Police warning as van drivers targeted by criminals in west York


Vans are being targeted on our patch over the last week with 9 being broken into west York police advise. Try reversing up to your garage so you block the back doors and your garages. Also, remove all tools & valuables from your van at night. Report suspicious activity immediately.


Witness appeal after York burglary

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a sneak-in burglary in York.

Sometime between 7pm and 7.20pm on Thursday 26 December 2013, thieves entered a shared house on Watson Terrace, in Holgate, through an insecure patio door and took a television and a Play Station 3 games console.

More http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/12721


Designer clothing stolen in York – can you help?

York police have released a CCTV image of two suspects after a theft of designer clothing from one of the city’s shopping centres.

It occurred at around 1.30pm on Sunday 22 December 2013, from the Hugo Boss store at McArthurGlen.

More http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/12720


Police urge festive fun not drunken disorder this new year

North Yorkshire Police is hoping for a happy and enjoyable New Year’s Eve this year and wish the people of York and North Yorkshire a safe and peaceful 2014.

More http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/12717

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.

York’s Youth Offending Team scoops national award

York’s Youth Offending Team has scooped a national award for its work with high risk and complex young people with mental health issues.

The team received a ‘good design’ award from the Youth Justice Board for its ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service model’, which outlines how the Youth Offending Team and its partners can assess and support high risk young people with complex mental health needs.


Garage break in arrests.

The Police report that they arrested 2 males trying to break into a garage in the Foxwood area last night.

They are also saying that there has been an increase in thefts from cars parked in Cranbrook Road.

There was a sneak in burglary for an insecure property in Stamford Street. Door was unlocked. The property was later recovered.


York Police launch Christmas campaign to keep York shoppers safe

York police will be carrying out high visibility patrols across the city to prevent crime in the run up to Christmas.


The operation runs from Sunday 1 December until Christmas Eve, focusing on the retail area in the city centre, as well as the McArthur Glen, Monks Cross and Clifton Moor shopping centres.

Police officers will focus their attention on preventing shoplifting, pick pockets stealing purses and mobile phones from bags, as well sneak-in burglaries at retail premises. They will also patrol the city’s car parks to deter thieves from stealing from unattended cars.

Anyone caught acting in an anti-social manner, such as begging for money, will be dealt with robustly.

Known offenders, who are spotted by officers, will be challenged to interrupt their activities and prevent them committing crime.

  • Shoppers can help themselves so they don’t become the victims of crime.
    •If they are carrying a bag, make sure that it is securely fastened and if it has a flap make sure that they have that side facing inwards
    •Don’t leave shopping unattended while looking at other items
    •If you are leaving shopping in a car, make sure it’s out of sight in the boot