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Dog-day for travelling criminals


11:03am 20th December 2011

North Yorkshire Police have sent out a stern warning to suspected crooks and travelling criminals that the county is no-go area for them and they are being watched at all hours of the day.

The warning comes on the back of two arrests in the early hours of the morning on Sunday and Monday.

In the first incident, officers arrested a 21-year-old Leicester man in the early hours of Sunday 18 December following a pursuit in the Selby area.

At around 1.30am, officers on routine patrol became suspicious when they spotted a blue Land Rover Discovery towing a caravan on the A63 near Selby. They followed the vehicle as it travelled on to the A19 in the direction of Eggborough. 

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle to enable them to speak to the driver, but the vehicle failed to stop for the them.

A police pursuit began with assistance from Humberside Police's Air Support Unit.

The Land Rover eventually came to a halt after it veered off the road and into a field after passing through the village of Hensall.

The  vehicle travelled approximately 200 metres into the field before it came to a halt. The driver then ran off from the vehicle. 

A police dog and handler caught up with the suspect under a bridge near the M62 motorway. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Further investigations revealed the Land Rover had been stolen from Leicester and the caravan had been stolen that night from the Riccall area.

The man was released from Selby custody on police bail and handed over to Leicestershire Constabulary where he will be questioned in relation to the stolen Land Rover. 

In a separate incident in York today (Monday 19 December 2011), a 23-year-old York man was arrested on suspicion of theft when a police dog caught up with him after he crashed and ran away from the van he was driving.

At around 2am, an officer on patrol in the Layerthorpe area of York saw the vehicle pass him before it crashed into railings at the junction of Layerthorpe and Hallfield Road.

A police dog caught up with the suspect as he ran off from the scene. He was then arrested on suspicion of theft, driving without insurance and a licence and driving without due care and attention. Police also recovered a large amount of alcohol from the back of the van.

The man has been released on bail while police enquiries continue.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal, said:

"These are just the latest arrests in an a long line of suspects who have been stopped in their tracks. Criminals should take note, that despite the financial cuts, we remain committed to disrupting criminality and are as effective, if not more effective than ever.

"We want these latest arrests to send a clear message to criminals who think they can operate under the cover of darkness; we're out there and we are watching you. We will not tolerate your illegal activity in our communities and we will take every opportunity to make life difficult for you.

"If you come to North Yorkshire to commit crime you will be caught. You have been warned and you know what to expect, so stay away."

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