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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.


Police continue to investigate York murder

Police remain at the scene of a property in York as they continue to investigate the murder of a man who died from stab wounds.

The victim was found with multiple stab wounds at an address on Hamilton Drive in the Acomb area on Monday 27 July. He later died in hospital. Officers are working to establish his identity.

Detectives from North Yorkshire Police are carrying out extensive enquiries to determine the events that led to the man's murder.

A 19-year-old man who was arrested at the scene and sustained a self-inflicted injury during the incident, remains in hospital for treatment. After being discharged from hospital, he will be taken into police custody for questioning.

A 29-year-old man who was injured during the incident, and later discharged from hospital in the early hours of the morning, was not involved in the initial disturbance and was a passer-by who came to the assistance those involved.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Hamilton Drive, Acomb last night, and saw or heard the disturbance to contact them.


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Police apologise to alleged victims of Jimmy Savile and former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli

North Yorkshire Police have apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile and one of his friends after concluding officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the two men when they were still alive.

Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli Credit: Calendar

North Yorkshire Police made the apology after an investigation into the activities of Savile and the former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli. The report says there would have been enough evidence to consider prosecuting them.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

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Savile victims were 'routinely ignored' by police and others

Lawyers representing 169 of Jimmy Savile's alleged victims have said complaints against the late TV presenter were "routinely ignored" amid his "systematic reign of abuse".

They welcomed an apology from North Yorkshire Police over the force's handling of complaints against the late TV presenter - but urged the government to learn from the past.

The victims will take some comfort from the apology.

Savile's victims were routinely ignored when they reported the abuse and countless opportunities to investigate him were missed, not just by police but also in other organisations he was involved with.

Hopefully, we are learning the lessons of the past and no one will ever get away with the systematic reign of abuse Savile did.

– Jessica Standley, Slater & Gordon
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