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"Fake police officer" warning after uniform stolen

Police in North Yorkshire are warning people to check the identity of officers calling at their home after a car containing a police staff uniform and identity card was stolen.

The Ford Mondeo was stolen from West Tanfield, Ripon, at 3pm today.

The car is grey and has the registration number YC09PZT.

It is not believed that the car was deliberately targeted.

The stolen identity card has the wording “Police Staff” - they normally say “Police Warrant”.

“I am advising people to ensure that they check the photograph thoroughly of any member of uniformed police staff or officers who call at their door to ensure they are genuine.

“Home owners should always ask to see the officer’s warrant card and ensure that the picture is that of the officer.

“If they are in any doubt about the officers identity they should ring the police on 101. A genuine police officer will not mind them doing this. If they refuse, do not let them in your house and call the police immediately on 999.”

– Supt Lisa Winward, North Yorkshire Police


Whitby GPs offer new skype appointments for patients

Patients in Whitby will now be able to have skype appointments with their GPs Credit: ITV Yorkshire

People living in Whitby will be now be able to Skype their GP. Surgeries in the town are taking part in a new Government trial, testing out longer opening hours as well as consultations over the phone and on video calls.

There are also plans to try and make the GPs more pro-active in looking after vulnerable people in the community.

Plans for the future of maternity and children's services at Friarage Hospital to be re-examined

Proposals for the future of maternity and paediatric services at Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are to be referred for a second time for consideration by the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

The NHS proposal to end consultant-led maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage has caused a great deal of controversy in many parts of North Yorkshire.

In a letter to the chairman of North Yorkshire County Council’s Scrutiny of Health Committee today, theSecretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, says he has agreed to a request by the committee that the proposals should be examined again.


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
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
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
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.”

Motor stolen from a boat in Whitby

Police are appealing for information after an outboard motor was stolen from a boat in Whitby.

The blue Mercury F3.5m motor was taken from an 18ft long cabin cruiser called Gemini, which was moored in Whitby Marina, sometime between the end of February and Saturday 5 April 2014.

The motor carries the serial number 0R383260 and is worth around £590.

Officers are appealing to anyone with information about the theft to contact them with information.

Scarborough police seek help in historical sexual abuse investigation

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for people in the Scarborough area to come forward with any information about the late Peter Jaconelli - a prominent local businessman and former Mayor of Scarborough - as part of an ongoing investigation into historic sexual abuse.

The request for information, be it from potential victims or those with knowledge relating to allegations about Mr Jaconelli, follows last week’s announcement by North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner that it has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Recent publicity has identified a number of people who say they were victims of Mr Jaconelli when they were younger.

North Yorkshire Police is keen to identify possible other victims and is also appealing for any information that could assist the inquiry.

A police spokesman said: “Anyone who believes they have been a victim of Peter Jaconelli, or has relevant information and who has not recently contacted North Yorkshire Police, are asked to do so as soon as possible.

“It is important that victims are able to access the specialist support services that are readily available, and that we gather all the evidence in respect of this matter."

River searches continue for young soldier

Tyler Pearson Credit: Calendar

Police divers will resume underwater searches today for a young soldier who attempted to swim across the River Ouse following a night out with friends. There's been no trace of 18 year old Tyler Pearson since he was seen in the water in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

Watch: Campaign to improve river safety

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