CRACK teams of police wearing riot gear stormed homes across Burnley this week as part of a massive operation to tackle burglary in the town.
Officers were drafted in from other parts of Lancashire to help with Operation Loroley which saw 24 people arrested for their involvement in serious acquisitive crime, 112 items including electrical equipment seized and £3,000 recovered from one property.
The hard-hitting raids, which mainly centred around Burnley Wood, were the culmination of months of intelligence gathering which also saw £172,000 worth of property seized.
Chief Supt Clive Tattum, Pennine divisional commander, who led the operation, said: “This operation has been running for about seven months.
“It is centered on people who commit burglary but inevitably will have been involved in other things as well.
“It is a crime which ruins people’s lives. There is evidence of children not sleeping at night and bed wetting. It’s a crime of misery.”
Chief Supt Tattum said officers would be working hard to reassure residents in the area and allay any fears.
l Eric Halson (25), of Springfield Road, has been charged with eight counts of burglary in a dwelling, six counts of unauthorised vehicle taking, handling stolen goods, supplying cannabis and offering to supply cannabis.
A 16-year-old from Burnley has been charged with handling stolen goods. A 17-year-old from Burnley has been charged with burglary in a dwelling and burglary other than in a dwelling. A 17-year-old from Burnley has been charged with supplying cannabis. Chloe Toomey (19), of Cedar Street, has been charged with handling stolen goods.
A 15-year-old boy from Burnley has been charged with burglary in a dwelling and theft. Joshua Bonney (18), of Piccadilly Road, has been charged with seven counts of burglary in a dwelling, five charges of unauthorised vehicle taking and dangerous driving. John Foreman (22), of Athol Street North, is charged with four counts of handling stolen goods. A 16-year-old boy from Burnley has been charged with possessing cannabis, burglary in a dwelling and six counts of handling stolen goods. Three men aged 21, 22 and 31 have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.