Arrests after manhole cover thefts

Five people have been arrested following a report of manhole covers being stolen in the village of Cliffe near Selby.

North Yorkshire Police received a call from someone who witnessed the manhole covers being loaded into a van at around lunchtime yesterday.

They immediately called the police who stopped two vans driving out of the village.

They arrested the five occupants of the vehicles on suspicion of theft. They include three men aged 25, 34 and 55, and two women aged 28 and 54. They are from the Goole area and have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Information from members of the public is crucial to the police and this incident is a clear demonstration of how it helps us.

My thanks go to the person who reported this information, enabling us to make the swift arrests. My advice to everyone is never hesitate to report anything suspicious to us, no matter how insignificant you think it is, always trust your instincts as you could help prevent or detect a crime.

– Inspector Richard Abbott, Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team