Blackpool teenagers arrested as homes, cars and sheds targeted in St Annes and Lytham crime spree

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Incidents on Woodlands Road in Ansdell, Warton Street in Lytham and Victoria Road, Salcombe Road and St Albans Road in St Annes

 

Homes, cars, garages and sheds were targeted as thieves went on a late-night rampage on the Flyde coast.

Four teenagers from Blackpool have been arrested by police following alleged thefts and attempted thefts across Ansdell, St Annes and Lytham.

Officers were called to a report of people trying to break into a property in Woodlands Road, Ansdell, at around 10.40pm yesterday (January 5).

Police then received further phone calls of several people attempting to break into sheds, garages and houses, in the same area.

A boy was arrested following a search of nearby roads and a moped and iPhone, both believed to be stolen, were recovered along with a bag containing bolt croppers.

Later in the evening a further report was made to police of an attempted break in on Hall Park Avenue, with two boys arrested. A fourth boy was later arrested in Blackpool.

Officers are investigating a number of offences 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 Annes
  • Theft from a garage in Salcombe Road, St Annes
  • A shed break-in in St Albans Road, St Annes

All the offences were reported to police on Wednesday night with officers appealing for information and urging residents to be vigilant.

Two boys aged 16 and two boys aged 15, all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and theft of a motor vehicle. They remain in custody.

Ch Supt 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.”