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Local Neighbourhood Police station becomes Pokemon Gym 

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Scores of keen Pokemon Go gamers are gathering at a neighbourhood police office to use the virtual Poke Gym! 
Officers realised that Blyth 

Neighbourhood Police Office was getting more than the usual number of visitors when large groups of people were seen walking outside the office intent on their virtual games, gazing at their phone screens.   


Police investigated and found Blyth Police Station has inadvertently become a ‘Poke gym’ overnight and hundreds of users are down at the quayside competing over ownership of the Blyth police Poke gym. The app uses google maps to populate ‘Pokemon hotspots’ at real life locations with key areas called ‘Poke Gyms.’ 

The neighbourhood office at Arms Evertyne House on Quay Road in the Northumberland town has been caught up in the craze with gamers using the on screen gym, keen to hone the fighting skills of their virtual monsters they previously captured during the game. 

Neighbourhood beat officer PC Billy Mulligan said: “I couldn’t understand why we were getting so many young people turn up, but we worked it out seeing everyone on their phones. Having a gym here is great to meet so many people and for them to get to know us. 

“We’re telling them to enjoy their game safely, do it with their friends, not to wander off alone, to make sure they let their parents know when they’re coming home, who they’ll be with and roughly where they’re thinking of going. Also reminding them to pay attention to their surroundings when playing so they don’t get lost, or put themselves in danger.” 

Officers have also used the opportunity to get other crime prevention messages across and have been carrying out property marking on children’s bikes and mobile devices. 

Officers even offered the gamers a place of shelter when they saw lots of youngsters out in the rain – they invited them into the front office to dry off and play their game in the warm. Youngsters have also been getting to know their local neighbourhood policing team officers and have enjoyed a tour of the building. 

PC Mulligan added: “In this job each day is different but I never expected our base would become a gym to fight virtual monsters and a popular gathering place for gamers.”

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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