Preston fire station burglary suspect arrested

A man suspected of breaking into Preston fire station and stealing property has been arrested.

Saturday, 20th April 2019, 9:28 am
Updated Saturday, 20th April 2019, 2:44 pm
Preston fire station

Preston Police said today on Facebook: "In the early hours a burglary was committed at (the) Fire Station on Blackpool Road, Preston.

"Sadly a male had forced entry into the building, entered the staff locker room and stolen a bank card from someone's personal belongings.

"The male has then used the stolen bank card in a local petrol station via contactless payment and officers have completed investigative work to establish his identity.

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"The suspect, a 37 year old, was located and arrested with the products he fraudulently purchased at the store.

"He now has some explaining to do in custody."

Senior Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service officer Shaun Walton said: "Very sad that an individual would target a fire station and firefighters belongings whilst they are on duty serving Lancashire."

In a separate incident, Preston Police said a Team5IR patrol stopped a vehicle in Glover's Court, Preston.

The 24 year old driver provided a positive breath reading of 106.

He was arrested for drink driving and had his car seized but following a search of the vehicle a number of weapons were located.

The driver and a 34 year old male were also arrested for possession of offensive weapons.