Police step up patrols in Harrogate after stabbing in town centre

North Yorkshire Police has issued a statement to say police presence will be stepped up in Harrogate after a stabbing.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 3:25 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 3:37 pm

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital in the early hours of this morning, Friday, with serious but not life-threatening injuries to his face, back and leg.

Three boys aged 13, 15 and 16 remain in policy custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The incident occurred outside Victoria Shopping Centre early this morning, Friday.

Superintendent Steve Thomas, Harrogate Commander, said: "This is clearly an extremely serious incident, and residents will naturally feel concerned about what has happened. However, incidents like this are very rare in our town. Thanks to a fast response by local officers last night, three suspects have been arrested, and a police investigation is well underway.

"You can expect to see increased patrols in the town centre in the coming days - officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area to provide extra reassurance to residents and businesses.

"Please do speak to them if you have any concerns. It goes without saying that the carrying of knives and other weapons is unacceptable and these additional patrols will be using appropriate stop and search powers to ensure anyone found in possession of weapons is arrested and put before the courts."

Anyone with any information about the incident or anyone who witnessed the attack should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 12200001239.