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Mounted police to patrol York city centre

West Yorkshire Mounted Police section
Image caption Mounted police will be in the city streets on Friday and Saturday

Mounted police are to patrol the streets of York city centre in an effort to curb anti-social behaviour and drink-related crime.

Officers from the West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section will be part of a high-visibility presence as senior officers continue a purge on crime.

The move is part of Operation Lion, a campaign by North Yorkshire Police to target persistent offenders.

The patrols will be in the city centre on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ch Insp Dave Hannan said: "Since the beginning of the operation we have made some good arrests and have certainly let offenders know that we are around.

"We are not prepared to tolerate any criminality in the City of York, particularly from those individuals who are breaking the law on a regular basis.

"This weekend we are reinforcing our message by bringing in mounted support from West Yorkshire, deploying high-visibility patrols in the city centre."

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