Detectives tell driver to stay out of North Yorkshire after suspected stolen rural machinery is found in his van
A man has been told to stay out of North Yorkshire after he was arrested over rural machinery stolen from building sites.
A 41-year-old man from Durham was arrested on Thursday night after police pulled over a van on the A59 outside Knaresborough and found a generator, wacker plate, cutting saw and other plant machinery inside.
Work is ongoing to trace the owners of the equipment but it is suspected to have been taken from building sites in the local area.
The driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of theft and released on bail on Saturday evening under the conditions not to enter North Yorkshire.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Building sites and compounds – particularly those in rural areas or isolated areas – are, by their nature, vulnerable and attractive targets for criminals.
“The equipment on building sites can be worth many thousands of pounds, which is why it’s so important to keep it safe.
"We want the message to go out to would-be thieves that targeting sites in York and North Yorkshire is simply not worth the risk.”
Support The Yorkshire Post and become a subscriber today.
Your subscription will help us to continue to bring quality news to the people of Yorkshire. In return, you'll see fewer ads on site, get free access to our app and receive exclusive members-only offers.
So, please - if you can - pay for our work. Just £5 per month is the starting point. If you think that which we are trying to achieve is worth more, you can pay us what you think we are worth. By doing so, you will be investing in something that is becoming increasingly rare. Independent journalism that cares less about right and left and more about right and wrong. Journalism you can trust.
James Mitchinson (Editor)