FOUR men have been charged with burglary offences as police continue a major crime crackdown in Blackpool and the Fylde.
Officers have arrested 185 suspects and charged more than 80 people in connection with car crime, metal thefts and burglary since launching Operation Lockdown last month.
Following the latest raids, Jay Ormerod, 28, no fixed address, and Daniel Wright, 34, of Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, have been charged with burglary.
David Fitzsimmons, 38, also of Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, has been charged with burglary and Darryl Kennedy, 48, of St Stephens Street, Salford, has been charged with two counts of attempted burglary.
Det Sgt Angela Gray, from Blackpool Police, said high visibility patrols are being carried out across the Fylde coast.
She said: “The operation is chiefly targeting burglary and car crime offences, both of which can prove distressing and costly to the victim.
“Reports of these crimes remain low in Blackpool, but following the slight rise in offences during the final months of 2011 this operation was put in place to tackle the problem.
“We would also urge residents to help us keep burglary rates low by making sure their homes and cars are locked when they leave them and reporting any suspicious activity to us.”
Raids last week also saw a 19-year-old Blackpool man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle and a 22-year-old Blackpool man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, taking a car without the owner’s consent and possessing a class B drug following a burglary on Highfield Road, South Shore, on Wednesday.
A 48-year-old man was arrested in Blackpool, three hours after his photograph appeared on Crimewatch in connection with burglary offences committed in Sussex.
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