A vehicle, believed to be connected to thefts from skips at recycling centres across Lancashire, was spotted in the Lytham area on Wednesday 4th January.
The vehicle, a Vauxhall Vectra, was followed by officers to the Lytham Household Waste Centre in Saltcoates Road.
Officers, with support from the National Police Air Service, used thermal imaging to search the site with a man found hiding within the compound. He was later arrested in connection with the offences. A number of electrical items, believed to have been removed from containers, were found at the scene.
Mark Holden, 41, of Beaconsfield Terrace, Chorley, was charged with attempted theft – including theft by ‘finding’. He has been bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on January 24.
Many local residents have expressed their surprise at this initiative by Fylde Police. For example, Brett Mcdonald said, ‘At £1700 on average per hour cost for helicopter and whatever the cost of ground support and command centre sounds like a massive waste of resources to me especially just to catch a bin dipper.’
Sarah Kay Rhodes agreed, ‘Wow, the country is on its knees, our public services say they are in desperate financial straits but money can be wasted on chasing and arresting someone who is essentially recycling. Unbelievable!’
Congrats Lancashire Police…………………….a fantastic use of your time and our money.
Nice to know our local taxes are not being wasted and non-critical Policing.
Ah Lancashire County Council, still using Covid rules at the tip, sorry Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
One pre-booked trailer a month, I had a garage/shed clear out, took one trailer full but then 5 car trips instead of just another trailer full. 6 doses of vehicle emissions instead of 2, then they bleat on about air quality, but hey, they’re Councilors.