Outbuilding and shed burglaries push up crime in Richmondshire

An increase in outbuilding and shed break-ins has contributed to a rise in crime in Richmondshire since April, community leaders have been told.

There were 1,059 reported crimes from April 1 to November 17, members of the Richmondshire Area Committee were told at a meeting at the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale on Wednesday.

This was an increase overall of 98 crimes based on the same period last year.

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The increase centred on the Richmond section with 492 crimes being recorded over the period – an increase of 125 offences.

Inspector Mark Gee, neighbourhood inspector for Richmondshire, said burglaries of outbuildings and sheds were higher than normal in  villages close to the A66.

He said police had also seen an increase in the number of thefts from work vehicles, where tools and equipment have been stolen.

Catterick Neighbourhood Police section had recorded 403 crimes so far this financial year – a reduction of 43 offences based on the same period last year.

Leyburn section had seen 164 crimes reported – a slight increase of 16.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) has increased in the Richmond and Catterick area, with 539 reports this financial year, an increase of 93 on last year.

237 additional ASB incidents were directly linked to a victim; an increase of 47 reports.

The meeting heard that the current ASB hot spot remained the Broadway shops area in Colburn and the neighbourhood policing team were working closely with Richmondshire District Council to tackle this.

They are looking towards a possible use of powers under the ASB, Crime and Behaviour Act 2014 – Public Spaces Protection Order.

This is designed to stop individuals or groups from committing ASB in a public space.

This proposal has been out for public consultation by the district council.

Insp Gee said a number of burglaries and vehicle break-ins which occurred in the Hawes area had been traced back to the West Auckland area of County Durham and investigations were continuing.