Ribble Valley car crime alert

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Police are warning motorists in Read and Simonstone to ensure their vehicles are locked and secure at all times.

Sgt. Dave Simpson, of Clitheroe Police, is also urging car owners not to leave valuables on show after a number of theft from vehicles in the area.

In the first incident, thieves targeted an unlocked BMW on the drive of a house in Woodside Road, Simonstone. The offenders escaped with cash and wallet. The incident happened between 7pm last Friday and 4am the following day. At 3am, a man was spotted acting suspiciously while withdrawing money from a cash machine in Whalley Road, Simonstone. Police are examining CCTV footage and believe the victim’s bank card was used in the fraud.

On the same night, an iPad Nano worth £10 was stolen from an Audi A7 in Haugh Avenue, Simonstone, between 11pm on Friday and 11am the next day.

Witnesses should call police on 101.