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More charges in York crime crackdown


4:20pm 31st March 2011

Two men have appeared before magistrates as York police continue their purge on the city’s criminals.

Scott Hurst, aged 22, of Bempton House, Del Pyke, appeared at York Magistrates’ Court today (31st March 2011) charged with theft.

Hurst was arrested on the afternoon of Wednesday 30th March 2011, by officers investigating the theft of a handbag from the Dusk bar, in the city centre.

The bag had been stolen from a 20 year old American student, who was visiting the city, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Hurst was remanded in custody with orders to return to the court on Thursday 7th April 2011.

He was also recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his release licence.

Lee Coombs, aged 28, of Falsgrave Crescent, appeared before York Magistrates’ Court yesterday (20th March 2011) charged with burglary.

He was arrested on Tuesday 29th March 2011, following a break-in at a house on Falsgrave Crescent between 13th and 14th March, during which an X-Box and a number of games were stolen.

He was remanded on bail by the court to reappear for a committal hearing on Wednesday 25th May 2011.



Police have been taking a determined stance against criminals operating in and around York during Operation Lion, with extra resources being drafted into the city centre to deter thieves preying on daytime shoppers and night time revellers.

Officers have also been conducting regular patrols in the Tang Hall, Hull Road and Westfield areas of the city. They have also been paying home visits to known offenders, to warn them that a crackdown is underway.

Chief Inspector Dave Hannan, of York Safer Neighbourhood Command, said:

“We are continuing to put pressure on criminals operating in the City of York and we are seeing some good arrests as a result of that.

“Extra resources will continue to be deployed in certain areas and offenders who are known to us will certainly know that we are watching them by now.

“I am urging the public to help by keeping us informed about anyone committing crime in their community. If you know someone is making a living from crime, let us know and we will take appropriate action.”

If you would like to report crime in your community contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 60 60 24 7.

You can also contact your local police team via the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk or on our new mobile web app www.nyp.mobi

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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