Operation aims to protect vulnerable victims

police

6:38am 17th March 2017
(Updated 3:04pm 17th March 2017)

Three men have been arrested in the Harrogate area as part of an operation to support vulnerable people.

North Yorkshire Police says the key theme of Operation Target is vulnerability, with officers tasked with targeting and disrupting criminality and those who exploit the vulnerable. 

Each day, the force is focusing on a different area. 

In Harrogate on Tuesday, officers from the Roads Policing Group, Road Crime Team, Rural Taskforce, Firearms Support Unit and Neighbourhood Policing Teams took part in the operation. 

Arrest warrants were actioned, with a 26-year-old man from Harrogate being arrested on suspicion of supplying Class B drugs.

He currently remains in police custody.

Roads policing officers have carried out speed enforcement activity in and around Pannal.

Mobile patrols were also out and about focusing on drink and drug-drivers.

A 21-year-old man from Huby was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit for drugs and remains on police bail.

A 53-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation for altering his number plate to evade detection and for breaching his bail conditions not to enter a specific area.

Speaking about the operation, Inspector Rich Champion said: "Operation Target has provided the local teams with a boost of coordinated resources which has resulted in extra enforcement being carried out in the Harrogate area.

"The week-long operation is looking to engage with local communities and strengthen their resolve against those individuals who target the vulnerable. Officers have been speaking to local residents, encouraging them to report any suspicious activity and to sign up for North Yorkshire Community Messaging.

"High-visibility patrols have both acted as a deterrence and reassurance, and enabled vital intelligence to be gathered to inform future police activity."

On Thursday, officers concentrated on Craven and carried out high-visibility patrols targeting drug dealing, anti-social behaviour, burglary prevention and those who exploit young people.

For more support and information, visit the 'safer countryside' page of the North Yorkshire Police website and NYCM.co.uk to find out about North Yorkshire Community Messaging.

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