Police appeal after Acomb church charity box burglary

Police are appealing for information after St Stephens church was burgled and charity cash stolen.

Offenders broke in to St Stephens Church, York Road, Acomb, sometime between 4.30pm on Saturday 28 November and 7.30am on Sunday 29 November.

Power tools were used to attack three safes. However, the offenders were not able to break in to them, and nothing was taken apart from a small amount of loose change from charity collections.

In any event, the safes contained only paperwork, and nothing of value.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious, or has any information about the burglary, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Please dial 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Andrew Muir, or email andrew.muir@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote North Yorkshire Police reference number 12150211658.

Appeal for information following York burglary

burglar2Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a burglary in Lastingham Terrace, York.


The incident occurred between Thursday 23 April and Wednesday 29 April while the occupants were away. The offenders are thought to have used a cushion cover and rucksacks to remove the items during the night.

Distinctive property worth about £6,000 was stolen, including Chinese ivory figurines, silver plates and clocks. You can see images at https://www.facebook.com/NorthYorkshirePolice/posts/10153252499081070

Officers are appealing to any witnesses who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area and along the riverside or who might have been offered the items for sale to get in touch. Please contact DC Peter Wilson of the York Investigation Hub, by dialling 101 and selecting option 2.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150070440 when passing on information relating to this incident.


Property security warning following York burglaries

Secure your home and outbuildings – that’s the message from detectives after a number of burglaries in York.

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Officers are investigating ten burglaries in the Tang Hall, Osbaldwick and Heworth areas of the city, all of which have occurred in the last week. In nine out of the ten incidents, entry was gained through insecure doors, windows or garages.

Details of local crime locations at street level in West York can be found by clicking here

Stolen property includes laptops, games consoles, smartphones and tablets, bottles of whiskey and bicycles. The offences all took place between 12 February and the early hours of this morning (19 February).

Extensive enquiries are ongoing into the burglaries.

Detectives are urging residents in the Tang Hall, Osbaldwick and Heworth areas to take extra precautions to protect their property. Crime prevention information is also being distributed via social media and display screens in student accommodation:

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DC Rebecca Hughes, of York Police, said: “While York is a very safe city, there have recently been a number of burglaries targeting insecure homes and garages in the Tang Hall, Osbaldwick and Heworth areas. Please help us keep you safe by taking basic crime prevention measures to secure your property.”

DC Hughes urged residents to:

  • Lock doors and windows (whether the property is occupied or not)
  • Keep records and photographs of valuable and electrical items including serial numbers, IMEI numbers and descriptions including any unique features
  • Install location software such as Find My iPhone to ensure that you can wipe your data and locate your devices if necessary
  • Use our interactive home security self-assessment tool, BurglarProof, which you can access on a smartphone or other mobile device to ensure your property is a safe as possible:http://burglarproof.nyp.mobi/

In addition, if you see anyone acting suspiciously, contact the police on 101. If a crime is in progress, always dial 999.

If you have any information about any of the burglaries, please call 101, select option 2 and ask for York CID. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Make your home BurglarProof with new app

North Yorkshire Police has launched an online app to help you make sure you don’t become the victim of burglars.

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BurglarProof is a quick and easy step-by-step guide to help you assess your home’s security.

A quarter of all burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves taking advantage of an unlocked door or window.

Homes that don’t have basic security devices, such as window locks and sturdy door locks, are far more likely to be broken into.

BurglarProof features:

Security advice offered following York burglaries

Detectives in York are appealing for information and reminding homeowners about home security after two burglaries in the city.Burglar

They occurred at separate properties on Monkgate Cloisters at 5.40am and 6.10am on Saturday 26 July 2014.

Nothing was stolen from either of the premises. However, at the second property the burglar started a fire causing a small amount of damage.

Around the time of the burglaries, a man was seen in the area. He is described as white, aged in his late 20s, approximately 6ft tall, with an athletic build and short dark hair. He was clean shaven and had a large tattoo on the left hand side of his neck. The man was wearing a black crew neck t-shirt, blue jeans and red trainers.

Detective Inspector Alan Rowan, of York CID, said: “If you were in the Monkgate Cloisters area at the time of the burglaries and noticed anyone acting in a suspicious manner, or believe you may have seen this man, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away.”

Detective Inspector Rowan added: “While we are having this spell of warm weather, can I please remind homeowners to keep doors and windows securely locked. Even if you are in the house, an open window provides opportunist thieves with an easy target. They will be in and out of your home within moments having stolen your personal items.”

For more information about home security please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.

Anyone who can assist with this investigation should contact York CID, select option 2 and ask for the department by name. Alternatively, information can be emailed to yorkcid@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140124663.

Urgent appeal as bogus caller targets elderly Chapelfields man

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York police have issued an urgent appeal and warning following a distraction burglary in York yesterday (Tuesday 20 May).

At around 11.30am, a man called at the home of a man in his 80s in Bramham Avenue, claiming he was from the “waterboard” and needed to check his taps.

He got the elderly resident to turn on his kitchen taps and empty a basin of water into a drain outside.

During this time, the suspect searched the victim’s house and stole an amount of cash.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s with a tanned complexion, and a small dark moustache. He was around 6ft tall and of very slim build, He was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, and dark coloured short sleeved shirt, trousers and shoes.

Police have issued the following appeal to members of the public to contact them if;

  • They have seen a man matching his description in the area
  • They believe the suspect has called at their house
  • Anyone who has seen any suspicious vehicles in the area
  • Anyone who recognises the suspect from the description


Murders, sexual offences and violence on the increase in York


The latest figures published by the ONS confirm that there was an increase in the number of homicides in York last year. There were 3 murders in the City last year compared to 1 in each of the two previous years. The numbers are still small though and do not necessarily represent a significant trend.

The number of sexual offences is also up from 190 in 2011 to 193 last year.

The third category to show an increase was crimes of violence where the victim did not sustain an injury (up from 781 to 844) although there was a similar reduction in cases where the victim was injured.

Overall crime numbers were down from to 15199 to 11291 – 26% over 3 years.

The biggest falls by crime category came in non domestic burglary, possession of weapons and robbery.

The full York crime figures for the last 10 years can be downloaded from here.

York remains one of the safest City’s in the country in which to live.

Back lanes in Bishopthorpe Road area to be “gated”

Back lane gate locations. click for larger plan

Back lane gate locations. click for larger plan

The Council has agreed to put security gates on the following back alleys

  • Millfield Road/Thorpe Street
  • Thorpe Street/Russell Street
  • Russell Street/Scott Street
  • Scott Street/Nunmill Street

The change means that refuse will in future be collected from the front of properties.

The proposals were controversial but objections were overuled last week by the Cabinet member (Cllr Merrett)

The plan is expected to cost around £18,000 to implement and should improve security for properties backing onto the lanes involved.

The Nunmill Street/Bishopthorpe Road alleyway will remain open.