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Police ask for public’s help to find missing York student




Press Release

Megan Roberts 2Police ask for public’s help to find missing York student

York police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a university student who has been reported missing.

Megan Roberts, aged 20 and a student at York St John University, was reported missing by her mother at 8.30am on Monday 27 January 2014, after a friend had raised concerns for her having not heard from her following a night out in York city centre.

Megan, who is originally from Wetherby, has not been seen since around 2am on Thursday 23 January 2014 in Popworld, on George Hudson Street having gone out for the evening with friends on Wednesday 22 January.

Megan RobertsNobody has heard from Megan since, which is very out of character and officers are very concerned for her safety.

Megan is described as around 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with long dark brown hair. When she was last seen she was wearing a cream knee length dress which had large brown and orange flowers on it and black plimsoll type shoes.

Police are appealing for anyone who has seen Megan since the early hours of Thursday morning or knows where she is now, to contact them urgently.

They are also appealing to Megan herself to contact her friends, family or the police to let them know she is safe.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room

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Selby police issue cold caller warning



Selby police have issued a warning to residents – particularly older people – to be on their guard following numerous reports of cold callers offering to do odd jobs.

The callers have targeted all areas across the Selby district over the past few weeks and local police teams have launched an awareness campaign and stepped up patrols in the areas.

PC Dave White of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have had lots of reports of strangers knocking on doors and asking to do odd jobs in the residents’ garden, home or to wash their car. The caller usually has no suitable tools with them and will ask to use the householder’s equipment.

“These people are complete strangers but people are allowing them onto their property to do work which has originated by a simple knock on their door. The callers are very friendly and chatty and it’s easy to see how people can become engaged with them.

“We urge you to take our advice and not engage with any cold callers offering to do jobs and if you are not sure who is calling at your door, please do not answer it.

“We’ll be stepping up patrols and are working with Trading Standards to introduce more No Cold Calling Zones in the area, in the meantime we urge anyone who feels threatened by any callers to call the police on 999, or to report an incident call 101.”

A No Cold Calling Zone is a designated area where the resident community declare they no longer wish to accept traders calling at their homes without an appointment.

They operate in some parts of the UK and the zone is marked with street signs that tell doorstep traders that they are not welcome.

They clearly indicate to the trader that the residents do not want any callers and look out for each other. Evidence from a number of councils who operate the scheme suggests that people feel more confident about saying “No” to cold callers in a No Cold Calling Zone. And more importantly, the number of cold calls does reduce.

PC White added: “If you genuinely do need work doing, please ask a trusted neighbour, relative or friend to help you decide who to ask.

“We also encourage residents to keep an eye out for each other, use crime prevention measures at the door and report details about cold callers working in the zone to the local trading standards and police. “

If you and your neighbours are interested in a No Cold Calling Zone for your neighbourhood, please contact your local Trading Standards department.

The callers are described as teenage boys or young men and have offered to do work for relatively small amounts of money eg £30, and in some cases have asked for spare cash.


Please follow our tips for staying safe

  • Always have your security chain fastened on your door.
  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times
  • If you are not sure who is at your door don’t open it.
  • Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them.
  • Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home, put it in the bank or post office to keep safe.
  • If you suspect a bogus caller has visited you even if you didn’t let them in. phone the police straight away on 999
  • Lastly if you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour please keep an out for any suspicious callers at their property


9 January 2014

Janice Bryan

Collar number 4543

Media and PR Officer

North Yorkshire Police


Direct line 01609 789123

To report a crime or incident, or speak to another officer, please ring 101





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Silhouette Dance Academy

Silhouette Dance Academy are Having a free trial of classes on 3rd & 4th Feb at the Riley Smith Hall.



Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll.

Theatre craft & Tap classes

Junior – 3.45 – 4.30 – Ages 8 + (yr 4)

Senior – 4.30 – 5.30 – Dependant on ability


Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1

4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 2 Years 2 & 3

5.00 – 5.35 – Junior Ballet – Ages 8 + (yr 4)

5.35 – 6.15 – Freestyle Dance – 8 – teens

6.15 – 7.15 – Senior Ballet – dependant on ability.


Classes are taught by a qualified teacher of the International Dance Teachers’ Association.

Options to take IDTA exams in all subjects.

Show to be held regularly.






Fees payable termly or half termly. Please contact for prices.




07704 286725

Facebook: Silhouette Dance Academy – Tadcaster

Twitter: @silhouetteda


Contact Principal Rachel Fitt AIDTA

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Dales Bus Service

DalesBus is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of a team of unpaid volunteers who have managed the Sunday & Bank Holiday network for over 15 years. It is a success and an acknowledged best-practice model of how to run such a service efficiently and effectively.  It carries 45,000 passenger journeys a year from the Lancashire and Yorkshire conurbations to Wharfedale, Swaledale, Nidderdale etc.

Its primary aim is to give less fortunate and less mobile people in urban areas the opportunity to access beautiful countryside, which improves their physical and mental well-being. The Dales economy benefits from their visits, as well as the environment (taking cars off the roads).

The 823/5 runs from  York to Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Harrogate, Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge & Middlesmoor (Upper Nidderdale).

Due to cuts in funding from our normal sources, this bus is at risk next year. Thanks to a generous legacy donation we are part way there but we are still short of £5,000 to continue this route from April to October 2014. Let me assure you it is not one of these empty buses you sometimes see moving fresh air around, it is well-used as you can see from the attached photo  – last Summer there were over 2000 passenger journeys on this route.

We are hoping that organisations and businesses on the route will be able to contribute from £500 to £2000 to help save this valuable service. Please get in touch if you are able to help, or would like more information, or are able to suggest other sources of funding.

Sorry to put a time limit on it, but we need to know whether you will be able to help by the end of February. The actual cash can be donated at any time before the Autumn.


Paul Kirby

DalesBus Volunteer





DalesBus 823 Promotion Photo

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