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Man in court after 'knee-capping' of Barnsley man

A man has appeared in court charged with abduction and assault in connection with the alleged 'kneecapping' of a man from Barnsley.

Victim was driven 250 miles to Scotland

Detectives say a 45-year-old man was attacked at his home on March 11th and driven 250 miles to Scotland before being shot in his knees and dumped. Emergency services found him on a grass verge two days after the alleged attack.

David Sell, who is 48, and from East Kilbride, was arrested over the weekend in connection with the incident and appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Monday.

He was remanded in custody during a brief private hearing and is expected to appear in court again next week.

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Man found shot in Scotland was abducted from Barnsley home

A man who was shot and dumped in a street in Scotland had been abducted from his home in South Yorkshire, police believe.

Police are hunting three men in shooting and abduction

The 45-year-old victim was beaten over a period of eight hours at his house in Strafford Walk, Dodworth, Barnsley, and then driven 250 miles to East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, where he was shot in the knees and dumped by the side of a road in March.<

Emergency services found the man on a grass verge near the junction of Stewartfield Way and Stewartfield Crescent on March 13 this year.

He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in the town for extensive treatment and has since been released. Police said he can no longer walk unaided.

E-fit images have now been released of three men police are hunting over the abduction and shooting.

e-fit of two suspects in the shooting and abduction from Barnsley Credit: Police Scotland
e-fit of third suspect in shooting and abduction from Barnsley Credit: Police Scotland

Officers have been working to establish the movement of the victim in the days before he was found in East Kilbride and they believe a group of men forced their way into his home on March 11 at about 7.30pm.

In the early hours of March 12 he was driven to Scotland in an unidentified vehicle over a period of 16 hours and discovered in East Kilbride at about 12pm on March 13.

Police Scotland said they have received "considerable support and information" from the public in the nine months since the incident and they are working with officers in England to trace the suspects.

"This shooting was a shocking incident, which occurred in broad daylight, yards from a busy town, homes and a
supermarket.

"This man was systematically assaulted, threatened and was in fear for his life. He has been left with life-changing injuries and may be unable to walk unaided again.

"We're still piecing together the timeline, mapping out the full journey which the attackers and the victim took, and have carried out a significant amount of enquiries since the incident, which has included checking CCTV and speaking to local people in both Barnsley and East Kilbride.

"I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the man being shot and left injured in East Kilbride on March 13. I am also keen to speak with anyone who
noticed any vehicles acting suspiciously in the area.

"We are issuing e-fits of three individuals who we wish to trace who may have critical information that could help with our enquiries. Do you recognise these individuals? Can you give us names of these people? If you can, please call us.

"To make it clear, we do believe that this attack was targeted and was not a random assault.

"I'd like to again reassure the local community of East Kilbride that immediately following this incident increased patrols were in the area to provide additional public safety, reassurance and a visible demonstration of how seriously Police Scotland view such attacks."

– Det. Chief Inspector Gary Boyd, Police Scotland

Police search for missing man last seen in Scotland

Police in Huddersfield are searching for a missing man from Huddersfield who was last seen in Scotland.

Have you seen Jamie? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

26-year-old Jamie Crawford, who lives in the Marsh area, was last seen there on November 5 and needs regular medication.

Police say they have established that we was seen in Lanarkshire, Scotland, on 27 November, but he has not been seen or heard from since.

He is described as black, around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build, with short black hair.

Concern over missing Wakefield man

Police are appealing for help to trace 58-year-old Mark Burgess who was last seen at his home in Wakefield on October 15th. It is thought he is in northern Scotland, possibly heading to John o’ Groats in a grey Toyota Yaris car.

Missing: Mark Burgess Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Detective Inspector Steven Greenbank of Wakefield CID, said:

“We are very concerned for Mark’s well-being and I would appeal to him or anyone who sees him to contact police. We know that he was north of Inverness earlier today so are particularly appealing to anyone in that area to be on the look out for him.”

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Galloway eyes return North

Respect MP George Galloway has said he would like to become prime minister of an independent Scotland if his bid to convince Scots to vote "Naw" in the referendum fails.

The Scots-born MP for Bradford West, who was expelled from Tony Blair's Labour Party in 2003, said he would prefer "a real Labour prime minister of the whole of Britain" but said he would "fancy being prime minister of Scotland" if it votes for independence on September 18

Galloway is eyeing a return North Credit: Press Association

Galloway was in Edinburgh for the latest date in his "Just Saw Naw" speaking tour.

His appearance was met by rival protests by the left-wing Radical Independence group, which opposes his pro-union stance, and the right-wing Scottish Defence League, which opposes his links with religious minorities.

Speaking ahead of his appearance, Mr Galloway said: "I would fancy being prime minister of Scotland but I would rather we had a real Labour prime minister of the whole of Britain.

"I want to avoid the break-up of the country which I think will beggar people on both sides of the border, will lead to permanent Tory rule in Westminster and thus the Bank of England which will control the Scottish economy.

"Unleashed will be a race to the bottom with England cutting taxes, regulation, public spending, and Scotland having to follow it.

"So everyone on both sides of the border will be worse off."

Galloway was elected as MP for Bradford West in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Galloway said he believes in "united countries" including a united Ireland, saying he would support Northern Ireland's exit from the UK, in contrast to his bid to stop Scotland from leaving.

"I don't believe in breaking countries up as I think we have too many countries in the world, not too few,"

"The Irish people were denied their right to unity and independence. The Scottish people never have been, and could have voted for independence at any time that they liked in the whole era of universal suffrage of nearly 100 years.

He said he would contemplate becoming an MP of an independent Scottish Parliament in the "hypothetical" event of Yes vote.

He added: "I am confident that the vote will be No, and I just want to make sure that it's a decisive result because otherwise the kind of hatred and division that this campaign is at risk of sowing will be a permanent feature of Scottish politics and public life."

Yorkshire: 'One of the world's best regions'

Yorkshire has been named one of the top regions in the world for travellers in 2014. The county receives the accolade in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014.

The bestseller highlights the top ten countries, cities and regions to visit in 2014 with Yorkshire coming in third.

It's not just Yorkshire that's flying the flag for the UK; Scotland gains the distinction of being one of the best countries in the world for 2014.

Brazil takes the number one spot, followed by Antarctica, with Scotland snapping up third place.

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Police name dead Cairngorms hillwalker

The hillwalker found dead after five others were rescued in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.

The body of Graham Connell, 31, from the Castleford area of Yorkshire, was found at the Jacob's Ladder area of the Cairngorms.

A report will now be submitted to Procurator Fiscal.

Braemar Mountain Rescue Team located five of the walkers, uninjured, on a hill near Carn Tarsuinn on Monday.

Read: More on the Scottish Highlands hillwalkers.

Scotland call up for McCormack

Ross McCormack Credit: Press Association

Craig Levein has called up Ross McCormack and Ian Black for Scotland's friendly against Australia at Easter Road on Wednesday night. The national team boss added the Leeds United striker and Rangers midfielder after confirmation of four withdrawals.

McCormack rejoins the squad having last featured in the Carling Nations Cup against Republic of Ireland last year. Black will be hoping for his first full international cap having played in a 3-0 B International victory against Northern Ireland in 2009.

The game is Levein's last opportunity to get a look at his squad before the 2014 World Cup qualifiers begin next month.