More than 40 arrests across North Yorkshire in police "day of action"

Darlington and Stockton Times: Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy

A CONCERTED day of action by police in North Yorkshire has so far led to a total of 43 arrests.

All available resources were thrown into the county-wide crackdown, from chief officers to Special Constables and PCSOs to police staff.

By mid-afternoon today (Wednesday, December 4), 43 people had been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences from suspected drug dealing to theft, burglary and non-payment of fines.

The day-long operation was part of Operation Hawk, a blitz against travelling criminals which has been running since the summer.

But officers on the streets have also been targeting their area’s most wanted suspects as well as hosting crime prevention surgeries.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy called the operation a “huge success” even though more results are still expected.

“Our aim was to disrupt criminals, arrest suspects who are making our residents’ lives a misery and keep our communities safe,” he said.

“We’re sending a clear message to criminals that we won’t tolerate their activities, and a message to our communities that we will do everything possible to keep them safe and keep our area one of the safest in the country.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to us making more arrests as well as deterring criminality across the county during our evening and night-time operations.”

The clampdown included four arrests made in Northallerton, including two people, aged 22 and 17, from Darlington, on suspicion of burglary.

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7:42pm Wed 4 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

A later discovery found that all 40 suspects had deliberately been arrested after reading the warning in the Northern Echo the day before.

When asked why they deliberately got arrested they all said "Once arrested you get free drug and alcohol assistance, and three square meals a day, also by pushing a buzzer you get tea and coffee on demand.
We are all unemployed trough no fault of our own, but get none of this as law abiding citizens, so just went for it so we could finally be treated fairly and go home with a full stomach"

A local benefits adviser was asked to comment, and said "oh yes its true, you commit crime and get locked up, then you get 5 star treatment, where as honest people in real need we can fob off with legislation and bureaucracy"
A later discovery found that all 40 suspects had deliberately been arrested after reading the warning in the Northern Echo the day before. When asked why they deliberately got arrested they all said "Once arrested you get free drug and alcohol assistance, and three square meals a day, also by pushing a buzzer you get tea and coffee on demand. We are all unemployed trough no fault of our own, but get none of this as law abiding citizens, so just went for it so we could finally be treated fairly and go home with a full stomach" A local benefits adviser was asked to comment, and said "oh yes its true, you commit crime and get locked up, then you get 5 star treatment, where as honest people in real need we can fob off with legislation and bureaucracy" NO EINSTEIN

10:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

darloboss says...

is that it ??? Ibet 38 of them have been targeted for days the other two didnt read yesterdays echo
is that it ??? Ibet 38 of them have been targeted for days the other two didnt read yesterdays echo darloboss

1:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

ian923 says...

Exactly-they do keep some on the back burner for such days to ensure arrests. Over 150 extra staff involved for 43 arrests. Wouldn't say it was a great result.
Exactly-they do keep some on the back burner for such days to ensure arrests. Over 150 extra staff involved for 43 arrests. Wouldn't say it was a great result. ian923

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