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North Yorkshire man charged with two counts of attempted murder


6:55am 13th March 2012
(Updated 11:43am 13th March 2012)

The man who allegedly ran over a tent while a teenager was still inside near Selby has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

24 year old Benjamin David Allerton from Selby was arrested following the incident near the River Ouse near Barlby over the weekend.

This morning he appeared at York Magistrates court.

He apparently had an argument with some teens who were camping there, then ran over their tent with his van.

The 16-year-old boy who was injured remains in York District Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Mr Allerton will appear back for his first hearing at York Crown Court on March the 19th.

North Yorkshire Police Statement:

This is an update following the incident near Barlby, in the Selby area, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday 11 March 2012 and involved a vehicle running over a tent.

The 24-year-old man from Selby, who was arrested following the incident, has tonight (Monday 12 March 2012) been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

He remains in police custody and will appear at York Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 13 March 2012.

The 16-year-old boy who was injured as a result of the incident remains in York District Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

North Yorkshire Police Update – Van driver and tent incident – Barlby, Selby (12-3-12)

Further to yesterday’s appeal following the incident involving the van which ran over a tent and a 16-year-old boy in a field at Barlby near Selby.

The 16-year-old victim remains in York District Hospital in a serious but stable condition. His injuries include a broken arm and severe bruising to his body.

The man who was arrested in connection with the incident remains in police custody for questioning.

North Yorkshire Police Press Release (11-3-12)

Appeal after van drives over youth inside a tent (Selby area)

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a 16-year-old boy was run over inside a tent.

Police were called at 3.55am in the early hours of Sunday 11 March to a field in Barlby near Selby.

A group of teenagers were camping in the field between York Road and the River Ouse.

A man approached the group and chatted with them and the conversation escalated into a disagreement. The man then threatened to run over their tent with his vehicle. 

The man left the scene and returned a short time later in a white van and carried out his threat to run over the tent.

Most of the group escaped and hid nearby, however, one youth, a 16-year-old local boy remained inside the tent and sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident.

He was taken to York District Hospital where he remains in a serious condition although his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Detective Chief Inspector Heather Pearson, said:

“This is a disturbing incident which has resulted in a teenager sustaining serious injuries. It is vital that we obtain as much information as possible of the events leading up to the incident.

“I am therefore appealing to anyone, in particular nearby residents, to contact the police with any information they have relating to the incident. 

“If anyone saw a white van in the area late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday morning, please contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone else who has any information which could help the investigation, please contact York CID on 101, select option 1 and ask to pass information on to Detective Sergeant Mandy Grundy.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can pass information on to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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