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.