Police make arrest in Dales village as part of investigation into organised crime gang

Bainbridge.

Police arrested a woman in a Dales village last night as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang which is alleged to have committed thefts and burglaries across the north of England.

A number of officers carried out searches in Bainbridge which resulted in a 27-year-old woman being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The woman, from Morecambe, was transported to police custody in Lancashire, where she remained today.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police: “Our colleagues at North Yorkshire Police attended an address in the Bainbridge area at around 7.15pm last night.

“They arrested a woman at the address on suspicion of assisting an offender.

“Her arrest relates to an ongoing Lancashire Police investigation into an organised crime gang based in Durham.

“She was one of a number of people arrested in May as part of the investigation and had been released under investigation.”

It is understood police were also searching for a man in Bainbridge last night who was not detained.

Residents said officers searched a holiday cottage in the village and left with a number of items in evidence bags.

It is understood the arrests which occurred in May were part of a joint operation between Durham Constabulary, Lancashire Police and Cumbria Constabulary.

On May 8, the three forces carried out an operation in the Bishop Auckland and Crook areas where they arrested two men aged 39 and 22 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft.

A further three men aged 70, 48 and 39 were arrested on suspicion of theft, while a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 26-year-old woman was also arrested in Morecambe on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft.

The gang is alleged to be responsible for thefts and burglaries committed over the last year totalling more than £1 million.

The offences, committed across north Lancashire and northern England, include high value commercial plant theft, stealing ATMs and cash in transit thefts, as well as burglaries at domestic properties.