Crime file - 17/01/13

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A round-up of crime stories from across Lancashire

Pickpocket steals cards

A pickpocket targeted a pubgoer on a night out in Preston city centre. The thief struck at yates Wine Lodge, Church Street, between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday. They took two Nat West bank cards, a pack of cigarettes and a white Blackberry Curve mobile phone from the bag.

Vandals break car window

Police are appealing for information after yobs smashed a car window with a brick. The vandals attacked a white Audi A5 S-Line which was parked outside West View Leisure Centre in Preston on the evening of January 11. They lobbed half a brick to damage a rear window. Call police on 101.

Thieves make off with bikes

Two bicycles were stolen from a garage in Fulwood. The incident happened on Lansdown Hill between 5pm on January 12 and 1.15pm the following day. The thief bent a hinge on a garage door and stole a black and white adult mountain bike and a green Dawes Galaxy men’s touring bike.

Vandal breaks glass window

A vandal smashed a window at a building in Preston city centre. Police said an unknown offender threw a rock at a small upstairs window at a property in Slade Street, causing it to shatter. Officers said the incident happened between 11.30pm on Tuesday and 7am on Wednesday.

Shoplifter stole M&S meat

A shoplifter took meat from the Marks and Spencer store in Fishergate, Preston. The man entered the shop at around 2.30pm on Tuesday and took the goods before leaving without paying.

Wheel concern

Concerns have been raised that criminals are abusing the Guild Wheel in Grimsargh. Police said that section of the cycling route is being used by criminals as an easy way of gaining access to and from the village. Residents have also reported concerns to officers about the safety of cyclists and dog walkers.

Parking signs being defaced

Parking restriction signs on a Preston road are still being defaced, preventing illegal parkers from being punished. The Evening Post reported on the issue, in Brieryfield Road, Preston, last year. But residents and police say the ongoing problem is continuing. Residents have reported that the signs are being defaced within hours of them being replaced.