North Yorkshire Police

  1. More funding for firefighters, new commissioner pledges

    The new police, fire and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire says he wants to seek more money for the fire service in the county as one of his priorities.

    Philip Allott

    Speaking to BBC Look North, Philip Allott said new equipment was needed, including new uniforms for firefighters, and that was something he was wanting to address quickly.

    He said: "I am not going to shy away from talking to government to make sure we get the funding, because at the moment the funding formula from government discriminates against North Yorkshire.

    "We need to address that, but secondly, I will also be consulting in terms of a precept in North Yorkshire to increase to cover for more funding for the fire service."

    Mr Allott said he would work with the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police on "bigger ticket" issues.

  2. New North Yorkshire crime commissioner announced

    Conservative candidate Philip Allott is to be North Yorkshire's next Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, it's been announced.

    Philip Allott

    Mr Allott, of Knaresborough, secured 83,737 of the first and second preference votes in Thursday's election.

    Labour candidate Alison Hume won a total of 53,442 votes, putting her in second place.

  3. 'Onwards': Failed North Yorks PFCC candidate bows out

    The Independent candidate for the role of North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has thanked people for their support after failing to gain enough votes to continue the race.

    KEITH TORDOFF

    Keith Tordoff received 22,338 votes, placing him third in the contest to be the region's next police boss.

    Labour's Alison Hume and the Conservatives' Philip Allot went on to the second preference votes after no candidate achieved over 50% of votes on first preference.

    Mr Tordoff said: "Thank you to everyone who voted and supported me in my campaign as Independent candidate in the election. I leave the process. Onwards and Upwards."

  4. North Yorks police boss vote onto second preferences

    This is the latest from the counting floor in North Yorkshire for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

    Police officers

    We’re going to second preference votes in after no candidate achieved over 50% of votes on first preference.

    The results were:

    • Philip Allot (Conservative) 73,656
    • James Barker (Liberal Democrats) 19,773
    • Alison Hume (Labour) 40,803
    • Keith Tordoff (Independent) 22,338

    The top two candidates, Philip Allott and Alison Hume, go through to second preference votes.

  5. Crime commissioner turnout is up

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    Overall turnout announced for Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections in North Yorkshire is up.

    This year's election has received 160,025 verified votes means turnout of 25.47%.

    By comparison, the last election in 2016 had a turnout of 22.47%

    And counting is now under way ahead of an expected result later this afternoon.

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  6. North Yorkshire awaits result of crime commissioner vote

    The result of the vote to elect a new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for North Yorkshire is expected to be announced this afternoon.

    Police marching

    It follows yesterday's elections which were meant to take place last year, but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    A PFCC is not a serving member of the local force but they are voted for, by the public, to hold the police forces and, in some cases, fire services to account.

    The current commissioner, Julia Mulligan, didn't stand for re-election after failing to be selected as the Tory candidate.

    Julia Mulligan

    Ms Mulligan (pictured), said she had always done what was "right for the public", but had "ruffled feathers".

    The Conservative candidate for the role of PFCC in North Yorkshire is Philip Allott.

    Mr Allott, of Knaresborough, is the managing director of a PR and marketing agency.

    James Barker, a City of York councillor is standing for the Liberal Democrats.

    Labour's candidate is Alison Hume, a self-employed TV screenwriter and lecturer and Keith Tordoff, a former police officer, is standing as an independent candidate.

  7. Police warn of cold-callers asking to buy campervans

    Police in North Yorkshire have warned motorhome and campervan owners to be vigilant after reports of suspicious activity in which cold-callers knock on doors asking to buy the vehicles parked on people's drives.

    Campervan in the Lake District

    Incidents have happened in villages outside Selby, such as Barlby and Thorpe Willoughby, but also outside the area in Malton.

    Police said they are worried it could be linked to criminality.

    Insp Clive Turner said rogue traders often try to take advantage of householders by using high-pressure sales techniques or looking for opportunities to steal vehicles or property.

    “It’s clear that a group of people are deliberately visiting homes in North Yorkshire with campervans parked outside," Mr Turner said.

    "It’s extremely important that if you own one, you double-check your security measures."

    Patrols have been increased and police said owners should check their security measures, listed here.

  8. Police commander sees 'amazing effort' in lifting lockdown

    The man leading the police response in North Yorkshire to the Covid-19 pandemic says an "amazing effort" has meant step one of the government’s "roadmap" for lifting lockdown has gone well in the county.

    Police car on North Yorkshire border

    Supt Mike Walker's comments follow the release of figures showing a total of 14 Covid penalty fines have been issued in North Yorkshire since the easing of coronavirus restrictions on 29 March.

    Supt Walker said: "While the long bank holiday weekend was busy throughout the area, there was very little in way of police incidents or issues linked to Covid-19.

    "We only had to issue 11 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) during this period. All were for indoor gathering breaches, of which 10 occurred in Scarborough.

    "In total, since the easing of the lockdown on 29 March, 14 FPNs have been issued. No incidents of note have been flagged-up during the past week."

    Mr Walker said it is "pleasing the rightfully careful and cautious first step out of lockdown has gone well".

    He added: "As we move to step two of the road map on Monday 12 April, it's more important than ever to keep following the health protection measures.

    "Our message to everyone is to keep up this amazing effort."

  9. North Yorkshire Police warn 'stay home' this weekend

    People in North Yorkshire are being warned to stay at home this weekend ahead of coronavirus restrictions being eased on Monday.

    'Stay at home' sign

    The next relaxation of rules in England is on 29 March, with more restrictions to be lifted on 12 April and then every five weeks - as long as targets for beating coronavirus are met.

    From Monday:

    • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
    • The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
    • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
    • Weddings can take place, attended by up to six people
    'Don't come to Malham' sign

    But some people have already relaxed their behaviour meaning several tourist areas have recently become busier, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    Ch Insp Rachel Wood said: "People do have a tendency to jump ahead in the road map.

    "We've seen this already in the last two weekends, where people have reached 29 March before it's actually arrived and we're anticipating that will happen again and are planning accordingly.

    "So, we'll be seeing an increased police presence across the county.

    Supt Mike Walker added: “When it is safe to do so, we will welcome visitors to the county again.

    “My plea to everyone is to be extremely careful and to keep following the regulations until it is safe to resume a more normal way of living.

    "We have come too far and made too many sacrifices for this effort to be wasted now.”

  10. Warning stalkers using digital technology to track victims

    Stalkers are adapting their tactics and increasingly exploiting digital technology to keep track of their victims during coronavirus lockdowns, police have warned.

    Hand at keyboard

    Insp Clare Crossan (pictured below), from the North Yorkshire Police anti-stalking unit, said video doorbells and smart speakers were being exploited, and "perpetrators can be quite inventive with how they stalk their victims".

    She added: "It's not the image you might have of someone following you down the street. It's ascertaining where people are online, where they're checking into.

    "It's a very worrying trend, even things like our cars now have devices in which give away our GPS location."

    Insp Crossan

    Insp Crossan said people have to be "very mindful" of settings on digital devices and make sure we "give thought to what information about us is going out into the wider world."

    The Suzy Lamplugh Trust - set up to support victims of stalking following the 1986 disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh - said it had received nearly 20,000 calls in the past 12 months.

    It blamed a "substantial rise" in cyber-stalking for fueling the rise and people being unable to vary their routines due to restrictions on movement.

    The trust said calls to its National Stalking Helpline were up by almost 10% since March 2020.