TARGETED police patrols to crackdown on a spike in crime in Ripon are early showing signs of success.

Officers launched an operation to tackle a recent surge in anti-social behaviour and other criminality in the area, including street robberies, assaults and anti-social behaviour by groups of youths.

Commenting on the progress of the operation, Inspector Alex Langley said: “It’s early days but over the weekend we saw a significant reduction in such incidents, and we continue to see similar levels as we move through half-term – usually one of our busiest periods.

Inspector Alex Langley of North Yorkshire Police

Inspector Alex Langley

“The public are our eyes and ears and we received a small number of reports of issues over the weekend which enabled us to respond and deal with each quickly and effectively. Our message to our communities is please keep reporting matters and intelligence to us and we will take the necessary actions – thank you.

“We also saw a reduction in the number of young people out on the streets across the weekend and would like to thank those parents and guardians who continue to support their young people and reinforce that stay home, stay safe message.

“We are actively patrolling.

"The dedicated operation has seen an increased police presence in and around the city, some more visible than others, and extra teams drafted in to help deter offenders, prevent crime and we continue to enforce where necessary."

Insp Langley encouraged residents to continue reporting concerns on 101.