North Yorkshire Police launch #NYPThinkOfTheConsequences

North Yorkshire Police has launched a hard-hitting video campaign this summer to encourage young people to think of the consequences before abusing alcohol.

The video which is titled #NYPThinkOfTheConsquences was commissioned following instances of alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour in open spaces within York during the summer months. It will be shown to all secondary school children within the City of York ahead of the summer break and posted externally on NYP social media channels.

York College drama students are used as actors in a scenario which involves a visit to a park. The students consume alcohol which impacts on their decision making and results in five consequences which involve the emergency services and family members. Viewers of the video are then asked, “Is it worth it?” and the video concludes with the message of #NYPThinkOfTheConsequences.

Police hope the video will highlight the risks associated with alcohol and help educate young people about the impairment on their decision making following the consumption of alcohol and the devastating consequences that this can bring.

The commander for York and Selby, Superintendent Mark Khan from North Yorkshire Police said:

“Alcohol related anti-social behaviour is time consuming for us to deal with so anything which we can do to reduce the calls to service is beneficial.

“We are not unique in York and North Yorkshire experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour particularly as the weather improves and students finish for their summer break. We will continue to work with our partners to patrol hotpot areas at key times.

“It’s our job as the police to engage with communities to prevent crime. My hope is that this video will be shared far and wide so they key messages will reach as many young people as possible.”

York College’s Chief Executive and Principal, Lee Probert said: “To be involved in this video has been an incredible opportunity for our Media Makeup degree students and our Level Three acting students.

“To be part of such a professional production is an amazing experience for them, especially working with North Yorkshire Police.

“The video also delivers a serious and important message and it’s one we very much support here at York College; anti-social behaviour is not only a nuisance, but in the most serious cases can have major consequences on the lives of those involved.

“York College is very proud to be a part of this campaign”.

NB. ITV Calendar have been filming today in Foxwood as part of the new anti drink campaign

Good growing weather is mixed news for City

The recent rain means that grass, weeds and hedges are now growing rapidly. Some footpaths have already been overgrown blocking the route for pedestrians.

On Foxwood Lane nettles now obstructed a public footpath. In the past the margin was treated with weed killer but this hasn’t happened this year. The farmer who tends the adjacent field – from which some of the overgrowth originates – has in the past trimmed back the nettles but this hasn’t happened this year.

Similarly some grassed areas adjacent to blocks of flats haven’t been cut by the Council. The Council blames labour shortages for their woes.

Elsewhere a metre wide strip has been cut adjacent to the Rufforth – Knapton cycle path to facilitate safe access. However, hedge branches are still obstructing parts of the track. We have said for a long time that routes which form part of the York cycle network should be inspected regularly with basic maintenance work then commissioned to ensure that they remain safe for users.

Elsewhere, Highways Yorkshire have confirmed that they are currently inspection the York – Tadcaster cycle track next to the golf club with a view to trimming back obstructions.

Changes to speed limits

The York Council is considering reducing the speed limit on some roads.

The proposals will be discussed at a meeting taking place next week. Some changes are recommended for approval

York may get its first “quiet lane”. Northfield Lane at Upper Poppleton is scheduled to get the designation as part of a plan to reduce vehicle speeds and install cycle lanes on what is a cul de sac.

The route is used by some commercial vehicles accessing the commercial areas. The number of cyclists using the lane to access the increasingly popular Knapton – Rufforth cycle track has increased in recent years.

Increased wear and tear on the infrastructure of the route has however become an increasing problem.

There is some irony in one of the other proposals. The 30 mph limit on the B1222 at Naburn will be extended to the intersection point at the junction with the York – Selby cycle path.(near the former railway bridge). This does make some sense as a 30 mph limit would also apply to the busy area around the entrance to the Marina. .

The report is, however, insensitive a=to the problem of poor sight lines from the cycle path access. Swathes haven’t been cut adjacent to the access points this year and it is currently impossible to see vehicles approaching whatever speed they may be travelling at.

Sight lines blocked at Naburn

Cycle facilities on the rest of the B1222 link to the Designer Outlet are fragmented although there is space for a shared use path along much of its length

North Yorks Police respond to poor “999” call answering report

Only 44% of calls answered within 10 second target

In response to the publication of new league tables which show how quickly police forces answer 999 calls, North Yorkshire Police’s Lead for Contact Management, Assistant Chief Constable Lindsey Butterfield, said:

“We welcome the release of the 999 Performance Data today which shows the high level of demand being placed on call handlers every day, both in North Yorkshire and nationally. The publication of this data is a key part of us being open and transparent with the communities we serve.

“It is also the first-time police forces, and the public, have been able to see data related to the time taken to answer 999 calls on a consistent basis across forces.

“Along with every other force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, here in North Yorkshire we strive to answer 90% of 999 calls within ten seconds. Currently, we’re achieving that target 44% of the time. This falls below the standard that our communities deserve, and we are working hard to immediately increase that rate so people in need of our help get through to us quickly.

“Whilst there are a number of factors which impact on the speed at which 999 calls are answered, we recognise that we are not staffed to meet our current elevated levels of demand and we are investing in a number of measures to make improvements and get calls answered quicker.

“This includes putting in place enhanced recruitment plans for more staff within our Force Control Room. We expect to have recruited 10% above our establishment by September 2022. The additional 10% allows for the levels of staff turnover that we experience.

“We have also established a pool of reserve staff to deal with administrative tasks on behalf of the call takers in the Force Control Room. The additional costs for these interim arrangements have been funded by North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

“The dedicated team of staff who handle our calls within our Force Control Room work incredibly hard, in a very challenging environment. We will be recruiting for our next intake very shortly so if you or someone you know is interested in joining the team, please keep an eye on the jobs section of our website or register your interest via our vacancies page.”

Advice from the Police as half term approaches

Make it a trouble-free half-term break for school kids 🏫

Many youngsters will be enjoying a half-term holiday away from school next week – but others will still be in the midst of exam stress.

Either way, we can all take responsibility to ensure that young people are safe and stay out of trouble.

Without a doubt, most young people are well-behaved and act responsibly when they’re away from school. But we’re asking parents and carers to make sure, by knowing know where their children are and what they’re up to next week.

Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams have plans in place to respond to any reports of youth-related anti-social behaviour promptly and proportionately.

PCSOs in a park in Scarborough

Should you need to, you can of course report anti-social behaviour to us. You could call us, or save time and make your report online here: https://orlo.uk/h0wEi

With your support, we can ensure everyone stays safe! 👍

And if you live in York, then make sure you’re signed up to our ‘Be Informed’ service.

If our officers attend any antisocial behaviour incidents in your local area, parents and carers can receive an email and SMS alert to you can contact your children, check their whereabouts, make sure they’re okay and reassure yourself that they’re not involved in the incident.

To sign up, you need to join our North Yorkshire Community Messaging service (search this on our website) and then email: BeInformed@northyorkshire.police.uk with the following info:

➡️ Your full name

➡️ Your mobile number

➡️ The name of the area you live

➡️ The name/s of the area or areas your child frequents

We will let you know by email once we have added you to the scheme 👍

Acomb sexual assault: Police appeal to find woman who came to girl’s aid on Front Street.

Police in York are appealing for a woman to come forward who came to the aid of a teenage girl who had been sexually assaulted in Acomb.

The incident happened at around 7.50pm on Wednesday 18 May while the victim was sat on a bench in Front Street.

The woman who came to her aid and anyone else who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. You can also email freya.smith@northyorkshire.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12220085125

A man in his 50s was arrested shortly after the incident and released under investigation.

Police announce programme of free online sessions for Safeguarding Week 2022

Partners from Safeguarding Adults Boards, Children’s Safeguarding Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships across North Yorkshire, the City of York and East Riding have come together and developed an extensive programme of learning events, seminars and interactive sessions which all underpin this year’s Safeguarding Week theme – ‘Safeguarding is everybody’s business’.

Spurred on by the success of last year’s event, the safeguarding partners have worked to extend the range of topics being covered this year. While a number of the sessions are open only to professionals working in the safeguarding sector, the majority of the sessions are also open to the public. The week-long programme of over 50 sessions caters for members of the public who want to learn more about safeguarding.

Covering topics such as support for children and young people impacted by Domestic Abuse, signs of radicalisation, keeping children safe on-line, fraud awareness and protection, the power of the bystander amongst many other safeguarding areas. The sessions have been designed to stimulate discussion, spark innovation and share best practice. Each session will be delivered by inspirational and motivational speakers, all of whom are experts in their field.

The full programme of events is open for viewing and booking, and early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

 Book now via EventBrite

All the agencies involved will be sharing information across their social media channels and website in the run up to Safeguarding week and throughout the week. To follow along look for the hashtag #safeguardingweek2022

T/Assistant Chief Constable Lindsey Butterfield, Chair of the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership, said:

“It is a real privilege to represent the work of the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership as we stride towards Safeguarding Week running from 20 to 24 June.
“Our strength is in our values and objectives delivered collectively by our partnership, who have come together to deliver a real depth and spread of events that span Community Safety, Hate Crime, Prevent and Domestic Abuse.
“We have a number of sessions covering domestic abuse with our focus on the key themes to support professionals and public alike understand the journey the impact of domestic abuse on adult victims and survivors and their children and our approach to challenging and pursuing perpetrators of abuse.
“This is an incredible opportunity for all to gain knowledge, confidence and skills in managing this key area that affects so many within our community. I encourage everyone to have a look at the programme, there really is something there for everyone who has an interest in safeguarding their family, friends and community.”

Crime trends in York – Should we be concerned?

York stats (does not include the area within City walls) click to access national site

There are growing concerns in some parts of York about growing levels of anti social behaviour and vandalism

Crime stats for the City – issued by Police UK – confirm that there was a sharp increase in crime reports during March.

The national figures (which haven’t yet been updated for April) disguise neighbourhood spikes in crime levels.

The position in Foxwood has been a well publicised issue since last November. Vandalism now seems to be spreading with attacks on buildings, parked cars, bus shelters and other public service infrastructure more common. Arson in public areas has been reported.

Several thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused

Those identified as responsible are mostly teenagers although a younger age group now seems to be imitating their older peers.

So what is the cause and what can be done about it?.

Not surprisingly, people got used to a quiet life during the recent lockdown periods. The authorities weren’t prepared for the reaction that increasing freedoms brought. The problem became apparent Initially in the run up to Christmas and subsequently in the Spring when COVID restrictions were removed altogether.

Unfortunately some youths used their new freedom to commit crimes. They appear to have forgotten that there are behavioral boundaries.

There is now a lot of work for schools, the police and parents to do.

In the meantime the Council has to react to the new threat. Leisure polices should be reviewed. Clearly they are not addressing the “we’ve got nothing to do” excuse. Detached youth workers – last seen on the streets of York 10 years ago -should be reintroduced.

CCTV surveillance systems are now much cheaper to install. They should be deployed to protect individual homes and “hot spot” public areas. Escape routes such as snickets – typically used by criminals – should be temporarily closed. The Council must get back to re-letting empty properties within three weeks. It ensure that public infrastructure is robust and maintained in good condition.

Those responsible for the ASB (if they are Council tenants) should be moved on. This will require the support of local magistrates who must recognised the impact that ASB has on local communities. The Council will need to revisit its letting policies as clearly some mistakes were made during the pandemic period.

All this will require that York Council – and the Safer York Partnership to take a proactive role.

They could make a start by getting the problem on the agenda for a Council Executive meeting.

Swift action leads to five arrests in Foxwood

Swift action leads to five arrests in Foxwood

Officers have arrested five people following a disturbance at an address in the Foxwood area of York.

Police were called at just before 4pm yesterday (Tuesday 10 May 2022) to reports of youths causing problems in the street.

Several police resources were immediately sent to the area and in less than 10 minutes officers were at the scene. On arrival they were made aware of significant damage which had been caused to a property.

Five boys aged between 13 and 16 were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. They were taken to a local police station where they were interviewed about the offence.

They have since been released on police bail and enquiries are continuing.

Inspector Lee Pointon from the York outer Neighbourhood Policing team has commented on the arrests:

“The quick work from our officers yesterday has led to a positive result of five arrests. Foxwood remains a priority area and as this incident proves we will act on information that members of the public provide and where appropriate take action.

“The police understand the impact that this type of behaviour has on people’s lives and it is not acceptable. We will continue to do all we can to robustly deal with incidents of this nature so we can improve the quality of lives for the residents in the Foxwood area.”

If you have any information that could assist the investigation, please contact us by calling 101 and quoting reference number 12220079659.

If you’d rather remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police update on Windsor Garth knife man incident

Police were called at just before 11.30am yesterday morning (Monday 09 May 2022) to reports that a man was in possession of a knife on Gale Lane in York.

Police were called at just before 11.30am yesterday morning (Monday 09 May 2022) to reports that a man was in possession of a knife on Gale Lane in York. Officers immediately attended the area to search for the man and located him at a property on Windsor Garth. He then proceeded to make threats towards officers and a firearms support unit and police negotiator were used to help safely resolve the situation. A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and affray. He currently remains in police custody.

A police spokesman commented:

 “We would like to stress that we are treating this as an isolated incident and don’t believe there is any wider risk to the community.

“High visibility patrols will be taking place in the area today as a way of us reassuring members of the public. We would encourage any members of the public who are concerned about the incident to speak to the officers on patrol.”