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Five arrested after raid on ‘car-chopping’ workshop
9:51am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
FIVE men have been arrested, and seven vehicles have been seized by police, after police uncovered a suspected “chopping”’ workshop near Selby.
Officers working on Operation Hawk, which was set up to tackle rural and cross-border crime, became suspicious of the use of a large industrial unit in Sir John’s Lane, in Sherburn-in-Elmet, which they believed to be a vehicle-cutting workshop.
On Tuesday, officers surrounded the premises and four men ran out of the building – one was arrested inside the building, and three others were arrested after a short chase. The fifth was arrested the following day.
The workshop contained numerous vehicle parts, and six suspected stolen vehicles, including two Volkswagen Golfs, an Audi A4, a Citroen Berlingo, a Peugeot 308, and a Ford Transit van, which have all been seized by police. A quad bike was also seized.
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh, who leads Operation Hawk, said: “This was an excellent piece of police work which has resulted in the disruption of a suspected criminal conspiracy to steal cars.” The arrested men, who were all from the Leeds area, were released on bail.