Police appeal following recent house burglary on Foxwood Lane

The victims of a York burglary are offering a £500 reward after their house was broken into and around £10,000 worth of jewellery stolen.

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary at a property in Foxwood Lane.

Between 11.50am and 3.15pm on Tuesday 1 May 2018 Offenders have entered a property on Foxwood Lane, York after the occupants left their home for a hospital appointment.

A rear window was smashed, and numerous items of  jewellery were stolen along with a safe which was forcibly removed from its wall mountings.

The offenders are believed to have left the scene, secreting stolen property within a distinctive black and white ‘zebra print’ throw that they have removed from the house.

Anyone who witnessed anything or who has information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC 445 Saggers. You can also email 000445@northyorkshire.pnn.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 12180075037

Police appeal following burglary in Woodthorpe

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary that occurred in the Woodthorpe area of York.

It occurred on the evening of Friday 17th November 2017, where amongst other items a handbag was stolen.

The handbag is black in colour with one large middle pocket and two smaller pockets either side, possibly with a flowery “Cath Kidston” purse inside.

The purse has in it irreplaceable photos of great sentimental value.

If anyone finds the handbag or purse they should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for Mark Cook. You can also email mark.cook@northyorkshire.pnn.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 12170207175

Police appeal following recent burglary on Boroughbridge Road in York


North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a commercial burglary that occurred in York.
It happened on A59 Boroughbridge Road, York between 10pm on 26 May 2017 and 8am on 27 May 2017 and involved a Mercedes Sprinter flat bed van VRM KN59 GSU being stolen from Oaktree Nursery. Other high  value items were also stolen.We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public’s assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for Leon Dryden. You can also email Leon.Dryden0090@northyorkshire.pnn.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 12170091337

Floods victims may have been targeted by criminals

Police are investigating reports of burglaries at two properties in Huntington Road, York.

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On 28 December at around 10.45am, a member of the public reported that their neighbour’s house had been broken into overnight by forcing the back door.

On the afternoon of 28 December, a resident then reported that his shed had been burgled overnight and a number of tools had been taken. 

Both incidents are being fully investigated by North Yorkshire Police.

Acting Superintendent Mark Grange said:

“It is extremely disappointing to see victims of the floods being targeted in this way.

“It is impossible to comprehend why anyone would want to bring further suffering to those who are already in a very vulnerable situation.

“Burglary will not be tolerated and those who commit this type of crime will face the full force of the law.

“I want to take this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant and ensure property is as secure as it possibly can be.”

If anyone witnessed either of the incidents or has any information which could assist the investigation, please call police on 101.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference numbers NYP-28122015-0147 and NYP-28122015-0210 when passing on information.

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.

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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