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Man arrested in Harrogate after search of vehicle by drug detection dog

Operation Hawk continues as officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Road Crime Team are continuing their efforts to keep travelling criminals out of the county with another arrest.

The 28-year-old man from Leeds was arrested at 7.40pm on Monday 28 July 2014, in Harrogate, after he failed to stop the Toyota Yaris he was driving.

After a search of the car by a specialist drugs dog, the man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply. He was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and money laundering.

The man has been released on police bail to allow for further police enquiries.

Superintendent Dave Hannan leads Operation Hawk, North Yorkshire Police’s campaign against travelling criminals.

 Superintendent Hannan said: This latest arrest shows that there will be no let up on the pressure we are putting on criminals travelling into North Yorkshire with the aim of offending.

Anyone who commits offences in North Yorkshire can expect to dealt with robustly.

Operation Hawk was established 2013 to protect North Yorkshire’s rural communities from the threat of travelling criminals.
Officers are using a number of resources to secure the county’s borders and ensure that criminals find it very difficult to get into North Yorkshire and out again undetected.

Residents in isolated areas can also play a big part in Operation Hawk by acting as the police’s eyes and ears. Intelligence gained from those communities can help officers to focus resources in the right areas, giving them a better chance of catching rural criminals.

Anyone who can help progress this enquiry should contact Harrogate CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Gary Blackburn. Alternatively, information can be emailed to

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140113324.

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