Chorley Police issue warning messages following rural thefts

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Warning messages have been sent out following a spate of thefts in Chorley villages.

Police officers are asking residents to be on their guard after property has been stolen from garages in Wheelton, Brinscall and Withnell.

The burglaries are said to be taking place over night and police have said that sheds and garages are the main target, together with golf clubs and motorbikes.

Sgt Lana Palmer-Davies, of Chorley Police, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to come forward about the incidents.

“We want to know whether or not residents have seen any suspicious cars in the early hours of the morning.

“If people don’t recognise the car and they think it could be something dodgy then they need to call us.

“The burglars are targeting sheds and garages, while golf clubs and motorbikes have also been stolen.

“It is vital that people with any sort of information come forward.”

And officers are advising residents to keep all belongings secure to help make life more difficult for would-be thieves.

Sgt Palmer-Davies added: “We are urging all residents in Wheelton, Brinscall and Withnell to make sure that all their sheds, cars and garages are locked.

“Shed locks aren’t expensive and it’s worth having one, it’s vital that residents are mindful of the general security in the area.

“People should not leave any belongings on show and make it easy for the criminals.”

Parish Coun Malcolm Allen said: “Everything should be left in a secure place in particular in the rural areas, our houses can be targeted a lot more, so people need to be aware.”

People are advised to contact Chorley Police on 101 with any information on the thefts.

If they wish to remain anonymous then they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.