York crime and policing update

Chapelfields gets PCSO again

A new PCSO (Chris Simpson) has been appointed in to operate in the Chapelfields estate. There had been a few complaints about lack of policing profile in the estate over recent months.

During the time that the Acomb Police Station is being renovated, staff and volunteers will be using Sanderson House on Bramham Road as a base.

The volunteer front counter enquiry services will be available at Sanderson Court Community Centre at the following times:

  • Monday: 10am to noon;
  • Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm;
  • Wednesday: 6pm to 8pm;
  • Thursday: 6pm to 8pm;
  • Friday: 2pm to 4pm;
  • Saturday: 10am to noon; Sunday: Closed

 Police appeal after car damaged in Clifton Moor, York

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was damaged at Clifton Moor in York.

The car, a red Ford Puma, was parked up at B&M on Stirling Road when it sustained damaged to the passenger side after being hit by another vehicle.


Magazine theft suspect sought by police

York police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a number of magazine thefts from a shop in the city centre.

Over the past few weeks cycling and fishing magazines have been taken from WH Smith on Coney Street.

Officers are investigating the thefts and are urging anyone who recognises the man in the images to contact them with information


York crime update

Mobile safety camera routes week commencing 30 April 2014

Below are the enforcement locations for North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety cameras for week commencing Wednesday 30 April 2014.

The safety cameras are now more visible then ever before with each of the three vehicles bearing the same hi-vis livery as North Yorkshire Police’s marked vehicle fleet.


Disabled busker racially abused in York city centre

York police are appealing for witnesses after a disabled man was racially abused in the city centre.

The victim, an eastern European man aged in his mid to late 20’s who has no legs, was sitting on his skateboard busking on Coney Street when he was approached by a man at around 12pm on Saturday 26 April 2014.


Poster campaign alerts drivers to cycle safety

A poster and billboard campaign has begun across North Yorkshire urging motorists to drive with the safety of pedal and motor cyclists in mind.

The county council, along with North Yorkshire Police, have launched a new ‘Think! Bike campaign with posters and hoardings displayed in urban areas and along popular cycling and motorbike routes. The first billboard went up in Harrogate this week.

With more cyclists expected to take to the county’s roads in the run-up to the Tour de France, the county council’s road safety team in partnership with the police are running a cyclist and biker awareness campaign aimed at motorists in an attempt to reduce the number of casualties. The purpose is to get motorists to drive with consideration for other road users, especially before turning or changing direction.


Police hunt for wanted York man

York police are asking for the public’s help to locate a wanted man.

 Daniel Pullman, 23, is wanted for recall to prison as he has failed to comply with the terms of his release licence.

He was sentenced to four years imprisonment following the aggravated theft of a vehicle in York, in November 2012. He was released from prison on Monday 25 March 2014.

Daniel Pullman Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowPullman is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, with a broad build and fair hair.

Although it is not known where Pullman is, officers believe he is in the York area.


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.

York roads with highest numbers of speeders revealed


Results from the mobile camera speed camera van, for the first 3 months of 2014, have revealed the  roads on which the highest numbers of Penalty Charge Notices have been issued.

North Yorks speed camera van

A total of 747 tickets have been issued to drivers exceeding the 70 mph speed limit on the A64 southern by pass near Heslington and traveling in an eastbound direction.

527 PCNs were issued to drivers on the same section of road while traveling in a westerly direction.

The next highest numbers were on Tadcaster Road (85), Strensall Road, Huntington (52) and Dunnington Lodge (23)

A copy of the results, for the whole county, can be downloaded from here

Mobile safety camera routes week commencing 23 April 2014

Below are the enforcement locations for North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety cameras for week commencing Wednesday 24 April 2014.


Appeal for witnesses after teenager assaulted in York

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was assaulted in York.

The victim, aged 14, was walking along Monkton Road with a friend at around 9.15pm on Monday 7 April 2014, when she was approached by a man who head butted her on the side of her face.

The man then walked off in the direction of Malton Road. He is described as white, aged in his mid-20s, with stubbly facial hair. He was wearing a light-coloured tracksuit top with the hood up and light-coloured jogging bottoms.


Acomb Police station closing for renovations

The Acomb Police station will be closed for a couple of months.

The public desk – which is manned by volunteers – is being relocated to Sanderson House Community Centre in Bramham Road, Chapelfields.

Details here

Meanwhile a survey being undertaken by Chapelfields LibDems has found that many residents feel that they don’t see a Police presence in local streets as often as in the past. Most want the Police to keep them up to date, with what is going on, through the distribution of leaflets. The main concern raised by residents is the lack of car parking provision on the estate.