Tributes have been paid to a County Durham soldier who died in Afghanistan two days before Christmas. Captain Richard Holloway died after coming under enemy fire while on operations near Kabul. He's been described as 'an exceptional young man'
He leaves behind parents Jaquie and Neil, brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy. In a statement, his family said:
"Our son Richard was an exceptional young man, a perfectionist in everything he did and a loyal brother and friend, who embraced life to the full.
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A Scarborough man who was part of a gang who conned a 74-year-old woman out of her £17,000 life savings has been jailed for 15 months.
It happened around 8:50pm on Tuesday 18 July at Ladbrokes on Borough Road. One man jumped over the counter, brandishing a large knife.
Rising levels of violence and theft are behind the largest annual increase in crime recorded by police in a decade, figures show.