Police are appealing for dashcam footage after two aggravated burglaries in Chorley and Leyland.Advertisement
They are asking anybody with dashcam taken on Balshaw Road, Leyland, or Eaves Lane, Chorley, between 7am and 10am on January 22nd, to get in touch with them as soon as possible.
In particular they are looking for footage with an orange Honda Jazz.
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PC Rebecca Pugh, of Chorley Police, said: “Both of these incidents targeted elderly people, and in both cases left the victims shaken and scared.
“At this time we are treating them as linked and our investigations are very much ongoing.
“You may remember that we appealed for information immediately after the incidents, and we would like to thank all those who got in touch with us. We are now asking people to check any dashcam footage taken during the times given above, and if they have anything saved to please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The first of the incidents took place at around 8am on Balshaw Road, when four men purporting to be workmen attended the address of a man aged in his 80s.
When he declined their offer of work they went round to the back of his house and smashed their way through a window. Members of the group then made their way into the address and hit the man to the head with a metal bar but he has thankfully now made a full recovery.
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The second incident occurred at around 9.05am on Eaves Lane, when a man knocked at the door of a property and forced his way inside, saying the victim owed him money. The victim, a man aged 80s, then went to a nearby shop and withdrew cash, handing it over to the suspect.
PC Pugh added: “At the moment, the elderly and vulnerable are home more and so are easy targets for criminals. We would ask that you please check-in with elderly neighbours, family members and friends so they are not completely isolated.”
Police have since arrested and charged four men with robbery in relation to the Leyland incident. They are Mark McGranaghan, 47, of Wordworth Street, Burnley; Anthony Prosser, 50, of Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley; Kevin Cragg, 44, of Rosegrove Lane, Burnley and James McCool, 39, of Bleasdale Court, Longridge.
McGranaghan was also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.
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In relation to the Chorley incident, three of the men – Cragg, Prosser and McCool – have been charged with fraud.
They all appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court on January 25th, when they were each remanded.
If you have any information about the incidents, including dashcam footage, please email it to email@example.com or call 101, quoting log number 223 of January 22nd.
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