FOURTEEN people were arrested and more than £3,000 in property recovered after police raids to combat burglary in Burnley and surrounding areas.
Police gathered for a street briefing at Gannow Top roundabout before the operation last Wednesday. Warrants were executed at 12 houses in the Pennine area.
Officers arrested 14 people aged between 18 and 55 on suspicion of drugs and theft offences.
Of those arrested, one man was charged, two people were released without any further action, two people were cautioned for possessing heroin and cannabis and nine people were released on police bail.
Property including jewellery, mountain bikes, an X-Box, laptops and power tools were recovered along with a quantity of cannabis. Lead and copper piping was also seized.
Road police officers stopped and checked 75 vehicles on the main roads leading into the town and more than 500 text messages were sent to residents to reassure them about the action taken.
Officers also seized a dog – suspected to be a banned breed – from a house in Travis Street, Burnley. The dog was taken to a local kennels where it will be examined by a specialist dog handler.
The raids were carried out as part of Operation Julius, put in place to counteract a slight rise in reports of burglary that occurred at the end of last year.
Insp. Carole Langhorn, from Burnley Police, said: “People may have seen a lot of police activity in Burnley and the surrounding areas and we hope the action sent out a reassuring message that where we see an issue that is affecting our communities we will take strong action to tackle it.
“As always we would ask residents to help us keep crime low by ensuring their doors and windows are locked and that they don’t leave any valuable items on display to provide temptation to passing thieves.”
She added: “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 out of the ordinary.”
Anyone with information about burglary or crime can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.