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Police: We are "addressing" under-reporting problems

The Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Tim Madgwick, has said that he is "addressing" under-reporting problems.

He was reacting to a report claiming that many serious incidents, including sexual offences, are not being recorded as crimes by the police.

The North Yorkshire force was among 13 inspected across the country. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says their findings suggest that around a fifth of all crimes are not being recorded.


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North Yorkshire Police say issues highlighted in report have been addressed

North Yorkshire Police say issues raised in a new HMIC report have been dealt with.

North Yorkshire Police say issues highlighted in report have been addressed

In a statement the force said: "We are awaiting the detailed report that is specific to North Yorkshire Police. However, we have already acted upon the initial feedback to ensure we continue to improve on the services we provide.

"It is important to note that victims of crime have independently demonstrated, via The British Crime Survey, that North Yorkshire Police provide one of the highest standards of service in the country.

"The most recent report in 2014 has identified issues that have already been addressed and are subject to a National Crime Recording Standards Quality and Improvement Board chaired by the Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason.

"This board meets regularly to continually review current procedures and identify ways in which to improve standards.

"North Yorkshire Police operates a robust and ethical system of crime recording, which is subject to a high level of scrutiny to ensure it meets the standards set out by the Home Office."

Police appeal to find missing journalist

Police are increasingly concerned for the safety of a Northern Echo journalist who has gone missing.

43-year-old Neil Hunter from Hartlepool was last seen at around 5pm on Wednesday in Seaton Carew.

Mr Hunter is well known as a court reporter, and previously worked for the Hartlepool Mail.

He is described as: 5ft 10 inches tall, slim build, with dark cropped hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing dark baggy trousers and a dark T-shirt.

Cleveland Police say he may have been carrying a rucksack, wearing a puffa style jacket and possibly wearing glasses.

It is understood to be out of character for Mr Hunter to go missing.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call police on the non-emergency number 101.


Hundreds charged as part of police operation

Police have charged more than 350 people with shop thefts during the first month of a police crack down.

Northumbria Police launched operation Soundwave to tackle opportunist thieves.

During March, 359 people were charged with shoplifting across the force as part of the operation. 15 people were sent to court and a further 82 were given a caution.

"We're driving out thieves and there is nowhere for them to hide. During March we charged more than 350 people with offences and there will be no let up.

"The majority of those people we are dealing with are known shop thieves who have arrested before and we're doing everything we can to put them before the courts to be dealt with.

"We're working with retailers and their store security staff to prevent offences from taking place, ensuring messages about known offenders are communicated through Shopwatch schemes and using CCTV to prevent and detect offences."

– Superintendent Alan Veitch, Northumbria Police

Drugs and cash found in house raid

Police discovered suspected drugs and a large amount of cash while searching a house in Jesmond, Newcastle

Officers, together with a team from environmental health, went to an address to seize equipment as part of a noise abatement order.

When they arrived they discovered the money and drugs and a man,24, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled class-A drug with intent to supply.

Another man, 22, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled class B drug with intent to supply.

Both are students at Newcastle University, which has been informed and will follow its own disciplinary procedure.

In addition, a third man aged 27 was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled class A drug with intent to supply. All three have been bailed pending further enquiries.

"This should act as a warning to people that we work closely with our partners to take action against those suspected of being involved in drug use and supply.

"In particular, students should be aware that we share information with partner agencies, including the universities, and none of us will tolerate such behaviour. Criminal activity such as this could see them removed from education and ruin their bright future prospects, not to mention the health implications. It's just not worth it."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton

North East police access calls and emails 50 times a day

Police in our region are scrutinising people's emails and phone calls more than fifty times a day.

A report by the Information Commissioner revealed that forces in the North East and North Yorkshire tapped into communications data almost 20,000 times in 2013.

Detective Superintendent Lee Johnson, from Durham Police, told us the powers are needed to look for missing people and convict criminals.

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