Burnley burglars arrested in early morning raids

Eight suspected burglars were arrested in a huge crackdown on criminals bringing misery to the streets of East Lancashire.

Police targeted the homes of suspected offenders in a series of early morning raids on addresses across Burnley and Bacup.

Operation Julius.'Photo Ben Parsons

Operation Julius.'Photo Ben Parsons

Nearly 50 officers hit the streets in the war on burglary and thefts as part of Operation Julius.

Homes and shops were raided in the hunt for suspects and stolen goods and police made eight arrests in total.

A 19-year-old Burnley man was arrested in connection with a burglary where around £20,000 of Asian heritage jewellery was stolen.

Two 22-year-old men, a 26-year-old and a 29-year-old man, all Burnley, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a burglary dwelling with intent to steal and conspiracy to take a motor vehicle without consent.

The raids also saw an 18-year-old man arrested in Burnley on suspicion of burglary offences along with a 27-year-old woman and 30-year-old man in Bacup.

Chief Insp. Derry Crorken said “We know that burglary has a huge impact on victims through not only having valuable and often sentimental items stolen from them, but also because someone has actually been on their property and often within their home.

“We will continue to pursue burglars and bring them to justice.”

The action came in the run up to Christmas when there is traditionally a spike in burglaries and thefts.

Criminals target vulnerable homes for valuable items like iPads, laptops, cameras and expensive bikes which are often bought as Christmas gifts as well as car keys for vehicles parked outside.

Police put parts of Briercliffe Road and Colne Road on lock-down as part of high-visibility patrols to deter thieves and reassure local residents.

Officers were searching suspect vehicles and also talking to resident to tell them to lock homes, leave lights on and keep all keys safe.

Police are encouraging residents to note serial numbers on electrical items and install tracking apps on phones.