A PUBLIC Safety Service pilot to keep residents in the county safe has been launched in Craven.

The service brings together a number of organisations, currently including North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and has been introduced by the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. It is being piloted for 12 months before roll-out across the whole county.

Two Public Safety Officers, working across all these agencies, were appointed in February 2020 and have been embedded in local communities to provide support and improve capacity to tackle issues before they become problematic. They are Craig Lyons, in Bentham and Lucy Osborn, in Grassington.

Both are also on-call firefighters.