POLICE have turned to the public for help after metal thieves struck at a tourist hot-spot.

Sometime over the weekend raiders targeted Helmsley Castle and took the lead guttering from the front fascia of the visitor centre.

It is estimated the lead is worth around £1,000 and officers are cki9ng CCTV to try and identify the the thieves.

PC Andy Rogers said: "I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Helmsley Castle over the weekend.

"It is likely that the offenders will have used a vehicle to transport the lead from the scene, therefore I would also like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles in the area around the time of the theft.”

He added: “Metal theft is becoming increasingly common due to the scrap value it brings and I would urge people to report any suspicious circumstances to the police or Crimestoppers to help put a stop to metal thieves."

Anyone who may be able to hgelp should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Andy Rogers. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.