Police in Hambleton and Richmondshire Safer Neighbourhood Command have launched a new initiative to protect religious buildings across the district.
Churchwatch was launched after a number of suspicious incidents at churches, chapels and other places of worship in the area over a number of years.
The scheme uses the Ringmaster system to quickly alert subscribers responsible for looking after churches to incidents or suspicious behaviour in other areas. This allows them to take action to prevent criminals taking advantage of the accessible nature of these buildings.
To join the Ringmaster scheme please visitwww.nypcommunitymessaging.org
For more information about making places of worship more secure please either contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team or visit[www.northyorkshire.police.uk/
Hambleton’s council tax has been frozen for the fourth year running.
District Councillors have agreed not to impose a rise of £2.24 a year on householders. The increase will be funded by central government through a scheme which sees it picking up the costs of rises set below 2% - effectively freezing rates for taxpayers.
Without the freeze the District Council’s element of council tax would have been £91.72 a year for a Band D property - residents will actually be charged £89.48.
The Hambleton Meteorite is to be put up for auction after failing to sell three years ago.
The rock, said to look like piece of fruit cake, was discovered by Scottish-based meteorite hunter Rob Elliott and his wife Irene in North Yorkshire in 2005.
Mr Elliott, from Fife, explained that meteorites are always cut up as part of analysis to prove they are not earth rocks.
The Hambelton meteorite, which is to be auctioned off, is said to look like fruit cake because of the semi-precious gems inside.
The rock, which was found in North Yorkshire in 2005 is thought to be the UK's most expensive rock from outer space.
Part of a meteorite that looks "a bit like a fruit cake" and is thought to be the UK's most expensive rock from outer space is to be sold at auction.
The Hambleton meteorite is an extremely rare pallasite - a stony-iron meteorite - which is the only one of its kind to be found in the UK.
A 2,900g slice of the Hambleton rock has been valued between £7,000 and £10,000 ahead of its sale as lot 60 at Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh on Tuesday August 20.
Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey has announced that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee will be examining the contamination of beef products sold in UK supermarkets later this month.
Legal action is being considered against a company whose North Yorkshire factory is at the centre of the scandal over horse meat in beef burgers.
The Food Standards Agency, the UK's food watchdog, is investigating how the meat, which was sold at some of the country's leading supermarkets, became contaminated.
Brindon Addy is the Chairman of the Q Guild Butchers organisation, which represents top independent butchers. He says the pressure to drive down prices could be to blame for Horse meat getting into Beefburgers.
Mary Creagh is the Shadow Environment Secretary and MP for Wakefield. She says consumers will understandably be upset and that the scare will affect their confidence in the food industry.
This is the meat processing plant in North Yorkshire which is at the centre of a food safety probe after beefburgers supplied to leading supermarkets were found to contain horsemeat.
Products from the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Northallerton and two other facilities in Ireland were investigated by a food safety watchdog. The burgers were on sale at Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and Dunnes Stores, but it is not known which plant supplied the contaminated meat.