A ROBBERY, reports of a man walking around with a machete and a teenage gang stealing from a shop were among a spate of crimes reported in Ripon on one night.

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for CCTV, dash-cam or doorbell footage following several incidents reported in the city on Sunday night, January 31.

The first incident was a robbery at approximately 6.30pm on King Street.

A 23-year-old man was attacked by two or three suspects who are described as young males.

The victim’s mobile phone and watch were stolen during the incident and he sustained injuries to his face.

In the second reported incident, four teenage boys and one teenage girl entered McColl’s on Bondgate at around 8.30pm and stole alcohol.

At around 9.10pm a report of antisocial behaviour was received involving a group of around 15 teenagers on Southgate.

They were wearing dark clothing and shouted abuse at local residents after being asked to move away from parked cars.

Twenty minutes later, at around 9.30pm, police received a report of a male with what is believed to be a machete on Bondgate.

Around the same time, police received a separate report that a man was threatened by another male with a knife on Bondgate.

There were also a number of other reports of large groups of ‘youths’ at various locations received throughout the evening which Police responded to.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Alex Langley said: “I’d also like to reassure the local community that we are investigating all of these reports which we are taking very seriously and I can assure people that we will be taking robust action against those responsible.

“Did you see what happened or do you have any CCTV, dash-cam or doorbell camera footage that may have captured something?

"We’d also like to hear from anyone who has any information that could help us to identify those involved.

“Our extensive enquiries are ongoing, including officers trawling through CCTV footage and speaking to local businesses and we have also stepped up our patrols."

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or email lucymills@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”