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Operation Hawk Hunts Down More Cross-Border Suspects

North Yorkshire Police

11:22am 17th September 2014

It was a case of happy hunting over the weekend for Operation Hawk, North Yorkshire Police's crack-down on travelling criminals.

At around 3am on Sunday (14 September 2014), a burglary occurred at a fish and chip shop on Bridge Street in Helmsley. Following enquires, officers tracked down and arrested two men from County Durham - Kenneth William Ross, 29, from Newton Aycliffe and Dale Edward Watson, 21, from Shildon - at 5.30am on suspicion of the offence.

They were later charged with four burglary offences in Helmsley and appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The charges included the fish and chip shop incident, a break-in at a pub on the High Street, a business on Bondgate and a garden shed on Carlton Road.

The case was committed to York Crown Court on 29 September. Both men were remanded in custody. It proved to be aproductive Sunday morning for the Operation Hawk officers when a white Nissan Qashqai alerted ANPR cameras at 7.53am on the south-bound A1(M).

The vehicle had been reported stolen overnight from a property in the Durham area. When North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group officers attempted to pull the Qashqai over, it failed to stop and a pursuit was authorised which carried on over the West Yorkshire border.

At 8.07am, the vehicle was abandoned after crashing into a field near the village of Walton, close to Wetherby, with three men running from the scene.Officers chased the men on foot with assistance from a police dog and its handler.

Two of the suspects were quickly arrested and the third was tracked down at about 9am. All three men - aged 25, 19 and 19 and from the Crook area of County Durham - were transferred into the custody of Durham Constabulary.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Operation Hawk continues to deliver on its promises with these latest arrests, sending a clear message to travelling criminals that if they use our road networks to commit offences, we will do everything in our power to catch them. "I would like to reassure our rural communities in particular that these efforts will continue and more arrests will be made, until travelling criminals get the message that they are not welcome in North Yorkshire."

Members of the public can help Operation Hawkby reporting any suspicious people or activity. Please call 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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