DETECTIVES have arrested a second man from Merseyside on suspicion of aggravated burglary following a violent attack in Northallerton.

The incident took place at about 11pm on Tuesday, October 18, and saw an armed gang wearing masks smash their way into a house on Vicars Croft.

A 26-year-old man was stabbed during the confrontation, which took place as the victim’s horrified family looked on.

Police arrested a man from the Wirral, Merseyside, on Friday and tonight said they had arrested a 39-year-old who was being held in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Steve Menzies, of the Northallerton Serious Crime Team, said: “Whilst we are keeping an open mind, I want to reassure local residents that we believe this incident was specifically targeted. A 26-year-old local man is recovering from injuries sustained during the incident.

“Significant resources have been deployed to establish what has occurred and to bring all of those who are criminally involved, in whatever way, to justice.”

DI Menzies added: “Whilst we are taking positive strides forward in the investigation, I am still appealing to anyone who is yet to speak to the police and who may have any information or who has witnessed anything, to come forward and speak in confidence to my team.

“The incident took place at around 11pm on Tuesday 18 November, following which a car is known to have made off at speed from Vicars Croft in Northallerton. I want people to check any private CCTV, including vehicle dash cameras, to see if anything was captured prior to, during or following the incident.”

  • If you can help, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the Northallerton Serious Crime Team quoting reference number 12160189875.