North Yorkshire Police sent out a strong message to travelling criminals after making seven arrests during the latest phase of their rural crime crackdown Operation Hawk.
Police took to the roads in the district during a day of action last Thursday which continued into the early hours of Friday morning.
At around 9.30pm, three men from Goole were arrested on suspicion diesel theft after being stopped by officers, with a Volkswagen Passat which was parked in a gateway on the A162 near Sherburn in Elmet.
The men, aged 25, 28, and 35, remain in police custody for questioning.
Around 10 minutes later the Road Crime Team pulled over a Ford Fiesta containing three men, on the A61 near Harewood.
The men aged 18, 19, and 20, were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply. They remain in police custody for questioning.
So far during Operation Hawk, which began at the end of July 2014, officers have made 152 arrests as they patrol the county’s borders using Automatic Number Plate Technology (ANPR) and intelligence to stop travelling criminals.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The fact that we have now made over 150 arrests during Operation Hawk shows just how committed we are to protecting our rural communities from the threat of travelling criminals.
“Not only are we making arrests but we are building up a real picture of the activities of criminals who are coming into North Yorkshire or using the county’s roads to commit crime, which is helping us to target offenders more effectively.
“The regular days of action have proved to be a great success and I hope that they are sending out a message to travelling criminals that if they come to North Yorkshire to commit crime, we will be waiting for them.
“I also hope that the communities of North Yorkshire are reassured by the activities under Operation Hawk and can see that we are determined to put a stop to offenders from other areas who are targeting them.”
Residents in rural communities can help maintain the success of Operation Hawk by reporting any suspicious incidents, which can help officers build up a picture of any criminal activity happening in remote areas of the county.
To report suspicious behaviour call North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and speak to the Force Control Room. If an emergency response is required, dial 999.