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Number of war medels stolen from Villages between Harrogate and Werherby

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Detectives are urging residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity following a series of house burglaries in villages between Harrogate and Wetherby.

On 23 December 2013 a house in Spofforth was burgled and a large amount of jewellery was taken along with several military medals and a Royal Artillery beret badge. Three of the medals had been mounted on to a red and blue 6in x 3in ribbon. Some of the medals are engraved with the name W G Whitehead.

On 20 December 2013, burglars broke into a house on Lime Kiln Lane, Kirk Deighton and stole war medals including the Burma Star, a 1939 – 1945 Star, a WW1 Victory Medal, and an amount of jewellery.

On 10 December 2013 a house was broken into in Little Ribston where burglars stole Rotary Club regalia and jewellery.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Sam Harding, said: “Firstly I would like to appeal to anyone who has any information about the burglaries to contact the police. I would specifically like to appeal to collectors and anyone who believes they have been offered these medals for sale recently, to please check for any items engraved with the name of W G Whitehead.

“It is beyond belief that someone would steal such sentimental items from innocent members of the public. I am making a direct appeal to those who are responsible. Some of the bravest and most honourable men and women fought and died so you could continue to live in a safe place.

“These medals were given to those men and women for their tremendous efforts. You have not earned these medals and they deserve to be in the possession of the family of those brave people. We urge you to please show some respect for the people that sacrificed themselves for you and contact the police so the medals can be reunited with their rightful owners.”

DC Harding added: “I am also urging members of the public to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity, people or vehicle in their neighbourhood to the police.It’s highly likely that the offenders have visited the areas in advance to check out people’s movements before committing the offences.

“It is also very helpful to the police if you note down the registration number of any suspicious vehicles which you see.

“Please don’t ever think your information is trivial, it could be vitally important to our investigation. Please trust your instinct and report anyone or any vehicle that looks out of place. This type of information can be of huge value to the police and regularly helps us to disrupt criminals.”

Please tell your neighbours if you are going away on holiday and ask them to be vigilant. Likewise, look out for your neighbouring empty properties and report any suspicious activity.

To report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood or if you can help the burglary investigations, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Harrogate CID.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime in progress, or in an emergency always call 999.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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Girl aged 5 sadly dies after being recovered from the water at Durdle Door in Dorest

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Officers investigating an incident where a girl tragically died after being recovered from the water at Durdle Door are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 11.30am today, Wednesday 18 April 2018, HM Coastguard received reports of a child and a woman in distress in the water at Durdle Door in Dorset.

The woman was rescued from the water by a member of the public. A Ministry of Defence military range safety vessel, which was in the area and responded to a Mayday broadcast, recovered the girl from the water.

The five-year-old girl, from Salisbury, was taken by the RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat to Weymouth and transferred by the ambulance service to Dorset County Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead.

Detective Inspector Steve May, of Dorset Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the young girl involved at this very difficult time.

“At this time there is nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident however, with the sudden death of any child we have an obligation to carry out an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed how the girl came to be in the water and has not already spoken to police to contact us immediately.

“There were also a number of visitors in the area at the time and I am appealing to anyone who may have filmed or photographed the incident to please get in touch as it may assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:127. 

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