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Suspected metal thieves arrested


3:11pm 24th January 2011


Four suspected metal thieves have been arrested in two separate incidents thanks to vigilant members of the public.


In the first incident in Easingwold, police were contacted by a householder at around 1:40am on the morning of Wednesday 20th January.  A man reported hearing noises outside his property on Chapel Street. A woman also reported being woken up by someone coming down from the roof of her Chapel Street home.

Police officers, including a police dog handler, were deployed to the scene. The suspects ran off from the scene when they realised the police had been called. However, with the help of the police dog, officers tracked the suspects through the town. 

One man was arrested in the area of the Galtres Centre. It is believed the other suspect escaped in a vehicle which was seen leaving the area at speed.

Officers would like to appeal for information to help locate the second suspect. Anyone with information can pass it to North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247 or you can give information anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, you do not have to give your name.

The arrested man is aged in his twenties and is from the Easingwold area. He has been bailed while enquiries continue.

Police also recovered a pile of lead from the Chapel Street area, believed to have been stolen but abandoned when the thieves were disturbed.


In the second incident, officers were called to the Leyburn area at around 1:10pm on  Thursday 20th January.  Police received a call from land managers at the Tupgill Park Estate near Coverham.  They found three men on the estate who were in the process of removing a metal cover.  

The men were confronted by the staff and immediately drove off from the scene in a pick-up type truck.

The police were called and officers located the vehicle and the men in the nearby village of Middleham. The three were arrested and taken into custody for questioning by police officers, they have since been released on police bail.

They were a 16 year old and 19 year old from the Durham area and a 24 year old from the Leyburn area. All three were arrested on suspicion of theft and the 24 year old was also arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed weapon after a knife was seized from the vehicle. 

Inspector Sarah Sanderson said:

“If anyone sees anything suspicious in their area, whether it’s a strange vehicle or anyone acting suspiciously, they should not hesitate to contact the police immediately. Members of the public act as the eyes and ears of the police and their help is invaluable in the fight against crime. ”

Members of the public can pass information to the police via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and could qualify for a cash reward,  You can pass information to North Yorkshire Police directly on 0845 60 60 247. If you see a crime in progress or your safety is threatened, please dial 999.

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