Arrests made in Ribble Valley operation

LOOK OUT: Police on rural patrols
LOOK OUT: Police on rural patrols
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Police made eight arrests in a clamp down on rural crime in the Ribble Valley.

More than 50 roadside checks were carried out and £20,000 of suspected stolen property was seized in the six week operation.

Arrests were made for offences ranging from theft of a Land Rover to the theft of eggs and going equipped to steal.

A 25-year-old man has since admitted stealing the Land Rover, which was parked outside a pub on Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe on the evening of March 4.

Adam Bullen, of Middlesex Avenue, Burnley, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment which was suspended for two years after appearing at Burnley Crown Court on Thursday May 2.

He was also banned from driving for two years, will be required to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and was given a 16 week curfew and must pay the victim £250 compensation.

The operation was a joint initiative between Lancashire Constabulary, he Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association.

Geographic Inspector Graham Lister said: “Rural crime figures have remained fairly flat.

“Our aim was to arrest those who came into the Ribble Valley to commit crime or at the very least disrupt their activities by seizing the vehicles they used.

“I hope it has sent a clear message to people involved in rural crime that both police and communities will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will work together to identify those involved.