North Yorkshire Police made 19 arrests over the weekend as they continued their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving.
The total number of arrests for drink or drug driving offences since the beginning of December now stands at 71 - with 37 of those people charged to appear at court. During last year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign which ran between December and January, officers made 118 arrests. The crackdown will continue into the New Year with targeted patrols on the roads across North Yorkshire.
The number of arrests over the weekend was staggering and quite frankly extremely disappointing. Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of drink and drug driving it is hard to believe that people still find it acceptable to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. I have said it many times before, the safe limit is zero. If you are going out intending to have a drink make sure you arrange some alternative transport to get home.
North Yorkshire Police have moved to reassure residents after it was revealed they were one of three forces being investigated by police watchdog the IPCC over alleged failures to act on intelligence relating to indecent images of children:
North Yorkshire Police takes its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously and as such the force made a voluntary referral to the IPCC in relation to intelligence received from CEOP.
It would not be appropriate to comment further until the IPCC has completed its investigation.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate three police forces, including North Yorkshire, over alleged failures to act on intelligence relating to indecent images of children.
North Yorkshire Police allegedly failed to properly investigate information handed to them from the National Crime Agency, which originated from an international child pornography investigation called Operation Spade.
The Force has been referred to the IPCC after North Yorkshire was asked to review how they treated the information.
Talks are to be held in York to try and tackle alcohol problems in the city following growing concern about drink-fuelled disorder on the city's streets. York Council leader James Alexander has posted a message on social media that he is to call a summit to tackle alcohol issues.
Last Saturday, North Yorkshire Police made 20 arrests in York on an evening marked by alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder. Police control room staff described behaviour in one incident as "disgusting."
"Disgusting scenes in York on cctv. Yet again alcohol being abused and the violence erupts...Just watched a group of drunks start a fight in front of officers."
A man is in a serious condition in hospital after an attack in the early hours of Saturday morning which led to police sealing off one of York's main city centre roads.
Details are still emerging, but a detective at the scene has told Calendar that a man in his 20s or 30s, who was enjoying a night out in the city, has serious injuries after he was attacked at 4.30am in Nessgate. The victim is being treated in York District Hospital. North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault.
Nessgate, which forms part of one of the main crossings through the city via Ouse Bridge, was closed for three hours while crime scene investigators gathered evidence.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was badly injured in a road traffic collision inPateley Bridge.
The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, suffered serious head injuries when she was hit by a cyclist on High Street in Pateley Bridge at around 2.40pm today.
She has been taken to Harrogate District Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are described as life-threatening.
The cyclist, an 18-year-old man who was riding a blue racing bike in the direction of Summerbridge, sustained a cut to his right elbow in the incident.
The road is currently closed in both directions as the police examine the scene of the incident.
An amnesty on flares and smoke grenades has been held by police at a pre-season football match in York today.
A red bin was placed outside Bootham Crescent ahead of York City's friendly with Sheffield Wednesday. Police want to encourage fans to drop off any flares or smoke grenades which can be dangerous and are illegal to set off in football grounds and other public places.
*North Yorkshire Police's Football Liaison Officers are holding a Pyrotechnics Amnesty at Bootham Crescent today. *
The initiative is being held with the support of York City Football Club to raise awareness of the dangers and the law around flares and smoke grenades which many people believe are harmless. **
A red bin will be placed outside the ground where fans can drop off any flares or smoke grenades ahead of today's pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday.**
North Yorkshire Police's Football Liaison Officers are holding a Pyrotechnics Amnesty at York City's Bootham Crescent stadium today.
The initiative is being held with the support of York City Football Club to raise awareness of the dangers and the law around flares and smoke grenades which many people believe are harmless.
A red bin will be placed outside the ground where fans can drop off any flares or smoke grenades ahead of this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday.**
York police have renewed their appeal for information as they continue to search for wanted man Michael William Powell.
Powell, aged 30, is wanted for recall to prison after breaching the terms of his release licence.
Officers have been making enquiries in and around the York area in an effort to locate Powell, who was released from custody last month after being jailed for robbery.
Powell is believed to have links in the Northampton area.
Officers are appealing to the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of Powell or anyone matching his description to the police or Crimestoppers.
Powell is described as white, around 6ft tall, with a medium build and dark brown hair.