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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.
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.
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.
North Yorkshire Police has issued a statement saying that an operation involving armed officers in Knaresborough on Wednesday evening was the result of a malicious hoax call.
The operation centred on a restaurant called Paragon Pizza. A police spokesman says the incident has caused staff there considerable distress.
The police say they received information of an "immediate threat to members of the public" at the pizza shop.
No one has been arrested. The Major Crime Unit is now conducting an investigation into the incident to trace whoever is responsible for the malicious communication.
The headteacher of King James's School in Knaresborough has confirmed that pupils were asked to remain inside the building during a "major police incident".
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