Police warn Burnley residents after lead thieves strike

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POLICE in Burnley are urging people to be vigilant after a spate of lead thefts.

Officers believe thieves used wheelie bins to reach strips of lead from four porch roofs in Heather Bank and Rossendale Road.

They took lead worth more than £200 from the properties overnight between Friday March 25th and Saturday 26th.

An investigation is now under way and police are urging residents to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.

PCSO Charlotte Broadhurst said: “I appeal to anyone with information about the thefts to contact us.

“We work closely with the Environment Agency, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out operations to target scrap metal thieves.

“We regularly visit scrap metal dealers to target those who seek to profit from crime by cashing in at local dealers. Anyone found in possession of stolen scrap metal can expect to be dealt with robustly.

“I urge people to remain extra vigilant and contact the police if they see anything suspicious in their neighbourhood.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111