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Warning as Selby area targeted by daytime burglars

North Yorkshire Police is warning residents across the Selby area to be extra vigilant and do everything they can to safeguard their property following a spate of burglaries across the district.

A high proportion of the crimes have been committed in daylight hours in villages across the Selby district as well as Selby itself.

The suspects have entered the properties by forcing ground floor windows open and once inside, have stolen mainly jewellery and cash.

Officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to locate the suspects, but want residents to make criminals’ lives as difficult as possible by taking crime prevention measures, keeping valuables out of view and in places where they are difficult to find.

They also want residents to extra vigilant and report any suspicious people or vehicles to the police.

Acting Detective Sergeant Warren Peters of Selby CID, said: “Many of the burglaries took place in daylight hours or early evening and it’s possible that someone may have seen the suspects without realising what they were up to. We urge anyone to contact us with any information which they think could help our investigation.

“Please keep an eye our for any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and do not hesitate to call the police. Don’t worry if you think the information is trivial as even the smallest piece of information could be extremely valuable in preventing and detecting crime.”

The burglaries have taken place in Selby, Eggborough, Osgodby, South Milford, Monk Fryston, Brayton, Hemingborough and Thorpe Willoughby over the past week.

To pass information about suspicious activity in your area, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the control room.

If you see a crime in progress or in an emergency always call 999.

North Yorkshire Police is working with partners including the crime reduction charity, Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC). Residents of North Yorkshire and the City of York can request a free, no obligation security assessment of their home from the charity.

CASAC is a non-profit social enterprise that works with community safety partnerships and is dedicated to reducing crime. Over 75,000 properties have been made secure by CASAC with less than 0.01% of these properties being victims of repeat burglary, where access has been gained through security products fitted by CASAC.

To book an assessment call 0845 519 2122 or visit www.casac.org.uk

Crime prevention advice
Please ensure your home is never left in total darkness during the evening by using a light timer switch. A home left in darkness is an obvious sign that no-one is in. A timer fitted to a radio will add. This will make your home appear less of a target for burglars who are on the lookout for empty houses.

Even when you are in your home, ensure your doors are locked and windows secured and do not leave high value items like computers, ipads, mobile phones and desirable Christmas presents where everyone can see them through windows and doors.

Vehicle security is also important at home and when out and about, keep valuables including shopping, handbags, sat-navs, mobile phones etc, locked away in the boot and out of view of potential thieves.

When you arrive back home, please ensure your vehicle keys are hidden from view in a safe place and not obvious to any trespasser in your property who could then steal your vehicle.

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Armed police have ‘shot taxi’ passenger suspected of having handgun

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Armed Police have shot taxi passenger suspected of having handgun, the armed officers shot the man after he refused to get out of the taxi at gunpoint.

Armed officers repeatedly shouted at the man to get out of the taxi, after it was reported he had a handgun.

The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his arm his condition is non-life threatening after the incident in Bishop Auckland at 10.46am on Friday

Durham Police have confirmed a man in his 20s has been shot by officers who responded to reports of the suspect being seen with a handgun.

A full investigation has now been launched and police forensics have attended the scene of the shooting.

An eyewitness has told @PoliceHour that six armed police cars surrounded a white taxi jumped out and started shouting at a man in the car to get out the man became aggressive and refused he was abusive to police officers and refused to comply

“The taxi driver of the car managed to flee to safety with his armed held in the air before one shot was fired shattering the window, the man was then dragged out by police, despite being in agony he continued to resist police arrest shouting and swearing the armed officers”

“When the ambulance arrived, he became aggressive with ambulances crews and attempted to leave he had to be strapped down”.

Chief inspector Stephen Ball, of Durham Constabulary, said: “Obviously, this is a serious incident and the public would rightly expect a thorough investigation.

“We are fully co-operating with the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident and we would like to reassure residents that there is no wider threat to the public.

“We would like to thank residents for their support and patience while the investigation continues”.

Durham Police has informed the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which has begun an investigation.

Investigators are due at the scene to carry out “post-incident procedures”.

Durham Police have released a statement “A MAN who was injured during this morning’s incident in Bishop Auckland has now been released from hospital.

“A 23-year-old local man has been arrested and is being held at Darlington Police Station for questioning.”

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Boy 15 Murdered in launched in Sheffield

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A murder investigation has been launched this evening after a 15-year-old boy died in hospital following an incident in the Lowedges area of Sheffield.

Police received reports at around 7.50pm tonight, that a 15-year-old boy had been stabbed on Lowedges Road.

He was taken to hospital where he died an hour later.

Eyewitnesses have told Police Hour they heard a “15-year-old lad had been stabbed, we heard lots of sirens for over an hour.

“Lots of police and ambulance workers ascended into the area and a huge cordon was put in place’

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Policing welcomes Home Secretary Sajid Javid positivity and support offering olive branch in Police Federation address

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The policing world has welcomed the warming and supportive words of new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. We believe he is the first Home Secretary who knows policing.

And thats because it’s in his families blood, he has a lot of great things to say about policing.

An understanding of policing on another level. He knows demand is up, funds are low and the job is tough.

Offering cops the tools they need to get the job done without worrying about stopping and searching suspects.

He has backed an increased use of stop and search to tackle the spate of violence on Britain’s streets.

Sajid Javid speech was received with warmth as he promised to prioritise police spending as he offered an olive branch to rank-and-file officers.

Mr Javid was welcomed to the Police Fed conference and received support from the front line cops following Amber Rudds poor reception last year over budget cuts and staffing reductions.

This was a testing first speech the Home Secretary who wanted to try and draw a line under the era of running battles between the Government and the police.

Following mounting pressures faced by officers faced with policing cuts.

As of September there were 121,929 officers across the 43 territorial forces in England and Wales – a fall of nearly 20,000 compared with a decade earlier.

Referring to stop and search, he told the Police Federation of England and Wales’ (PFEW) annual conference in Birmingham: “Some of you don’t feel comfortable using it – and that’s not how it should be.

“I have confidence in your professional judgment. So let me be clear – I support the use of stop and search.

“You have to do your job and that means protecting everyone.”

He said evidence shows that black people are more likely to be a homicide victim than any other ethnic group.

“If stop and search can mean saving lives from the communities most affected, then of course that has to be right,” Mr Javid said.

Following a spate of violence across London and the UK there has been a sharp reduction in stop and search activity , with use of the powers at the lowest level.

Cops faced heavy criticism after they were accused of unfairly focusing on black and minority ethnic individuals.

Theresa May introduced measures in 2014 to ensure stop and search could not be used in this way.

Mr Javid acknowledged that police officers have an increased demand saying “I’m not arrogant enough to turn up here after three weeks in the job and tell you how to do yours,”

Mr Javid added that the government have had to make difficult decisions since 2010 and that he does not have a magic wand to fund everything needed but he said he was “listening and i do get it”.

“We need to think more about the long-term funding of policing.

“I will priorities police funding in the Spending Review next year.”

He said that, including funds raised through council tax, more than £1 billion extra cash is being invested in policing now than three years ago.

Addressing the fact that he had not spent much time in the role, he said that while the position of Home Secretary was his fifth in Government, he had seen the issues involved in policing and worked with the service during his other roles.

He continued that it was “not all about funding” and the Government needed to do more to “protect the protectors”, such as tougher penalties for those who attack emergency services workers, changing the laws on police pursuits, and updating their kit.

Mr Javid pledged to provide “tools, the powers and the back-up that you need to get the job done…

“For those of you who stand on the front line, be in no doubt that I will be standing with you.”

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