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Four charged in Thwaites brewery investigation

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

POLICE investigating large scale damage and disruption caused by Travellers at the Thwaites Brewery in Blackburn have today (Wednesday, June 27th) charged four people.

Six people were arrested yesterday (Tuesday, June 26th) as part of a pre-planned operation which saw officers carry out dawn raids at an address in Leverhulme, Bolton and Leigh, Wigan.

And following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service four of those people have been charged.

They are: Thomas Ward, 43 who is charged with blackmail, burglary and criminal damage; Patrick Ward, 32, charged with burglary and criminal damage; John Ward, 33, charged with burglary, criminal damage and shoplifting. They are all of The Stables, Aspull Common, Leigh. A 16 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with burglary and criminal damage.

Two others, both 21 year old men arrested on suspicion of burglary have been released under investigation.

Police launched an investigation after damage was caused by a group of Travellers at the Blackburn brewery over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The four charged are due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Thursday, June 28th)


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