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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.”


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@](

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


Crackdown continues on North Yorks drink & drug driving

Breathalysing Credit: ITV Yorkshire

53 people have now been arrested , with 24 due in court, since this summer's campaign against drink and drug driving in North Yorkshire was launched last week.

The campaign’s focus for this year is aimed at younger drivers and raising awareness of the dangers of driving the morning after a night out.

The campaign coincides with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when large numbers of people are expected to visit pubs to watch the games. Anyone expecting to have a drink late at night should not only make sure they have plans to get home safely, but also ensure they are safe to drive the following morning.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of the Force’s Roads Policing Group, who is leading this year’s campaign said: “Anyone who is considering taking the risk of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs needs to know that we have officers on patrols across the county ready to catch them.

“We have a number of court dates set so that we can bring offenders to justice at the earliest opportunity.”

North Yorkshire victims handed greater power to challenge offenders

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

Victims of crime across North Yorkshire will soon have the chance to challenge their perpetrators on their actions, as part of a new programme that has been shown to help victims and reduce reoffending.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, has announced a £270k contract to provide restorative justice services across the county over an 18-month period and is now inviting local and national organisations to bid to provide the service.

Under the new scheme, victims and offenders would be able to tell the offender about the harm they have caused and they can agree appropriate steps to repair the damage done, such as carrying out unpaid work in the community of being referred for treatment for a substance addiction.

Julia Mulligan said: “Restorative justice is a little understood concept for many people, but in a recent survey I have conducted, 85% of those asked said that they agreed that convicted criminals should be made to explain their actions to their victims at the victim’s request.

"This right to challenge lies at the very heart of restorative justice and has been trialled with great success elsewhere in the country. Until now, the approach in North Yorkshire has been encouraging, but patchy.

“This new money from the Ministry of Justice means we can now have a more comprehensive service across the whole county.

“Restorative justice will give victims the chance to tell offenders about the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and receive a personal apology.

"Meeting and challenging the person who committed a crime against them can help recovery and help people to feel safe again. Indeed, when victims choose to meet the offender face to face, up to 85% say they are satisfied with the outcome.

“As well as being effective in reducing reoffending, restorative justice also helps offenders understand the real impact of their actions, take responsibility for them and make amends.”

Tonight Julia Mulligan will be hosting a webchat between 7 and 8pm on the topic of supporting victims of crime**.

Interested organisations have until 12pm on 9 July to submit a bid. Further information is available on the victims section of the Police and Crime Commissioner's website

Appeal after car damaged by object thrown from bridge

York police are appealing for witnesses after an object was dropped from a bridge damaging a car in the city.

The incident occurred around 8.25pm on Friday. May 30. as a silver Ford Fiesta passed under Naburn Bridge, York Road, when a brick or stone was dropped from the bridge. As a result, the mounting and mirror of the driver’s side wing mirror was shattered.

Thankfully the woman driving the car was not injured as a result of this utterly reckless act of mindless stupidity. However she was naturally left very shaken by the experience.

“The person responsible demonstrated a complete disregard safety of the car’s occupants. Had the stone hit the windscreen the consequences could have been far more serious.”

– PC Peter Taylforth, North Yorkshire Police

Anyone who can assist with this investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 select option 2 and ask for Peter Taylforth. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [peter.taylforth@](

Chief Constable to host webchat

North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones Credit: ITV Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable Dave Jones is hosting a live webchat today to give residents the opportunity to ask any questions about crime and anti-social behaviour in their communities.

Mr Jones will be online between 5pm and 6pm this evening.

He would like to discuss people's experiences with North Yorkshire Police and to hear suggestions about how the policing service in the county can be further improved.

"This will my fourth webchat of 2014. I have found that they are a valuable way of receiving feedback from residents, helping me to understand the issues which are important to them so that we can improve the service we offer," said Mr Jones.

"I look forward to answering as many of your questions as possible between 5pm and 6pm so please try and join me online."

To join the latest webchat visit [


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