Thursday 1 September 2022

POLICE stopped and searched 180 vehicles as part of an East Riding operation that focused on the theft of agricultural and plant machinery and vehicles. During the three days of the operation, one stolen trailer was recovered and another vehicle was seized, while a total of 14 traffic offence reports were also issued. 

Machinery being recovered during the operation

Pc Josh Fawcett, of the Rural Task Force, who led the operation, said agricultural and plant vehicles were particularly vulnerable to theft, with items sometimes stolen to order. He told Beverley FM: “The financial and emotional impact to rural communities from these types of offences can be severe.”

He continued: ““The total cost of rural crime in 2020 is reported to be in excess of £43 million, with theft of agricultural vehicles accounting for £9.1 million. Our region is home to many rural communities and we are passionate about protecting them against those who think they can carry out criminal activity there. It’s not just the cost of replacing the equipment, but also the impact of temporarily reducing activities due to the equipment being stolen,” he said.


COMMUNITY dance programmes for young people aged eight to 18 return later this month after the summer break , with weekly sessions at a number of venues, including Beverley Memorial Hall. East Riding Youth Dance gives participants the chance to try a range of styles, including contemporary and street dance, whilst developing their creative technique and dance skills. More information here

BEVERLEY Building Society has announced Christopher White as its new Chief Financial Officer, subject to regulatory approval. Christopher takes up the position after Janet Bedford was promoted to the role of society Chief Executive.

Christopher (pictured), a former chief financial officer with the Darlington Building Society, said: “A really important part of the society’s next phase of development is growing its membership and mortgage book and I look forward to helping its team achieve this in line with its mutual principles and founding purpose of ‘Building Better Futures’.” 

Janet Bedford commented: “The Board is delighted to appoint such an accomplished financial services professional with significant executive and Board-level experience in the building society sector. Christopher clearly has a proven track record in helping to drive growth across commercial and operational areas, through the delivery of a proactive financial strategy and we are confident that he will play a significant part in strengthening our financial position within our East Riding heartland and nationally.

She continued: ”The Beverley is a traditional building society that provides an outstanding personal service and a flexible, common-sense approach to lending, together with great value savings products and this appointment is another key step in our strategic plan to build on these impressive foundations.”

Catch Christopher White chatting to Alex Dunn about his new role on Tuesday 6th September at 9am!