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Police video gives advice on rural crime prevention

North Yorkshire Police has produced a video to raise awareness of rural crime prevention. It accompanies a booklet of information which has been launched after consultation with the public who said that they wanted rural crime to be a key priority for the police. The booklet and video give advice on building security, both farmhouse and outbuildings, as well as keeping hedges and gates in good order, protecting vehicles, tools and equipment. They also provide guidance on ensuring that livestock, horses and dogs are marked and advice on how wildlife can be protected and what people should do if they find snares and traps or evidence of poaching.

North Yorkshire is a safe place to live and work and we intend to keep it that way. Unfortunately, because of the rural nature of the county, local communities can sometimes fall prey to criminals taking advantage of this. I urge everyone to take a few minutes to read the advice in the booklet and where necessary take action to prevent themselves from becoming the victims of criminals.

– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy


Increase in livestock thefts in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police has issued a warning to farmers after a spate of sheep thefts in the county.

The number of livestock thefts have increased Credit: PA

Since mid-September, 228 lambs and sheep have been reported stolen from farms near Kirkbymoorside, Fewston near Harrogate, Skipton, Settle, and Thornton Le Clay, York.

Police advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of livestock theft:

  • Make regular checks on stock kept in fields
  • Make sure that hedgerows and gates are in good repair
  • Fit capped hinges to gates so that they cannot be lifted off and securing gates where possible
  • Where possible keep livestock in barns or sheds
  • Consider fitting CCTV so livestock can be seen from the farmhouse


Thousands of new homes could get the go-ahead in Scunthorpe

Controversial plans for up to 3000 new homes on a flood plain near Scunthorpe could get the go ahead today.

Plans for new homes near Scunthorpe

The Lincolnshire Lakes project is on land close to where villages were flooded in last year's tidal surge. The developers insist it will be safe.

Farmers Concerned Over EU regulations

Pesticide bans from Europe are threatening farmers livelihoods across our region and thousands of jobs.

A report out today, backed by the National Farmers Union, says around 20 per cent of pesticides have been lost because of bans and restrictions imposed by Brussels over the last five years and fear that things are set to get a whole lot worse. Helen Steel reports.

Farmers' concern over new EU regulations

Farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have expressed concerns that new EU rules could put some people out of business.

Farmers' concern over new EU regulations

A regulation has come into force today cutting the amount of pesticides which can be used on crops.

The National Farmers Union has described the move as a 'scary' prospect which could see prices going up or suppliers being forced out of business.

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