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Police squads ahead of an Operation Julius raid earlier this year.
Police squads ahead of an Operation Julius raid earlier this year.
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Known burglars are to get a special Christmas delivery with a simple message: ‘We are watching you’.

Police have revealed they are to resurrect a campaign which saw Christmas cards delivered to known offenders, letting them know police are aware of their activities.

It comes following what police have called a “very successful” week of activities to tackle break-ins across the Fylde coast.

Substancial amounts of drugs and money were seized as part of the Operation Julius – a three-month crime crackdown – including £12,000 taken from two addresses believed to belong to two members of organised gangs.

Heroin and crack cocaine was seized from addresses in the resort while Blackpool South Shore Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted a lockdown on Central Drive, Lytham Road and Waterloo last Wednesday.

In total, 42 people were stopped, 16 of which were searched and three people were arrested.

Det Insp Jon Clegg of Blackpool CID said: “We will repeat our Christmas card campaign with our known and historic burglars, making them aware we will not tolerate this type of activity.

“If they need some support we can put them in touch with someone who will help them.”

He added: “Burglary is such an iconic crime at this time of year and this was an opportunity to send a very clear message out that we won’t tolerate this, but it’s particularly hard to say where there is a regular concern in Blackpool.

“We targeted different people on a day by day basis and had people from uniformed officers to detectives to mounted police and dogs.

“We are always looking at organised crime in the community.

“Organised crime and how it works is very different from traditional offences but they still require the same level of investigation, but what I’m not going to say is there are gangs of people burgling houses.

“Burglary can have such a negative impact, not only on victims, but on the wider community.

“We work hard every day to prevent burglaries and bring offenders to justice, and Operation Julius is about focusing our activities on those who persistently commit burglary so we can reduce the number of victims affected by these crimes.”

Operation Julius was launched on October 1 and runs until the New Year.

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