Leeds man arrested after bomb hoax report in Knaresborough

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A man from Leeds has been arrested in relation to the bomb hoax report in Knaresborough.

The incident happened on Wednesday, October 16, when an anonymous caller made a malicious bomb hoax regarding Paragon Pizza in Knaresborough.

A 21-year-old man from the Leeds area, was arrested by officers from the Major Crime Unit, near the city, on Friday afternoon.

He has been released on bail to allow for further police inquiries.

The incident began when North Yorkshire Police and a neighbouring police force received information that there was an immediate threat to members of the public at a business premises in Knaresborough.

The primary concern was to ensure the safety of members of the public and an immediate response to the incident was put in place.

Following extensive and swift enquiries following the calls, officers established that the calls were in fact, malicious hoax calls.

Officers have thanked the staff and owners of Paragon Pizza - who were the target of the hoax call - for their full cooperation during this incident. The incident has caused them considerable distress.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said “This was a very alarming incident for members of the public and we would like to thank the communities of Knaresborough for their patience and cooperation while the police dealt with it. This includes the businesses who were affected by the safety cordons and the premises at the centre of the hoax.

“We treat incidents of this nature with the utmost seriousness and can assure members of the public that a full investigation is now underway to establish who is responsible.”

Anyone who can assist with this investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Crime Unit.

For those who would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.