Horse-owners invited to drop-in sessions to tackle crime

Police are launching the events as part of their Horsewatch scheme
Police are launching the events as part of their Horsewatch scheme

Horse owners across the Harrogate district have been invited by police to a series of events to protect property after a spate of thefts targeting rural stables.

As part of the North Yorkshire Police Horsewatch scheme, officers will be at three venues including Harrogate, offering free tack marking sessions.

The events follow a warning earlier this month about a series of thefts, particularly in the Harrogate area, where various equestrian items were stolen.

PC Hannah McPeake, of the force’s Rural Taskforce, said: “North Yorkshire continues to be a very safe place, and thankfully levels of equestrian crime are low.

"Unfortunately over the last few weeks a number of stables and tack rooms have been targeted, particularly in the Harrogate area, and so it’s more important than ever to be vigilant and take steps to protect your high-value tack.

“Marking items of property is one of the most effective ways of deterring criminals. Our property marking service is fast and free, so please make a note of the date of your nearest event and come along on the day."

Using property marking technology, leather items of tack can be marked with a unique number – deterring would-be thieves and making it much easier to reunite owners with stolen property and convict criminals.

The tack marking session in Harrogate will be held on November 12 at Beaver Horse Shop, Windmill Farm, Otley Road between 12 and 3pm.

Another two sessions will also be held at Millbryhill, Broken Brea Farm, Easby, in Richmond on December 3 between 12.30 and 2.30pm and at RideAway, Stillington Road, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York on December 4 between 12 and 3pm.