A POLICE force which two years ago was condemned by inspectors for not recording enough crime has now been praised for making 'impressive levels of improvement'.

North Yorkshire Police's crime recording practices had improved significantly over the last 24 months since its last rating of 'inadequate', Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said.

The force has now brought in measures to improve – and now more than 92 per cent of all crimes reported to it are recorded, compared with just 80 per cent during its 2017 inspection.

This means that North Yorkshire Police now records an additional 6,100 crimes each year. However, the report did highlight some continuing problems including how rape reports were dealt with, and the need to inform victims of the outcome better.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Phil Gormley said: “Crime recording is not just an administrative exercise. By recording crimes in an accurate and timely manner, police forces are better placed to investigate crimes thoroughly and achieve justice for victims.

"We had serious concerns resulting from our last inspection in 2017, so it is gratifying to see just how much the force has improved.

“The force has successfully implemented almost all of the recommendations."