Police arrest two men for Barlick shop burglaries

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Two men have today been arrested on suspicion of the burglary of shop premises in Barnoldswick town centre.

The two males, one a 36-year-old and the other a 39-year-old, are currently being questioned by police officers.

The action comes as part of a police operation codenamed “Julius” which started this month, aimed at cracking down on burglaries.

Police have moved to reassure residents this week by having a greater presence in the town.

Chf Insp Derry Crorken said: “We have stepped up patrols in Barnoldswick in response to resident’s concerns.

“We’ve had mounted officers out on police horses, neighbourhood policing officers and also road policing officers in the area, talking to the community and listening to their concerns.

“Barnoldswick is still very much a safe place to live but we know that just a small number of incidents can have a huge impact on this community, because it isn’t a place where a large amount of crime usually takes place.”

Chf Insp Crorken added: “We are moving forward by making arrests and are treating the rise in burglaries seriously.

“We will continue to arrest those responsible for these crimes but we need the public to work with us and give us any information they have about any incidents.

“The message to burglars is simple - you are not welcome in Barnoldswick and indeed, the rest of the county. We will find you and put you before the courts.”