Four teenagers from Blackpool have been arrested by police following alleged thefts and attempted thefts in Lytham St Anne’s. These occurred on Wednesday 5th January when, at 10.40 p.m., Police were alerted by a report of people trying to break into a property in Woodlands Road, Ansdell.
This initial report was followed by further calls telling of several people attempting to break into sheds, garages and houses in the same area.
A boy was subsequently arrested following a search of nearby roads. A moped and iPhone, both believed to be stolen, were recovered along with a bag containing bolt croppers.
Later that same night a further report was made to police of an attempted break in on Hall Park Avenue.
Two boys aged 16 and two boys aged 15, all from Blackpool, have now been arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and theft of a motor vehicle. They remain in custody.
Police are now investigating a number of offences also occurring on Wednesday night linked to the group, including;
- Damage to a vehicle in Woodlands Road, Ansdell
- Theft from a vehicle in Warton Street, Lytham
- Burglary in Victoria Road, St Anne’s
- Theft from a garage in Salcombe Road, St Anne’s
- A shed break-in in St Albans Road, St Anne’s
Chief Superintendent Karen Edwards, West Divisional Commander, said, ‘As I would expect in these circumstances, my officers deployed immediately to the initial reports and quickly made several arrests and recovered property. This was a fantastic policing effort and I believe prevented further offences taking place. Such offending and the nature of such crimes shows a blatant disregard for the impact on the victims. I am grateful to the members of the public who came forward with information, reporting the incidents and allowing us to make a number of significant arrests. We know how emotive these crimes are. The impact of burglary or theft isn’t just financial; it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security. I would like to reassure residents all these reported crimes will be fully and thoroughly investigated. While we know of some reports, we would encourage people living in these areas to check their property, including cars, garages and sheds. If you suspect you have been the victim of a crime, please call 101 immediately.’