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Man Arrested After Askham Bryan Forklift Theft

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5:54am 6th August 2013

A man has been arrested in fields off the A64 after a telehandler was stolen from Askham Bryan yesterday afternoon.

At 2.15pm police received reports that the machine had been stolen from business premises in Askham Fields Lane.

Thanks to valuable information received into the Force Control Room, officers working on Operation Hawk tracked the vehicle to the A64 near Tadcaster.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle on the A64 and ran off into the fields.

Two police dogs and their handlers were sent into to the scene and were able to track the suspect through fields and through a farm yard.

At 2.50pm, officers located the suspect hiding in bushes and in possession of a cycle which was the property of a nearby home owner.

The 26-year-old man of no fixed address is now in police custody where he will be questioned by police officers.

The telehandler and cycle have now been recovered by police and will be examined by crime scene investigators as part of the investigation.

Operation Hawk is a crackdown on travelling criminals who target our rural communities and was launched last week by Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh, he said: “35 minutes from the report of a crime to the arrest of a suspect sends a very clear message to the criminal fraternity that we will not tolerate their presence in our communities.

“This is just the beginning and I can assure our rural communities that our efforts will continue and more arrests will be made until suspects get the message that North Yorkshire is not an easy place to commit crime and go undetected.”

Members of the public are encouraged to 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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