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Two men arrested in connection to Craven quad bike theft

Two men arrested in connection to Craven quad bike theft

Published by Harry Long at 4:39pm 4th May 2020.

Two men have been arrested and released under investigation - after two quad bikes were found in the back of a van in Boroughbridge.

  • Two quad bikes were found in the back of a van in Boroughbridge yesterday.  
  • One of the bikes was reported stolen in a burglary from a farm in Craven.
  • Two men were arrested and released under investigation.  

One of the bikes was reported stolen in a burglary from a farm in Craven in July 2019.

The van was stopped around 1.30pm yesterday on the bridge over the A1(M) at junction 48.

Officers searched the van and found two quad bikes in the back along with a small amount of cannabis.

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The driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. The passenger was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of cannabis.

The Sprinter van was seized, along with both quad bikes. The two arrested men - both aged 34 and from the Bradford area - were released under investigation, while enquiries continue.

Last week police urged residents of rural North Yorkshire to take extra precautions to secure their quad bikes, and remain vigilant.

Inspector Matt Hagen, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said:

“Quite apart from its monetary value, the loss of a quad can have a really significant impact on a farm or other rural business – particularly in these difficult times, when farmers really cannot afford any further disruption.

“Police patrols in rural areas have not stopped, so if you see or hear anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call us. If a crime is in progress, or someone suspected of a crime is nearby – call 999. If you don’t need an emergency response, please report anything suspicious to us using the 101 phone number. Any piece of information could help us build up a picture and bring criminals to justice.”