Catalytic converter theft

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Police are appealing for information after more than 20 catalytic converters were stolen from Mercedes vans at a yard in Padiham.

The incident is thought to have happened sometime between 7pm on Friday, July 17th and 8am on Monday, July 20th.

It is thought that a number of offenders in a vehicle gained access to the yard on Mead Way by ramming a gate leading to a field, and then gaining access at the rear of the premises.

In total, 22 catalytic converters were stolen from brand new Mercedes vans with extensive damage caused to them as a result. Further vehicles were also damaged but the converters were not removed.

Officers would like to trace a blue coloured 4x4 Land Rover and anyone that saw this vehicle or any other vehicles acting suspiciously in the area over the weekend when the thefts took place.

PCSO Julie Rosthorn of the Padiham Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The catalytic converters have most likely been targeted for the precious metal parts they contain which are then sold on.

“This theft has had a huge impact on the business concerned and we are determined to find those responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0250 of July 20th. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at