Pensioners warned after break-in spate

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ELDERLY residents are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of burglaries in sheltered accommodation.

Thieves have stolen cash, jewellery and sentimental items after gaining access to complexes through insecure communal doors and managing to access people’s homes during the daytime.

There have been eight incidents in just six days, and police have said they believe all the offences are linked.

The first three incidents took place on Thursday, February 14 at Queen’s Promenade, Bispham, and the Church Road area of St Annes.

There was another burglary on Queen’s Promenade on Monday, February 18, followed by two more incidents in the Heyhouses area of St Annes on Tuesday, February 19, and a final two incidents last Wednesday in the Clifton Drive South area of St Annes.

Det Con Melanie Clarkson, from Blackpool police, said: “Burglary in Blackpool is significantly down this year but in this case we are linking these crimes and are following a number of different lines of enquiry.

“We take burglary very seriously and are determined to catch those responsible.

“I would ask people to be vigilant and make sure they lock their doors and windows and keep their belongings safe. People should also use security devices such as UV pens to mark valuable items.”

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