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Police 7: Community Policing April ’24

Police 7: Community Policing April ’24

The NYE’s Police 7 articles are intended to be a one-stop shop for our readers covering crime prevention advice, court reports, police appeals for assistance, local community policing news, information on victim support, updates from the North Yorkshire Police (NYP) and the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for North Yorkshire, and the Coroner.

Police 7 is one of our most popular features with our readers, who appreciate getting regular updates from the police via the NYE.

We lead these articles with a photograph of the late Shaw Taylor, as a tribute to him. Shaw was a groundbreaking forensic journalist, who pioneered police media appeals for information in the programme Police 5. His work led to the successful conclusion of many casses in the UK, Europe and the United States through local programmes that followed the pioneering format of his original programme Police 5 in 1962.

Police 7: Community Policing News April 2024

The following witness appeals and court reports may be of particular relevance to our readers and can be accessed in full from the NYP website. Address below.

Court Reports

Filey man jailed for child abuse

Daniel Christopher Broadmore, 36, was convicted of subjecting a girl who was aged under 13 to sexual abuse almost a decade ago in Filey. The charges included inciting sexual activity; indecent exposure, sexual assault and engage in a sexual act in the presence of a child. He was sent to prison for five and a half years

The victim reported the matter to North Yorkshire Police in April 2021 when she was aged in her late teens.

Police Staff Investigator Paul Thompson, from Scarborough CID, said:

“The victim has grown up traumatised due to the disturbing level of abuse committed by Broadmore. She has suffered a great deal of anguish and anxiety for almost 10 years.

It has taken a lot of courage from this brave young woman to come forward and relive the trauma of the incidents.

Firstly, by telling her family. Then the police. And finally, telling a jury in court.

Seeing Broadmore being convicted and handed a custodial sentence will hopefully provide a measure of closure and comfort, especially knowing her experience could encourage other victims of non-recent abuse to make a report and seek support.”

Advice and ways of reporting child abuse:

  • Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response.
  • Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email sarc@nhs.net.
  • You can also contact Victim Support | Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire or call 01609 643100.
  • NSPCC Helplines: Help for adults concerned about a child – call 0808 800 5000 Help for children and young people – call Childline on 0800 1111 * Go to org.uk/preventing-abuse
  • Stop it now! –stopitnow.org.uk– seek anonymous and confidential help if you or someone you know could be a risk to children

Appeals

Scarborough assault

NYP is appealing for information about an altercation that occurred on Jonno’s Field off Barrowcliff Road in Scarborough between 2.30pm and 3pm on Monday 8 April 2024. It involved a number of young males fighting with each other.

Could any witnesses to the incident or anyone who recorded the incident on a mobile device contact andrew.gambles@northyorkshire.police.uk, or call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select Option 2 and ask for Andrew Gambles.

Please quote reference 12240061573 when passing on information.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Whitby assault

NYP is appealing for anyone who witnessed an assault at around 8.30pm on 30 March when a man riding a cycle assaulted another man who was walking along the cinder track near Larpool viaduct, Whitby. A member of the public intervened in the incident.

Please email nathaniel.stott2@northyorkshire.police.uk, or alternatively, call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select Option 2 and ask for Nathaniel Stott.

Please quote reference 12240055291 when passing on information.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Crime Prevention

Sextortion

In September 2017, the NYE covered the case of 15-year-old Canadian girl Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after falling victim to an online blackmailer. Amanda was befriended in an internet chat room and persuaded to flash her boobs by a man in the Netherlands. He published the pictures and she eventually committed suicide. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) conducted a full investigation and the full story is here. Although it is harrowing, I hope parents who read this article will take the time to watch the video.

In a follow up to this article, I can confirm that the Mounties got their man and Aydin Coban, was extradited to Canada from the Netherlands and convicted of sexually extorting and harassing Amanda in August 2022. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He had a string of convictions for similar offences in the Netherlands. It seems a very lenient sentence for this type of crime.

This crime affects boys as well as girls.

In a similar case two people were arrested in Nigeria last week, over an alleged sextortion attempt which led to an Australian schoolboy taking his own life.

NYP has issued this advice on sextortion:

“Sextortion” is a form of blackmail. It involves threatening to publish sexual information, photos or videos about someone. This may be to extort money or to force the victim to do something against their will. Photos or recordings are often made without the victim realising or consenting.

Criminals often target people through dating apps, social media, webcams or pornography sites. They may use a fake identity to befriend you online and then threaten to send images to your family and friends.

“Sextortion” can be committed by individuals but organised crime gangs are usually behind it. If you’ve been targeted:

  • Don’t panic – help and support is available.
  • Don’t pay.
  • Save the evidence: Take screenshots. Save messages and images. Collect URL-links to where the information is being shared online.
  • Report it to social media companies if communication happened on these channels. For example, Facebook or Instagram.
  • Report it to your internet service provider.
  • Block all communication with the person targeting you.

Most social media sites have rules against sharing intimate content without consent. You should be able to get the material removed.

We understand that it might be difficult to report this type of crime to us. Our officers are here to listen and to support you in any way we can.

You can report intimate image abuse to us:

  • Online
  • By calling 101
  • If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use the NYP textphone service on 18001 101.

Useful Links

Get safe online

Factual and easy to understand information on online safety.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) Education

National Crime Agency advice for parents, children and young people on staying safe from sexual abuse and online grooming.

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