Crime file - 10/10/12

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A round-up of crime stories from across Lancashire

Gates spark nuisance fears

Alleygates being left open in part of Preston has sparked concerns about suspicious activity. Neighbours told police at the Deepdale area Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting about suspicious activity in alleyways behind residents’ homes after gates were left open. Police are investigating.

City gateway’s dumping blight

Cocnerns have been raised over businesses leaving piles of rubbish in alleys on one of the main gateways into Preston city centre. Police in the Fishwick area of the city are investigating complaints that commercial rubbish and waste is being left in the alleyways behind New Hall Lane.

Police to probe phone drivers

Residents in part of Preston have asked police to probe the number of drivers getting behind the wheel while on their mobile phones. The issue has been raised as a concern in the Moorfields Avenue/Parklands Drive area of Fulwood.

Haul stolen in car break-in

A Ministry of Sound dance CD, an Olly Murs album and two children’s scooters were among a haul stolen from a car after a break-in. A camping chair and a children’s jacket were also taken from the Toyota Yaris car following the break-in in Tower Lane, Fulwood. It happened between 1.45am and 7.30am on Saturday. It is not known how the thieves got into the vehicle.

Thieves stole laptop in raid

Thieves returned to a store several times before stealing a laptop. Each time the offenders walked into the Currys store, in Blackpool Road, Deepdale, they disconnected a different security wire holding a Samsung notebook laptop in place. Finally, they grabbed the £900 device before leaving the store. The theft happened on September 29.

Property taken in raid on car

Thieves smashed the windscreen of a Volkswagen Golf and stole a £250 laptop and toolbox from inside. The incident happened in Tag Croft, Ingol, Preston, between 5.45pm and 6pm on Friday, police said. Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Thugs damage home in attack

Yobs hurled stones and empty bottles of beer at a house, causing damage. The incident happened between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday at a property in Longridge Road, Ribbleton, Preston. The attack caused damage to facia boards.

Thief steals mountain bike

A mountain bike was taken from a property in Preston. The incident happened at a premises in New Hall Lane, Preston. A £150 white mountain bike was taken. The incident happened at around 9pm on Monday.

Brick hurled at car’s window

A window was smashed on a car parked outside a home in Preston. The yob struck at Aldwych Drive, Ashton, at around 9pm on Monday. A brick was thrown at the BMW 3 Series car. Anyone with information can call police on 101.

Jury’s sex abuse verdict

A man has been cleared of allegations of raping and sexually abusing a youngster in Lancaster in the 1990s. The jury at Preston Crown Court found Alan Mayor, 41, not guilty of charges of rape, and indecent assault on a male, following a trial. However, Mayor, now of Palm Street, Blackburn, was found guilty of one count of indecent assault on a male. The jury was unable to agree a verdict on three further counts of indecent assault.

Man arrested following fight

A man was arrested on suspicion of affray after police were called to a fight on London Road, Preston. Police were called to the scene at around 12.45pm yesterday afternoon, a spokesman for Lancashire police said.