Charges in Lancashire police burglary raids

More than 200 Lancashire Police officers have carried out a series of raids on homes in Burnley and arrested 25 people over burglaries and thefts.

Detectives worked alongside dog handlers, mounted officers and traffic police to co-ordinate the strikes on Tuesday and Thursday.

Police said charges had been brought against 16 people.

The arrests were the result of a seven-month investigation in which 573 stolen items worth £174,000 were seized.

'Devastating impact'

The 24 men and one woman were arrested in the Burnley Wood area.

Ch Sup Clive Tattum said: "Although burglary in Burnley is at its lowest level for years, we will never lose focus on it because we understand the devastating impact that this intrusive crime can have on victims.

"This operation is just one in a number of tactics that we use to tackle crime and we target offenders every day of the week.

"This action is in response to community concerns and we know from the feedback we have received that people are really pleased with the action we have taken."

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