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Police and Air Ambulance attend serious incident in Normanby

Police have been attending a serious incident on Flatts Lane, Normanby, this evening. The Great North Air Ambulance has also been on the scene.

The road is closed and is expected to remain cordoned off for some time.


Father of missing man makes emotional appeal

The father of a man who went missing after a night out in York has issued an emotional appeal for his safe return.

Rory Johnson-Hatfield, 29, from Skipton was last seen three weeks ago in the City Mills area.

His family arranged additional searches of the River Ouse, with the York Rescue Boat, after police searches were suspended due to flooding.

Doug Hatfield said Rory's disappearance had "left a hole" in the family's heart.

Police release CCTV of man they wish to trace after pub fight

Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish speak to following a large fight that took place at the Highlander pub in Front Street, Swalwell, on the evening of 11th November.

The man officers wish to identify was in the pub at the time of the fight and police believe he may be able to help with enquiries.

Officers arrested seven people in connection with the incident. One man has been charged with violent disorder and six others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police identify car involved in 'sex offer'

Northumbria Police say they have identified a car driven by two men who offered a woman up for sex to members of staff at an Indian restaurant.

The men approached staff members at the Angeethi Indian restaurant on Kells Lane, Low Fell, on Tuesday night.

Restaurant staff then called the police.

Superintendent Richard Jackson of Northumbria Police updated ITV News Tyne Tees on the investigation:

Stunned restaurant staff offered 'woman for sex'

Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Gateshead, when restaurant workers were apparently offered sex in the back of a car.

The Angeethi restaurant, Gateshead. Credit: ITV News

Just after 10:20pm on Tuesday December 8th, police received a report that two men in a black Ford Focus had approached staff members at the Angeethi Indian restaurant on Kells Lane, Low Fell.

They reportedly invited staff to engage in sexual activity with a woman who was in the back of their car. Police were contacted by staff and an investigation is now underway.

Officers are carrying our door-to-door enquiries in the area.

"We are taking this incident seriously and an investigation is underway to identify all those involved. We are treating this as an investigation into possible sexual exploitation and are keen to trace this young woman, who we think is aged in her early 20s, to ensure her safety. This will no doubt have caused worry to some members of the local community. I want to reassure residents that extra officers are on patrol in the area. If you live in the area and have any concerns our officers will be more than happy to answer your questions as best they can."

– Superintendent Christina Barret, Northumbria Police


Police renew efforts to find missing Newcastle man Michael Whinham

Police say they are 'desperate' for more information about a missing 31-year-old man from Newcastle.

Michael Richard Whinhan from Oakfield Gardens in Newcastle was reported missing to police on November 23rd.

The last confirmed sighting of Michael was on November 14th and there has been no trace of him or contact from him since.

Police and his family are becoming increasingly worried for his welfare and are asking the public to contact them with any information they might have about Mr Whinham.

Michael has not been seen or heard from since November 14. We have been carrying out enquiries since he was reported missing to us on November 23 however we have been unable to find him or find anyone who has seen him since that date.

We know from family and friends that Michael has a routine and that involves doing things like withdrawing money from his bank at the same time every week, he hasn't done this since he has been missing which is very out of character, very unusual and makes us believe that something might be wrong.

– Superintendent Christina Barrett

Fatal road accident in Chester-Le-Street

A woman has died after the car she was driving left the road and hit a wall.

The collision happened on the A167 at Chester Moor near Chester-le-Street yesterday just before midday. The vehicle, a maroon-coloured Ford Focus, was travelling northbound when it left the road on a right-hand bend and hit the boundary wall of a detached property.

The driver suffered internal injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, but sadly later died.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the collision investigation unit on 101.

Police appeal after death of man in York

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a 32 year old man in York.

Officers were called to a house at Burton Green shortly before 7am on Sunday 6 December, where they found the body of Gary 'Eddie' Illingworth.

Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Mr Illingworth between 11.45pm on Saturday and 6.40am on Sunday to contact them.

They also want to find Mr Illingworth's bicycle, which is described as a silver-coloured woman's mountain bike.

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