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North Yorkshire Police referred to Police watchdog

North Yorkshire police have referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the circumstances leading up to a fatal car crash.

Douglas Scott died in the accident which happened in Stokesley on Saturday, where a crash involved a Range Rover.

Police say that a similar vehicle had been involved in two incidents reported to them earlier that day.

As a result, the force has referred itself to the police watchdog.

Two teenagers are facing charges in connection with the collision.

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Police name man killed in Stokesley car crash

Douglas Robertson died on Saturday afternoon Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have named the 27-year-old man who was killed after he was struck by a car in North Yorkshire.

Douglas Robertson was hit by a silver Range Rover as he walked on North Road in Stokesley on Saturday afternoon.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are in police custody.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Police appeal after 27-year-old dies in car collision

Police are appealing for help after a 27-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a silver Range Rover in Stokesley in North Yorkshire. The man, who was from Stokesley, died yesterday afternoon following the crash on the town's North Road.

A fifteen year old boy was arrested close to the scene and police are now appealing for help to find the occupants of the Range Rover. The vehicle was seized by officers at the scene and is now being forensically tested.

'I am appealing to anyone who saw a silver Range Rover with a personalised number plate driving through the town on Saturday morning in the hours and minutes leading up to the crash. And, to anyone who saw the occupants run from the vehicle after it crashed.

Despite the snow, many people were out and about in Stokesley on Saturday morning and may have seen the Range Rover driving around town. I urge these people to come forward and talk to the police.

This is a tragic incident which has left the victim’s family utterly devastated'

– Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, North Yorkshire Police

The family of the 27 year old victim are being comforted by police liaison officers.

Pedestrian killed in Stokesley collision

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.

'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.'

– Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, North Yorkshire Police

A fifteen year old boy remains in police custody.

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Shop shut for selling alcohol to children

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.

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.

– Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Trading Standards

Family of missing man desperate to uncover information

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.

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

The family are asking for continued support and have dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts devoted to a campaign to find Russell.

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.

– Statement from Russell Ward's family

Family moved by appeal for missing man

Russell Ward has been missing on a Greek island for over a month.
Russell Ward has been missing on a Greek island for over a month. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

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.

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