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Elderly couple tied up by masked men during burglary

An elderly couple were tied up by three men who broke into their home in Harrogate, before stealing cash and jewellery.

Police said the couple were 'shaken' after the burglary, but afterwards they managed to untie themselves and contact their daughter, who rang for help.

Two of the men were wearing masks and hoods to hide their faces when they broke into the house on South Park Road, between 6:15pm and 7pm on Tuesday, 20th January. The victims did not see the third man.

The house on South Park Road is close to Harrogate town centre Credit: Bing/Axis

The men stole about £200 in cash and some jewellery. The couple suffered minor injuries to their hands and wrists.

Det. Insp Bill Burns of North Yorkshire Police said it was 'fortunate' that they were not seriously hurt.

“If you saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the South Park Road area of Harrogate on Tuesday evening I urge you to get in touch.

“I would like to remind residents that this kind of incident is unusual in North Yorkshire but to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”

– Det Insp Bill Burns

Appeal after Harrogate robbery

Detectives in Harrogate are appealing for witnesses following a robbery. on Dragon Avenue.

Two men approached an 18-year-old man, made verbal threats to him and demanded money at 7pm on January 12.

One of the suspects then threatened the teenager with a knife before they both searched him and left the scene with money. The men left in the direction of Mornington Crescent and Skipton Road.

Suspect 1 - description

  • White
  • 5ft 11 tall
  • Large build
  • Dark hair
  • Local accent

Suspect 2 - description

  • White
  • 5ft 9 tall
  • Slim build
  • Dark hair

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


Three masked men smash way into Harrogate jewellers

Police are appealing for witnesses after three masked men smashed their way into a jewellers in Harrogate. They left A Fattorini The Jeweller on Parliament Street, empty handed at 8.30am on December 4.

A member of staff sounded the shop's alarm and the men left the scene empty-handed in a grey metallic van.

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Manslaughter charge after Harrogate pub incident

Paul Morrison

A 44-year-old man from Harrogate has been charged with manslaughter after a man died in hospital almost three weeks after an incident in a pub beer garden.

Paul Colin Morrison, 51, from Burton Leonard, Harrogate, passed away at Harrogate District Hospital last week. He had been in a critical condition since the incident at Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub on Parliament Street on November 1.

The man charged has been bailed with conditions to appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court in December.

"In particular, we have established that Mr Morrison and the other alleged victim were with a group of men who may have been talking to some women inside the pub. Mr Morrison is then believed to have chatted to a woman in the beer garden just before he was injured.

"There is no suggestion that these general conversations were in anyway linked to the alleged assaults that followed, but it is vitally important that these women contact the police as soon as possible to assist the investigation."

– Detective Sergeant Steve Menzies, of Harrogate CID


North Yorks Police want public's help to find wanted man

Zydrunas Scerbinskas failed to appear to answer 18 charges of fraud by false representation. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for the public's help to find a wanted man.

A warrant has been issued by York Crown Court for the arrest of 27-year-old Zydrunas Scerbinskas, who failed to appear to answer 18 charges of fraud by false representation.

The offences were committed in the Harrogate area at the end of 2012.

'High value chocolate' stolen in Harrogate

Detectives in Harrogate are appealing for information after 'high value chocolate' was taken from a business on Hornbeam Park. Thousands of pounds worth of chocolate was stolen between November 1 and November 2.

“Due to the amount of chocolate which has been stolen, I believe that a large vehicle will have been used to transport it.

“If you saw any suspicious activity in the Hornbeam Park area around the time of the burglary I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away.”

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who is offered chocolate bearing either the brands Confectionary by Design or Serious Sweets in unusual circumstances and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Sam Harding, of Harrogate CID

Man critical after assault in beer garden in Harrogate

A man in his early 50s is in a critical condition in hospital after he was assaulted in a pub beer garden in Harrogate.

He was allegedly punched to the ground in the garden of the Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub on Saturday 1st November. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital.

Another man, 43, from York also required treatment for facial injuries after being assaulted in the same place.

North Yorkshire Police said they were carrying out "extensive enquiries" to establish the full circumstances and locate the man suspected of the assaults. He was described as:

  • white
  • mid 40s
  • medium build
  • bald head with short hair around the sides
  • wearing a dark grey long-sleeved jumper
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