Police step up patrols in flood-hit areas

Flooding in July last year. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Police have stepped up patrols in flood-affected areas and are warning residents to be on their guard for suspicious vehicles.

Inspector Mark Gee, from Richmondshire police, said they had not seen a spike in crime in the wake of the flash floods in the Dales, but were urging people to be vigilant.

He added: “We have increased patrols and have defaulted officers from our Richmondshire Neighbourhood Policing team into specific flood hit areas, and also have the support of officers and PCSOs from the force rural task force team.

“This will continue as I want to support the flood hit areas as best we can, especially where we still have disrupted communities.”

Insp Gee said officers were working alongside other agencies as part of the recovery operation following the floods.

He added: “As always I would appeal to the public to report any suspicious vehicles or people.

“We work closely with our volunteer Border Watch patrols and these provide a great service to our communities in keeping then safe and free from crime. Beware of bogus callers either on the phone or in person.

“Help-line numbers have been circulated and if in any doubt I strongly recommend ringing one of these or contacting us at Richmond police station on 101 before giving out any of your personal details or agreeing to repairs etc.”