Police appeal after guns stolen in Ribble Valley house raid

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Detectives in the Ribble Valley are appealing for witnesses after guns were stolen in a house break in.

The incident happened on Thursday (February 10th) between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at an address on Longsight Road in Clayton-le-Dale. It is thought that there were two men involved.

It is believed one man entered through a window at the back of the property and stole a number of items including two rifles and a shotgun. Other property stolen included three laptop computers and a small quantity of cash.

The first offender is described as white, with a slim build aged between 20 and 30. He was wearing a green or blue army issue or fisherman’s type, high waist over trousers with braces possibly with a camouflage pattern and an olive round neck jumper.

The other man may have entered the property, but could have possibly stayed in the car. Both left the scene in a bronze coloured Peugeot 406.

Officers are also keen to speak to people who saw any suspicious activity on the A59 in the vicinity of Showley Road between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Det Sgt Nigel Watson from the Ribble Valley CID said: “We are always very concerned when firearms fall into the hands of criminals and we are treating this incident very seriously. I would urge any person with information to contact the police straight away.

“I would also appeal to those who may be associated with criminality and may have knowledge of this incident, have been offered a firearm, or know anybody who has been offered such a weapon. They can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses are asked to call Blackburn police on 01254 51212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.