NYP Community Messaging – You have won the Lottery – Or have you?

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An important message sent by Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime 
A lottery scam takes place when criminals pretend that you have won a prize, often a lottery. The people most likely to fall victim to this tend to be over the age of 60 (although younger people do fall victim too) – but we know that it is often close family members of victims who spot the tell-tale signs of the fraud.

Criminals will normally get in touch by letter or email and will try to engage you into dialogue with them. Once they have convinced you that they are “genuine”, they will ask for a fee to be paid to release your winnings. This fee could be to pay taxes or duty, or for a solicitor, banker or judge to authorise the transaction. NO GENUINE LOTTERY WILL EVER ASK FOR ANY SORT OF FEE TO BE PAID.

Often this first fee will be small, but once they know you are willing to pay it they will ask for more and more money, with ever-changing excuses as to why they need it. Victims can end up losing tens of thousands of pounds over the course of months or even years.

Many of you reading will be surprised that this type of crime takes place. After all, why would anyone fall prey to scam like this when they never entered any such lottery in the first place? Why would they have to pay money when they are supposed to have won millions of pounds? The sad truth is that these criminals are incredibly persuasive and prey on people who are very trusting. Therefore, even if you know that you would not get defrauded like this, please spread this message widely to friends, family and to people within your community.


  • If you have not entered a lottery or a prize draw, you have not won it.
  • Delete any emails which detail you winning money or being in a position to make a fortune
  • Spread the message amongst people you come into contact with, especially older people in your family, and look out for any unusual behaviour, for instance someone paying money via money service bureaux, like Western Union or MoneyGram, or buying Ukash vouchers.

NYP Community Messaging – Victims of crime sought for Independent Justice Panel

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[Victims of crime sought for Independent Justice Panel]

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Jonathan Mortimer, the independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel, are today asking for victims of crime to come forward to help scrutinise the use of police cautions and other non-court penalties.

The Panel was set up last year in response to public concern about the use of Out of Court Disposals in North Yorkshire. The Panel has identified that its objectives are to ensure that such penalties are used appropriately, consistently across the county and to make recommendations to North Yorkshire Police.

The Panel already has an independent chairman, as well as representatives from various criminal justice partners such as Magistrates, but members of the public are now being encouraged to sit on the Panel.

Jonathan Mortimer, independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Panel said: “Victim representation is vital since we must engender victim trust and satisfaction in the varying methods of criminal justice disposal and give victims a voice”.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said: “I want victims’ needs to be at the heard of everything we do. Having members of the public and victims of crime on the Panel will also increase transparency and understanding. I would ask members of the public who are interested in holding the police to account and have the relevant experience, to send us an email and apply.”

If you would like to put your name forward please email info@northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk with your experience and why you think you are the right person to sit on the Panel. You will need to have experience of being the victim of crime where an Out of Court Disposal has been used or considered. Further, to have an interest in the criminal justice system and an understanding of the effect of crime on victims would be an advantage. The post will be voluntary but all expenses will be reimbursed.

You can also put your name forward:

Online at: http://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news/victims-of-crime-sought-for-independent-justice-panel/

Write to:

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

12 Granby Road


North Yorkshire


Telephone: 01423 569 562

Unearthing All Saints Church time capsule

28th February - A time capsule was buried in the foundation stone when All Saints Church was substantially rebuilt in 1867. The contents may not last indefinitely, so Slingsby PCC now has permission to examine the capsule, if it can be found.

The exploration by an accredited stonemason will take place on Saturday 28th February. If we find anything, who knows if it will still be in reasonable condition? Anyone interested is welcome to come along and see what is happening, from 10.30 a.m. onwards. Coffee will be available.
We are looking for ideas for non-perishable contemporary items to put back in a new capsule to mark the present time in history. If you have any suggestions please contact Margaret on 01653 628303 or Kate on 648739.

Fracking – public debate in Malton

Wednesday 4th February, 6.30pm, at the Milton Rooms, Malton.
In response to requests from public and councillors alike, Ryedale District Council has organized a PUBLIC DEBATE on the vexed issue of fracking in Ryedale. This was announced in the local press on Wednesday. The debate will take place on Wednesday 4th February at the Milton Rooms, Malton Market Square, at 6.30 p.m.
THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT and tickets are limited to 250.
This is an excellent opportunity to get more information about the subject of hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits to release gas (“fracking”) and the ways in which it might affect our lives here.
Tickets can be obtained from the relevant page on the RDC website. This is the link: http://ryedale.gov.uk/pages/council-information/news/1497-unpacking-fracking-in-ryedale.html
You can also apply via phone 01653 600666 or email publicmeeting@ryedale.gov.uk or write to Public Meeting, Ryedale District Council, Ryedale House, Malton YO17 7HH.
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday, 28 January.
Tickets will be allocated on the basis of one ticket per application.
Third Energy will be represented at the debate, along with other experts in the field.
A representative from Frack-Free Ryedale will also take part in the debate.
Slingsby residents may recall that Third Energy commissioned the surveys in our area during last summer. The company has not said if it intends to frack in our immediate area, but it has announced its intention to frack at Kirby Misperton, where locals will shortly be meeting the company – this evening, Friday 23 Jan at 6pm in the Village Hall.

The Slingsby Village website hopes to keep you up-to-date with the latest on this developing issue.

Local History Group coffee morning


Saturday 31 January 2015, 10.30am, The Grapes Inn

A continuation of our December discussions exploring memories of how people in Slingsby entertained themselves, clubs societies and other activities from the second world war onwards. Come along and share your memories, or just listen.
The Grapes Inn 10.30 a.m. for coffee and discussion for an hour.

The Pampered Chef in Slingsby


Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 7.30pm, Slingsby Village Hall

Discover the chef in you while helping Slingsby School.  A recipe demonstration provides you with the opportunity to try, view and purchase a fantastic range of high quality kitchen tools, whilst raising money for Slingsby Community Primary School.

Tickets are £1 towards food.  Please bring your own choice of liquid refreshment.

Tickets are available from the village shop or from Fiona Farnell on 01653 628285.