On Air: BETH PARSONS

: Waiting for next track...

: Waiting for next track...

Behind The Scenes: Policing rural North Yorkshire

Craven police

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:34am 5th September 2018. (Updated at 11:46am 5th September 2018)

With rural crime costing North Yorkshire communities more than £950,000 last year, what's it like policing the most rural areas of the county? 

According to a recent report, the cost of rural crime in North Yorkshire was £954,597 in 2017. Although this was a 16% reduction compared to the year before, the force recognised there's still more to do. 

Stray FM has been going behind the scenes with Craven's Neighbourhood Policing Team. The team covers approximately 400 square miles, from Ingleton to Sutton in Craven.  

As well as responding to incidents, the team's job is to work with communities to prevent crime. 

Sergeant Paul Evans said: 

"Demand is unfortunately getting higher. I think the control room are taking unprecedented numbers of calls. Part of the NPT role is trying to reduce that demand. Trying to impress on people that need to help us. 

"We've had a big increase in issues related to mental health.

"The biggest vulnerability at the moment for us is the South Craven border. 

"Unfortunately we've got teams from Bradford, Keighley, Leeds, West Yorkshire wanting to come out and steal high performance motor vehicles. They're what we would class as two in one burglaries. They break into the house, that's the first part, and then the second part is to steal the car."

So what are the main challenges rural officers are facing?

We joined Sergeant Paul Evans as he patrolled North Craven:

 

Sgt Paul Evans
Sgt Paul Evans

 

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Older article

New photos released of missing North Deighton man

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Police appeal for anyone who may have seen him to get in touch.

Top articles

Grouse shooting lease on Denton Moor to end

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: NG Bailey will end its grouse shooting arrangements on the land.

Sainsbury's and Asda offer to sell off up to 150 stores in merger bid

National: Sainsbury's and Asda have offered to sell up to 150 stores in an attempt to address concerns raised by competition authorities over their planned merger.

Garuda Indonesia scraps order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after crashes

World: Indonesia's national carrier Garuda has cancelled a multibillion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after two fatal crashes involving the plane.

Live stream as Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie weigh-in ahead of Saturday's bill

Sport: Charlie Edwards, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie all weigh-in for the Copper Box Arena bill - and you can watch on our live stream from 1pm.

East 17's Brian Harvey arrested over alleged malicious communications

Showbiz: The former East 17 singer Brian Harvey has been arrested over allegations he sent "malicious communications".

Go GREEN with your business!

Business: Help the environment during Stray FM's Green Month!

Strictly Come Dancing stars visit North Yorkshire school

Education: And one student gets the dance of her life.

Get ready to 'Dance, Dance, Dance....All Night!'

Family: My Fair Lady is coming to Harrogate Theatre this June.

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

"This will make my kids' Christmas"

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM and Slingsby Gin offer a little light to a family who've had a tough year just before Christmas

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

UPDATE: Driver cut free following crash on the A65

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's believed three cars have collided at Hellifield.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.

Poll

It's Green Month on Stray FM - how important is being green to you?

Trending in Yorkshire

Grouse shooting lease on Denton Moor to end

NG Bailey will end its grouse shooting arrangements on the land.

White supremacist stickers found in Otley ahead of anti-racism rally

It happened yesterday before a peaceful protest

Controversial 800-house plan for Wetherby

Residents are concerned about impact of the side of development.

Can you help plant 1,000 trees in Nidderdale tomorrow?

It's part of a carbon offset scheme by Harrogate Rotary Club

Knaresborough Castle lights up with 6 months to go

It's part of the countdown to the UCI Road World cycling championships.

More news...