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.

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.

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.

Two men arrested for drug offences

Two men from the Richmondshire area have been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply. A quantity of drugs was seized. Both are still in custody.

They were included in six arrests in North Yorkshire on Friday night as part of a clampdown on criminals targeting the county’s rural areas called Operation Checkpoint.

In a press statement, a spokesperson said that, at the same time as the force’s Roads Policing and Road Crime teams were appearing on national TV on the BBC show Traffic Cops, those same teams were out on the roads, fighting crime in rural North Yorkshire.

In North Yorkshire, dozens of volunteers joined police officers and specialist units – including the force’s Roads Policing Group (RPG) and Road Crime Team (RCT) – across the Richmondshire, Hambleton and Ryedale areas.

The overnight operation saw 119 vehicles stopped and checked, and 15 breath tests carried out. Tickets were issued for seat belt, tyre, tax, insurance and MOT offences, with six vehicles seized (three untaxed, two uninsured, one suspected stolen).

Decision on Richmond CCTV ‘within a few weeks’

Councillors looking at the issue of installing CCTV in Richmond are still weeks away from a decision, according to a report considered last week.

Richmondshire District Council’s overview and scrutiny have been looking into the issue since July following a petition in Richmond signed by more than 900 people following the death of Andrew Jackson.

The report which to members last week reveals progress to date – two meetings plus a visit to the Control Room at Hambleton Council’s Civic Centre on 10 December to view their CCTV operation.

Councillor Richard Blows says:

Information has been gathered on the likely costs and feasibility of different approaches to CCTV implementation, were this to be required. The approaches examined include reinstalling all the fixed cameras in Richmond as previously or reinstalling a reduced but still viable number of cameras (five) in Richmond – options for the siting such cameras have been produced. It has been established that the previous CCTV infrastructure (i.e. dedicated fibre optic links) between Richmond and the MoD control room still remain in place and could be reused, thus mitigating some of the costs.

In addition, the deployment of mobile CCTV cameras has been considered for use both for static recording at particular sites of concern or active remote surveillance – there are three such cameras at present deployed by Safer Richmondshire across Hambleton and Richmond and support for the monitoring and deployment is conducted by Hambleton CCTV service manager. However, funding for the Partnership is due to expire by 2017, and officers will bring a report on the implications of this and possible successor arrangements by next summer.

The committee is waiting to see if Richmond Town Council might fund the scheme and also looking for information the Business Association and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

Cllr Blows concludes: “Subject to responses to the inquiries which are currently underway, I anticipate that
the Task Group will conclude its investigations in the next few weeks and that a report summarising the findings will be prepared for consideration.”


Richmond special PC steps down after 46 years

Alan Simpson

Alan Simpson

North Yorkshire Police’s longest serving Special Constable, Richmond-based Alan Simpson, is due to retire after 46 years of voluntary policing.

He joined York and North East Yorkshire Constabulary after his snooker partner, who was a regular officer and also based at Richmond, nagged him over a period of time. “The next thing I knew was the village bobby turning up at the house with the all the paper work.

“My mum did quite a bit of volunteering for the civil defence and Women’s Voluntary Services at the time, learning how to make soup kitchens out of dustbins and things like that, so I suppose she might have influenced me a bit” he added.

In a press release, the Force explained Simpson was attested in the farmhouse kitchen of the local Justice of the Peace, who he knew well as a neighbouring farmer, and whose son was also a special.

Yes it’s true that I have been in for a long time, but I don’t see myself as being any more worthy than someone who has served ten, fifteen or twenty years in the specials and then subsequently retired or resigned because of personal circumstances.

“I would say that one of the main things that has kept me chipping away over the years was the constant support, help and friendliness of the regular officers who I have had the pleasure of working with. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking them sincerely for the help they have given us all. I am certain that that will continue as it always has done.

I always had a policy of working with all the shifts never favouring one shift over another, consequently it made it very easy to work anytime I liked. I can’t recall a duty I did, no matter how short it was, when I didn’t have back up from the ‘regs’ should it be required, or that I wasn’t thanked for turning out by someone or other before I went home.”

He describes some of his most memorable moments as a Special as ranging from disabling a burglar alarm twenty-five feet up a house gable end that was keeping every one awake at two in the morning, to breaking up numerous fights and brawls outside nightclubs and pubs over the years.

His last day with North Yorkshire Police is 2 February after which he plans to jet off to New Zealand to visit his three brothers. And then, he says he might come back to NYP to do some volunteering!

Inspector Mark Gee of Richmond police, also paid tribute to the officer: “Alan is a true example of all that makes an exemplary Special Constable. He has been a great role model and mentor to both Special Constables and Regular officers and I, alongside my colleagues wish Alan all the very best in retirement.”

If you want to follow in Alan’s footsteps, North Yorkshire Police are now recruiting Special Constables. For more information and to apply visit www.nypspecials.com

Recruitment closes at 9am on 1 February 2016.

Callers to the police 101 service aren’t hanging on the telephone

101-web-380x240A large number of people abandoned their calls to the police 101 non-emergency service after being kept waiting for more than a minute, a survey has revealed.

In North Yorkshire, one in seven people (14 per cent) of people using 101 to report an incident or concern abandoned their call to the service – with callers typically waiting more than a minute for their call to be answered.

And at ten per cent, the rate of abandoned calls in North Yorkshire for callers who have waited more than a minute is twice as high as the police’s own national target of five per cent.

The findings have been released as part of a survey commissioned by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Julia Mulligan in response to concerns that the 101 system was not working well and was deterring people from reporting crime.

Four years after its launch, fewer than one in three people in England and Wales know to call the police using the 101 phone number for non-emergencies.

“Another major worry is that one in seven people ringing the 101 abandon their call. Locally, that’s around 2,800 calls per month – most likely due to the time it takes for their call to be answered.

“Now that we have clear evidence of the issues, I am keen to do all I can to help the force improve the service they provide. The Government too needs to pay heed as it is currently considering the way forward for the national 101 contract.”

The research included an online survey conducted among a sample of people from across England and Wales as well as a group specifically from North Yorkshire. It also included an in-depth telephone survey with North Yorkshire residents. As a result, the research provides both national and county-level insights.

You can take part in the discussion at North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s joint Corporate Performance, Delivery and Scrutiny Board meeting which is being streamed live on the police website on Monday 23 November at 9.30am.

Two Richmond officers named top cops

Two Richmond police officers were among the winners announced at the first North Yorkshire Police Annual Awards ceremony.

They were:

  • PC Mark Reed who was awarded the gold Courage Award for saving a knife-wielding woman from suicide.
  • PC John Wilbor who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Police Officer, for his work to combat wildlife crime and tackle rural crime issues.

The Annual Awards event, which was attended by winners, their families and senior officers on Friday, was designed to recognise the achievements of officers and staff who embody the Force’s values of courage, compassion and inspiration. It is the first such event to be held by North Yorkshire Police.

Speaking at the ceremony, the chief constable of North Yorkshire, Dave Jones, said:

“I am extremely proud of everyone who won an award at this year’s event. Police officers and staff are modest people, so events like the Annual Awards ceremony are an important reminder of the outstanding things that North Yorkshire Police people do day-to-day.

“We had more than 100 nominations for these awards, and deciding on the winners was a tough task – as well as being one of the best jobs you can do as Chief Constable. There are many depressing headlines about policing at the moment, with budget cuts looming large, but our Award winners are a timely reminder that behind all the headlines we have incredibly dedicated people who just get on with the job, looking after communities, and achieving outstanding results.”

You can see the full list of awards across the county here.