Dales Police Report – April 2021

Dales Police Report April 2021

Firstly, an update on the planned move of Leyburn Police Station to the shared facility at Leyburn Fire Station. The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed that this has not happened yet. It is still going ahead but has been delayed due to a technical problem with IT. We will keep you posted as to when we are moving.

The last month has seen little in the way of crime. One stand out offence was the theft overnight on 23rd March of 10 chimney pots, valued at over £500, from outside Cellar Antiques in Hawes. Please contact us with any information.

We have taken a number of reports of attempted scams. Please remember that a genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.  Also, don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never click on a link in an unexpected email or text. And finally, always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.  If you have been affected by fraud, report it to Action Fraud (0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk).

On a personal note, I shall be retiring in May from the police and my role as Beat Manager and Wildlife Crime Officer at Leyburn. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the many past and present colleagues who I have worked with in the last 29 years, and whose support and friendship has been much appreciated. Policing is a unique and varied career, with many challenges. When I joined we were largely focused on crime, whereas your average officer today has a wide range of demands, not only investigating crime and disorder, but also working with partners to safeguard victims and the vulnerable.  Personally, when dealing with people I have always tried to work on the principle that behaviour breeds behaviour. This approach must have had some success as I very rarely needed to draw my truncheon, and was only shot at once (he missed!).  A big thank you to the dedicated volunteers, such as Dales Watch, who help to keep crime levels low, and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, who are always there to help with the seemingly impossible. They are just two examples of the support which is freely given in our amazing Dales.  Others, such as my friends in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and RSPB deserve a mention, but this risks becoming an Oscar acceptance speech!

Stay safe

Julian Sutcliffe

Northern Dales Neighbourhood Police Team

Dales Police Report – October 2020

Dales Police Report – October 2020

Only a few incidences of note this past month;

Overnight on 29th September and again on 12th October, Leyburn Recycling Centre was again broken into and a number of car batteries were taken.

On The Springs in Middleham, at around midnight on 30th September, a car was deliberately set alight as the target of a confirmed arson attack.   Anyone with any information regarding this, please call ‘101’ quoting ref 12200171625.

Around 8pm on 6th October in Park Lane, Middleham, a group of children/young teenagers threw substantial amounts of sodden paper at the windows of properties and vehicles.  We have also heard similar reports of anti-social behaviour in Hawes in recent weeks.  Incidences like this will not be tolerated – it may be seen as ‘low level’ and a ‘bit of a laugh’ to some but sustained anti-social behaviour such as this can have serious effects on those targeted, especially the vulnerable and elderly.  This is particularly worth bearing in mind as Halloween and Mischief Night approaches!   With regard to the above, please call ‘101’ as incidents are happening or as soon as you are able.

As we go into autumn, we will be resuming Operation Byway patrols, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Rangers, where we will be stop-checking off-road vehicles to ensure they are roadworthy and being used in a considerate manner.

Not surprisingly, all public firework displays and community bonfires have now been cancelled.  This may mean that this year you are considering having your own event at home, so it is worth reminding yourself of safety guidelines and the Firework Code beforehand.

With regards to Trick or Treating this year, Covid restrictions would suggest that going to multiple houses door to door really is not a good idea.  Whilst there is no official guidance on Halloween from the Government as yet (THIS MAY CHANGE!).  It would surely be sensible to not partake in any activity which encourages additional interaction and increases the risk of infection within our community.  There is also the issue of going onto properties where many vulnerable people are still shielding.

We have seen a significant increase in poaching incidences being reported to us over the past few weeks including severe damage to crops, fences and gates.  Please remain vigilant and continue to report in any suspect vehicles or behaviour on ‘101’.


PCSO 3744 Lucy Osborn

Leyburn and the Dales Safer Neighbourhood Team

North Yorkshire Police



Dales Police Report July, 2020

Dales Police Report July 2020

We continue to navigate our way through these strange times, dominated by the many worrying effects of coronavirus. As more elements of ‘normal’ life begin to reopen, including pubs, shops and holiday accommodation, it is apparent that we all have increased responsibility for looking after the welfare of each other by applying some common sense to our everyday routines. Whether this be wearing face masks in enclosed public places, regular hand washing, applying social distancing, or avoiding crowds.   For the latest advice and information regarding the pandemic please go to Gov.uk/coronavirus

The following incidents of note have occurred in the Dales area this month –

Two incidents were reported in June regarding free grazing cattle on the common land above Gunnerside chasing people, one of which resulted in an injury to a local man. The Access Ranger for the Yorkshire Dales National Park has investigated the incidents and taken appropriate enforcement action by formally warning the farmer responsible for the cattle. Please report any such incidents to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Overnight on 25th June the front doors of the Penny Garth Café and the Fish and Chip Shop on Hawes Market Place were both damaged by silicon being injected into the locks. Obscenities were also scrawled on the pavement outside them. CCTV images have been obtained of the offender, a hooded male figure in wellingtons. Enquiries are continuing to identify him. Anyone with any information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference 12200108060.

We have been informed by Trading Standards of a worrying rise in courier fraud; basically where a victim is contacted by a person claiming to be from the police, informing them their account is under threat and persuades them to attend the bank, withdraw their money and a ‘police officer’ will attend their home address and take the money for safe keeping. Please be sure that you or a vulnerable relative don’t fall for this kind of theft.

Likewise we have been taking reports of other telephone scams. These have included calls from persons pretending to be from Amazon Prime, attempting to convince you to give them remote access to your personal computer, and then removing money from your bank account.  Also fake callers claiming to be from ‘Track and Trace’ informing you that you require a coronavirus test and asking for a £50 payment. Please be on your guard and don’t be a victim. Such incidents can be reported directly to Action Fraud.

The Dales are seeing increased visitor numbers, presumably due in part to restrictions on foreign travel, which is causing some community tensions. Please continue to show patience and tolerance towards each other, and remember ‘behaviour breeds behaviour’.


Julian Sutcliffe PC558

Northern Dales Neighbourhood Police Team

13th July 2020