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Man arrested over Knaresborough hoax call
DETECTIVES investigating a hoax call which shut down a North Yorkshire Market town for several hours this week have made an arrest.
Armed police units cordoned off a large section of Knaresborough on Wednesday, after a malicious hoax call to North Yorkshire Police and another force suggested there was weaponry and explosive materials in a take-away in the High Street, which were "an immediate threat to members of the public".
Local businesses and homes were evacuated and the staff and owner of Paragon Pizza were dramatically forced from their vehicles at gunpoint, while specially-trained officers searched the premises.
Officers thanked Paragon staff for their cooperation and said the incident had caused the takeaway workers “considerable distress”. Police later confirmed the call had been a hoax and the newly-launched Major Crimes Unit started a hunt for those responsible.
Today, North Yorkshire Police confirmed a 21-year-old man from the Leeds area had been arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with the hoax call.
He has since been released on bail while investigations continue.
Anyone with information which could help police with their investigations should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.