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North Yorkshire crime rate falls

New crime stats show that crime in North Yorkshire and the City of York dropped by 2.2 per cent, meaning the county has the lowest crime rate in England.

Crime rates down in North Yorkshire

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“These figures will be welcome news for North Yorkshire residents, and I thank all the officers and staff at North Yorkshire Police for their hard work and dedication.

“I will continue to work with the Chief Constable to ensure we have robust plans in place to continue to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our county. This will go hand in hand with a greater focus on the needs of victims.

“Maintaining North Yorkshire’s status as the safest county in England will be tough, especially being surrounded by seven counties with higher crime rates than ours.

"I am confident though that the Chief Constable has put solid plans in place to fight crime and anti-social behaviour, and we will continue to work together with our partners to prioritise the most vulnerable in our society.”

Attempted murder arrest near Whitby

A 31-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed outside a pub near Whitby. It follows an altercation outside the Hare and Hounds pub in Hawsker, near Whitby at around 10pm on Sunday 20 April.

North Yorkshire Police say a 30-year-old man from Derbyshire is in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough. He has had surgery for stab wounds to his body. An area outside the pub was cordoned off for a forensic examination. Police are appealing for witnesses.


Police uniform stolen in Ripon

Police are waning people to be vigilant as a police uniform has been stolen in Ripon.

Police uniform stolen Credit: Press Association

Police are advising people to ensure they check the identity of police officers calling at their home following the theft of a car containing a police staff uniform and identity card

The Ford Mondeo was stolen from West Tanfield, Ripon, at 3pm on April 14.

The car is grey and has the registration number YC09PZT.

It is not believed that the car was deliberately targeted and this was an opportunistic theft.

When a police officer produces their identity card it will state "Police Warrant", unlike the one which has been stolen which has the wording "Police Staff" in red.

New pup on the beat

A puppy who was donated to North Yorkshire Police in memory of York officer, PC Keith Pattison, is now a fully qualified crime-fighter.

Patto the pup in February 2014

Police Dog (PD) Patto, a German shepherd, was gifted to the Dog Section at the age of eight weeks. Now, 14 months on, he has qualified to work as a general purpose police dog, trained to sniff out suspects, find missing people and help keep the communities of North Yorkshire safe.

Patto with his handler PC Chris Walker

PC Keith Pattison died unexpectedly in January 2013 while a serving police officer with North Yorkshire Police. His family chose to donate a puppy as a way to remember him and ensure his name lived on in the police service.

PD Patto met up with members of Keith’s family including his daughter Katie and two-year-old grandson Finley, shortly after he passed his exams.

PC Pattison’s daughter Katie Pattison, Grandson Finley and Sergeant Simon Whitby

Sergeant Simon Whitby of North Yorkshire Police’s Dog Section, said: ”PD Patto is now a fully licensed police dog helping to keep North Yorkshire safe. He has the perfect temperament for a police dog and passed his exams with flying colours.

“I would like to reiterate our thanks to Keith’s family for gifting PD Patto to us. He is a fitting tribute to a valued and much missed colleague.”

Police refer their handling of Savile claims to watchdog

Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli Credit: ITV News Calendar

North Yorkshire Police and the region's Crime Commissioner have made a voluntary referral to the police watchdog over of its handling of historical child sex abuse allegations.

It relates to how they responded to a claim received over a decade ago about Jimmy Savile and about several allegations made recently about Savile’s friend, Scarborough resident Peter Jaconelli, who died in 1999.

The referral also relates to whether any information held on record about Savile or his known associates was properly disclosed to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary when it, and other police forces in England and Wales, were asked to do so.

The Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police said: “It is imperative that the public, especially victims, have confidence in the police, and that we are trusted to record and investigate all allegations of crime that we receive.”

The force went on to say that due to the nature of the evidence from a number of witnesses that, if he were alive today, Peter Jaconelli would have been interviewed under caution and a file of evidence would have been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

20 people contact police over Claudia Lawrence

Police say 10 people have called the incident room about the BBC Crimewatch programme which was shown last night.

Claudia Lawrence

A further 10 people rang during the week in the buildup to the programme.

A series of new appeals for information were featured on the programme, including efforts to identify two vehicles and two men seen near Claudia’s home on Heworth Road, York, at around the time she disappeared in March 2009.

Members of the public have also been urged to go to North Yorkshire Police’s new microsite dedicated to the Claudia Lawrence investigation which went live at 9.30pm on Wednesday.

The Claudia microsite has been viewed 6,602 times so far and this is expected to increase over the coming days and weeks.

In addition, the appeal on the North Yorkshire Police Facebook page has been seen by 9,272 people and counting.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction. This information can be passed on anonymously.


Fresh appeal launched for information on Claudia

Five years after Claudia Lawrence disappeared North Yorkshire Police say they still don't know what happened to her - but they do have what they hope are important new leads in the case.

They now believe she went missing as she walked to work on the day after she was last seen.

They already have new fingerprints found at her home and the DNA sample of a man to eliminate, but what they don't have is a prime suspect for what they believe is a murder.

Tonight they have launched a fresh appeal for information, as Chris Kiddey reports:

New DNA in Claudia case

Police investigating the disappearance of York chef Claudia Lawrence say new forensic examinations at her home have uncovered the fingerprints of people who still haven't come forward.

The major crime unit at North Yorkshire police have announced a series of new lines of inquiry - five years since Claudia went missing.Officers now believe the 35-year-old DID leave her home on the morning of March 19th but as we know didn't arrive at work.

They've also found the DNA profile of an unknown man on a cigarette butt in her car and have appealed for that person to come forward.

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