Two suspected travelling criminals have been arrested by Operation Hawk patrols in Ripon.
The men, aged 22 and 26 from the Crook and Bishop Auckland areas of County Durham area, were detained after being spotted with two lurcher dogs on farmland at Little Givendale at around 7.15am on Thursday 1 August 2013.
Officers seized the dogs along with a Ford Ranger 4x4 pick-up truck which the men had used to travel to North Yorkshire.
The vehicle was also found to be using illegal red diesel. The men remain in police custody for questioning.
Operation Hawk was launched this week to tackle rural and cross-border crime across North Yorkshire and the City of York.
Officers are using an intelligence-led approach, combining the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition Technology (ANPR) with information gathered from neighbouring policing areas and residents in our rural communities, to disrupt the activities of criminals coming into the county and bring them to justice.
Inspector Paul Cording, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group, was involved in today's arrests.
He said: "With the introduction of Operation Hawk, criminals coming to North Yorkshire are going to find that it is very difficult to get in and out again without us catching them or knowing they have been here. More....