Drug arrests in Harrogate

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Police have arrested five people on suspicion of class A drug offences after stopping to search the car of a man wanted for shop theft.

Officers on routine patrol in Harrogate last night had recognised the man’s Vauxhall Astra as it drove down Fairfax Avenue at about 8pm.

Taking chase, they ordered the driver to pull over on Knaresborough Road and one man, who tried to walk away from the scene, was stopped by more police who pulled up beside him.

All the occupants of the Astra were searched, officers finding a quantity of drugs on one of them which sparked a further investigation.

Five people are now in police custody after a late-night search at a house in Harrogate uncovered further scales, cash, and several mobile phones.

The suspects include a 40-year-old man from Harrogate arrested on suspicion of theft and conspiracy to supply class A drugs, a 22-year-old Ripon man arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug, a 38-year-old Harrogate man and two women from Harrogate aged 29 and 38 all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.