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Bedale residents invited to join fight against rural crime

Residents in Bedale are being invited to join North Yorkshire Police in the fight against rural crime.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team operates a Mobile Watch scheme, which encourages residents using their own vehicles to keep an eye on rural areas, particularly after dark.

Watch members record any suspicious vehicles they come across, and pass the information to the police. If a more urgent response is required, immediate contact with the police can be made using a radio. All participants of the scheme must sign a Code of Conduct before joining, and undergo a short vetting process.

The Mobile Watch scheme currently has six active members, and we’re incredibly grateful for the support and local knowledge that they provide. We are now looking for additional members so we can roll the Watch out even further.

– PCSO Bryan Tongue, Bedale Police

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Siege in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire police were called at around 4pm to Reedings Road, Barrowby, near Grantham yesterday to deal with an incident at a house on Reedings Road. It involved a 21-year-old local man.

"At present we are unable to release any further details for operational reasons. The general public are not in any danger. The area will be cordoned off until the situation is resolved. Further information will be released when possible."

– A Grantham police spokesman

Disruption in Pontefract after police stop a car

The A639 Front Street in Pontefract was closed northbound between the Halfpenny Lane junction and the B6134 Park Lane junction, because of this crash last night.

2,000 days without Claudia

The father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence will give a briefing today - the 2,000th day since she disappeared.

Peter Lawrence is expected to give an update on the search, the legislative progress in Parliament including the announcement this week of Ministry of Justice consultation on Guardianship and his family's reaction to the last few months following two arrests and subsequent re-bailings.

2000 days since Claudia disappeared Credit: Family

Man due in court after assault in Leeds

A man has been charged in connection with the death of another man who died following an assault in the Beeston area of Leeds on Saturday evening.

David Powell, 27, from Clovelly Grove, Beeston has been charged with the manslaughter of Gerard Adeshida and is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.

Mr Adeshida, aged 37, died in hospital after being assaulted on Lady Pit Lane around 6pm on Saturday.

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Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

Police in northern England are facing rising crime levels because it has been harder hit by the recession than the South, the Chief Constable of Humberside Police has said.

Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran

Justine Curran said evidence showed shoplifters were stealing essential items such as food due to the impact of the economic downturn.

She said the poorest areas of Humberside showed the biggest rises in crime, which backed up her theory.

She said the latest crime figures showed a North-South divide, with rising numbers in the North and falling or stable statistics for the South.

The Chief Constable said: "We have done intelligence interviews with criminals suggesting that acquisitive crime like shoplifting is moving towards a focus on the theft of essential goods like food.

"Statistics support the fact that upturns in crime are being experienced in the North while levels in the South are remaining static, if not falling.

Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

"We are not looking for excuses, but it is important that we understand the drivers of crime and that is why we have looked into the possibility of the recession hitting harder in the North, leading to these increases.

"We certainly know that in our area the biggest rises in crime have been in higher deprivation areas."

A Home Office spokesman said: "Under this Government, overall crime is down by more than 10%, according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime.

"The evidence is clear - police reform is working and crime is falling.

Police make almost fifty arrests during bank holiday crime crackdown

West Yorkshire Police made almost fifty arrests as part of Operation Viper 4 - a four day crackdown on crime.

Police made nearly 50 arrests

Forty-nine people were arrested in total as police across the county stepped up their efforts to counter crime over the bank holiday which usually sees a rise in offences.

In total over the four days of activity, 359 vehicles and 282 people were stopped with 32 vehicles seized, five stolen vehicles recovered and 49 people arrested.

Superintendent Pat Casserly, who led the operation, said:

“Our focused activity over the Bank Holiday weekend has resulted in a number of significant arrests; but Operation Viper is not just about getting people in custody but also preventing offences happening in the first place by putting the fear back on the criminals.

Forces pledge commitment to improve after crime report

An interim report carried into crime data and how it's recorded by the police has identified significant under reporting of incidents.

South Yorkshire were among 13 of the 43 police forces across the country to be inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Initial findings highlighted that within some forces up to 20 percent of crimes maybe going unrecorded.

Today South Yorkshire Police reaffirmed its commitment to improving services and their priority to protect victims of crime:

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