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Police looking for a 73-year-old woman Sheila Sykes missing from her home near York, have found a body.
The former colleagues of a police officer who died in a road accident in North Yorkshire pay their respects.
A Police Constable has been honoured for tackling a would-be armed robber while off duty.
PC Sara Widdrington from North Yorkshire Police won the Police Bravery award for tackling a man who was pointing a gun at a cashier.
PC Widdrington was described as a true credit to the service.
A police officer from North Yorkshire, who disarmed a man carrying a gun, has won the North East regional Police Bravery Award. PC Sara Widdrington was off duty and on a shopping trip in Scarborough when she tackled the gunman who was attempting to rob the supermarket.
PC Widdrington met the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street before receiving the award at a ceremony. She said:
“I just did it. I think a lot of other people would’ve done it whether they were a police officer or not. I think it was just the right thing to do.“I’m delighted and completely surprised. It’s been fantastic. I’ve brought my son with me and to see him watching that…he looked delighted.”
Steve Williams, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said:
“We are indebted to officers like PC Widdrington, who do not run from danger but who choose to confront it.
Police officers are never off-duty and it is fortunate for the members of the public in the store that day that PC Widdrington was there to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.
Without a second thought and despite her son being present, PC Widdrington put herself in harm’s way to protect others. She is a true credit to the service.”
North Yorkshire Police say tonight's armed response in Knaresborough was sparked by a hoax call. The owner of a pizza shop and three of his staff were detained but no arrests were made. Chris Kiddey reports.
North Yorkshire Police has issued a statement saying that an operation involving armed officers in Knaresborough on Wednesday evening was the result of a malicious hoax call.
The operation centred on a restaurant called Paragon Pizza. A police spokesman says the incident has caused staff there considerable distress.
The police say they received information of an "immediate threat to members of the public" at the pizza shop.
No one has been arrested. The Major Crime Unit is now conducting an investigation into the incident to trace whoever is responsible for the malicious communication.
– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police
This was a very alarming incident for members of the public and we would like to thank the communities of Knaresborough for their patience and cooperation while the police dealt with it. This includes the businesses who were affected by the safety cordons and the premises at the centre of the hoax. We treat incidents of this nature with the utmost seriousness and can assure members of the public that a full investigation is now underway to establish who is responsible.”
The incident in Knaresborough is now over and an investigation is underway to find those responsible for the disruption. North Yorkshire Police say it began when they - and a neighbouring force - were led to believe there was an immediate threat to members of the public at a business in the town.
However, officers later established that the calls were in fact, malicious hoax calls. Police have thanked the owners of Paragon Pizza, the target of the hoax and who had been caused "considerable distress" for their full cooperation.
The Major Crime Unit is now conducting an investigation into the incident to bring the person or people responsible for the malicious communications to justice. To date no-one has been arrested.
– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy
This was a very alarming incident for members of the public and we would like to thank the communities of Knaresborough for their patience and cooperation while the police dealt with it. This includes the businesses who were affected by the safety cordons and the premises at the centre of the hoax. We treat incidents of this nature with the utmost seriousness and can assure members of the public that a full investigation is now underway to establish who is responsible.
No one has been hurt & although armed officers have been deployed to the scene, a firearm is not believed to be involved. #Knaresborough
The headteacher of King James's School in Knaresborough has confirmed that pupils were asked to remain inside the building during a "major police incident".
– carl sugden, headteacher, King James's School
You may be aware that there was a major police incident in Knaresborough this afternoon. I was advised by the police to keep students who were doing after school activities in school, until they could be collected by their parents.
We took the added precaution of locking the school and bringing students under the supervision of staff in one area.
At 5.15 pm I was advised by the police that it was safe to release the students.
North Yorkshire police have closed Knaresborough High Street and kept children inside school as they deal with an 'on-going incident' in the town.
No further details have been released.