Police urge vigilance after York burglaries

York police are urging residents to keep an eye on neighbouring properties after a number of recent burglaries.

Officers are investigating four break-ins, two of which were at houses that are currently up for sale.

Three of the burglaries occurred in close proximity to each other in the Huntington Road and Monkton Road area of the city between Friday 4 October and Monday 7 October 2013.

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York Police – Sunday update

Appeal as man arrested after serious collision in York

Police investigating a road collision in York in which a woman was seriously injured are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
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Police reassure community as three arrested following York disturbance

York Police would like to reassure residents that they believe a violent incident in York on Saturday was an isolated one and that the wider community was not at risk.
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7 back alleys to be “gated”

The Council has decided to fit security gates to the alleys at the following locations

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Micklegate Ward
• Millfield Road / Thorpe Street
• Thorpe Street / Russell Street
• Russell Street / Scott Street
• Scott Street / Nunmill Street
• Nunmill Street / Bishopthorpe Road
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Holgate Ward
• Walworth Street North and Hanover Street West
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Clifton Ward
• Fountayne Street and Scaife Street

Residents survey cites poor highway maintenance as York’s biggest public service problem.

York residents survey results click to enlarge

York residents survey results click to enlarge

A survey completed by over 400 residents living in the west of York has revealed that highways and footpath maintenance are now the biggest cause for complaint.

73% thought that road and footpath maintenance had got worse in the City over the last 2 years.

The service was followed closely by ice clearance which 69% thought had got worse.

This is bad news for the Labour Council as the response come before the latest set of cuts to winter maintenance are implemented.

Parking provision was criticised by 65% with the large increases in parking charges introduced by the Labour Council likely to be the main influencing factor.

More than 50% of respondents also thought that litter, control of dogs, refuse collection and weed removal had got worse.

Only crime prevention fared relatively well, with 66% saying that the quality of the service was unchanged

The survey results will add pressure on the Council to support additional investment in street level public services at its meeting on Thursday.

New Licensing rules for scrap metal dealers come into force in York

York Liberal Democrats have welcomed a new law giving councils greater powers to combat the blight of scrap metal thefts on communities across the country.

Every scrap metal dealer is having to obtain a licence to trade from their local authority under the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act with councils now able to refuse or revoke licences. The Act also makes it illegal for anyone to buy or sell scrap metal with cash and gives councils new powers of entry and inspection and the ability to shut down rogue dealers.

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Crime update for York

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High-value mountain bike stolen in York:

£500 reward on offer for information that leads to arrests and charges.
Police in York are investigating the theft of a mountain bike valued in excess of £6,500.
The grey Cielo bike with orange lettering on the frame, custom built in the USA by Chris King, was taken from outside a property on Gladstone Street, off Huntington Road, at about 3pm on Friday 27 September 2013.
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Help beat doorstep crime on Older People’s Day (TODAY)

North Yorkshire Police are urging people to support UK Older People’s Day by helping to raise awareness of doorstep crime amongst their elderly relatives and neighbours.
Elderly people are particular vulnerable to the risk of doorstep crime. This can be people tricking their way into their homes by posing as officials such as police officers, council workers or gas meter readers with the intention of stealing their possessions.
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Witnesses sought after two women assaulted in York

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two women were assaulted in York.
The women aged 18 and 19-years-old, were walking home along Percy Lane at around 11pm on Monday 23 September 2013, when they were attacked by a man near the bridge over the River Foss.
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Students urged to follow basic crime prevention advice following sneak-in campus burglaries

North Yorkshire Police is investigating two burglaries at student accommodation at York St John University.
The incidents at the campus, which is in the Hungate area of the city, occurred between 10pm on Sunday and 12.45am on Monday (29-30 September 2013).
In one room, which was left unlocked, a Apple MacBook laptop was stolen.
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Chance to quiz top police officer about what matters most to you TODAY

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy will host a live webchat on Tuesday 1 October to mark his first month in the job.
The webchat will take place between 5pm and 6pm To join the live webchat and to ask Mr Kennedy a question, please visit our website www.northyorkshire.police.uk

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• There have been 2 damage to vehicles reported in the Woodthorpe area on Sat night (28th). Have you seen/heard anything? Please ring 101.

• There has also been a stolen moped taken from the Dringhouses area. Any sightings of YJ11FZN white Piaggio Zip then please ring 101