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Five Arrested After Manhole Cover Thefts near Selby

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3:20pm 8th January 2013

Five people have been arrested following a report of manhole covers being stolen in the village of Cliffe near Selby.

North Yorkshire Police received a call from a vigilant member of the public who witnessed the manhole covers being loaded into a van at around lunchtime yesterday.

They immediately called the police who stopped two vans driving out of the village.

They arrested the five occupants of the vehicles on suspicion of theft. They include three men aged 25, 34 and 55, and two women aged 28 and 54. All suspects are from the Goole area and have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Inspector Richard Abbott of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Information from members of the public is crucial to the police and this incident is a clear demonstration of how it helps us.

“My thanks go to the person who reported this information, enabling us to make the swift arrests. My advice to everyone is never hesitate to report anything suspicious to us, no matter how insignificant you think it is, always trust your instincts as you could help prevent or detect a crime.”

To report information to the police, please call 101. If you see a crime in progress or your safety is threatened, please call 999.

You can also report information anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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