Local policing: North Yorkshire’s Community Messaging reaches 30,000 members as new and improved smartphone app is launched

North Yorkshire Police’s innovative community messaging system has reached 30,000 members as it re-launches with a new smartphone app.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging is a free system that lets people register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news in their neighbourhoods.

The new and improved app, available to download for iOS and Android devices, takes advantage of geolocation technology, allowing users to receive important alerts that are relevant to them – wherever they are in North Yorkshire.

The app also allows member of the public to share relevant alerts that they have received to their friends and family by email, WhatsApp, instant messaging sand social media.

More than 30,000 people across the county are now signed up to receive alerts and in the last year, 4,296 alerts were sent out by North Yorkshire Police to the public, businesses, and Rural and Neighbourhood Watch groups across the across the county.

This equates to a staggering 3,342,235 messages reaching the public across all channels including email, the previous app, SMS, social media and the website.

Members of the public who sign up to the system can tailor preferences for the type of the message they receive, their preferred channel (phone, text, or email) and the locations that matter to them. Topics include:

•         Crime and other police incidents, including missing people and witness appeals;

•         Rural policing, including crimes against farms and rural businesses;

•         Anti-social behaviour;

•         Road safety, including road closures and traffic updates; and

•         Neighbourhood news and events, such as invitations to public meetings.

They can also opt to receive push notifications straight to their smartphones and tablets from the app if they wish.

Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine, lead in force for Local Policing at North Yorkshire Police, said:

“Local policing is at the very heart of everything we do at North Yorkshire Police and our Community Messaging system is just one of the many ways we’re trying to provide the right support, at the right time to our communities.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams already use community messaging to raise awareness of recent crime trends, highlight the availability of property marking sessions, and inform the public about upcoming crime prevention operations with over 4,000 alerts sent in the last year.

“In addition, the geolocation function on the new app is a particularly useful tool in rural areas, where alerts can be shared to an audience across a wide area very quickly.

“We’re extremely proud to reach 30,000 members on Community Messaging and would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who takes the time to provide information and intelligence in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

“Day in and day out you help us to make a difference in North Yorkshire – we couldn’t do it without you.”

If you are already a member

If you are already a member and would like to download the new app, just search “Everbridge” via the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android devices and then search for “North Yorkshire”. The App will then link you to North Yorkshire Community Messaging specific notifications.

Alternatively, please visit nycm.co.uk.

If you are not a member but would like to sign up

Signing up to North Yorkshire Community Messaging is free, easy, and takes less than five minutes. Just visit nycm.co.uk on a smartphone or PC to get started.

Alternatively, to download the app and sign up please visit the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Googl

Six men ordered to pay £2000 for urinating in public in York

York Magistrates have sentenced six men to pay £1,983 for urinating in public following work between City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city.

On Tuesday 24 April 2019, York Magistrates heard that Andrew Brearley (aged 47 of Wistow Road, Selby) was found by a police officer, urinating near the entrance to the car park on Tanner Row, York, around 9pm on Saturday 2 February 2019.

Mr Brearley, who apologised for his actions following the incident, pleaded guilty by post and was fined £117, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Patrick John McHugh (aged 30 of Carr Lane, York) was seen by a police officer, urinating against a wall in full view of passing people near Toft Green towards Micklegate, York around 3:30am on Saturday 26 January 2019.

Mr McHugh pleaded guilty by post and was fined £117, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

York Magistrates (on 23 April 2019) also heard that George James McCormick (aged 18 of Mill Lane, Basted, Sevenoaks) was found by a police officer, urinating against a gate in Toft Green, York at 12:15am on Friday 18 January 2019.

Mr McCormick continued to urinate despite being approached by an officer. He failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. Mr McCormick was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Paul Raymond Baldwin (aged 33 of Temple Street, Gateshead) was found by a York BID Ranger, urinating in the doorway of a sweet shop on Low Ousegate, York at 7:45pm on Saturday 2 February 2019.

Mr Baldwin, who was visibly intoxicated, pleaded guilty by post and was fined £131, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Emlyn Thomas (aged 37 of Sutton Way, Clifton, York) was also seen by a York BID Ranger urinating against a wall in York city centre at 11:25am on Wednesday 13 February 2019, in view of passing people.

Mr Thomas failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £60 based on a benefits assessment, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Yesterday (23 April 2019), York Magistrates also heard that Peter Edward Stableford (aged 50 of Holyrood Drive, Rawcliffe, York) was found by a police officer, urinating at the entrance of the car park in Toft Green at 11:35pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

Mr Stableford pleaded guilty by post and was fined £294, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30

York crime update

CCTV appeal following York food outlet assault

Police have issued CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to about an assault at a food outlet in York.

CCTV appeal following York food outlet assault

At about 3am on Sunday 15 November 2015, an assault took place in Subway on Clifford Street, leaving the victim – a man in his twenties – with minor facial injuries.

Police would like to speak to the three men pictured on CCTV, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation into the incident.

Anyone who recognises the men is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police. Call 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Joanne Marshall. You can also email joanne.marshall@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150203051 in connection with this incident.

Man wanted for breach of bail and failing to attend court

North Yorkshire Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted for breaching his bail conditions and failing to appear in court.

Alexander Ighodalo

Alexander Ighodalo, 36, who lives in Markham Street, York, but holds dual Nigerian and Italian citizenship, was charged with money laundering and fraud offences in December relating to a £42,000 fraud.

He failed to comply with his bail conditions during January and failed to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 7 January 2016.

Mr Ighodalo also has links to the Manchester area and the security industry.

Police are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts to contact them.

If you can help the police investigation to find Alexander Ighodalo, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Investigation Hub.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150204645 when passing on information.

Diarrhoea drugs theft – suspect on the run?

CCTV appeal following theft of diarrhoea drugs from chemist
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Police want to speak to this man after diarrhoea medicine was stolen from a chemist in Malton.

Staff at Superdrug in Wheelgate reported that Imodium tablets had been stolen. The incident took place at around 10.30am on Friday, 4 December 2015.

Anyone who recognises the man, who is around 5ft 8ins tall and in his late 40s or 50s, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Louise Neville-Beck.

Please quote reference number NYP-04122015-0134.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man wanted for breach of bail and failing to attend court

North Yorkshire Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted for breaching his bail conditions and failing to appear in court.

Alexander Ighodalo

Alexander Ighodalo, 36, who lives in Markham Street, York, but holds dual Nigerian and Italian citizenship, was charged with money laundering and fraud offences in December relating to a £42,000 fraud.

He failed to comply with his bail conditions during January and failed to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 7 January 2016.

Mr Ighodalo also has links to the Manchester area and the security industry.

Police are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts to contact them.

If you can help the police investigation to find Alexander Ighodalo, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Investigation Hub.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150204645 when passing on information.

York Council publishes list of sinners

Scam busters Jan 2016
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The York Council has published a list of individuals that it has had to take legal action against between 1st April and 30th September.

A report explains what action was taken and explains why cautions were issued in some cases.

The list includes

  • 6 cases where cafes breached Food safety and hygiene regulations and were prosecuted plus another 6 cases where cautions were issued
  • 3 cases under trading standards legislation
  • 3 more serious fraud cases
  • 134 cases where Council house tenants were prosecuted for breaches of tenancy conditions (mainly anti-social behaviour with costs awarded varying up to £357 per tenant)
  • 108 cases where evictions form Council properties was sought because of rent arrears.
  • 6 other cases where possession of a council house was sought including a case of non occupation

Perhaps surprisingly no mention is made of any Fixed Penalties Notices issued to dog owners who did not clean up after their pets. 

The report will be discussed on 19th January

44 crimes reported in Front Street area during November 2015

There was a significant increase in the level of crimes reported in the Front Street area (polling district KB) in November 2015 compared to the same month in 2014. 

A graph shows a steady increase in crime reports over the last year. The figures have been taken from the Police web site 

Most of the reports concern anti-social behaviour – which has increased since the opening of a centralised “hub” in the City centre which appears to have drawn police resources away from the Westfield area.

There have also been a significant number of shoplifting reports.

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The number of crimes reported by type are:

  • Anti Social behaviour 13 
  • Cycle theft 1
  • Burglary 3
  • Criminal damage and arson 5
  • Drugs 1
  • Theft 4
  • Public order 1
  • Shop lifting 11
  • Vehicle Crime 1
  • Violence and sexual offences 4

This compares with a total of 30 offences reported in November 2014

Crime levels in Acomb remain relatively low compared to most other parts of the country.

The Crime and Policing commissioner Julia Mulligan is consulting on whether to increase the police tax level from April, although no assurances have been given that any extra money raised will be used to increase street level policing resources in west York.

Julia Mulligan faces a re-election ballot on May 5th.

Policing news: Special constable recruitment starts, 2 sought after alcohol theft

 

Special Constable recruitment opens. Make a difference – join the team

North Yorkshire Police is looking to recruit at least 70 new Special Constables during its 2016 recruitment campaign which opens on 4 January.

Specials May 2015

Special Constables are volunteer police officers who have the same uniform and powers as regular (paid) police officers. They volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month to policing York and North Yorkshire and carry out a full range of operational, front-line duties.

North Yorkshire Police currently has 198 Special Constables and is looking for new recruits to be based in every district of North Yorkshire.

“Specials” as they are known, come from all walks of life and backgrounds which means that they bring with them a whole host of skills and abilities which complement those of their regular (paid) colleagues.

They go through a rigorous training programme before they qualify to go out on the beat where they cover a wide range of duties from policing public events, to attending emergency incidents.

They can also choose to undertake further training and specialise in a particular area of policing such as public order, (policing protests, football matches etc) and roads policing.

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CCTV issued after York alcohol voucher fraud

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after fraudulent vouchers were used to buy alcohol in York.

CCTV issued after York alcohol voucher fraud 1

At about 5.40pm on 5 November 2015, two men entered the Asda store in Monks Cross, and selected a large amount of alcohol from the shelf, worth about £320. They scanned this through a self-service checkout, and paid for it using a quantity of £5 money-off vouchers. The vouchers were later found to be fraudulent.

Despite extensive enquiries, the men involved have not yet been identified.

Police would like to speak to the two men pictured on CCTV, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation.

CCTV issued after York alcohol voucher fraud 2

Anyone who recognises the men is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police. Please call 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Michael Cooper. You can also email michael.cooper@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12150198645 in connection with this incident.

Floods victims may have been targeted by criminals

Police are investigating reports of burglaries at two properties in Huntington Road, York.

Flooded York. Levels now officially higher than 2012

On 28 December at around 10.45am, a member of the public reported that their neighbour’s house had been broken into overnight by forcing the back door.

On the afternoon of 28 December, a resident then reported that his shed had been burgled overnight and a number of tools had been taken. 

Both incidents are being fully investigated by North Yorkshire Police.

Acting Superintendent Mark Grange said:

“It is extremely disappointing to see victims of the floods being targeted in this way.

“It is impossible to comprehend why anyone would want to bring further suffering to those who are already in a very vulnerable situation.

“Burglary will not be tolerated and those who commit this type of crime will face the full force of the law.

“I want to take this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant and ensure property is as secure as it possibly can be.”

If anyone witnessed either of the incidents or has any information which could assist the investigation, please call police on 101.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference numbers NYP-28122015-0147 and NYP-28122015-0210 when passing on information.

Brownlow Street alleyway closure

The York Council is set to gate the alleyway to the rear of Brownlow Street/Neville Terrace/Eldon Street.

Affected alleyways

Affected alleyways

The move comes following complaints from residents about dumping, graffiti, vandalism and break ins.

Residents also report finding used drug needles in the area.

All 21 respondents to an informal consultation by the Council supported the alleygating proposal.BehindClosedDoors 2015

A Council official has now agreed – at a behind closed doors meeting – to formally consult on the proposal.

Witness appeal following theft on Hob Moor

Hob Moor

Hob Moor

 At about 8.50am on Tuesday 15 December 2015, the victim was walking along the track on Hob Moor Fields towards York, when he was approached by two men who were walking in the opposite direction, towards Acomb.

One of the men put his arm out and stopped the victim, and asked him to hand over any money or his watch. When the victim hesitated, he asked him again. The victim complied and handed the man £18 and his watch. Both of the men then ran off in the direction of York.

The first man is described as white, aged in his early twenties, 6ft 2ins tall, athletic build and broad shoulders. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black Adidas hoody which was pulled up over his head, light grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. He had an Irish accent. 

The other man is described as white, aged in his early twenties, 6ft tall and average build. He had the lower half of his face covered with possibly a black scarf and only his eyes were visible. He was wearing a black hoody which was pulled up over his head, loose fitting blue jeans and black Nike trainers. He had a Yorkshire accent. 

PC Amanda Popely, of York Police, said: “I am asking for witnesses who saw anyone in the area of Hob Moor Fields at the time to contact the police, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation.”

If you have any information about the theft, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Amanda Popely or York Police. You can also email amanda.popely@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12150221963 in connection with this incident.