Authorities call time on drunks in York

York drunkA new partnership is launching its first campaign to clamp down on the anti-social behaviour of a minority which can blight the majority’s enjoyment of the beautiful City of York.

City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police have welcomed the involvement of train operating companies, York Racecourse and city centre licensed premises, as well as Make It York and the proposed York Bid.

The campaign complements other initiatives used to quell anti-social behaviour on race and match days and the positive effect of the Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) which extends within the city walls, along Micklegate and the area around the station.

There will be a heightened presence of officers from British Transport and North Yorkshire Police – including special constables – and Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers from the multi-agency Community Safety Hub. Every Saturday throughout September, starting on 5 September, these officers will remind people travelling by train to the city, arriving at York station and those out and about in the city centre, to respect the city they are visiting and enjoy themselves responsibly. They will be doing this alongside any necessary enforcement action on trains, at the station and throughout the ARZ.

Appeal for information following theft of £7000 worth of rings from York Minster Antiques.

Police are appealing for information following a theft of £7000 worth of rings from an antiques shop in York.

North Yorkshire Police

The incident occured on 29 August 2015 between 12:30hrs and 13:10hrs at York Minster Antiques, College Street, York.

A dark brown velvet display tray holding 27 rings was taken. The rings have a total value of around £7000 and are quite distinctive, particularly a diamond ring with an especially high setting.

Anyone with information which could assist in this investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to PC 1843 HUGHES of Fulford Road police station, York.  Please quote reference – 12150152511.

If you wish to remain anonymous information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV appeal following York spirit theft

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of two bottles of vodka and three bottles of Jack Daniels Whiskey.

York spirit cctv 1

The spirits were stolen from Sainsbury’s store on Foss Bank in York on 17 July 2015.

Detectives are appealing to the man to come forward and to anyone else who can help to identify him, to get in touch.

The man and anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Investigation Hub, or email

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

Please quote incident number 12150122315 when passing on information.

Property marking success as stolen bike returned to rightful owner

A suspected stolen bike has been returned to its rightful owner in York, thanks to an innovative new property marking project.

Recovered bike

On Saturday 29 August 2015, officers attended a report of a cycle being left outside a property in Lord Mayor’s Walk.

Fortunately the bike had already been marked using one of four new ‘dot peen’ property marking machines that have been rolled out across the city.

Officers were able to recover it, and reunite it with its rightful owner in Clifton, before it had even been reported stolen.

Enquiries are now ongoing to identify those responsible for taking the bike.

Inspector Lee Pointon, of York Police, said: “This is a great success for our dot peen property marking scheme. Without the marking, this bike may never have been returned to its owner.

“Marking your property is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from being a victim of crime – and, as this case goes to show, it makes it far more likely that we will be able to return your property to you.”

In the six weeks since the dot peen project began, officers marked more than 1,000 items, including 727 garden and allotment tools, 234 cycles and dozens of assorted gadgets such as cameras, games consoles and speakers.

Dot peen marking involves using a tungsten carbide-tipped pin to indent an object with dots to create a visible, permanent unique number. The unique number is entered onto the national Immobilise property register database, vastly increasing the chances that it will be reunited with its owner if it is lost or stolen.

The dot peen machines were funded by North Yorkshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, and Safer York Partnership.

For more information, visit To find out when your next property marking event is taking place, follow your local York police team on Twitter at @snayorkcityeast, @snayorknorth or@snayorkwest. The service is promoted on Twitter with the hashtag#whatisdotpeen

You can also install North Yorkshire Police’s free home security web app, BurglarProof, at And you can download our interactive home security iBook – just search for “Securing your home” on iTunes.