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Police HQ goes up for sale

Following a decision by Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan to move the North Yorkshire Police headquarters to central Northallerton, she has confirmed that the current Newby Wiske headquarters site is up for sale.

The new police headquarters will be Alverton Court in Northallerton, the former Rural Payments Agency building.

Chief Con Dave Jones and Police & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Newby Wiske Hall, The Grade II-listed country home, has served as North Yorkshire Police’s headquarters for nearly 40 years. Prior to its current use, Newby Wiske served as a training centre for the old North Riding Constabulary from 1954.

The police are due to move to their new building in autumn 2017, and will accept interest on the current site from all interested parties.

One of the first commitments I made on taking up office was to move North Yorkshire Police out of the expensive and largely unsuitable Newby Wiske site into more accessible accommodation, better suited to a modern police service."

– Julia Mulligan, North Yorks Police and Crime Commissioner

Police puppy named in honour of dog killed in Paris terror attacks

A new puppy has joined North Yorkshire Police and begun the process which could see her one day qualify as a fully-fledged police dog. The four-month old Belgian Malinois joined the force a few weeks ago - and has been named 'Diesel' in honour of the police dog killed in Paris last month.

Diesel has been named in honour of the police dog killed in the Paris terror raids

She has been assigned to a volunteer puppy walker who will care for her, and ensure she gains experience of a variety of situations, including socialising with people and other animals, busy traffic, crowds of people and loud noises.

Such exposure at an early stage is vital for her to progress through to her basic training, and ultimately become a Police Dog.

As she grows and throughout her training period, Diesel will be continually assessed for her temperament, personality and suitability as a police dog.

The name Diesel was chosen out of respect for the police dog that died in a raid on an apartment block in Saint Denis, Paris, in November. The death touched us all, and having the name live on is a wonderful way to respect Diesel's memory.

– Sergeant Simon Whitby, North Yorkshire Police Dog Section

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Air ambulance called to car park crash in York

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been called to a serious collision at Castle Car Park in Tower Street, York. North Yorkshire Police are asking people to avoid the area while they deal with the incident.

North Yorkshire Police write letter to Santa

North Yorkshire Police have written a letter to Father Christmas asking for people to "lock up and light up." The force says it will be working hard over the festive period to keep people safe, and it hopes that everyone will do their bit by locking their doors and watching out for their property.

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Appeal after body found on beach

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to identify an elderly man found dead on Scarborough's North Bay beach on Friday morning.

Police and paramedics were alerted at 7.54am on Friday, September 11, by a member of the public to the body of a man on the beach.

Police are treating it as a sudden and unexplained death at this early stage as enquiries continue.

Officers are seeking the public's assistance to help identify the man who is described as white, aged between 75 and 85 and is 5ft 9in tall. He has a medium build with grey hair, blue-green eyes and size nine feet. He had a gold crown on the lower left side of his jaw.

The man was found wearing a white, purple and blue check full sleeve shirt, a white vest, grey socks and black 'Paddlers' make shoes. He was also wearing an analogue "Eton" watch.

Police would like to trace any witnesses who, during the past 24 hours, may have seen someone in the area of the North Bay or entering the water, who matches this description.

Anyone with information which could assist in this investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference 12150160099.

Bucket of cannabis found in car boot

Police have seized a bucket of cannabis from a couple in North Yorkshire. Officers from North Yorkshire Police stopped a silver Audi at Gate Helmsley and found the cannabis in a bucket in the boot.

The two occupants of the car, a 20-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both from East Yorkshire, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Fresh appeal to trace hit and run driver on 14th anniversary of cyclist's death

Officers investigating the death of a Harrogate cyclist 14 years ago have today launched a fresh appeal for information to trace the hit and run driver.

Stefan Forge Credit: North Yorkshire Police

47-year-old Stefan Forge died on 22 August ,2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.

The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend - at around 11.15pm - failed to stop at the scene.

Tragically Stefan died from his injuries. His friend, who was severely traumatised by the incident, survived but suffered serious injuries.

Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case and to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the collision, are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.

“14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.

“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible.

"We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.

“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information. "For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

– Sgt Ian Pope, North Yorkshire Police's Major Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email ian.pope@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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

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