Violence breaks out in Thirsk market place

Thirsk police are appealing for witnesses and offering reassurance to the community following disorder in the town’s market place.

Police were called at around 7.30pm on Sunday 16 February 2014, following a report that a group of men were causing a disturbance in the Market Place. When officers arrived, they located four men, who were known to each other, involved in a fight.

A 23-year-old man from Doncaster, was assaulted and knocked to the ground. However, he declined to make a complaint to the police.

Two men from Thirsk, aged 22 and 23, who were arrested on suspicion of affray have been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries.

A 23-year-old man from Doncaster, who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly received a Penalty Notice for Disorder.

A 20-year-old Thirsk man was given a section 27 warning and ordered to leave the area.

Chief Inspector Sarah Sanderson, of Hambleton and Richmondshire Safer Neighbourhood Command said: “I would like to reassure residents in Thirsk that we will not tolerate this type of violent behaviour in our communities and that we will respond quickly to such incidents.

“If you witnessed the disturbance taking place I strongly urge you to contact the police straight away as you may have vital information which could assist this enquiry.”

Anyone who witnessed the disturbance or can help officers with this enquiry should contact Thirsk police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Jonathan Hutchinson. Alternatively, information can be emailed to

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 5551111, quoting reference number 12140025822.