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York Police call for communities to stay safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night

York Police are urging people enjoy the Halloween and Bonfire Night period in the right spirit.
Police call for communities to stay safe this Halloween and Bonfire NightPolice officers, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables will be carrying out patrols in local communities to ensure that everyone feels safe, and to deal with any issues that do occur.

Incidents of reported anti-social behaviour on Bonfire Night in North Yorkshire have been falling year-on-year, from 145 reported incidents on 5 November 2011; 97 in 2012; 99 in 2013; 93 in 2014; down to 87 last year – and police will be working hard to ensure the trend continues this year.

Shop owners are being asked to make sure that they don’t sell items such as eggs and flour to young people who may be using them to commit anti-social behaviour. They are also being reminded about legislation governing the sale and use of fireworks.

No trick or treat, thank youMeanwhile, leaflets will be delivered to residents who may feel more vulnerable at this time of year, providing them with advice and contact details for local officers. Posters are available on the North Yorkshire Police website to download and print out, asking people not to ‘trick or treat’.

Assistant Chief Constable Lisa Winward, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Although this time of year is fun and exciting for many, there are those in our communities for whom it causes concern and increases the fear of crime.

“I would like to ask parents and guardians to speak to their children, to ensure that they understand how their actions could leave others distressed or upset. And if you know that a family member or neighbour is vulnerable, please keep an eye out for them to help prevent them from becoming concerned about being a victim of crime.

“At this time of year we work closely with the Fire and Rescue Service, and I urge people not take risks with fireworks. Anyone caught supplying fireworks to under 18s or lighting them in the street can expect to be dealt with robustly.”

What’s on in York – A Faith that Faces Facts: Where was God in the First World War? 

York Explore Library :

Mon 24 Oct :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (£2 with a YorkCard)

Oct 24 A Faith That Faces Facts _David Efird Image 1Can war and faith in God ever be reconciled? Join David Efird, Anglican priest and philosopher to consider the role of faith in the First World War and the moral journey which leads Sassoon and Owen to different conclusions in Pat Barker’s Regeneration.

For more information click here.

What’s on in York: The Ebor Singers – Mystery and Miracle tomorrow (Sat) at York Minster

  • 22 Oct 16
Start: 19:30
Tickets from £5


JOHN TAVERNER: Mass and motet O Wilhelme

ANON: 15th century York Mass


Following on from the 2016 Minster Mystery Plays, The Ebor Singers explore medieval York, a centre of culture and learning, tracing a path through three centuries of the city’s history. We move from music for the 14th century cycle of Mystery Plays, through to a late 15th century mass that was almost lost during the Reformation when the manuscript was used for binding legers in York Minster, and  a 16th century mass by John Taverner honouring St William of York. Works by Gavin Bryars, Ben Rowarth and Philip Moore provide contemporary reflections on York’s history.

York Community Stadium – another twist

York stadium-AerialThere will be a Judicial Review into the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for significant changes to the Community Stadium complex at Huntington.

The application for the Review was made by a cinema group who claimed that the planning process had not been fully implemented when revised plans were approved in June

The decision to hold a Review will add at least 6 months to the development timetable. If the Courts find that the Council did not follow proper processes in the lead up to the June meeting, then the planning application will have to be considered again. While there is no reason to suppose that the final decision would be any different, the complexities of the project mean that further legal challenges could not be ruled out.

Indeed the project may become mired in the Courts for years as appeals are considered.

The present stadium design links it to the other commercial and leisure uses so it is not possible to simply get on with the stadium build in isolation.

By now the Council should have got the message that it has overextended itself and a much simpler stadium needs to be substituted. There is still S106 funding available to provide a modest but adequate football/rugby ground.

Any “Plan B” might mean that some features of the overall project – such as the new swimming pool – would have to be jettisoned.

But at least tangible progress would be possible.  In the meantime both the Rugby and Football clubs are suffering as a result of the off field indecision

Could you give a child a home? York supports National Adoption Week

adoptionCity of York Council is backing National Adoption Week by encouraging people to consider adopting children who need a loving, secure home and who are struggling to find one.

The week runs until 23 October with aim of raising awareness of adoption and encouraging potential parents to come forward and the theme is embodied by the hashtag #SupportAdoption.

Across the country, there is a shortage of people coming forward to adopt older children or sibling groups or those who have additional needs. That means that these children often wait the longest to be adopted when many are in urgent need of permanent, caring homes.
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