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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.

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'.


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."

Police fitness figures broken down

Police in 27 force areas have provided information on how many officers have taken fitness tests and how many have failed. Here are the North East results - Northumbria Police's statistics were unavailable.

  • CLEVELAND - 614 took the test, 18 failed, 16 were women
  • DURHAM - 216 took the test, 3 failed, all were women
  • NORTH YORKSHIRE - 1037 took the test, 28 failed, 21 were women

Sussex tested the most officers, with 1282 people taking the test. The most fails came from Suffolk, who had 58 fails from 829 people tested.

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