in Catterick at about 12:30pm and indecently exposed himself to a young girl. He was described as having black or dark brown hair and was wearing square shaped glasses.

In the earlier incident, a man matching a similar description pulled up in a black VW Polo or similar-looking car on Benkhill Drive in Bedale and performed a "lewd act" in front in a 10-year-old girl. It happened at about 3:30pm on Saturday.

Neither girl was injured but both are said to be upset.

Man 'indecently exposes' himself to schoolgirl aged 10

Police said a man had indecently exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl, close to a school, in North Yorkshire.

The man allegedly stopped near the girl on Benkhill Drive, Bedale, in a black Volkswagen Polo or similar-looking car, performing a "lewd act".

He did not try to touch the victim and she was not injured, before the car pulled away towards Fitzallan Road.

Officers want to trace a man in his 50s, with a tanned and wrinkled complexion and short black, greying hair.

He was wearing rectangular silver framed glasses and possibly a short sleeved top.

It happened on Saturday, 28th June at about 3:30pm.

North Yorkshire Police said it was believed to be an isolated incident.

“Although the girl was not physically injured as a result of this incident, it has naturally left her very upset by the experience.

“If you are the driver of the car and there has been some kind of confusion, I urge you to come forward straight away so that officers can take a statement from you.

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, or can help to identify the man involved, and I ask them to contact the police as soon as possible.”

– Detective Inspector Shaun Page, North Yorkshire Police
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Appeal for information after barn fire

The burnt out barn at Bedale Credit: North Yorkshire Police

This is all that remains of the two barns in Bedale in North Yorkshire which burnt to the ground, killing 101 cattle. Police and fire investigators are appealing for information following the fire, which remains "unexplained".

Alternatively, anyone wishing to remain anonymous can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


101 cattle die in barn fire

Police and fire investigators are appealing for information following a barn fire which killed over 100 cattle at 4.20am on September 3.

The cause of the fire at a farm in Snape near Bedale, remains unexplained. Two barns were destroyed, as were 4,000 bales of straw and 1,000 tonnes of silage.

“We must stress that the cause of the fire remains unexplained at this time. To assist the investigation, we are appealing for anyone who has any information which could help officers establish how it happened, to please get in touch.”

– Inspector Geoff Crocker of Bedale Police