Two arrested following joint operation tackling rural crime
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Officers from Greater Eston and East Cleveland Neighbourhood Policing Teams joined forces with North Yorkshire Police Rural Task Force to conduct cross-border patrols to tackle rural crime earlier this week.
The patrols were carried out overnight between January 17th and 18th and resulted in officers recovering a 4x4 vehicle that was suspected to have been involved in rural crime in Middlesbrough.
Officers pursued the vehicle from North Yorkshire to Cleveland and enquiries are currently ongoing to trace the suspects who fled the vehicle.
A suspected stolen quad was also seized on January 18th as part of proactive patrols to tackle illegal off-road vehicles.
Officers recovered the quad bike, which was believed to have been stolen from the Durham area in September 2022, from the Flatts Lane area of Normanby. Enquiries are ongoing in relation to this.
While on patrol, police received a report of a burglary in progress at a premises in Slapewath.
Officers attended and arrested a 35-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman on suspicion of burglary. They have both been bailed pending further enquiries.
Cleveland Police’s operational lead for rural crime, Sergeant Rory Sadler said: “Cleveland Police are committed to tackling rural crime and this operation a prime example of how information and resource sharing between the two forces is producing positive results for the residents of both Cleveland and North Yorkshire.
“Those who commit crimes in rural areas do not operate within borders and neither do we. Further joint operations will continue to take place throughout the year.”
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