Ferrets thrown at vehicle in disturbing animal cruelty incident in Harrogate

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was arrested for criminal damage and animal welfare offences in Harrogate.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 9:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 9:52 am

Officers were called to an incident on Woodfield Road, Harrogate, at around 7.30pm on December 2.

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 at this time.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was arrested for criminal damage and animal welfare offences in Harrogate.

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 [email protected]