Crime file - 11/10/12

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A round-up of crime stories from across Lancashire

Warning after bin is set alight

Chorley firefighters were called to a wheelie bin blaze on Spendmore Lane, Coppull. Residents are advised to secure bins if they aren’t due for collection as incidients such as this are on the rise. A spokeman said: “Low level arson such as this often leads to more serious crimes. “Wheelie bins tend to burn quite readily and can lead to larger, uncontrollable fires.”

Phone stolen in city cafe

A thief stole a white Blackberry Bold phone which had been left unattended by a customer in a city centre cafe. The criminal struck at around 3.30am on October 9 in Cafe Zeus on Lancaster Road, Preston, police said. Officers are appealing for anyone with information to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Thieves stole metal gate

A steel gate was lifted off its hinges and stolen from outside a home on West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Police were called after the thieves struck between October 1 and October 10 at the house. The galvanised steel gate is around 3ft in height and police are asking anyone who has seen it to contact them on 101.