Birch continues to grow in Selby District

A successful crime reduction campaign in Selby district continued last week with a day of action in Byram, Brotherton and the surrounding villages.

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Operation Birch was launched at the beginning of summer 2011 to help reduce offending and the fear of crime in the area.

On Thursday 26 January 2012 officers and partner agencies were out in force again to deter travelling criminals, clampdown on motoring offences and offer crime prevention advice to residents.

Court warrant officers made three home visits to apprehend people who had failed to pay court fines.

Police patrolled the A1246 at Fairburn in response to concerns raised at public meetings about vehicles exceeding weight limits on the road. Several drivers were fined for breaching the legal requirement.

Local officers were supported by colleagues from the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) team in stopping vehicles on the A1246 and the A162 to check that they were properly insured and had no mechanical defects.

Officers were also joined by Environment Agency officials who stopped vehicles carrying scrap metal to check they had the correct licences.

Trading standards officials also joined officers on patrol in and around Byram checking licensed premises after residents raised concerns about underage drinking.

They visited seven shops and six pubs offering advice about selling alcohol and cigarettes to minors, including proxy sales, fake id, pub signage, paperwork and where to seek help and advice.

The Selby Community Payback scheme carried out cleaning work at Selby Lock and the local council joined officers in Brotherton to seek out graffiti and any other criminal damage that needs addressing.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team were also on hand at Byram Village Hall offering crime prevention advice and security marking property.

Officers from the fire service visited residents to carry out home safety surveys to offer advice on keeping homes safe from fire risks.

Sergeant Lesley Holliday, of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Overall the day was a great success thanks to all the hard work and planning put in by PC Jezz Richardson.

"Days like this show that we are committed to responding to concerns raised by local residents and are determined to ensure that their quality of life is not affected by crime or anti-social behaviour.

"By working closely with our partners, as we have done throughout Operation Birch, hopefully we can continue to reduce crime in the district and ensure that Selby continues to be one of the safest place to live in the country."

The agencies who supported Selby police during the latest day of action were: Trading Standards, the Environment Agency, Selby District Council, the Highways Agency, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Selby Magistrates' Court.

1 February 2012

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