Two men charged following burglary at pensioner’s house in Blackburn

Whalley New Road
Whalley New Road

Two men have been charged after a burglary at a pensioner’s house in Blackburn.

Police were called at 2.48am on Monday, October 5, to a house in Whalley New Road after receiving reports of a burglary.

Two men were later arrested on Bolton Road, Blackburn, and following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Lee Woods, 40, of Fernbank Court, Nelson, was charged with burglary.

Ricky Williamson, 45, of Bolton Road, Blackburn, was charged with handling stolen goods.

Both men were remanded into custody to appear before Blackburn Magistrates' Court.

The police have recently launched Operation Defender, a force-wide campaign funded by Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, to crackdown on residential burglary.

Burglary causes misery to people, especially when homes are violated. The effects of burglary can be long lasting, as well as the financial implications, and the police take all reports of burglary extremely seriously.

This swift action and charge decision by the police in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service highlight the force's commitment to tackling burglary head on, targeting offenders and bringing them to justice while working closely with victims to reassure, and support them through the investigation.

Neighbourhood Constable, PC Emma Turner, said: "We will keep the community informed of positive action taken against burglars in their local area, and we will work closely with partners to identify opportunities and new ways to keep residents informed on how to keep themselves, and their homes safe.

"We are committed to keeping our communities safe and burglary is a priority for us.

"Everyone deserves to be safe, and feel safe in Lancashire, and we need you to work with us to help keep you safe by taking our advice on board and reporting suspicious activity to us on 101, or in an emergency 999."