Public’s help sought as police to Kraken down on coastal crime

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A Campaign is being launched today to crack down on crime on the North Yorkshire coast.

North Yorkshire Police will this week raise awareness of Project Kraken, a nationwide campaign, which aims to protect costal communities from crime.

The scheme which provides a reporting system which protects the UK coastline against terrorism, serious organised crime such as human and drugs trafficking and the theft of boats and equipment.

From today police and partner agencies will be out in the Whitby, Scarborough and Filey areas where they will meet boat owners and operators, local people and visitors to the area.

Officers will also be giving out leaflets and posters to marinas, harbours, coastal towns and villages and along the route of the Cleveland Way.

Supt Glyn Payne, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for the Scarborough and Ryedale District, said: “North Yorkshire’s coastline covers approximately 40 miles of beaches, secluded coves, cliffs, harbours and marinas and it is vital that people who live, work and visit the area are alert to any unusual or suspicious behaviour.

“Local people act as the eyes and ears of the police and provide us with valuable information. They know their own communities and know what looks out of place. This could be unusual vessels, people or cargo, or activity in secluded and hidden areas of the coast.

“Whatever or wherever it may be, if you suspect something is not right, please report it.”

Officers will be in Whitby today and tomorrow and in Filey and Scarborough on Thursday and Friday. To report suspicious activity call North Yorkshire Police on 101.