Operation to protect Eastfield’s residents

PC Ian Sim, of Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, with volunteers during last year's Operation Cracker.
PC Ian Sim, of Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, with volunteers during last year's Operation Cracker.

Police officers and volunteers from Eastfield Police Station are leading an initiative to keep older residents in Eastfield, Seamer and Cayton safe during the summer months.

Operation Cracker, held on Tuesday, June 11, will see officers and PCSOs working alongside teams of volunteers, calling on residents – young and old – in areas where there is a high proportion of older or vulnerable people.

Older residents will be offered crime prevention and welfare advice while younger residents will be encouraged to keep an eye out for their more vulnerable neighbours.

The operation is a partnership initiative, drawing in support and expertise from different organisations, including: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, NatWest Bank, Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, CU Scarborough (Coventry University), Beyond Housing and North Yorkshire County Council’s Road Safety Partnership 95 Alive.

Sergeant Harriet Williamson, of Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The hot weather can mean older people, or those with limited mobility, may be vulnerable. During Operation Cracker we will visit areas where there is a higher population of older people and making sure they are equipped with the right support to help them stay safe.”