York Police take action to stop internet fraud

Cyber-CrimeAction Fraud – the central point of contact for reporting fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

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From Monday 25th March 2013, the four police forces of Yorkshire and the Humber will join the rest of the UK’s police forces in launching Action Fraud; the central point of contact for reporting fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Action Fraud is being launched nationally on 1st April 2013, but from the 25th March members of the public from across Yorkshire and the Humber will be encouraged to report fraud and internet scams directly to Action Fraud via www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.

The four forces have been working together to ensure that the new reporting system is adopted consistently across the region and, in doing so, remain committed to tackling fraud, scams and con-artists at a local and regional level.

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Foxwood park and Spindle Close snicket links to Ashbourne Way may be secured at night

The Council is to consider, on 18th April, a petition which asks for the night time closure of the snickets leading off Ashbourne Way

The snickets are well used during the day, not least by children attending the Woodthorpe School.

Night time closures have been tried before – notably in the nearby Carrfield/Foxton/Chantry Close area – where, in 2009, a similar plan was abandoned following objections by local residents.

Schemes of this sort now tend to rely on mechanisms which automatically lock and unlock a gate at a particular time. None have worked successfully in York other than perhaps that located at the rear entrance to the railway station, from Lowther Terrace, although there the access is part of the cycle network.

Such heavy duty gates are expensive to install and maintain.

Council officials have previously ruled out, on cost grounds, using staff to lock this type of gate while the use of volunteers has been ruled out on reliability grounds.

The meeting on 18th is likely to be asked only to consider whether the request should be put out for more general consultation.

Labour cut waste collection, road maintenance, community centres, libraries, elderly persons homes, ice clearance, job training and Social Services.

Cuts to street level services click to enlarge

Cuts to street level services click to enlarge

Labour’s hopelessly misjudged Council budget proposals are set to be approved tonight. Cuts to all front line public services are planned yet

Labour also intend to retain a £1 million a year “slush fund” which is used to pay for a range of inessential “vanity” projects.

The £1 million this year has been used to pay for lighting and firework displays, free WiFi access in the City centre, a plan to open the Bonding warehouse as a “digital media hub”, building design competitions, an “innovation catalyst” programme; not to mention the occasional foreign travel trip.

More waste is evident in the Councils capital programme where commitments to introducing an unnecessary Citywide 20 mph speed limit and the purchase of a barge for use as an arts centre have seen interest payments, on borrowed money, double since Labour took control of the Council.

Abandoning these “vanity” projects and making good use of the reduced running costs (down by £375,000) of its new HQ would allow the Council to restore many of the most damaging cuts.

Labour’s key proposals would see:

A 1.9% hike in Council tax levels (despite central government offering to underwrite the costs of a freeze)

• Privatisation or outsourcing of leisure/swimming pool management the Warden Call service and the “Sheltered housing with extra care” service. Even the Mansion House will be commercialised

Grants to Museums Trust cut by £100,000, the Theatre Royal by £101,000 with similar % cuts other voluntary sector bodies

• At a time when people are rightly worried following revelations about meat quality, trading standards faces a £42,000 cut, while there will be less air quality monitoring.

• There will be less for job training as Future Prospects loses £150,000

• The closure of elderly persons homes will be brought forward meaning that some residents face double moves before new accommodation is completed. In 2014 pensioners will face a 90p charge when using their passes on Park and Ride services

Disabled facilities at Greenworks and Brunswick Nursery cut by £50,000 Supported employment budget cut by £200,000 forcing disabled people into “mainstream employment”

Social Service clients with personal budgets will lose out from a £500,000 budget cut

Looked after children – basically those with foster parents – face a £700,000 cut with another £400,000 to come off in 2014.

Respite services get a £50,000 reduction.

Children’s centres face a £128,000 cut in 2014

• The toy library bus will scrapped in 2014

Some reductions in expenditure were inevitable.

Labour have simply chosen to economise on the wrong services.

Meanwhile there are some concerns about the likely quality of tonights Council debate

Witnesses to serious collision sought

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road collision near Wigginton in York.
The collision occurred at around 8.30pm, on Sunday 13 November on Corban Lane, Wigginton, York, which is a link road between the B1363 and the A19 at Shipton.
The crash involved only one vehicle, a black Vauxhall Vectra car, being driven from Wigginton towards the A19.
The vehicle left the road to the nearside while negotiating a left-hand bend, hitting a large tree and then rebounding into the road.
The driver and sole occupant of the car, a local man in his forties sustained serious injuries and after being freed from the vehicle by Fire and Rescue officers. He was taken by land ambulance to York District Hospital.
The road was closed for approximately four hours while police carried out a full investigation of the scene.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the Vectra prior to the collision. Anyone with information should contact TC Zoe Billings, at Road Policing Group at Tadcaster, on 0845 60 60 247, quoting reference

£1000 bike stolen in York

Boardman bike

York police are appealing for information after an expensive mountain bike was stolen from Dringhouses.
The £1000 white carbon frame Chris Boardman limited edition road bike, was stolen from a secure garage on Teachers Close sometime between 7 November and 9 November 2011.
The bike is one of only 500 ever produced and officers have released an image, in an effort to locate it and return it to its rightful owner.
There are some fairly distinctive features on the bike, including, fluorescent yellow handlebars, Shimano pedals, and black tyres with white edging.
PC Nicola Manning, of York police, said: “Clearly, the victim is keen to have his expensive bike returned to him as soon as possible.
“I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the incident to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers.
“I would also appeal to anyone who has seen this distinctive bike around, or has been offered it for sale to come forward.”
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Nicola Manning of York police on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110189893.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New Neighbourhood Policing team/Opening hours of Acomb Police office

Residents can contact the local Police team at the following Email addresses:

Sgt

  • lindsey.robson

PCs

  • mark.antonelli
  • paul.maloney

PCSO

  • chris.upton
  • jan.overhill
  • chris.simpson
  • matthew.cockerill
  • grace.holohan
  • laura.nunnen

…@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

They can, of course, also be contacted via 0845 60 60 24 7

The newly re-opened Acomb Police Station on York Road is available as follows:

  • Monday / Saturday 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday / Friday 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday / Thursday 6pm to 8pm