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Arrests in North Yorkshire following Britain's riots


1:01pm 12th August 2011
(Updated 1:02pm 12th August 2011)

North Yorkshire Poice has arrested four people on suspicion of conspiracy offences.

It's as the force continues to monitor social media sites.

Two men from York, both aged 18, are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Two men from Thirsk, aged 24 and 27, are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

All four men remain in custody.

A fifth man, from Scarborough, was arrested earlier this week. However, he has been released without charge in relation to disorder.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, said:

"We will not stand for any hint of incitement or encouragement to commit crime or violent disorder.

"Even if there is no intention to carry out the threats, making such comments causes alarm and distress to many people.

"We hope these arrests send a very clear message to anyone who foolishly thinks it's a good idea to use recent events to incite violence and criminality."

North Yorkshire Police continue to commit resources to the national policing response. A team returned from London overnight and were replaced with a new team who were dispatched yesterday.

The re-aligning of shifts and cancellation of rest days means a significantly higher number of high-visibility patrols remain in place across the county.

To report any suspicious behaviour or information, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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