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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 [


Police hunt for wanted man

North Yorkshire Police are searching for a man who is wanted for recall to prison as he has failed to comply with the terms of his release licence.

Thomas Metcalf is wanted for recall to prison

Thomas Metcalf, 25, was released from prison on April 23, 2014, having been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on July 19, 2013, for attempted burglary.

Metcalf is described as white, 6ft tall with a medium build and brown hair.

Although his whereabouts are not known it is believed that Metcalf is in the York area.

Detective Inspector Dave Kirby, of York CID, said:

"Thomas, by avoiding the police you are only making the inevitable outcome worse for yourself. We have an excellent history of catching wanted people and I know we will maintain this track record with you. I strongly urge you to hand yourself in before we find you."

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.

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