Officers and volunteers from North Yorkshire Police will join forces with the Westway Open Arms charity to keep older Eastfield and Filey residents safe this Christmas, as part of an initiative to protect vulnerable people over the festive season.

Older residents will be offered crime prevention and welfare advice, while younger residents will be encouraged to keep an eye out for their older and more vulnerable neighbours.

Inspector Andy Short, of Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“The festive season can be a difficult time of year for some people, particularly older residents who may have little or no family support. The change of weather can mean those with limited mobility can suffer even more, which can make them even more vulnerable.

Inspector Andy Short

The Reverend Sam Foster, leader of Westway Open Arms, said:

It’s such a privilege to work with North Yorkshire Police and other agencies to reach the elderly, vulnerable individuals and families. Christmas is a great opportunity to work together in our community to give hope, support and to remind people that they’re not forgotten about.”

Sam Foster, leader of Westway Open Arms

The Operation Cracker teams will be out and about in the Eastfield area on Tuesday 27 November and 4, 13 and 15 December. All teams will carry ID and will be accompanied by uniformed police officers.

Partner agencies and organisations supporting the initiative include:

  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

  • Eastfield Town Council

  • 95 Alive

  • NatWest

  • Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource

  • YMCA

  • Beyond Housing.