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Police chief praises Major Crime Unit
THE Head of Crime with North Yorkshire Police has spoken of his pride at the work of officers in recent weeks.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason said the Major Crime Unit was relaunched after a £300,000 investment on October 16 – the same day they were called to a huge operation which shut down Knaresborough town centre.
Calls which were placed to North and West Yorkshire Police suggested a local takeaway was storing explosives and weapons.
They were later revealed to be hoaxes, and within days of the event an investigation by the MCU led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man from the Leeds area.
Last week, the MCU led the investigation into the murder of 32-year-old York estate agent Nicole Waterhouse, and the attempted murder of her friend Karen Browne, and Det Chief Supt Mason said the work of the team, which has also started a fresh forensic investigation at the Heworth home of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence this week, had proved the investment was worthwhile.
He said: “Recent events have demonstrated the benefits and value a MCU can bring to such devastation and I am very proud of the MCU and wider team led by Det Supt Dai Malyn.
“People should be in no doubt whatsoever that uppermost in our minds when dealing with instances of major crime is the devastating impact on communities and in particular close family and friends who suffer the most terrible, mindless loss or serious injury caused to loved ones.
“There is no stronger motivation needed to respond professionally to such circumstances and work tirelessly to bring those suspected of committing such crimes to justice.”
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