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Police trace 12 stolen pocket watches

Cleveland Police are appealing to trace 12 outstanding pocket watches which were taken in a burglary from an elderly man’s home. The man returned home from a stay in a care home to find that his property had been burgled and his collection of pocket watches stolen.

Pocket watches
Cleveland Police

The pocket watches are believed to have been taken to a second hand/pawn shop in Stockton town centre and were sold for £2.99 each.Officers are appealing to locate the watches and return them to the man.

Arrest after teen street stabbing

A teenager has been arrested after another teenager was stabbed in a Billingham Street.

The 17-year-old was taken to hospital suffering from a stab would following an incident which is believed to have taken place on Cheviot Crescent at about 04:00 BST on Thursday.

Cleveland Police said a 19-year-old was being questioned on suspicion of section 18 wounding with intent.

A spokesman said enquiries were ongoing and anyone with information was asked to contact the force.

Missing Natalie Jenkins: CCTV footage released

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Thornaby woman have released CCTV footage of two people they believe could help with the investigation.

Natalie Jenkins was last seen in Middlesbrough on 10 December, and police are treating it as a murder case..

Two men were seen on CCTV walking on Park Road South just after 02:00 GMT on 11 December and it is believed they could have seen Natalie in the area of Albert Park.

On the footage, one man is walking near to Albert Park towards Linthorpe Road before another man with a bike meets up with him and they walk together.

Still from CCTV footage
Cleveland Police

Deputy Senior Investigating Officer Leigh Dack said: “We know that Natalie walked on Park Road South towards Albert Park at around 23:38 on 10 December and it is possible that these men may have seen her in and around that area after that time.

“We would encourage them to come forward because they might have seen something that is the missing piece of the jigsaw."

More arrests and cash seized during organised crime crackdown

Police have arrested three men and seized £20,000 as part of an ongoing crackdown on organised crime across the north-east of England.

Warrants were executed at addresses across Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool as Operation Venetic continued.

Police arrested three men, aged 32, 33 and 35, on suspicion of supplying drugs in dawn raids yesterday during searches of properties on Bishop Rock Drive and Pennine Way in Newcastle, Abingdon Road and Gresham Road in Middlesbrough and Iber Grove in Hartlepool.

A total of £20,000 of suspected criminal cash was also seized.

Northumbria police officers in briefing room
Northumbria police

In total since the operation started in March, the North East has seen more than £1.5m cash seized, as well as 80kg of cocaine, amphetamine, MDMA and Ketamine.

The arrest total now stands at 56.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy morning with the chance of an occasional shower.

The cloud will disperse throughout the day allowing very warm sunny spells.

Tonight it will remain dry and clear with light winds:

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Teenager suffers head injury after being hit by car

A 15-year-old boy suffered a suspected serious head injury after being hit by car in Stockton.

The teenager was walking from Durham Road when he was hit by a white Seat Leon in Hardwick Road, at around 16:05 on Wednesday.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and no-one has been arrested.

The teenager was taken to North Tees General Hospital.

Anyone who witnessed what happened should contact police.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A misty and muggy start today, becoming largely dry and warm, with areas of cloud around.

The cloud will disperse in the afternoon to allow for some sunny spells.

Tonight will be mostly dry and mild with large areas of cloud and light southerly winds:

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Girl, 13, attacked in park

A 13-year-old girl was injured when she was assaulted in a Stockton park, police said.

It happened on Monday night when a large group of youths gathered in a cut next to the Rosedale Centre, in Bishopsgarth Park.

The girl was pushed to the ground, causing grazing to her knees, and was punched or kicked in the back, Cleveland Police said.

PC Hannah Parkin said: "We are aware that there have been videos circulating on social media, apparently taken by youths who were gathered at Bishopsgarth Park at the time of the incident."We want to make clear that assaults like this one will not be tolerated and anyone who may be able to help the investigation is strongly urged to come forward and speak with police."

Origami angels raise more than £130,000

Thousands of paper angels have taken flight above the nave of Ripon Cathedral where they will flutter above worshippers throughout August and September.

Origami angels
Ripon Cathedral

About 10,000 of the origami creations were handmade by more than 100 volunteers during the coronavirus lockdown and feature prayers offered to loved ones and key workers.

The project has so far raised over £130,000, which will be split between the cathedral and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Angels above the nave
Ripon Cathedral

The cathedral's Canon Michael Gisbourne told BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick the angels cover the whole length and width of the nave - you can hear the interview by clicking this link.

Government to invest £115m in Covid-19 recovery projects

The Government has announced more than 50 projects across Yorkshire will share £115m to build homes, infrastructure and create jobs as part of the region's economic recovery from coronavirus.

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The successful projects will receive a portion of the £900 million Getting Building Fund which was announced by the Prime Minister in June.

Among the projects to benefit are upgrades to cycling infrastructure in East Yorkshire, improvements to Barnsley town centre, the redevelopment of the George Hotel in Huddersfield and improving older terraced homes in the Holbeck area of Leeds.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, which secured more than £33m, said: "This investment will strengthen our digital infrastructure, improve learning spaces within our schools and colleges, support businesses and create new walking and cycling infrastructure.

"It will help our effort to make South Yorkshire stronger, greener and fairer as we build back from COVID."

Leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake, which was awarded £18m, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding as it will allow us to press ahead with three shovel-ready schemes in Leeds.

"These are all projects that will help reduce our city’s carbon impact and help the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic."

Man admits manslaughter of York student

A man has admitted killing student Bethany Fields, who was stabbed in the street in Huddersfield.

Bethany Fields
West Yorkshire Police

Paul Crowther pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 21-year-old Ms Fields, from Leeds, who died in the town's Fitzwilliam Street in September.

At Leeds Crown Court, Crowther entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murder.

The case was adjourned until 21 August and Crowther of Elm Way, Birstall, West Yorkshire, was remanded in custody.

The student's family in a statement after her death that she was "a daughter, who any parent would have been proud of, much loved and respected by all; family, friends, work colleagues and fellow students".

Ms Fields, an environmental geography student at the University of York, was also described as "the brightest star of them all".

Appeal after man’s jaw broken in York assault

A man’s jaw has been broken in two places during an assault in York on Saturday night.

Clifford St, York

It happened in Clifford Street, near the junction of King Street just after 23:30.

The victim, a 24 year-old man, was punched in the face by another man who then left the scene along with a second man, say police

The victim was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police say they believe a number of people were in the area at the time of the assault and are appealing to those people to come forward.

Two men aged 19 and 20, were arrested in connection with the incident and have been released under investigation.

Race crime arrest in Middlesbrough

A 24-year-old man has been arrested by Cleveland Police on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage and possession of a Class B drug.

The arrest followed reports of a man threatening a woman and her children in Middlesbrough yesterday afternoon.

It is also alleged that a garden fence on Forber Road in the town was damaged.

The man's held in custody awaiting questioning.

Men climb scaffolding to vandalise York Minster

Vandals have caused damage to parts of York Minster after scaling scaffolding around one of the towers and throwing items at the cathedral.

Suspected vandals
North Yorkshire Police

Two men were seen on CCTV using a ladder to climb onto the scaffolding around the North West Tower some time between 01:30 and 05:00 on Friday.

North Yorkshire Police say the men threw items from the scaffolding area then continued onto the roof, causing damage to property, including removing access doors to the tower.

It's believed they threw a small entrance door off the roof which hit a gargoyle and knocked it to the ground.

CCTV shows that at 04:55 both men climbed down from the scaffolding, and one appeared to be videoing the gargoyle on the ground before leaving the scene.

One of the men is described as white, wearing a black tracksuit with a blue baseball cap, black trainers with a white sole. He is thought to be in his late teens or early 20s.

The other man, also thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, is described as white, wearing a dark hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers with white socks.

Anyone who saw the men, or who has any online footage shared by those involved, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

'Lucky to be alive' as lightning strike starts house fire

A woman whose home burst into flames after being struck by lighting is "lucky to be alive" her son says.

House hit by lightning in flames
Joe Holdsworth

Christine Brooks's home in Garths End in Haxby, near York, was struck at about 20:00 on Friday.

Her son, Liam, who rushed home after a call from a neighbour, said: "I turned the corner and saw the whole roof on fire and flames spewing out of every window in the house."

House hit by lightning
Joe Holdsworth

He says his mum told him there was a bright, white flash and "pure silence" followed by "smoke and flames everywhere."

"To walk away with minor burns and frazzled hair after something like that, someone was looking after mum that day," he added.

Five fire crews from Huntington, York and Acomb attended the scene.

The service says the fire caused "extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to the property."

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells, with cloud developing in the afternoon and a few thundery showers later.

Tonight there will be some patchy cloud with the occasional shower, but it will become dry with clear spells as the night progresses:

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Cleveland Police appoint new deputy chief constable

Helen McMillan has been appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.

She joins the force from Northumbria Police, where she is currently an Assistant Chief Constable.

Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Helen is joining Cleveland Police at a time of real change and real improvement and will play a huge role in driving forward the improvements we need to make to support our communities.

She's worked for Cleveland Police before two years ago as temporary Deputy Chief Constable, and before this, in 1996 she became the first female Chief Officer in Durham Constabulary’s 177-year-old history.

Deputy Chief Constable Helen McMillan
Durham police

Helen will be a key part of delivering on our vision, set when I became Chief Constable in 2019, to ‘deliver outstanding policing for our communities."

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Watch: Your questions answered on new local lockdown

BBC Look North

New local lockdown restrictions have been introduced in some parts of West Yorkshire today.

The rules ban separate households in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

We're answering any questions you might have with BBC Yorkshire's political editor James Vincent and virologist Professor Mark Harris:

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Weapons and drugs uncovered during raid

A haul of drugs, weapons and substantial amount of cash were uncovered during a raid on a property in Stockton.

Officers made the discovery at an address in Durham Road on Thursday morning.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and was released under investigation.

Weapons, money and drugs
Cleveland Police

Breaking'Higher risk settings' reopenings postponed

As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.

Boris Johnson
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At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.

Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.

The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.

The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.

At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and hot day for most with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.

This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:

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'Biggest' zero emissions bus fleet takes shape in York

The creation of what's said to be the biggest zero emission park and ride bus fleet in the UK has got under way in York today.

One of the new buses

The first three all-electric double decker buses have arrived at the city's Park & Ride network at Askham Bar.

First Bus and City of York Council have teamed up in an investment said to be worth more than £9m.

The Metrodecker EV vehicles, manufactured by Optare at Sherburn-in-Elmet, are the beginning of a 21-strong order which will replace existing diesels.

First says: "Each bus saves almost 1kg of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometre travelled, which it's estimated will mean a saving of 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year when the fleet is complete."

The buses are the first new vehicles to be introduced by First Bus anywhere in the country since it announced it intends to achieve a zero carbon fleet by 2035.

Marc Bichtemann, managing director of First York, said: “This is an important stage in our shared ambition to expand sustainable transport in the city.”

Delivery of the fleet of 21 double-deckers is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Teenagers robbed at knife-point for mobile phones

A man's been arrested after a group of 13-year-olds where threatened with a knife in a park and had their mobile phones stolen.

The robbery happened at Fairy Dell, in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough on Tuesday, at around 20:30 BST.

Police said a man approached the group of four teenagers, threatened them with a knife before stealing three mobile phones and cash.He then ran off towards the crossing near Tesco at the Parkway Centre.A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of class A drugs.

Cleveland Police is urging anyone who saw what happened to get in touch, to help the investigation.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times, but which should clear in the afternoon.

A dry, mild, night is expected with clear skies and a light wind:

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'Hazardous' cannabis farm uncovered

A "dangerous" cannabis farm in Stockton could have put other houses in the street at risk, police have said..

Following a tip-off, officers attended an address on Bowesfield Lane on Wednesday and found more than 870 plans, with an estimated value of up to £750,000.

A 33-year-old man was on suspicion of production of class B drugs.

Stockton cannabis farm
Cleveland Police

Sgt Jon Sproson described it as a dangerous set up, where the hazardous wiring and electricity could have put others at risk.

"It is really concerning", he said.

"The last thing we want is for something like this to set alight and potentially cause serious harm to people.

"We would advise anyone who suspects they know the location of a cannabis farm to contact us as soon as possible.”

Man's injuries prompt investigation

A man was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough suffering "significant" injuries at about 09:30 yesterday morning, police say.

Cleveland Police said they have been investigating at flats on Station Road in Redcar and are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area to come forward.

The 34-year-old man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Two men aged 33 and 45 were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and have been released while investigations continue.

Police hunt damaged Golf after cyclist collision

Police are on the hunt for a white VW Golf which failed to stop after hitting a cyclist in Redcar.

The car, which is believed to be of a new shape, was in collision with the 55-year-old woman next to Low Farm Drive at about 18:20 last night.

The woman suffered a cut to her forehead and a broken leg and was taken to James Cook University Hospital, where she remains.

Officers believe that the new shape Volkswagen Golf will have frontal damage and a missing nearside (passenger) wing mirror.

Cleveland Police is appealing for anyone who may see the damaged car, or any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage, to contact them.

'Dog attacks are devastating' - Farmer's warning to owners

Dog owners are being reminded to keep their animals under control following two attacks on sheep in North Yorkshire in the past two weeks.

Sheep in field
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In one incident, two sheep were injured in a suspected dog attack in the Fairburn area of Selby between the afternoon of Friday 24 July and the following morning.

The sheep survived, but needed medication, according to North Yorkshire Police.

In a separate incident, a lamb was attacked on land near Thruscross Reservoir and later died.

A police officer subsequently spoke to the owner.

The farmer whose sheep died as a result of the second incident has appealed to dog owners: "Please think how your actions affect others. Dog attacks are devastating to farmers."

And Insp Matt Hagen, from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, says dog owners must "take responsibility for their animals".

"It’s very important that dogs are kept securely when at home, and on leads and under control when walking near sheep fields."

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today, under the influence of high pressure, it will be a fine and dry day with sunny periods throughout. Some patches of cloud look set to develop during the day.

Tonight will be largely dry with clear spells. As the night progresses, it will turn cloudier with a chance of patchy rain in places. A milder night.

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Scientists in York identify what causes body odour

Scientist have discovered the enzyme responsible for causing the smell known as body odour or BO.

Roger Federer
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Researchers at the University of York together with Unilever scientists have identified a unique BO enzyme found only in the bacteria that live under the arm that is responsible for the armpit odour.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, highlights how particular bacteria have evolved a specialised enzyme to produce some of the key molecules recognised as BO.

Researchers discovered the enzyme by transferring it to non-odour producing bacteria and found that it also began to produce a smell.

Co-first author Dr Michelle Rudden said: "Solving the structure of this BO enzyme has allowed us to pinpoint the molecular step inside certain bacteria that makes the odour molecules.

"This is a key advancement in understanding how body odour works, and will enable the development of targeted inhibitors that stop BO production at source without disrupting the armpit microbiome."