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Appeal following suspected Arson at York library

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about an incident of suspected Arson at Tang Hall Explore Library.

The incident happened some time between 3pm on Saturday 27 February  and 8.30am on Monday 1 March  and involved an area outside of the building being damaged by fire

We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information about anyone who was seen in the area or who saw the fire.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Nicola Russell.

You can also email

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

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12210069072.


There have also been problems with theft and vandalism on the other side of the City in Foxwood recently. There have been thefts from the community centre garden, fencing has been damaged and windows broken. One empty council bungalow has been a particular target.

CCTV footage suggests teenagers are responsible.

Police are asking anyone who sees any crimes being committed to ring 999 immediately

Arson attack on wheelie bin in Acomb

Lane between Gladstone Street and Beaconsfield Street is inaccessible for vehicles

A wheeled bin has been set on fire on a lane at the top of Green Lane, Acomb. The precise cause of the fire is unknown but some refuse has been deposited on the highway.

Steady rain has prevented the spread of any fire today

We have asked the York Council to arrange for an urgent clean up

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Malcolm Carson, Lydia Kennaway and Vicky Morris

May 23 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm


Finding the Words is a relaxed and welcoming monthly poetry evening featuring established and emerging poets from Yorkshire and beyond. Bar available and tickets may be bought on the door.

Malcolm Carson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. He moved to Belfast with his family before returning to Lincolnshire, becoming an auctioneer and then a farm labourer. He studied English at Nottingham University, and then taught in colleges and universities. He now lives in Carlisle, Cumbria. He has had three full collections published by Shoestring Press: Breccia (2006), Rangi Changi and other poems (2011), and Route Choice (2016), as well as a pamphlet, Cleethorpes Comes to Paris (2014). A fourth collection, The Where and When, is due out in March 2019.

Lydia Kennaway’s pamphlet, A History of Walking (HappenStance, April 2019), uses types of walking, from protest march to promenade, to explore themes of ownership, loss and fear of loss. She won the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, and her poems were shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize, and longlisted in the 2018 Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and (three times) in the National Poetry Competition. Other poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Rialto and Any Change? Poetry in a Hostile Environment, edited by Ian Duhig (2018). Lydia completes her MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University in September 2019

Vicky Morris is a poet, educator and creative practitioner based in Sheffield. She has been published in places like Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Brittle Star, and Verse Matters anthology (Valley Press). She won first place in the Prole Laureate Competition 2019 and was highly commended in the Carers UK Poetry Competition 2017. Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, and in 2019 The Sarah Nutly Award for Creativity for her impact in Sheffield and beyond. She is currently an Arvon Jerwood mentee for Poetry (2019/20)

.Book tickets


Date:May 23

Time:6:45 pm – 7:45 pm


Venue York ExplorepPhone:01904 552828

Arsonist around again this year

Last year we had a potentially serious incident on Askham Lane when arsonists set fire to a wheat field.

Unfortunately the same thing seems to have happened again this year with the Fire Brigade (NYFR) were called to a similar incident on Saturday. They dealt with it promptly.

Given the extended dry spell that we have had the consequences could have been devastating.

So if anyone has any information, or spots any suspicious behaviour, then please contact the Police (999 if an incident is in progress, 101 if it is to pass on information).

Also on Askham Lane (rural section) there has been more dumping. We have reported it.

Fire and rescue on Foxwood Lane this weekend

Fire damaged field in 2017

Holgate Lodge to be “made safe” 15 months after arson attack.

Its taken a  long time, but the Council has now agreed to step in and make the West Bank Park Lodge (14 New Lane) safe.

The lodge was damaged in an arson attack in 2016.

The derelict building has stood as an unwelcome monument to disorder since then.

A meeting earlier in the week heard that before and after the fire

the West Bank Park Heritage Group have had a keen interest in the building as a possible local heritage centre celebrating the origins and history of the park. The building is currently in an unsafe condition and therefore needs partial demolition to make it safe.
To assist this project access has been requested for specialist surveyors to record the layout and condition of the building. This can be facilitated as part of the making safe process”

As part of the demolition process any reclaimable building materials identified as having architectural heritage value will be taken into safe storage for possible reuse in any future rebuild in the park.

The Council has agreed that a further decision on the future of the bsite will be taken upon completion of making the building safe.

No arrests have yet been made by Police investigating the arson attack


Fire crews attend arson attack on Grange Lane

North Yorkshire Fire service report an arson attach last night

“Grange Lane Play Area, near Askham Lane, York – Time of call 18:58

Acomb fire crew attended a fire involving children’s playground equipment. The cause of fire is believed to be deliberate. Crews extinguished fire using knapsack sprayers.

It is unclear whether the attack was at the private Kaleidoscope play area or the public playground in Grange Lane park”

Incident log 

St Stephens Road arson incident

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are reporting that a fire was started deliberately on St Stephens Road this morning.

According to the Service the attack involved  a “wheelie bin on fire against the external doors of a 2 storey block of flats.

Resulted in fire damage to wheelie bin, slight fire damage to doors and light smoke damage to entrance foyer.

The cause is deliberate”

You can follow the Fire Serviceby clicking here  & via Twitter here @NorthYorksFire

Police investigate “potentially devastating” Tudor Road arson

Detectives in York have issued a CCTV still following an act of arson in the city as they appeal for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

It was reported to the police shortly after 12.50am on Tuesday 14 October 2014, by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who were dealing with a car fire on Tudor Road, Acomb.

The suspect was seen placing something underneath a BMW before setting it on fire.

After the incident, the person responsible headed towards Hamilton Drive.

As a result of the fire, the BMW 3 series was completely destroyed and a Citroen Berlingo and a Mazda were damaged. The front of the house was also damaged by the fire.

Detective Sergeant Mark Jackson, of York CID, said: “The act of arson took place very close to the house where people were sleeping. This fire could easily have led to potentially devastating consequences.

“If you recognise the person captured on camera, or saw someone matching their description in the Tudor Road, Gale Lane or Middleton Road areas around the time of the fire, I urge you to contact the police immediately.

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who works at local garages who may have sold fuel to someone filling a petrol can, and ask them to get in touch straight away.”

Anyone who can assist with this investigation should contact York CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for the department by name. Alternatively, information can be emailed to

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140177124.

York flooding update

Several areas in York may be subject to flooding during the next 24 hours. Click on the graphic for updates

Flooding map
Kings Staithe live cam. If the top of the no entry sign submerges then properties are likely to be flooded
The highest level forecast in the next 36 hours is 4.75m at 2:30am Friday 22 January 2021.
Highest level recorded at this location was 5.40m
Above 2.20m flooding of low-lying land may occur in these areas
Above 3.00m some property flooding may occur in these areas
Cycle path flooding

LIVE Q&A TONIGHT With river levels expected to peak between 4.4 and 4.8m tonight our #AskTheLeaders session will focus on answering your questions about flooding. E-mail your question in advance to or ask them live on our facebook live steam.


Flooding update

Council has teams on standby to support residents and businesses in a COVID- secure way as river levels set to peak

Minor flooding of riverside paths has occurred over night. (click)

Click for update

City of York Council has front line teams on standby to support residents and businesses as river levels are set to peak on Wednesday 4 November.

The council is working with the Environment Agency and will use the latest advice to identify peak levels and will communicate any potential impacts separately.

Letters are being sent to residents living in homes and properties which might be directly affected by high river levels, which provides advice and support as well as the measures being put in place.

The council is working closely with the York and North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes police and fire services as well as North Yorkshire County Council, Met Office and Environment Agency.

View the latest river level predictions and warnings here.

Live web cam at Kings Staithe. Click image to update

Defences are being deployed today/tomorrow at Clementhorpe,Tower Street and Peckitt Street. Rowntree Park will also remain closed tomorrow after closing tonight.

Advice and support:

When there’s flooding in York, the council will provide assistance, practical support and information as soon as it’s safe and appropriate to do so – all in a COVID secure way.
Sandbags: If your home/property is at immediate risk of flooding – then you don’t need to contact us. We’ll provide sandbags to communities based on the latest forecasted levels.
Rest Centres: We have teams on standby to help provide and support should you need this. Rest centres have been redesigned to ensure they are managed in a COVID-safe environment.

Social care support:

If you know of someone who may be in need of social care and support contact our Adult Social Care Team, email: or telephone: 01904 555111 (or textphone: 07534 437804, for sensory impaired callers), between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Emotional support:

The Major Incident Response Team have trained volunteers on hand to provide emotional support to those affected by incidents such as flooding. The team are here to help and you can contact them on

The Environment Agency river forecasters will continue to monitor the situation 24/7 and provide further updates. Please keep an eye out for the latest information and alerts from the Environment Agency for updates on river levels in the city.

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should not enter or travel through flood water which has risks from hidden obstacles and health hazards.

Keep up to date with the latest flood warnings and situation in your area at

Follow the council’s website for further updates at:

To report debris/fallen trees please visit

You can also follow @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest updates. Or call Floodline on 0345  9881188

Keep up to date with the weather forecast and weather warnings at or listen to BBC Radio York 

Follow advice from North Yorkshire Police about driving in wet conditions.

Councillor Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, at City of York Council said: