Crime file - 29/11/12

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A round-up of crime stories from across Lancashire

Appeal follows town assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 27-year-old man was assaulted in Longridge. The incident happened at around 3.30pm on November 20, when the man was believed to have been frogmarched along Foley’s Path, towards Berry Lane, in the town. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call police on 01200 458734 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Jewellery goes in house raid

Jewellery and a Dell laptop computer worth £750 were stolen from a detached house on Preston Road, Longridge. The property was broken into after burglars forced a side door open between 2pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, November 22. Call police on 101 with any information.

Landlords in court are up

The number of landlords prosecuted under the Housing Act in Lancashire has soared, official Government figures have revealed. In the past six years, 113 people have been prosecuted for failing to comply with enforcement notices to take action under the Act, which governs housing standards. But the Ministry of Justice figures show a huge rise, from just three prosecutions in 2007 to 48 last year. The statistics were revealed in answer to a Parliamentary question.

Stolen bike is worth £1,000

A bike worth £1,000 was stolen from outside the UCLan university library on St Peter’s Square. Two hooded men were seen using a pair of bolt-cutters to steal the Kona Kikapu bike, which was blue and black, from a cycle rack where it was locked up. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Man steals Christmas list

A thief helped himself to an entire trolley of Christmas shopping at Sainsbury’s on Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge. He filled his trolley with six legs of lamb, cider, four selection boxes and four multi-packs of crisps, and hid in the toilets to bag it all up. He walked out without paying at 2.10pm on Tuesday.

Warning about doors left open

Police are urging homeowners to be more careful and lock their doors. A group of 20 officers found 20 homes, five garages and 23 cars left unlocked in Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods last week, as part of Operation Cannon.

Musical treat for offenders

Three offenders walked into a discount store at stole a jukebox. The incident happened at the JTF Discount Warehouse on Pittman Way, Fulwood, Preston between 6pm and 6.3pm on November 27. Two men and a woman unplugged the item, worth around £300, from a display and took it from the store. Anyone with information should call the Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111.

Early start for shoplifer

A bottle of Southern Comfort liqour was taken from a display shelf at the Marks and Spencer store at Deepdale Retail Park. The incident happened when the offender came into the store around 8.55am on Saturday, November 24. Anyone with information should call the Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111 .

Yobs cause damage to car

A large group of children, aged up to around 14 years of age caused damange to a car. The wing mirror of a Nissan Micra that was parked on Thorn Trees Avenue, Lea, was broken off as the group walked past the vehicle around 6.45pm on Tuesday, November 27. Call the Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111.

Thief struck at optician store

A woman stole two pairs of designer glasses from Specsavers in Friargate, Preston. The thief took a pair of Red or Dead frames and a pair of Bench frames. She struck between 3.10pm and 3.20pm on November 27. It comes after another optician was targeted in the city last week. Witnesses should call police on 101.

Shoplifter wore stolen scarf

A woman stole a scarf from H and M in the St George’s Mall. The thief was spotted putting the scarf around her neck and then walking out of the shop without paying, at 3.40pm on November 27, police said. Anyone who witnessed the theft should contact police on 101.

Pound shop is victim to thief

A roll of tin foil was stolen from Poundland in Friargate in Preston. The thief struck at 6pm on November 26. The foil was worth £1. Anyone with information about the shoplifter is asked to contact police.