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Council express concerns over town policing

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Councillors have voiced fears Longridge could become a target for criminals once police changes take place from April 1.

Councillors have voiced fears Longridge could become a target for criminals once police changes take place from April 1.

Members of Longridge Town Council are also to invite a senior police officer to one of their future meetings to explain the proposed changes which will no longer see response officers based in the town.

Coun Sarah Rainford said residents were feeling abandoned by the police and a lot of them felt no-one was there from 6pm.

“Longridge is going to become a target,” she said,

Coun Jim Rogerson questioned whether or not the proposals to have response officers working out of Blackburn was any cheaper and said: “The police have lost contact.”

News of Longridge Council’s concerns over the town’s policing comes in the same week police say a Longridge man who was arrested and questioned after a spate of burglaries in Longridge was due to answer bail this Friday.

Five homes in the same area of Longridge - Darwen Close, Brindle Close, Copster Drive, Dilworth Lane and Hoghton Road - have been burgled in recent weeks.

A police spokesman said jewellery was targeted and the burglaries had mainly taken place between 5pm and 8pm.

He said a man had been arrested and questioned on February 24 before being released on police bail, which he must answer this Friday, March 7, at Greenbank Police Station, Blackburn.

He added that police patrols had been increased in the area and residents had been asked to keep doors and windows locked, to make sure security lights were working and also to have their burglar alarms switched on.

l Police say three sheds were broken into in Longridge during the night of February 25-26 and more than £1,500 worth of goods stolen.

Two of the sheds were on Little Lane and the other on Lune Street.

Among the items stolen were tools; wheelbarrows; mountain bike; corded drill and petrol strimmer.

If anyone has any further information they are asked to contact 01772 209583 or Crime stoppers 0800 555111.

 

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