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Businesses in Thirsk and Easingwold offered free crime reduction advice

Businesses in Thirsk and Easingwold are being offered free, expert crime reduction advice.

According to a 2010 survey by the Federation of Small Businesses, 20% of all crime nationally is against businesses, with the average annual cost of crime against Yorkshire and Humberside businesses reaching more than £25,000.

Police in Thirsk and Easingwold are now offering security advice to the area’s small to medium sized businesses.

Specially trained Police Community Support Officers will conduct a business security survey and provide a vulnerability report - with recommendations as to how threats can be reduced.

Police are offering businesses free advice

“North Yorkshire is a very safe place to live and work, but crime can have a serious effect on businesses in our area. Not only does it have a significant financial impact, it is a major quality of life issue – it threatens jobs, puts employee personal safety at risk and reduces business confidence.

“Implementing sound crime prevention and reduction measures makes good business sense, and we can help SMEs in the fight against business crime.”

– PCSO Lucy Walker, of Thirsk and Easingwold Police

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81-year-old man murdered at Thirsk care home named

The 81-year-old victim in the Sowerby House care home murder has been named as David Paterson who was resident at the home.

The woman accused of his murder, Heather Pauline Davidson, 53, of Sowerby, Thirsk, appeared at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court today (13 February 2015) and was remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday 17 February 2015.

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Police: murder suspect 'known' to victim

North Yorkshire police now say the woman arrested on suspicion of murder at a care home in Thirsk was an 'associate' of the elderly victim.

Police were called to the home at around 3.20pm yesterday after the man's body was found in his room. They say early indications are that his injuries were 'non-accidental'. The man was in his 80s but his name has not yet been released. The home remains open.

We ask that consideration is given to the residents and the families connected to the care home at this time. The home has not been closed, however, there are areas within the home which are still being examined. Specially trained police Family Liaison Officers have been deployed to support the deceased’s family.

– Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn

Murder investigation launched after care home death

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead in a care home. The man was in his 80s and was a resident at Sowerby House care home in Thirsk.

Officers were called at around 3.20pm on February 11, after the man was found dead in his room. They suspect the injuries suffered by the man are not accidental.

“We ask that consideration is given to the residents and the families connected to the care home at this time. The home has not been closed, however, there are areas within the home which are still being examined.

“Specially trained police Family Liaison Officers have been deployed to support the deceased’s family.”

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn

A woman in her 50s from Thirsk, who has no known connection to the care home, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police say 'the woman is an associate of the deceased' and as part of the investigation, detectives are working to establish the extent of their relationship.

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Driver escapes as prison van bursts into flames

The prison van bursts into flames on the A19 in North Yorkshire Credit: North News and Pictures

The driver of a prison van managed to escape just before his vehicle burst into flames as it travelled along a main road in North Yorkshire.

It started when a tyre caught fire just after noon on Monday, 11th August, as the van was travelling northbound on the A19 between Thirsk and Easingwold. The van was not carrying any prisoners at the time.

Large fire at Thirsk recycling plant under control

A fire at a recycling plant in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, is under control but the fire service said it could be tomorrow before the flames are fully out. Thick smoke went up over the town and a stretch of the A19, after the fire broke out. It is the second fire in three years at the plant.

Gregg Easteal explains what happened.

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