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Neighbours shock that mother may have been murdered

The former neighbours of missing Rania Alayed have spoken of their shock to hear that she may have been murdered after moving to the North West earlier this year.

She has not been seen since June and police now believe her body may be buried beside the A19 near Thirsk. Friends living close to Rania's former home in Norton on Teesside said they were horrified.


Rania's body could be buried or hidden beside the A19

Police investigating the murder of a woman believe her body could be buried, or hidden, somewhere near the A19 in North Yorkshire.

Rania Alayed, who used to live on Teesside, vanished from her home in Greater Manchester two months ago. A day later, a white campervan thought to be connected to the investigation was seen near Thirsk.

Claire Montgomery reports.

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Police believe missing mother 'buried beside A19'

Rania Alayed, 25, was reported missing from her home in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on July 2. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The body of a missing mother-of-three is believed to be buried or concealed along a 19-mile (30km) stretch of rural road, police have said.

Rania Alayed, 25, was reported missing from her home in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on July 2, having been last seen in public on the evening of June 7.

It is thought she was taken in a white camper van in the early hours of June 8 to the Thirsk area of North Yorkshire, where her body was disposed of.

Police have seized this caravan which they believe Rania Alayed was taken in. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The Leyland DAF 200 vehicle, registration number F864 RJB, which has since been recovered, is believed to have stopped in an unidentified layby on the northbound A19.

Two men have been charged with Ms Alayed's murder but detectives want to trace her body as their investigations continue.


Man slaps and burns toddler with cigarette

A man slapped and burned a three-year-old boy with a cigarette after he squirted him with a water pistol.

The boy, Brooklyn Bright, was playing with his new water pistol he received for his birthday when he sprayed a passing man.

The man responded by slapping him on the hand and burning him with a cigarette.

The attack happened on Raleigh Road in Norton at 6.30pm on Monday, June 3.

The man is described as white, 6ft 4ins tall, in his late twenties, very skinny and wearing a white hard hat and a hi-vis vest at the time. He had a tattoo on one of his forearms.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on the 101

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Fire safety failings landlord sentenced to 12 months after jockeys' deaths

A landlord from Norton in North Yorkshire has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for failing to take adequate fire safety precautions after two jockeys died at his flats in Norton in 2009.

Alan Foster pleaded guilty to 4 breaches and was sentenced to 12 months for each, the sentences to run concurrently. He is likely to serve 6 months before he is released on licence.

It is impossible to say what the outcome would have been for Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson had the proper fire precautions been taken. It is clear however that their deaths would have been significantly less likely but for these breaches. The deaths of these two young people are an important aggravating feature."

– Judge Geoffrey Marson QC
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