A pedestrian has been killed after a collision with a car in the small North Yorkshire town of Stokesley. It happened just after twelve o'clock yesterday afternoon when a silver Range Rover hit the pedestrian and a wall of a building on the town's North Road.
Police say the occupants of the Range Rover were seen running from the vehicle following the crash. One was arrested nearby and a search is now ongoing to locate the others.
Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or may know who the vehicle's occupants are to come forward.
– Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, North Yorkshire Police
'It’s vital that we find who is responsible for this tragedy and establish the exact circumstances which led to it.
“I’m therefore appealing to anyone who has any information, including anyone who may be shielding occupants of the Range Rover, to do the right thing and report what they know to the police.'
A fifteen year old boy remains in police custody.
Reports of the A173 in both directions closed due to an accident involving a lorry between A172 (Stokesley) and Bridge Street (Great Ayton).
An off-licence in North Yorkshire is to be temporarily closed down by trading standards officers for 'persistently' selling alcohol to children.
A two-day closure on the Wine Box in Stokesley was imposed by North Yorkshire County Council after it was found that alcohol was sold illegally twice in a two month period.
Recent changes to the Licensing Act mean trading standards officers and police now have the power to stop the sale of alcohol for up 14 days.
The licence holder at Wine Box, Claire Foster, has accepted the notice as an alternative to being prosecuted.
– Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Trading Standards
The closure notice is designed to be a quick and effective response in the circumstances where licensed premises have persistently sold alcohol to underage children.
Measures to stop children obtaining alcohol are crucial to prevent addiction from a young age with all the consequent health, social and emotional issues.
Our trading standards officers have now worked with this licensee to put measures in place to stop any further underage sales from these premises.
Although a closure notice may seem draconian, the alternative is prosecution, thereby risking a fine of up to £20,000.
A family who are desperately seeking information to help find Russell Ward, 76, who has been missing on a Greek island for more than a month, have thanked people for their support and kindness.
– Statement from Russell Ward's family
We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support and genuine feelings shown for Russell, a very special husband, father and grandpa.
Several members of the family spent around two weeks on the small island following his disappearance, walking the designated trails, searching nearby covered areas, deserted houses and caves.
We received tremendous support from locals on the island, the local army, search and rescue professionals and many volunteers from the neighbouring island Rhodes, who kindly gave up their own time to help the search. Thank you, all of you.
– Statement from Russell Ward's family
So much has been done to help, yet we remain desperate to uncover that vital little piece of information that may lead us to Russell.
A family who are desperately seeking information to help locate a man missing on a Greek island have thanked people for their support and kindness.
Russell Ward, 76, from Stokesley, has been missing on the Island of Tilos, near Rhodes, since Thursday 14 June 2012. It is believed he headed along the coast of Gera - south of the main port of Livadia. It is possible he may have then headed inland to complete a circular route back to Livadia.
Search and rescue efforts have so far been unsuccessful and local police are conducting a missing person investigation. The inquiry is being supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Anyone who can help the appeal is urged to contact the North Yorkshire Police control room on 01904 618691.