Police alert cyclists

Police are urging Wetherby residents to get their bicycles tagged after a spate of bike thefts in the area in the last week.

Four bikes have been reported stolen in and around the district, including in Aberford and Scholes, between November 15 and November 22.

An event organised by the police, in which identity tags can be placed on bicycles, will take place on Saturday December 3 between 10am and noon and 1 and 3pm at Wetherby Police Station.

Wetherby Inspector Paul Dwyer said: “I would urge people to get their bikes tagged as this is a way of not only securing bicyles but also identifying recovered stolen bikes as well.”

On other matters he said that a 41-year-old man was fined by police after he was caught poaching rabbits on land adjacent to the River Wharfe in Wetherby last Sunday afternoon.

The man, from Barnsley, was hunting for rabbits with ferrets when police approached him.

Insp Dwyer said his equipment was confiscated and the man was issued with an on the spot £80 fine.

* A new telephone number has been introduced for members of the public to contact the police on matters that are not an emergency.

From this week dialling 101 will put people in touch with West Yorkshire Police and the number will replace the 08458 6060606 number which has been used previously.

Out of a total of 2,419 non emergency calls made to West Yorkshire Police between 7am on Thursday November 17 and 10am on Friday November 18,646 (or 27 per cent) of them were to the 101 number.

A number of cars were broken into on Wetherby’s Aire estate overnight between Sunday and Monday this week.

A Sat Nav was stolen from a Silver Vaulkswagen on Willow Vale, Wetherby and another and a green golf jacket worth £140 were also stolen after from a Nissan Note on Calder Close on the same night.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them direct on the new number, 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Inspector Paul Dwyer is urging residents to take extra care at cash machines after a ‘skimming device’ was found at a Wetherby supermarket. The device, which records information needed to produce a cloned card at a later time, was found earlier this month on November 5. Insp Paul Dwyer said: “This is a nationwide problem and not just exclusive to Wetherby but I would urge any residents with any suspicions to report any device they find and use another cash machine.” Insp Dwyer said no other skimming devices had been found in the Wetherby area since.

Meanwhile, to help combat cash machine crime, the UK’s cash machine network, Link, is working in partnership with the independent charity, Crimestoppers to offer rewards for information relating to cash machine crime. Working closely with different police agencies and departments, the partnership aims to support the police in their fight against crime and help inform the public about how they can protect themselves.

LINK is offering rewards of up to £25,000 for information related to cash machine crime and is urging the people of Selby to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with any information relating to the above attack. Information can be given completely anonymously and there is no need for anyone to leave any personal information.