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Amnesty on flares and smoke grenades at York City

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.

Pyroamnesty at Bootham Crescent

*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.**

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York Police hold flares and smoke grenade amnesty

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.**

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Fresh appeal to trace wanted York man

Police want to trace Michael William Powell Credit: North Yorkshire Police

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.

Mulligan secures extra £300,000 to support county's victims of crime

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Police & Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Julia Mullligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has secured over £300,000 from the Ministry of Justice to expand services for victims of crime in the county.

North Yorkshire received 2.42% of the £12,542,747.62 MoJ total fund, despite the county being home to only 1.42% of the population.

The funding will be enable the Commissioner to:

· provide extra dedicated support to more victims of domestic and sexual violence.

· make counselling and talking therapies available to victims of some the most serious crimes, including those who have suffered a life-changing disability as a result of a violent crime.

· open up its victims advice service so that more persistently-targeted victims of violence, hate crime and anti-social behaviour can access emotional and practical support.

The announcement comes just weeks after Julia Mulligan announced a 140% increase in funding of independent domestic and sexual violence advisors which would see up to 570 extra victims receiving support each year.

Julia Mullligan said: “This extra funding is excellent news that will enable even more victims of some of the most damaging crimes imaginable to come to terms with their experiences and start recovering.

“Over the last few years, the number of people coming forward to report these sorts of crimes has risen, yet until now there has been no secure, dedicated funding for this specific area of work.

“As part of my Police and Crime Plan, I am committing to do more to address domestic and sexual violence and combat repeat victimisation. This announcement is another important step towards those aims.”

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Police launch search for missing Selby man

William Notley has not been in contact since he spoke with his wife on the phone yesterday (Tuesday 24/6)

Police in Selby are appealing for help in finding a missing man. 57-year-old William Notley has not been in contact since he spoke with his wife on the phone yesterday lunchtime when it is believed he was at his home address on Buller Stree.

Officers say Mr Notley's whereabouts are unknown and it is possible he is anywhere in the country. He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a slim build and brown hair. It is possible that he is wearing a brown striped polo shirt, blue jeans and brown trainers.

Female student assaulted in York

CCTV of man police want to speak to about assault on York student Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police investigating a late-night assault on a female student in York have released the image of a man they believe may be able to help them with their enquiries.

The victim, a 21-year-old woman, who is an archaeology student at the University of York, was assaulted in the Lawrence Street area of the city in the early hours of Monday 16 June 2014.

She was not seriously hurt but was treated at York Hospital before being discharged.

Public urged to look out for wanted man

Aaron Bennett Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Scarborough police are appealing for the public to report any sightings of a wanted man.

Aaron Bennett, 25, is wanted on suspicion of burglary and officers believe he is currently in the Scarborough area.

Police have been conducting checks at a number of addresses in the town in an effort to locate Bennett, who is aware that he is wanted.

Members of the public are being urged to remain vigilant and contact the police or Crimestoppers if they see him.

Bennett is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, with a heavy build, blue eyes and fair hair.

Police issue pictures of stolen property after Harrogate aggravated burglary

Stolen Rolex Daytona watch Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in Harrogate have issued images and details of the stolen property.

It occurred on Sunday evening, May 11 at a house on Fulwith Mill Lane, when three men entered the property before assaulting the owners and stealing high value items.

The 52-year-old man who lives at the property had placed a recycling bin at the front gate when he was grabbed by one of the men as the other two entered the house where they physically assaulted his 54-year-old wife.

After the burglary the men left in a small car, possibly a Volkswagen Golf.

The first suspect is described as being a white man around 5ft 9in to 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build. He spoke with a Leeds accent. He was wearing a dark grey hoody and tracksuit bottoms.

The second man is also white, aged in twenties, approximately 5ft 7in tall and had a stocky build and spoke with a very broad Leeds accent. He was also wearing a dark grey hooded top and covered his face with a black scarf.

The third suspect is possibly of mixed race and around 6ft 2in to 6ft 4in tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a grey hooded top and light coloured tracksuit bottoms and covered his face with a black scarf.

The burglars stole a Cartier Tank ladies wristwatch made of white gold with a diamond bezel and diamond set band, a ladies Rolex Datejust stainless steel with a white shell face and diamonds on the numerals,

Stolen ladies Rolex Datejust watch Credit: North Yorkshire Police

They also stole a yellow gold Rolex Dayonta white face, a Tennis bracelet with diamonds and white gold and a pair of white gold diamond ½” loopy earrings, with diamonds around the side of the earring.

Stolen diamond bracelet Credit: North Yorkshire Police

They also took a square cut 1.5 carat diamond solitaire engagement ring made from white gold, a white gold diamond ring centre stone with diamonds on shoulder, an iPhone 4S and an iPhone 5S.

A Louis Vuiton clutch style handbag in light and medium brown, a Louis Vuiton purse in light brown and tan colour, a Louis Vuiton bi-fold leather wallet with TPA in silver on the outside were also taken.

DC Vincent Formosa, said: “This was a nasty incident which left the owners feeling traumatised by the experience.

“As the jewellery which was stolen is highly distinctive I am sure that anyone who has been offered it will recognise it immediately and I urge them to contact the police.

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who can identify the men responsible and ask them to get in touch straight away.”

Anyone who can assist officers with this investigation should contact Harrogate CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Vincent Formosa. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [vincent.formosa@

northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk](mailto:vincent.formosa@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk).

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140075292.

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