Burnley policeman finds £10,000

PCSO Des Wrest (s)
PCSO Des Wrest (s)

A FAST-ACTING police officer found £10,000 after chasing a man through the streets of Burnley.

PCSO Des Wrest was on patrol in Burnley town centre when he spotted a black Seat Leon parked on double yellow lines.

As a colleague spoke with the driver, PCSO Wrest saw the passenger get out of the car and run off into the town centre. He chased after the man and called for back up.

During the incident, which happened on Tuesday, April 10th at around 3-40 p.m., he saw the man leave a town centre car park and when other officers arrived, he returned to the area and found a blue rucksack containing the cash hidden under a car. A further £500 was also recovered from the Seat Leon.

The cash and the car were seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and will now be subjected to an investigation by police in Burnley.

PCSO Wrest said: “I followed the man in order to help direct police officers to him. I was surprised when I opened the bag to find such a large amount of money.

“I would like to thank members of the public who assisted me during the incident. It’s a significant amount of money and I was pleased we were able to recover it and make an arrest.”

Burnley town centre Sgt Martin Gallagher added: “It was a result of PCSO Wrest’s swift actions that we were able to recover the cash and make an arrest.

“I was extremely impressed with his quick thinking and positive actions.

“This is just another example of the professionalism which is displayed by Police Community Support Officers and how they are always prepared to go the extra mile to keep people safe.”

Two men aged 22 and 24 were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and were released on police bail until July 18th.