North Yorkshire Police are investigating following a reported aggravated burglary in Pateley Bridge.
Pateley Bridge residents reported seeing armed response vehicles and a police helicopter circling the are this afternoon (Wednesday September 25).
A police spokesperson said: “At around 1.15pm on Wednesday September 25 a man is said to have forced his way into a house on Millfield Street and stolen items from the property after threatening the homeowner.”
Chief Inspector Ian Thompson, of Harrogate Police said: “Following a report of a burglary, we deployed the appropriate resources, to Pateley Bridge to ensure everybody’s safety.
“Nobody was hurt in the incident and we now have local officers, detectives and Crime Scene Investigators in the area investigating what happened.”
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman would not comment when the Harrogate Advertiser asked what kind of weapon was used in the incident.
A local eyewitness said he saw a number of police cars rushing down the High Street.
“There was around six or seven police cars.
“It must have been something big going on for that many police cars to come here at once.
“The police helicopter was there for around 20 minutes. The local rumour is that it was an armed robbery at somebody’s house, I think the bank and the Post Office were closed because of it.
He added: “Nothing happens like that around here, I don’t think people believe it.”
Pateley Bridge Post Office confirmed that the shop had been closed, “because of a police incident.”
At the time of going to print a North Yorkshire Police spokesperson confirmed that there had been armed response at Pateley Bridge but that these had now left the scene and that no arrests had been made.
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