Goods stolen in Forton are found on Merseyside

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POLICE recovered £3,000 worth of goods stolen by burglars in Forton when they carried out a series of raids on Merseyside.

Officers from a Lancashire Constabulary support unit, accompanied by task force officers from Fleetwood, executed search warrants in Southport, Bootle and Aintree.

Five addresses were visited and two men, aged 30 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. They have since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Officers, who are investigating a number of rural burglaries in Wyre, seized a number of items from the properties, mostly comprising the items taken in the Forton break-in. Further checks are being made to confirm ownership.

Lancashire Constabulary said it was part of Operation Julius, a force-wide operation clamping down on burglary. The county saw a small rise in the number of burglaries towards the end of last year and Operation Julius was put in place to tackle this.

Sgt Sarah Sharman, Wyre police, said: “We know that some of our burglaries are committed by criminals coming into the county from elsewhere – our recent actions show that even if they do not live in Lancashire, we will do all we can to find offenders and bring them to justice.”