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Police car attacked with drainpipe in Harrogate

A 6ft drainpipe was used to smash a window of a police car as officers were sat inside it in Harrogate last night.

North Yorkshire Police reported that the damage happened outside St John’s Church on Bilton Lane at around 8.40pm.

Officers had been called to the area to investigate reports of a group of youths throwing objects at other vehicles nearby.

Two male Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) had just got back into a marked Vauxhall Astra after speaking to potential witnesses and were about to set off when a teenage boy ran past and smashed the rear passenger-side door window with the black plastic pipe.

One of the PCSOs ran after the boy, and the group of youths he was with, but they split up and despite back-up arriving and house-to-house enquiries, the suspects have not yet been located.

The PCSO who was driving the police car initially stayed with the vehicle to ensure forensic evidence was captured as part of the investigation. He then joined the search for the suspects.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “This is clearly a deeply disturbing and potentially very dangerous incident, and it is important that the suspects are located and arrested as soon as possible.

“If you know who was responsible, please do the right thing and come forward to help the investigation.”

The teenager who damaged the police car was slim, about 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall and was wearing a black or dark-coloured coat with the hood up and black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down to the knees.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on 101, quoting reference number 12180003428.