DETECTIVES from Craven travelled to Middlesbrough during Thursday’s day of action for Operation Hawk and arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of defrauding an elderly man from Skipton.

It is believed that the man had two cheque books stolen from him which were used to cash cheques totalling around £12,000.

The arrests were made after officers executed warrants at three properties and all three suspects have been released on police bail as inquiries continue.

Officers made further arrests for drink driving and shop theft.

Operation Hawk was set up at the end of July 2013, to dedicate police resources to protect residents from criminals operating within their communities and from offenders travelling in from other areas.