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55 Arrests As Operation Hawk Day Of Action Hailed A Huge Success


1:24pm 5th December 2013

55 people were arrested as part of an intense day of action under North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Hawk yesterday (4 December 2013).

The hard-hitting crackdown on travelling criminals and local law-breakers also saw eight warrants carried out under the misuse of drugs act, 16 arrest warrants carried out for failing to appear at court or non-payment of fines, 220 vehicles stopped and 22 vehicles searched, say North Yorkshire Police.

£4,200 worth of suspected criminal property and cash was seized, which includes £3,000 worth of suspected stolen property during a warrant carried out at house in Clifton, York, say officers.  

They add that in addition,19 scrap metal dealers were visited to ensure they were complying with new legislation regarding the selling of scrap metal.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy joined officers on burglary prevention patrols in York last night, he said: “I’m delighted with the results of today’s operation and the impact it’s had on criminality across our county.

“Travelling criminals and local law-breakers should take note, the tough stance shown during Operation Hawk will continue well into the new year and beyond. North Yorkshire and the City of York is one of the safest places in the country and we are determined to keep it that way.

“Thanks go to our partner agencies and volunteers who have supported the day of action. In particular the watch volunteers in the Hambleton and Richmondshire area who provided an extra 21 patrols across the north of the county and the borders with Cleveland and Durham. Also to our Special Constabulary who provided an extra 50 officers - their assistance is invaluable.”

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, added: “Since its launch in July, Operation Hawk has led to the recovery of more than £2 million worth of assets and more than 100 prosecutions.

“I welcome the next stage of this operation, which is demonstrating that criminality will not be tolerated by our communities and that the police will take firm, decisive action in tackling rural and cross-border crime.”

Breakdown of results

Arrests (offences) – 31

Arrests (warrants FTA / fines) – 16

Misues of Drugs Act warrants executed – 8

Vehicle stop checks – 220

Vehicle searches – 22

Vehicles seized – 4

Drugs seized Class A – 2 lumps heroin, 1 lump crack (York) plus unknown quantity at Scarborough

Drugs seized Class B – 16 cannabis plants from warrant (Selby) plus 1 large amount and 1 small amount of cannabis (York), £ 50 cannabis plus additional unknown quantity at Scarborough

Cash seized - £1200 (York)

Stolen property seized value - £3000 (York)

Arrests by area:

  • York – 10 arrests for a variety of offences from drug dealing to non payment of fines
  • Selby - 9 arrests including seizure of cannabis plants and non-payment of fines.
  • Scarborough -  22 arrests including 4 from Whitby for possessing cannabis and 3 people from Manchester on suspected of drug offences
  • Hambleton and Richmondshire – 9 arrests including two people on suspicion of burglary and three for non-payment of fines  
  • Harrogate – 5 arrests including one from Leeds on suspicion of shop theft (please note not two as previously believed)

Operation Hawk  

Operation Hawk was established at the end of July to protect North Yorkshire’s rural communities from the threat of travelling criminals.

Officers are using a number of resources to secure the county’s borders and ensure that criminals find it very difficult to get into North Yorkshire and out again undetected.

So far the results have included:

* More than £2,000,000 of property seized

* Potentially more than £750,000 of drugs seized (awaiting purity analysis) 

* 103 arrests

* 144 vehicle searches

* 215 person searches

* 5 stolen motor vehicles recovered

* 13 other vehicles seized

* 109 prosecution files processed, including Fixed Penalty Notices

Residents in isolated areas can also play a big part in Operation Hawk by acting as the police’s eyes and ears. Intelligence gained from those communities can help officers to focus resources in the right areas, giving them a better chance of catching rural criminals.

Please report suspicious behaviour by calling North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and speak to the Force Control Room.

If an emergency response is required, always dial 999.

Information can also be passed on without giving your name by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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