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More speed camera vans for North Yorkshire

Rural speeding will be tackled with the help of 6 new camera vans for North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, has announced an increase in safety camera vehicles in the region.

Six more vans will be used in rural areas around the county.

They will carry Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

The decision, according to the force, is designed to:

• Tackle rural and cross-border crime

• Improve road safety, particularly as rural roads are less safe than their urban counterparts

• Address concerns expressed by rural communities and others for an agile service that can be based at more sites of community concern

• Increase the visibility of the police in the community as a deterrent

• Bring North Yorkshire’s road safety equipment provision into line with other similar Forces

“The issue most often raised with me is road safety, particularly speeding through villages and other local communities.

These new vehicles will mean we can better improve road safety, continue to see the numbers of people hurt or killed reduce and support even more communities who have road safety concerns."

– Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan

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Serious assault at Harrogate Viper Rooms

Police are appealing for information following a serious assault on a man in The Viper Rooms in Harrogate.

A 21-year-old man was standing at the bar in the upstairs area of the club when he was punched in the face by another man.

He received a serious eye injury requiring 'significant' surgery.

It happened sometime between 12.30am and 1am on Sunday (20 March)

Anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the police.

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North Yorkshire Police responds to claims of lack of diversity

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has responded to claims by the Home Secretary Theresa May that no black officers employed by the force.

Speaking to the National Black Police Association, the Home Secretary outlined figures showing that police forces nationwide are still largely dominated by white men.

She said, "if police forces do not truly represent the people they serve, if they're not made up of men and women from all backgrounds, if they do not properly reflect the communities where local officers police, then we cannot truly say the police are the public and the public are the police."

Theresa May addressed the National Black Police Association on Thursday morning Credit: PA

"This is simply not good enough...This is not just about recruitment but about giving police officers from under represented groups the same chances and opportunities to develop their skills and rise up the ranks."

– Home Secretary, Theresa May MP

North Yorkshire Police was one of four forces singled out by the Home Secretary for not employing any black officers.

PCC Julia Mulligan said increasing diversity within the workforce is a long term process.

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