Quick arrests following five burglaries in Bilton

27 March 2014

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of committing five burglaries in the Bilton area of Harrogate.

They have been released on police bail as enquiries continue.

Inspector Clive Turner, of Harrogate Police, said: Due to a recent increase in reported crimes within the Bilton area of Harrogate, we have increased the number of patrols within the area.

These consist of visible patrols by the local Safer Neighbourhood Team to deter would be criminals, but also to provide an increased level of reassurance for the residents of Bilton.

We are also utilising officers in plain clothes in an attempt to gain intelligence, identify offenders and bring those responsible to justice.

Two 18-year-old men are currently on police bail in relation to five burglaries in the area, one of which has been charged and is shortly appearing at court for a separate Burglary.

Last week a 16-year-old male was convicted of a burglary and received an 18 month custodial sentence.

Anyone with information which may assist the ongoing police enquires should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Ukip County Coun David Simister, who represents Bilton & Nidd Gorge on North Yorkshire County Council is calling for an increase in “visible policing”

Coun Simister, who lives in Bilton, said: Residents are very worried about the rise in burglaries, and I have spoken to the local Neighbourhood Policing team about the issue.

The police have responded by mounting a number of operations, but what will reassure residents the most is visible policing.

The amount of money each household pays to North Yorkshire Police is going up from April, and I certainly want to see this translated to officers out and about on foot.

In addition to regular foot patrols, residents can also do their bit by reporting anything suspicious to the police.

The message is simple, if in doubt dial 101.

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