Knaresborough police are appealing for information after the body of an elderly woman was recovered from the River Nidd, near the viaduct close to Mother Shipton’s Cave, at around 8.50am today.
Officers have not found anything to suggest there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
Police enquiries remain ongoing to establish the woman’s identity. She is described as being white, around 5ft 2in tall with a medium to heavy build and grey hair.
She was wearing a cream cardigan, a white t-shirt with a black flower on it, black trousers and shiny black shoes. The woman also had gold earrings and gold rings on. Following a search of the area, officers found a black coat with a leopard print collar by the side of the river.
A man from West Yorkshire has been arrested over a hoax bomb threat in Knaresborough.
Emergency services received an anonymous phone call regarding a bomb scare at a pizza take-away on the town's High Street on October 16. The area was evacuated and pupils were kept inside a nearby school.
A 21-year-old from the Leeds area was arrested on Friday in connection with the incident. He has been released on police bail.
Knaresborough is hoping to be crowned town crier capital of the country later with local man Simon Shaw taking part in a national competition based in Hastings. Simon is a member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers which organises the Hastings event annually.
The aim is to ensure that the very English tradition of town criers is perpetuated. This year over 25 competitors are expected at the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings - both men and women from across the country who will be judged on diction, inflection, clarity and, of course, volume.
North Yorkshire Police deny they 'over-reacted' during last night's armed incident in Knaresborough. The town's High Street was sealed off for several hours and armed officers were brought in after being tipped off that a gun or explosives were in a pizza shop.
Four workers were detained then let go after it was found to be a malicious hoax. Now detectives are hunting for those responsible. Chris Kiddey reports.
North Yorkshire Police say tonight's armed response in Knaresborough was sparked by a hoax call. The owner of a pizza shop and three of his staff were detained but no arrests were made. Chris Kiddey reports.
The incident in Knaresborough is now over and an investigation is underway to find those responsible for the disruption. North Yorkshire Police say it began when they - and a neighbouring force - were led to believe there was an immediate threat to members of the public at a business in the town.
However, officers later established that the calls were in fact, malicious hoax calls. Police have thanked the owners of Paragon Pizza, the target of the hoax and who had been caused "considerable distress" for their full cooperation.
The Major Crime Unit is now conducting an investigation into the incident to bring the person or people responsible for the malicious communications to justice. To date no-one has been arrested.
This was a very alarming incident for members of the public and we would like to thank the communities of Knaresborough for their patience and cooperation while the police dealt with it. This includes the businesses who were affected by the safety cordons and the premises at the centre of the hoax. We treat incidents of this nature with the utmost seriousness and can assure members of the public that a full investigation is now underway to establish who is responsible.