North Yorkshire Police officers and staff have donated hundreds of presents to victims of abuse and families in need this Christmas.
The gifts have been collected at police stations around the county and will be distributed to refuges and charities across North Yorkshire and the City of York over the Christmas period .
The Christmas collection is organised by staff from North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit.
Detective Constable Lee Featherstone who organised the collection, said: “‘I have worked in communities and with vulnerable people for over 20 years and it’s very sad to see people suffer through no fault of their own and who have no control over their situation, particularly at this time of year.
“The festive season can be especially difficult for children and adults who have been affected by crime and they can often find themselves in desperate situations. In many cases, victims are forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind. We hope the gifts go some way to make the festive season a little better for people in these situations.
“This year we have seen a unprecedented amount of gifts donated and it’s very heartening to see such a reaction from our staff. I thank them for their wonderful generosity. By taking the time to get involved they will have helped to put a smile on the face of someone this Christmas and helped to make life a little easier for people going through a distressing or worrying time.”
A total of around 500 gifts have been collected across the force area and are destined for domestic abuse refuges and various charities across North Yorkshire.
Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.
A woman was walking her dog near the Oaks in Dalton when two men in a blue van pulled up.
The passenger got out of the van and told the woman to give them her dog. The man then tried to grab the dog which slipped its lead and ran off.
The woman kicked the man and sustained a cut to her wrist as the he tried to get hold of the dog’s lead. The dog was found safe in a field nearby and has been reunited with its owner.
The van is described as blue, about the size of a post office van with very dirty rear doors and muddy wheels.
The man who spoke to the woman and shown in the e-fit is described as aged in his mid 30s and spoke with an Eastern European accent. He was wearing muddy lace-up boots, blue jeans and a blue parker style coat with fur around the hood. The driver of the van had dark hair and a dark complexion.
Following the incident, the van drove off towards the Jolly Farmer pub.
Anyone who can identify the man is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.
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.**