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North Yorkshire Police’s Road Crime Team makes 22 arrests
A POLICE team launched to focus on travelling criminals has seized property and drugs worth about £1.5million in the last month.
North Yorkshire Police’s Road Crime Team stopped and searched 46 vehicles since the group was launched in September, under Operation Hawk to help crack down on rural and cross-border crime. The stops led to 22 arrests.
The group works with a number of agencies, including HMRC, and was responsible for a number of recent successes, including the seizure of three kilograms of heroin, worth thousands of pounds, from a car that was stopped on the A59. Two Harrogate men were charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Most recently, on Sunday, the team tracked a grey Lexus south on the A1(M) from Boroughbridge, and stopped it close to the West Yorkshire border.
Officers found a large amount of cash, which was seized along with the vehicle, and three men - a 33-year-old from Huddersfield, a 39-year-old from Bradford and a 21-year-old from Bradford - were arrested on suspicion of possession of criminal property and later released on bail.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, who is leading Operation Hawk, praised the team’s impact in its first month on the county’s roads.
He said: “From the feedback I have heard, the criminals themselves are beginning to realise that North Yorkshire Police mean business and our county is a no-go area for their illegal activity.
“Criminals need to know that their vehicles will be routinely stopped and searched in North Yorkshire. And make no mistake, they will be arrested if they are suspected of being involved in crime. Our officers will even come knocking on front doors in neighbouring counties if necessary. There is nowhere to hide and there will be no let-up.”