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

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 👍

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 Investigation underway following disturbance on Askham Lane

Officer injured

Police have launched an investigation into an outbreak of disturbances which took place in the Foxwood area yesterday evening (Monday 25 April 2022).

A large number of youths congregated between 5.30pm and 6.45pm. Officers attended and sadly whilst dealing with the incident a PCSO was assaulted. There were also several public order offences as well as anti-social-behaviour.

The youths congregated on Askham Lane, Westfield Place and Westfield Park. Officers have now launched an investigation into the incident. This investigation involves reviewing body worn video from the officers that dealt with the incident.    

Anyone who has any information that can assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. Please quote North Yorkshire Police reference number 12220069859 when passing information.

Senior Commander for York, Superintendent Mark Khan from North Yorkshire Police said: “This type of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated on the streets of York.

“I am appalled that a member of police staff was assaulted during this incident. This member of staff is now receiving support and we will be taking swift action to deal with those responsible.

“Once again, I would urge members of the local community to work with the police and pass on any information that could assist with our live investigation immediately.”

Tacking anti social behaviour

There has been an upsurge in vandalism in the Foxwood estate since November.

The police and local authority have been trying to address the issue both from an enforcement viewpoint and to try to put “diversionary” activities in place for the young people who are believed to be involved.

Progress has been slow with the Council (rightly) criticised for opposing plans to close, on a temporary bases, a snicket to the rear of one of the worst affected areas. Unfortunately vandalism has continued at two empty properties which are adjacent to the snicket. ..

As well as the snicket closure issue, the Director with responsibility for Council housing has been very slow to respond to requests that CCTV be installed at long term empty properties..

It is still taking several months to re-let Council houses when they become empty.

One of the Councils “scrutiny” committees is due to review this issue at its April meeting.

Empty Council houses are subject to repeated attacks

Some progress has been made elsewhere.

In order to improve illumination, the height of the hedge adjacent to the Acomb Wood Drive/Greenwood Grove snicket has been reduced. This is part of a plan to make local snickets less intimidating after dark. Work is still outstanding on the links between Spindle Close/Ashbourne Way and Walker Drive/Bradley Drive.

The obstruction to the footpath near 173/197 Askham Lane, which is not related to poor lighting, is also outstanding (as it has been for over 6 months!).

The Greenwood Grove snicket hedge has been reduced in height

Nearby, contractors, working for the Accent housing group, have been removing vandalised fencing today

Damaged fencing on Bellwood Drive
Damaged fencing in the Bellwood Drive/Spindle Close area has now been removed.

Antisocial behaviour crackdown week on the Foxwood Estate in York

A dedicated partnership operation to combat a rise in antisocial behaviour within York’s Foxwood estate is underway.

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(Officers on high visability patrols on the Foxwood Estate)

Police are acting on the concerns of residents and are increasing patrols in the area. The week-long “intensification week” coincides with a national neighbourhood policing week of action and the York Neighbourhood Policing team wanted to prioritise their efforts on the Foxwood estate.

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(Acting Inspector Nick Plumb engaging with the manager of a local business)

The ongoing proactive operation was launched on Monday and has involved officers carrying out high-visibility and plain-clothed patrols, as well as engaging positively with youths, residents and businesses. Officers have patrolled in marked and unmarked vehicles and have even taken to traveling on local busses to help identify the offenders responsible.

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(Police Officer conducting a patrol on a First Bus that operates around the Foxwood Esate)

Dispersal powers have been used to deal with people causing issues, enabling police to order those people to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours.

Police are also working with partners including the City of York Council and the Youth Justice Service to help tackle the wider problems. Community meetings, outreach days and education are part of the plans. This week Local PCSOs have delivered assemblies in Hob Moor primary school.

Acting Inspector Nick Plumb of the York Outer Neighbourhood Policing team said:

“The partnership operation is in response to concerns of local residents. Any behaviour which causes alarm or distress to any person is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Residents will see increased activity and engagement in the area over the next four weeks. We will be working with the residents association, businesses’, council and partner agencies to improve the quality of life for people within the Foxwood area. “

Council set to review Anti Social behaviour policies

The Council will discuss its anti-social behaviour (ASB)) policies when it meets next week. A report from the “Safer York Partnership” claims that anti-social behaviour has returned to pre COVID levels.

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The report says that lack of court activity and a ban on evictions had inhibited enforcement action during the Lockdown period.

That had now changed, and the report cites some apparent successes that the ASB “Hub” has had in some parts of the City.

The report may raise scepticism in some neighbourhoods. For example, the media has reported escalating ASB issues in parts of the Guildhall area.

There are also now well documented problems in the suburban Foxwood Lane estate where empty Council houses have been a target for vandals.

Thousands of pounds of damage have been caused by vandals to Council properties in York. The Foxwood Residents Association has demanded action in their area

The report lists several sanctions that can be applied to individuals (and, if juveniles, their parents )  that are involved in ASB. The report fails to say how many of the sanctions have been used in York during the last 12 months.

The report goes on to  list the number of reports that the Council had received about “environmental” crimes These include litter, fly-tipping, dog fouling, fly posting, waste storage etc, (click to view)

York tenant who didn’t control terriers’ barking for four years is evicted

York County Court has granted an order to evict a council tenant for repeated anti-social behaviour caused by her dogs’ barking.

Samantha Flower, aged 44 of Lincoln Street, Leeman Road, York failed to control her Jack Russell terriers’ relentless barking over a four-year period, which impacted on her neighbours. This anti-social behaviour lead to York Magistrates fining her in August this year for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice, which required her to stop her dogs causing a nuisance to her neighbours. Because this broke her tenancy agreement and therefore breached her Suspended Possession Order granted in May 2019, Ms Flower was evicted from her City of York Council home.

The incessant barking from Ms Flower’s two Jack Russell terriers had regularly caused neighbours to make complaints since May 2017. Council officers started visiting Ms Flower following those complaints and advised her to get her dogs trained. She ignored this advice and was issued a noise abatement notice in August 2017. She ignored this notice too and officers witnessed further nuisance. In January 2018 she was cautioned for allowing her dogs to cause a noise nuisance, yet the problem continued and Ms Flowers was convicted for this in May 2019. She continued to allow the noise nuisance throughout the summer and autumn of 2020 which led to the Council prosecuting her for four offences of breach of the noise abatement notice. The offences were denied by Ms Flower, but she was convicted by the Magistrates for them in August 2021.

As a result of the August 2021 convictions, and because she had broken her tenancy agreement with her anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance, the council applied to the County Court for an eviction order against Ms Flower. This was granted and she was evicted by the council last week on 20 October 2021. 

Ms Flower told the court that she had attempted to soundproof her home, and that she had rehomed one of her dogs because of the issues but still had two dogs at the property.