Five 'county lines' arrests in one week in North Yorkshire
Police cracking down on drug gang activity in North Yorkshire say they've made five so-called "county lines" arrests In the past week.
County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.
The North Yorkshire force says it's also made 30 welfare visits to victims of "cuckooing", a practice where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing.
Tributes paid to stabbed Middlesbrough dad
The family and friends of a Middlesbrough man who died after being stabbed last week have paid tribute to him.
John Lewis, 32 died following an incident on Crescent Road in the town last Tuesday.
His partner, Keighley Waghorn, said words couldn't describe what he meant to his family and added: "We will never forget you".
A 28-year-old-man has been charged with Mr Lewis’ murder and court proceedings are ongoing.
Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.
York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.
Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...
In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains
If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:
Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.
The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.
Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.
The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.
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Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show
A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.
It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".
Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".
North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has been hit with fresh criticism with claims she failed to implement measures to prevent bullying in her office.
Julia Mulligan had been given a series of recommendations to follow after a panel ruled she had displayed "bullying behaviour" towards members of staff.
But seven months on, members of North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel say they are disappointed she by her response to their “recovery plan”.
A meeting at County Hall in Northallerton heard that in November, she had agreed with the panel to follow-up on its six recommendations.
She was supposed to respond within 21 days to the recommendations, which included surveying staff over bullying in the workplace, undertaking a management course and appointing a mentor.
The commissioner received reminders in January and April but did not reply and it was only last week, just hours before the meeting, that the panel received brief responses.
Deputy chairman, Cllr Peter Wilkinson told her: "I have to express disappointment on behalf of the sub-panel that we issued this report in October and the first time we have had a meaningful response to the recommendations was yesterday evening."
After being asked about the delay, the commissioner replied that with senior officers now in place in her office, there were now suitable staff to progress the recommendations.
North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said there had been an alarming rise in drug-related concerns ahead of the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton at the weekend.
A meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel heard that girls as young as 13 were being drawn into drugs and over the past few years there had been a significant rise in dealing “in places you wouldn’t think”, such as in villages.
Mrs Mulligan made her concerns known to the panel after Northallerton councillor Peter Wilkinson asked her if she believed North Yorkshire Police were being successful in tackling drug dealing in the county and whether drug dealing was a major issue.
Mrs Mulligan said: “I am, and the chief constable is extremely concerned about drugs in the county at the moment.
“We have seen a whole range of nasty tactics being used around things called cuckooing, exploiting young people to be mules for drugs.
"We’ve seen violence on the streets because we’ve got external gangs coming in fighting with local drug dealers. It's an area of major concern.”
Will Naylor, the deputy commissioner, added: “We think the scale is probably bigger than is understood currently by the police.”