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Police fitness levels scrutinised in latest results

North Yorkshire Police have been found to have the highest fitness test failure rate in the country.

Police fitness levels under scrutiny

The College of Policing results show that the county's force had a failure rate of 16.2 per cent. Lancashire (6.4 per cent) and South Yorkshire (5.4 per cent) were second and third worst.

All officers are made to take a "bleep test" every year, incorporating a 15-meter run with less time in which to complete the distance as the trial progresses.

Humberside Police were one of just two forces which achieved a 100 per cent pass rate while Lincolnshire (99.5 per cent) and West Yorkshire (98 per cent) also scored highly.

North Yorkshire Police said in a statement that the latest results were a "small snapshot" of the force's results.

North Yorkshire Police

The actual pass rate for North Yorkshire Police officers who have taken the fitness test is 94.6 per cent. With1,153 officers passing the test out of 1,219 who have taken it so far. The results issued by the college today are taken from a small snapshot in time and include the results of only 74 tests. Fitness tests were introduced voluntarily in North Yorkshire ahead of the national recommendations coming into force in September 2014. Support, advice and encouragement will be provided to any officers who are struggling to reach the required fitness level. Health and fitness is important for everyone’s wellbeing, regardless of the their role and North Yorkshire Police encourages and supports all officers and staff who wish to improve their fitness.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy

Grimsby man charged after police helicopter "lasered"

A 40-year-old man from Grimsby has been charged after a laser beam was allegedly aimed at a police helicopter early on Thursday 7 August. Simon Pearson, of St Nicholas Drive in Grimsby has been charged under Article 222 of the Air Navigation Order which specifies that a person must not shine any light at any aircraft so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft. He has been bailed to appear at Grimsby & Cleethorpes Magistrates Court later this month.

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Humberside Police use tasers fifty per cent more than West Yorkshire force

Officers with Humberside Police and also neighbouring Lincolnshire have used tasers far more than most other forces throughout the country according to a new report.

The official police watchdog says Humberside Police used the stun guns 462 times over the last year - that's 50 per cent more than West Yorkshire Police which has almost three times as many officers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission says tasers are being fired more frequently year on year and complaints about their use is also rising.

Prisoner absconds from hospital

Police in South Yorkshire are searching for a prisoner who absconded while he was at hospital.

Police are searching for Gary Clark

Gary Clark, absconded from escorted leave from Cheswold Park Hospital in Cheswold Lane, Doncaster, on June 24.

The 48-year-old was on an accompanied visit into Doncaster town centre when he escaped from staff.

He was last seen heading towards North Bridge, in the town centre, on foot.

Detectives believe that Mr Clark, who is originally from the Leeds area, may be making his way out of the immediate area in an effort to contact friends or family.

He is described as around 5ft 9ins tall and of a medium build. He has a shaved head and, when he was last seen, he was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Police seek car vandal in Bridlington

Police are asking for information after a car was damaged by someone believed to have run over the top of it.

Damage to car

An extensive amount of damage has been caused to a blue Fiat Punto car whilst it was parked along St Wilfred Road in Bridlington last Sunday.

The owner had parked her car just around the corner from her house on St Wifred Road, and sometime on Sunday afternoon police believe someone may have run over the top of the car, causing the windscreen to shatter, damage to the windscreen wiper and a scratch to the bonnet.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house

Police are trying to find the owners of several pieces of jewellery found in a Rotherham house.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house

The jewellery, thought to be Asian gold, was recovered by police, who believe the items may have been stolen.

The discovery includes five long necklaces with pendants, three chains, a single pendant and ear rings.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and speak to PC2021 Mark Hallam, who is investigating.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house

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Man jailed for nine years after admitting sexual offences against a boy

A man from Bridlington has been jailed after admitting to a number of sexual offences against a boy.

North Yorkshire Police

Anthony Ronald Vowles, aged 31, of Midway Avenue, Bridlington, was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment at York Crown Court on Tuesday 27 May 2014, after pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual activity with a boy under the age of 13 and four counts of inciting sexual activity with a child.

All the offences were committed against the same boy, who was 12 at the time, between July 2013 and January 2014 in the Filey area.

Vowles was arrested in Bridlington in January 2014 after the victim told his parents about his ordeal.

Detective Constable Nigel Pepper, said:“Anthony Vowles preyed on an extremely vulnerable young boy and used him for his own sexual gratification on a number of occasions and may have continued doing so if the victim had not found the courage to come forward."

Officers fittest on Humberside

Humberside Police officers are among the fittest in the country after tests were carried out on forces across England.

Humberside Police among the country's fittest officers

Forty-three forces took part in fitness tests which will become mandatory later this year and Humberside were one of just two who boasted a 100% pass rate for both male and female officers.

On average one per-cent of male officers and eight per-cent of female officers failed the 15 metre bleep test.

Gwent, West Mercia/Warwickshire and the West Midlands were the country with pass rates of less than six per-cent.

The new fitness testing, which will become compulsory in September, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

He recommended officers take a bleep test annually, with participants having to complete a 15-metre shuttle run in shorter and shorter periods.

Mr Winsor also recommended that from 2018 the tests should be made harder, using challenges based on the type of things an officer might face on duty, but this is being considered by the College of Policing in case it negatively impacts on women.

Police say Barnsley man drowned

A post-mortem examination of the body of a man found in a Barnsley stream has provisionally concluded that he died from drowning.

The body was found in water close to Valley Road, Wombwell, at around 6pm on Monday.

Enquiries continue into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death but officers believe at this stage that the death is not suspicious.

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

Air Ambulance at the scene of North Yorkshire crash

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