Neighbourhood Watch

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a rural property between Appleton Wiske and Worsall.

It happened at some point between 6.30pm on Tuesday 18 August and 8.30am the following morning.

The suspects broke into the property and stole jewellery including high value watches, electrical items and a cabinet containing two shotguns.

One of the watches is of great sentimental value to the owner as it was presented to their grandfather. It is described as a gold, Smith’s gent’s watch and is engraved on the back with “British Railways in appreciation”.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw any suspicious vehicles or people to contact them.

They are also urging anyone who is offered the Smith’s watch, a 12 gauge Beretta Silver Pigeon shotgun with a distinctive bent sight, or a Baikel standard shotgun for sale, to contact them.

Anyone else who has any information that could assist the investigation including motorists in the area with any dash-cam footage of potential suspicious vehicles, are also asked to get in touch.

If you can assist the investigation, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information for incident number 12200144219

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or online at

Village Library

A  good team effort has produced a temporary library  in the Bus Shelter.

Especial thanks to Angela Sellars for sorting the books and stocking the shelves.

Please use the facility but please do bear in mind that it should not become a dump for books that should really be recycled!

Its success will depend upon us all playing our part and respecting the very simple instructions displayed on site.

We hope to make it a permanent feature. The only stipulation from Broadacres, who own the Bus Shelter, is that we will have to dismantle it if the Bus Service is restored. As it is over 30 years since we had the last bus I think it will be safe.

There is a wide cross section, including children’s books and puzzles etc, on offer.


The next bulk order for heating oil will close on Friday 16th October. Those who are already members of the buying group will receive an email closer to the date with an invitation to place an order for delivery during the following 2 weeks. Anyone wishing to join the group should email asking for details on how to join.

Village Parking Problems

Pavement Parking has been a problem in the village for some time.

Causing an obstruction on the pavement can make it impossible for invalid vehicles, pushchairs and children walking to and from school to avoid having to walk on the road. It has recently been reported that tickets have been issued for vehicles obstructing the pavement in Great Smeaton, a situation which could also arise in Appleton Wiske.

Please avoid parking vehicles on the pavement and allow pedestrians and others to pass easily and potentially avoid having to pay a fine for having created a problem for other residents.