Police swoop in crack down on van tool thefts

Van theft in Leyland
Van theft in Leyland
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Police say they are ‘actively targeting’ suspects following a spate of van thefts that were putting workers’ livelihoods in jeopardy.

Thousands of pounds worth of tools have been stolen from vans in the Leyland area.

South Ribble Police published this image on their Facebook page, and asked: “Do you recognise these individuals? We want to speak with them in relation to items taken from a vehicle on January 16 in Leyland.”

Sergeant Anthony Burgess, of the South Ribble neighbourhood police team, said: “There was an increase in vehicle crime in the Leyland area towards the middle of January, this centred around theft of tools from vans and theft from insecure vehicles.

“In response to this Leyland Police carried out an extensive amount of work around crime prevention and investigations to tackle the issue. This, and with the help of the public led police to identify some of those responsible, resulting in the arrest and conviction of one male in February and the identification of others who are actively being targeted.

“Although there continue to be incidents of this nature there has been a decrease in this type of crime since January, but we are continuing to actively target and identify those suspected. The majority of vehicle related crime does centre around insecure vehicles, please take reasonable steps to ensure your property is safe, that your vehicles are left locked and personal items not left on show inside.” If you have any information please contact PC 62 Connell on 01772 415855 or leyland.npt@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.”