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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.

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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.

Warning after police uniform stolen from car in Ripon

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

The grey Ford Mondeo with the registration number YC09 PZT was taken from West Tanfield in Ripon.

The identity card has the word 'Police Staff' in red, whereas when an authorised police officer visits a home, their card will say 'Police Warrant'.

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Body found in River Ouse in York

Megan Roberts disappeared on Thursday January 23 after a night out with friends. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have found a body in the River Ouse in York.

It is feared it could be missing student Megan Roberts.

The body was found in the River Ouse at Acaster Malbis near to the Ship Inn this afternoon.

A North Yorkshire police spokeswoman said: "Police received a call at 3.27pm on Sunday 2 March 2014 from a member of the public who was walking in the area.

"Formal identification has not yet been completed, therefore we cannot confirm the identity of the deceased at this stage.

"The family of Megan Roberts have been informed of the discovery."

Teenagers hurt in North Yorkshire road crash

Three teenagers have been seriously injured after a road crash near Leyburn in North Yorkshire.

It happened around 3.15pm on Thursday 27th February at the junction of Moor Road and the road to Redmire, close to the Bellerby MOD Ranges.

The crash involved a black Vauxhall Corsa, which contained three seventeen year old men, and a white Mini, drive by a woman in her mid 60s.

The three teenagers are all suffering life threatening injuries. The woman was less seriously hurt.

Soldiers from Catterick Garrison were on exercise at the ranges. They heard the crash and provided first aid before the arrival of the emergency services.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Tributes paid to motorcycle crash victim

Simon Parsons, 25, from Harrogate died on Sunday. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The family of a motorcyclist who died in a crash near Harrogate have paid tribute to him, describing him as a 'well-loved and extremely popular young man.'

Simon Parsons, 25, who was from the town, died in hospital on Sunday February 9, after the crash at around 5pm.

Lynn and Keith Parsons, Simon’s mum and dad, spoke on behalf of the family.

They said: "The last few days have shown us that Simon, the eldest of our two sons, was a well-loved and extremely popular young man.

“He had achieved so much for us to be proud of in his short life, and will always be remembered and forever in our hearts."

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