Four arrests made in Padiham as police swoop on car breakers yard

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Police have made a number of arrests in Padiham in connection to a “significant” £750,000 dismantled car scam.

Officers came across a suspected stolen Audi parked outside a breakers yard in Green Lane at around 11-30am on Thursday.

This was a significant discovery which came off the back of a proactive stop check by an officer.

Det. Insp Vinny De Curtis of Burnley CID

Following a search of the premises, they found dismantled car parts from around 30 cars with an estimated value in excess of £750,000.

Enquiries are on-going to identify the vehicle parts and establish where they have come from.

Three men aged 26, 27 and 39, from Oldham were arrested on suspicion of theft, and a fourth man aged 21, also from Oldham, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

All four have been bailed pending further enquiries until February 7th.

Det. Insp Vinny De Curtis of Burnley CID said: “This was a significant discovery which came off the back of a proactive stop check by an officer.

“Enquiries are now on-going to identify the parts found and establish where the vehicles have come from.

“We do not tolerate the theft of cars and will work hard to ensure that anyone who is involved in vehicle crime is brought to account.”