Police offer tack marking service this weekend

Officers will be offering a free tack marking service at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club, in Loos Road this Sunday (5 February) from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Using hi-tech “dot peen” property marking technology, leather and metal items of tack can be marked with a unique number – deterring would-be thieves and making it much easier to reunite stolen property and secure convictions.

In a press release on the Force website, PCSO Eric Corfield, of Catterick Garrison Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

Marking items of tack is one of the most effective crime deterrents. Criminals will see the permanent unique number, and know immediately that the equipment would be too difficult to sell on. If the worst happened and you were targeted, we are much more likely to be able to trace marked property and return it to you.

“Our property marking service is fast and free, so please make a note of the date in Catterick Garrison and come along on the day.

For more information about the free dot peen property marking service in Richmondshire, please email richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, or pick up a leaflet from your local police station in Richmond, Leyburn or Catterick Garrison. The service is also promoted on Twitter using #whatisdotpeen.

Did you see the accident in Market Square?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fail-to-stop collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Richmond Market Place in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

They say: At about 1.30am on 1 January 2017, a 20-year-old woman was walking across the Market Place on the cobbles when a car collided with her at low speed. She was knocked to the ground, although she was not seriously injured.

The vehicle involved is believed to have been a white, 66-plate BMW. It is believed to have left the Market Place down King Street, passed Wetherspoons and turned right onto Dundas Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the collision, or who can identify the vehicle, to contact them. Please call 101, select option 2 and ask for PC 1707 Alan Fenney or quote reference number 12170000289.

In Colburn last Saturday? Maybe you can help the police

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Colburn involving a Lexmoto motorcycle and a pedestrian in Forest Drive at 10.45am on Saturday.

The pedestrian, local woman Helen Doherty, 78, was taken to James Cook Hospital by Air Ambulance but died from her injuries.

A man in his 30s was arrested at a property nearby in connection with the incident. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, and has not already spoken to officers, to contact them. Please dial 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team. Please quote reference number 12160145554.

Police role opportunity for youngsters open now

If you’re aged between 14 and 25 with an interest in how policing is delivered locally there’s just one week left to apply to join the North Yorkshire Youth Commission on Police and Crime.

The Youth Commission allows young people to get involved and have their say about policing and crime where they live. It enables young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, and North Yorkshire Police.

Ms Mulligan said:

When I met the Youth Commission members at the “Big Conversation” I was inspired by their enthusiasm and the work they’ve completed. It’s invaluable and allows us to look through the eyes of young people to gain a better understanding of their concerns and how they feel the police could help and support them.

I am now looking for more young people to take up the challenge and move forward the good work already completed. If you think you have what it takes then we want to hear from you. The closing date is Friday the fifth of August so you will need to be quick, good luck.

The Youth Commission, piloted in July 2015, was funded through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund. In June 2016, funding was extended for another two years to enable the Youth Commission to further explore the findings outlined in their final report.

There’s more information and an online application form at the website here.The closing date is Friday, August 5

Revealed: Eight common scams to watch out for

As part of a campaign to spread the word about scams, and expose the tactics of fraudsters, the local Citizens Advice has revealed these eight common scams to be on the lookout for:

 Investment: victims are persuaded to invest money into fake ventures and are then unable to get their money back

 Fake services: people are offered a service for a fee, only to find the service isn’t real or doesn’t exist at all – such as offers to fix computers remotely and fake invoices for advertising

 Vishing: con artists cold call people pretending to be a legitimate company, asking for credit or debit card details – for example on the pretence they need to refund overpaid bills

 Doorstep selling: victims are offered goods door-to- door or from the back of a van, which are likely to be counterfeit – fraudsters selling mattresses, fresh fish and cleaning products were reported to Citizens Advice

 Upfront payment or fee: fraudsters ask for a payment in advance for a service or product that never materialises, such as asking for a fee to get a loan, or to pay for a training course to secure a job

 Premium rate texts: victims inadvertently agree to receive premium rate texts about games or competitions, usually costing around £4 each

 Counterfeit goods: people buy goods at marketplaces or online that turn out to be counterfeit or even stolen – common products include cigarettes, shoes and clothing, and tickets for events

 Goods not received: people place orders for goods which don’t arrive – scams are often carried out through social media and online auction sites.

The CAB for Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby and District is urging people not to fall prey to these scams by following a three-step rule – get advice, report it, and tell others about it.

As part of the July campaign, chief executive of Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby Carol Shreeve, and District said: “Scams are not a minor blight, they heap misery on people and in some cases can lead to financial ruin.

“Fraudsters use sophisticated techniques to con people and because they vary their methods, it can be tricky to spot when something is a scam. If you come across something that seems suspicious, seek advice so you don’t put yourself at risk.

“It’s vital to report scams and spread the word so we can clampdown on con artists and stop others falling into the same traps.”

For advice and information on how to report scams to Trading Standards contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. To contact the local Citizens Advice service call Northallerton on 01609 776551, Richmond on 01748 823862 or Selby on 01757 701320.

The service can also be followed on Twitter @HambRichSelby or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CitizensAdviceHambRichSelbyandDistrict.

Off to the polls on Thursday to decide who will be the next PCC

The election for the next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for North Yorkshire  will take place on Thursday between 7am and 10pm.

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected by the public with the intention of ensuring the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in police force areas.

The candidates for this year’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election are:

You can find your nearest polling station here.

What laws are NOT enforced by police in Richmond?

It’s a question posed by councillors at this week’s full council meeting. Richmond west councillor Stuart Parsons claimed some laws were simply not being enforced and he wants North Yorkshire police tackled about the issue.

But the 20mph speed limit through town won’t be one of them. You can hear why in this video clip of the debate.

Can you help police with info about this Richmond burglary?

Police in Richmond are appealing for information after a 70-year-old man had a large amount of cash stolen from his home by a sneak-in burglar.

It happened in Parkinson’s Yard, Richmond between 1pm and 5pm on the afternoon of Monday 4 April when the suspect(s) entered the man’s property through an unlocked front door and stole the cash from inside his home.

In a press release, Police are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or has any other information about the incident to contact them.

PC David Bowley of Richmond police said:

This was a callous crime targeted at a pensioner who was trusting enough to leave their front door unlocked, pending the arrival of an expected caller. I am appealing to anyone with any information about the burglary or knows who is responsible to contact us. It is also a timely reminder of the importance of keeping your doors locked at all times – even when you are at home – particularly now the lighter nights are with us, and people are more likely to be outside.

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC David Bowley, or email david.bowley@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12160058837 when passing on information.

Police warn motorists about ‘run out of fuel’ scam

North Yorkshire Police is urging motorists to be on their guard following a spate of roadside scams.

In a press release they say there have been numerous incidents reported in the Richmond, Harrogate and Selby areas.

The common theme is of passing motorists being flagged down by “Eastern European” men who claim their vehicle has run out of fuel or a tyre has been badly damaged.

They then ask for an emergency sum of cash in exchange for items of “gold” jewellery.

Concern about the suspicious activity has spread locally via social media. This has helped to increase awareness and led to further reports to the police.

In one case on the A1(T) near Skeeby at around 2pm on Friday, March 18, police arrested two Bradford-based men who are originally from Romania. The 33 and 32-year-olds were released on conditional police bail following questioning. Their vehicle, a 52-reg Vauxhall Astra, was seized as part of the on-going fraud investigation.

Then at 8.05am on Tuesday a further call was made to the Force Control Room about men standing next to a grey Renault Laguna who were attempting to flag motorists down on the southbound A1(M) near Cleasby.

There have been other reports in the Harrogate and Selby area.

Inspector Mark Gee, of Richmond Police, said: “This suspicious behaviour is clearly a cause for concern among residents in Richmondshire, Harrogate and Selby in particular, but also across the county and beyond.”

He urged people to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55511 and quote reference number 12160048664.

Join the next police meeting via Twitter at #NYPscrutiny

Residents are invited to join next week’s North Yorkshire Police Corporate Performance, Delivery and Scrutiny Board using Twitter.

The meeting to look at the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Plan priorities that come under the ‘partnerships and commissioning’ banner takes place on Tuesday 1 March at 9:30.

The monthly meeting is chaired by Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and Chief Constable Dave Jones to monitor progress against the Police and Crime Plan – the document which sets out the priority areas of action, based on consultation with the public.

This meeting will look at how the police are progressing with Police and Crime Plan – Priority seven Partnerships and commissioning. Very often, no one agency can solve the whole problem and so successful partnership working means more can be achieved together rather than in isolation.

You can read the agenda and meeting papers here.

Questions received from the public that relate to the agenda and are received in advance of the meeting, will be addressed by the Board during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting.

Questions received from the public via Twitter using #NYPscrutiny and that relate to items discussed during the meeting will be answered at the end of the meeting.

The full instructions on how to take part can be found here.