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Officers investigating phone theft share CCTV

Police have issued CCTV of a man they would like to speak to following several thefts and attempted thefts of mobile phones in Harrogate.

The perpetrators appear to be targeting small shops where mobile phones belonging to staff may be left on the desk or till area.

They are covering the phone with items they are carrying, then leaving the shops with the stolen phone. Officers believe the man shown in CCTV may have information that could help the investigation and are asking anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

Click Here to see CCTV https://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/news/north-yorkshire/news/appeals/2024/03-march/officers-investigating-phone-theft-share-cctv/#:~:text=Police%20have%20issued%20CCTV%20of,the%20desk%20or%20till%20area.

They are also urging anyone working in retail to be vigilant, to take notice of unusual behaviour  and not to place valuable items such as phones within reach of customers.

They are reminded to keep any valuables or personal items out of sight and reach and be wary of someone using objects to cover parts of a workspace where items such as a phone may have been set down.

Anyone with any information is asked to email james.hurren@northyorkshire.police.uk or call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for James Hurren.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12240009382 when passing on information.

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Five arrested as drugs, weapons and cash seized in warrant operation

Police have arrested five people and seized a large amount of drugs as part of an operation to tackle County Lines drug dealing.

A significant amount of cash and several offensive weapons were also recovered after officers executed warrants at addresses in Harrogate district and Leeds yesterday morning (Tuesday, 27 February).

North Yorkshire Police’s Organised Crime Unit worked with West Yorkshire Police during the County Lines operation.

County Lines is the term used to describe drug supply lines run by organised crime gangs from urban areas who deal drugs in more rural counties such as North Yorkshire.

The warrants were carried out to allow police to enter and search addresses and locate suspects.

A significant amount of what is believed to be a class-A drug was seized, along with a large amount of a suspected class-B drug and thousands of prescription-type drugs including tramadol and diazepam, which are controlled substances and therefore illegal to supply unauthorised.

The substances will be sent for laboratory testing as part of the investigation.

All five suspects, who are men aged between their 30s and 50s from the Harrogate, Ripon and Leeds areas, were arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

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Police uncover cannabis farm in Harrogate
Published:
12:17
26/02/2024
Police in Harrogate have dismantled a cannabis farm that was uncovered at a house on Harlow Terrace on Wednesday (21 February 2024).
More than 300 plants and equipment have been seized at the property, which was under a police scene guard until Friday evening.
A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigation and released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.
Witnesses or anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area are urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 4, and make a report to the Force Control Room.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference number 12240030803 when providing details.
Cannabis farms – signs to look out for
Windows covered at all times
Excessive security measures
Lots of condensation
Unusual comings and goings – frequent visitors at unsociable hours. Or resident only visiting address occasionally – once or twice a week
Plant growing equipment going in and out of properties, such as soil/fertiliser and plant waste
Lot of cables and wiring
Bright lights day and night
Buzz of fans
A pungent smell
Vulnerable adults – sometimes vulnerable and trafficked people are forced to tend to cannabis farms
Snowless roof when everyone else’s is covered – cannabis farms create a lot of heat
Landlords
Be wary of anyone who offers to pay months’ worth of rent up front
Excessive electricity bills – have the electricity bills suddenly spiked or dropped?
Pay regular maintenance visits to the property and be suspicious if the tenant is never there or won’t let you in – call the police if you feel threatened
Making a report
You can pass information to the police on 101 or online at https://lnkd.in/ed_zK9uk, or, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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