Wolds Against Rural Crime group
The Wolds against Rural Crime mobile watch was set up about a year ago in response to several incidents of crime originating in the Thixendale area. The group is made up of farmers, landowners, gamekeepers, rural business and estate owners, as well as anyone who lives or works in a rural area. They support North Yorkshire Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Rural Taskforce, acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the police in the fight against countryside crime. The group communicates via phone and WhatsApp, supported by North Yorkshire Police officers and PCSOs.
The group works ultimately as an information sharing platform on a whatsapp group looking to tackle the sort of crimes listed below:-
- Crimes involving farm equipment and livestock
- Crimes against small rural businesses
- Wildlife crime, such as the taking or illegal trapping of animals or birds
- Theft and damage on heritage sites and buildings
- Tourism crime, including offences committed on holiday sites and damage to beauty spots
- Serious and organised crime: remote locations can be attractive for organised crime groups
- Road safety offences, which affect the quality of life for rural residents
This is supported by North Yorkhire Police whose local Rural Task Force officers monitor the group when on duty and not committed with incidents elsewhere. There are rules to be adhered to but members post suspicious activity on the group which helps to alert other group members and local officers. Members still have the responsiblity of reporting incidents to the control room.
We now cover from Stamford Bridge out to Fimber and beyond and up as far as Malton. There is a limit to the amount of members on a whatsapp group and new members tend to be nominated by existing members. If you would like to join, please contact the group organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advice from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
“Below are ways you can make your home safer:
- Fit smoke alarms and test them regularly
- Never leave cooking unattended
- Plan and practice your escape route
- Switch off appliances before going to bed – including your cooker
- Ensure all candles, heaters and open fires are extinguished or turned off before going to bed
- Close all internal doors to prevent a fire from spreading
- Share your safety plans with family and friends and look out for the elderly
- In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999
We have Public Safety teams across the area who are trained to deliver fire safety advice to all households. However, when we receive referrals from partner agencies regarding individuals or households who have shown that they are at greater risk of fire in the home, we will arrange a Safe and Well visit to identify any measures needed to make their home a safer place. Residents can also call 0300 303 8242 to see whether they qualify for a Safe and Well visit or receive one of our information leaflets.”
The East Riding mobile library service stops near the Estate Office in Bugthorpe one Monday per month. Please click on the link below to see the timetable.