Villagers urged to be vigilant after “suspicious” men spotted


Residents in Staxton and the surrounding villages are urged to be vigilant after two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area.

Police say the men were spotted on Kiln Field in a small white van with a pair of ladders on the rood on Wednesday, February 26, at around 8.15am.

A short time later, a villager noticed one of the men climbing a ladder up to a first floor winder of one of the properties on the street, When challenged by the resident, the man claimed he had just started a window cleaning business.

She thought the incident suspicious and reported it to the police.

The man was described as white, in his 30s, with a medium build and balding head.

Although no criminal intent can be confirmed, officers are asking householders in the Ryedale area to be extra vigilant and look out for this van and its occupants in case they are engaged in criminal activity.

North Yorkshire Police are also keen to establish the registration number of the vehicle and identity of the occupants.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Mark Rees or Ryedale police.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to