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Arrests following Harrogate flat fire

Detectives investing a suspicious fire in Harrogate have arrested two men in connection with the incident.

It happened early this morning (Sunday 24th August) at a flat on Scargill Road.

A 19 year old woman and a man aged 24 were helped from the property by fire fighters. The man was treated in hospital for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Two men, aged 33 and 26 who are both from Harrogate, have been arrested and remain in police custody.

North Yorkshire Police comment on fitness results

North Yorkshire Police have commented on their low national fitness test results:

The actual pass rate for North Yorkshire Police officers who have taken the fitness test is 94.6%. 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.

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

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North Yorkshire Police gets lowest score in national fitness tests

North Yorkshire Police has scored the lowest pass rate in recent fitness tests carried out across the country.
The tests will become compulsory on 1st September, following recommendations by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor. Credit: PA

North Yorkshire Police has scored the lowest pass rate in recent fitness tests carried out across the country.

The pass rate for the North Yorkshire force was 83.8%. Nationally, the average pass rate was 98%.

The figures, published today, relate to tests carried out between March and May 2014. 32 police forces, out of the 43 in England and Wales, took part.

13,000 tests were carried out across the country. In North Yorkshire, only 72 tests were recorded, so the low pass rate relates to a small sample of examinations. The tests involve a 15-metre shuttle run or ‘bleep test’.

They will become compulsory on 1st September, following recommendations by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

Driver critical after car drops 150ft down bank

A woman and two children are in hospital after their car dropped 150ft down an embankment in North Yorkshire.

The 57-year-old woman from Coventry is in a critical condition after the accident at around 4:50pm yesterday on the A169 at Saltergate Bank near Pickering.

She was driving a silver Renault Modus car and travelling towards Whitby.

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

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Police headquarters move cancelled - but "not just for the money"

North Yorkshire Police has backed its commissioner's decision to cancel moving their headquarters.

The move from Newby Wiske to South Kilvington was originally billed as saving the force money - but the commissioner now claims stopping the move will in fact save up to £10 million.

“I understand and support the Commissioner’s decision to draw a close to the Northern Base project, to pursue other options.

“This is a difficult time financially for all public services, so if there is an opportunity for us to secure the right facilities - at a lower price tag - by doing things differently, then we must grasp it with both hands.

“North Yorkshire Police has been recognised by HMIC for its prudent approach to meeting financial challenges, but this decision not to pursue a Northern Base is not just about the money. It is part of looking at what we do and how we do it, for the sake of our communities.

“I am confident that North Yorkshire Police is on track to get the facilities it needs to serve the public in the best possible way.”

– Dave Jones, Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police

Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan says it was a "tough decision", and that a new opportunity to work with police in Cleveland had changed her mind.

"I am committed to making sure that North Yorkshire Police has the facilities it needs to serve our communities now and in the future – and that commitment has not changed.

“However, I also want to ensure that the North Yorkshire tax-payer gets the very best value for money, and with new options now available, I am no longer convinced that a new-build facility is able to offer that.

“Closing the Northern Base project was a tough decision to make, because a lot of effort has gone into the preparatory work, but it is the right thing to do.

"The new information we have about custody demand, and the possibilities offered through a partnership opportunity with Cleveland, give us scope to explore different accommodation solutions.

"And if that can save us around up to £10m, and cushion North Yorkshire Police from some of the tough economic challenges ahead, then we must take that opportunity.

“I believe working in partnership with Cleveland Police will have great potential to deliver real benefits to the people of North Yorkshire - including new ways of working to tackle cross-border crime, which is a real issue for many of our communities. I am looking forward to working with the PCC in Cleveland to take this forward.”

– Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

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North Yorkshire Police HQ move called off

Controversial plans to move the North Yorkshire Police headquarters have been called off.

Julia Mulligan, the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, had announced the site at Newby Wiske would move to South Kilvington.

Councillors in Thirsk condemned the move, claiming the building would be more suited to an "American city" than a town with a population of 220.

They were also concerned about traffic and the release of detainees.

The site at Newby Wiske will stay

The Commissioner had said the move would save money.

Police seek witnesses to Malton shop theft

Police are appealing for information after a shop was robbed in Malton.

The alleged incident occured at Wallis Business Service in Yorkersgate on Thursday 29 May.

PC Jane Jones, from North Yorkshire Police, said:

If you were in Yorkersgate area at the time of the theft and noticed anyone acting suspiciously I urge you to contact the police straight away.

I am particularly keen to speak to anyone else working in local businesses, who may have been visited by this group and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.

– PC Jane Jones, of Malton Safer Neighbourhood Team

Two men arrested in relation to Thirsk nut allergy death

Police investigating the sudden death of a 38-year-old man who died as the result of an allergic reaction to nuts have arrested two men in connection with the incident.

The men, aged 38 and 51, were arrested on April 8 and have been released on police bail.

Paul Wilson was found unresponsive in the living quarters of the Oak Tree, in Helperby, near Thirsk, at around 11.40pm on January 30. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Officers are working with Trading Standards to establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Wilson's death.

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