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Woman knocked to ground in attempted robbery

E-fit of suspect in attempted robbery. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to trace after a woman was knocked to the ground in an attempted robbery in North Yorkshire.

The victim, who was 41, was walking her dog in Thirsk when a man approached her and knocked her over, demanding she handed over her phone.

When she told him she didn't have one, he fled towards the A19 flyover.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Teenager assaulted outside York school

A 15 year old girl has been assaulted as she left Joseph Rowntree School in York. The teenager was approached by a man as she left the school grounds alone at around 4pm, Friday 28 November.

The girl fought back and bit the man on his hand. When she told him to leave her alone he walked away in the direction of Haxby Road and did not speak to her.

The girl was physically unhurt but very shaken and was seen by a paramedic at the school as a precaution.

The man is described as white, aged in his mid to late twenties, of thin build with dark circles under his eyes. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with yellow writing on the front with the hood pulled up, dark coloured trousers with white stripes up to the knees and dirty white trainers. It is likely that he will have a cut to his hand where he was bitten.

North Yorkshire Police has praised the victim's bravery.

Extra police patrols are in the area and officers are asking pupils, parents and local people to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activity.


Police support anti-terrorism campaign

Police forces across the region have offered their support to a national campaign tackling terrorism in the UK.

Targeted police operations are taking place across the North East and North Yorkshire in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help fund or support terrorism.

It coincides with the launch of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from November 24 - 30.

Police experiencing 101 number problems

Police forces across the region have announced they are currently experiencing problems with the 101 non-emergency telephone system.

While this number is not available people are asked to use the following contact details for non-urgent calls to the police:

  • Cleveland Police - 01642 326 326
  • Durham Police - 0345 6060 365
  • Northumbria Police - 01661 872 555
  • North Yorkshire Police - email

The emergency 999 number is not affected.

North Yorks police warn non-emergency 101 line not working

North Yorkshire Police is one of at least nine other forces that is warning the public that their 101 number is down.

The service issued the warning via twitter earlier today.

One force has said that the fault lay with "some kit in Birmingham" which is "being worked on".

The emergency number 999 however is still in use.


North Yorks police appeal for owner of lost sheep

The sheep was found near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in Ripon are asking the owner of a lost sheep which was found wandering near the city to get in touch. The Suffolk tup was found in a garden of a house next to the A61a week ago on Monday. The animal, which is believed to be around 18 months old, has a tag in its right ear and a marking in its left ear. It is now being looked after by a local arable farmer. PC Gareth Jones, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"There are no sheep farms in the local area and so it is possible that the tup has escaped from a passing vehicle. If you have any information which could to reunite the sheep with its owner please get in touch with the police as soon as possible.”

– PC Gareth Jones, North Yorkshire Police

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

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.

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