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Man arrested after throwing ferrets at car in Harrogate

Man arrested after throwing ferrets at car in Harrogate

Published by Lisa Darvill at 10:15am 3rd December 2019.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was arrested for throwing a pair of ferrets at a car in Harrogate. 

  • The 25-year-old man was arrested for criminal damage and welfare offences 
  • It's reported he damaged a number of vehicles by throwing the ferrets and a ferret box 
  • It happened on Woodfield Road at 7.30 last night 
  • The two ferrets are now in the care of the RSPCA 

Officers say they were called to an incident on Woodfield Road, Harrogate, at about 7.30pm last night.

It was reported that a man had damaged a number of vehicles along the road, using a ferret box to hit them, and had also thrown a pair of ferrets at a vehicle.

A 25-year-old man, of no fixed address, was detained by members of the public, and arrested by police on suspicion of criminal damage and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. He remains in custody. 

Google Street View of Woodfield Road
Woodfield Road in Harrogate, Google Maps


At least a dozen vehicles were damaged, including smashed windows, dents and scratches.

The two ferrets are now in the care of the RSPCA.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said:

“We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident, and ask for any victims who haven’t already come forward to contact North Yorkshire Police.

“This would have been a very disturbing and alarming incident to those who witnessed it, and we are keen to speak to anyone who has information that could assist the investigation.”

Contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Jessica Errington or PC Nicholas Woods. You can also email Jessica.Errington@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12190221285.