Businessman jailed for £1.24m fraud

A North Yorkshire businessman has been jailed for five years and four months after conning three associates out of over one million pounds.

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Family doctors to try longer opening hours

GP surgeries in Whitby and Darlington are among 1147 across the UK, experimenting with longer hours from today.

They will also focus on care for older people and offer consultations over the phone and the internet.

GP surgeries, including some in Whitby and Darlington, will try the pilot project Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA

Some doctors welcome the changes, while others say they do not address the core problems. The government insists it will help doctors and patients.

£2,000 worth of cuddly toys stolen from Whitby shop

A rare Steiff 2014 Jubilee bear was among the teddies stolen

Whitby Police are appealing for information following the theft of around £2,000 worth of collectable soft toys.

On the night of Friday 21 March, Whitby Glass on Sandgate was broken into and 18 high-value Steiff teddies, cats, dogs, rabbits and lambs were stolen.

Among the high-value items was a rare Steiff teddy called the 2014 Jubilee bear, worth more than £300.

CCTV shows the suspects, two men and a woman, walking along Sandgate in the direction of the swing bridge at around 11.20pm.

The two men are then seen to break the window of the shop while the woman stood on the opposite side of the road.

There were many other people in the area at this time, including numerous taxis dropping off or collecting members of the public.

The Steiff toys have individual item numbers and police are urging anyone offered one for sale to contact Whitby Police or Whitby Glass.

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Teenage girl seriously injured after being hit by car near Whitby

A 13-year-old girl is seriously injured in hospital after she was hit by a car at a crossroads near Whitby.

The teenager was a pedestrian at the junction of East Barnby Lane and Goldthorpe when she was involved in the crash with a white Fiesta Zetec, which had been travelling from Whitby to Redcar. She was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she remains.

Appeal after Whitby nightclub assault

Whitby police are appealing for information after man was assaulted in a nightclub in the town, breaking his nose and losing a number of his teeth.

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday 23 February, in Raw on Wellington Road.

The 18-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Two men aged 21, both from Whitby, who were arrested in connection with the assault have been released on bail.

“If you were in the nightclub at the time and witnessed this incident, I ask that you contact the police straight away.”

– PC Gavin Brown, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team

Anyone who can help with this investigation should contact Whitby police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Gavin Brown.

Alternatively, people call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 5551111, quoting reference number 12140029748.

Lorry and double decker bus in Whitby crash

Police are appealing for a witness to come forward following a collision near Whitby which involved a lorry and a double decker bus.

The crash happened around 4.20pm on Friday 14 February on the A171 at Aislaby when a tipper lorry and an Arriva double decker bus collided with each other.

An 80-year-old man from Wingate, County Durham, suffered a serious, but non life-threatening, back injury and was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Officers need to trace the driver of a forklift or telehandler - similar to a JCB - which was travelling in front of the bus just before the collision.

Anyone who can help officers with this investigation should contact Whitby police on the 101 non-emergency number.

“If you are the driver the JCB type vehicle which was on the A171, near Aislaby, I urge you to contact the police straight away as you may have vital information that could help my enquiries.

“I am also keen to speak to anyone witnessed the collision and ask them to get in touch.”

– PC Neil Graham, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team

Fishermen poisoned by carbon monoxide

The dredger Eshcol - two Northumberland men were found dead on board Credit: ITV News

The safety bulletin from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said: "When they were not seen as expected the following morning, crewmen from fishing vessels tied up close by forced open the wheelhouse door.

"The gas grill was still lit and the wheelhouse was full of fumes.

The two men were dead in their bunks. Eshcol was not fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm."

The MAIB said carbon monoxide (CO) was a lethal gas that was difficult to detect and that crews needed to be vigilant to recognise the first signs of CO poisoning.

The bulletin went on: "Carbon monoxide alarms are not expensive and should be fitted."

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Great Train Robbery detective wrong footed over stair row

A former elite detective who helped catch the ringleader of the Great Train Robbery has found himself on the wrong side of the law and with a criminal record in a row over an old staircase.

Brian McNeil and his wife Jill have been embroiled in a legal wrangle that has lasted 18 years over their decision to replace a spiral staircase in their farmhouse near Whitby.

A judge has found them guilty and the couple face fines and court costs of tens of thousands of pounds.

Jon Hill reports.

Amble mourns dead fishermen

Two fishermen found dead on a boat in North Yorkshire have been named as Edward Ide and Mark Arries.

Both men were in their twenties and from Amble in Northumberland

Officers were called to Whitby harbour yesterday (January 15th) by fishermen concerned for their safety.

Police say their deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

Katie Oakes spoke to retired fishermen Dave Grey and Roy Inglis in her report.

Two found at Whitby harbour named

Edward Ide from Amble - one of the fisherman found dead in Whitby Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North Yorkshire police have confirmed the two fishermen who died on a boat moored in Whitby harbour on Wednesday (January 15th) were Mark Arries, aged 26 from Amble and Edward Ide, who was 21, also from Amble.

A date for the opening and adjourning of the inquest has not yet been arranged.

Edward Ide from Amble - one of the fisherman found dead in Whitby Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Mark Arries from Amble-one of the fisherman found dead in Whitby Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Mark Arries from Amble-one of the fisherman found dead in Whitby Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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