Man arrested after Richmond parking machine theft

A parking metres was badly damaged in a similar incident earlier this month.

A man has been arrested after a pay-and-display parking machine in Richmond was targeted by offenders over the weekend.

Officers received a report at around 9pm on Saturday that two men were seen drilling near to the machine at the Nuns Close Car Park on Hurgill Road just after 9pm.

A vigilant member of the public passed information to police about this incident which resulted in a car being stopped on the A63 at Selby later the same night.

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A quantity of coins, believed to be stolen during the theft, have since been recovered.

The arrested man has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Earlier this month thieves got away with around £300 after breaking into a parking meter in Richmond.

Two parking meters near Richmond Station and Richmondshire Leisure Trust were raided at about 8pm on May 3.

One machine besides the Liberty gym behind the pool was emptied and badly damaged.

It is understood the two men aged in their late 20s or early 30s used a drill to break into the machine.

The thieves then tried to empty a meter in the car park in front of Richmond Station but were disturbed and left the area.

It is not yet known if he incidents were connected.

Anyone who has further information on this incident is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police quoting reference NYP-13052017-0516.

Information can be provided anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.