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North Yorkshire Police sent an armed response team to an incident in Knaresborough which was later revealed to be a hoax.

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Man arrested after Knaresborough bomb hoax

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.

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Knaresborough incident was "malicious hoax"

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.

– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy

Armed police operation the result of a hoax call

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.

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.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

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Head: School locked during 'major police incident'

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".

You may be aware that there was a major police incident in Knaresborough this afternoon. I was advised by the police to keep students who were doing after school activities in school, until they could be collected by their parents.

We took the added precaution of locking the school and bringing students under the supervision of staff in one area.

At 5.15 pm I was advised by the police that it was safe to release the students.

– carl sugden, headteacher, King James's School
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