POLICE are investigating a burglary at a Leyburn store.

The incident happened at the Mole Country Store, which is based on Leyburn Business Park, on the night of Sunday, December 1 into the early hours of Monday, December 2.

The burglars broke through a rear wall to get into the store using a vehicle.

They then stole a large amount of country clothing and footwear from the premises.

Police say they want to trace the occupants of an 03 plate Citroen Picasso car, which is believed to have been involved incident.

The store remains open for business.

County Councillor Karin Sedgwick said: “It is unusual to have a crime like this, but it shows that even though crime is rare in Wensleydale we cannot be complacent, it still happens.

“Businesses and homes should be doubly vigilant especially in the run-up to Christmas when stores need trade most.

“I visit Mole Country Store regularly and they are really nice and friendly people, who help their customers no matter what.”

The store had found itself underwater during the heavy flooding which affected many parts of the Yorkshire Dales in the summer.

A police spokeswoman said: “We urge people to be on their guard if they are offered any such items for sale in the run-up to Christmas in dubious circumstances, at car boot sales, and through unofficial outlets.

“Please call the police with any information that could help with the investigation into the burglary.”

No one at Mole Country Stores was available for a comment.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 12190220796.