THOUSANDS of pounds of suspected stolen property has been recovered and four people have been arrested after a series of raids in East Lancashire this morning.
Officers raided five addresses on Lytham Road, Blackburn; Accrington Road, Blackburn; Cleveleys Road, Blackburn; Thwaites Road, Oswaldtwistle and Higher South Street, Darwen, as part of an operation to tackle burglary as part of an investigation into a spate of thefts from business premises.
A number of power tools were recovered including drills, saws and hedge trimmers along with a large number of other house hold items including canvasses, novelty items and balloons – believed to have been stolen from businesses in Blackburn.
A 50 plant cannabis factory with an estimated street value of £20,000 was discovered at an address on Accrington Road.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary; a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary; a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit burglary.
Detective Inspector Ian Whitehead said: “These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into burglaries at business premises across the division. I hope that this sends out a reassuring message that where we see an issue that is affecting our communities we will take strong action to tackle it.
“We are aware of the negative impact burglary has on members of the public and we will continue to do all we can to reduce it even further. It is also worth noting that we are able to prevent and detect a lot of burglaries because members of the public let us know when they see something suspicious – this is invaluable information for us and I would ask people to contact us if they see something that is out of the ordinary.”