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Appeal for information after property attacked in Church

Thursday, October 15, 2020

We are continuing to appeal for information after more than a dozen masked men carrying weapons vandalised two cars before breaking into a house causing widespread damage. 

Police were called around 2.05pm on Tuesday (October 13) to reports of public order offences in Tanpits Road, Church.

It was reported between 15 and 20 men carrying bats, machetes and other weapons had vandalised a Peugeot car and a BMW car, before smashing the windows of a house.

The group then broke inside the address, forcing two women, both aged in their 20s, as well as children, aged under 10, to hide upstairs. The men caused further damage to a television, ornaments, walls and rear windows and stole money before making off from the scene in six vehicles.

No injuries were reported.

Following investigation police later arrested three men in connection with their enquiries.

The attack is being treated as an isolated incident and police are keen to stress offences of this nature are rare.

Officers are also keen to trace a blue Seat, a white Ford Transit van, green Mitsubishi Shogun, grey Volkswagen Passat, a dark BMW 3 Series and a silver Volkswagen Estate with a roof rack, as part of the investigation.

Det Sgt Steve Munro, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a shocking incident in which a property, occupied by two women and children, was ransacked in broad daylight by more than a dozen masked men carrying weapons.

“While we have made several arrests and I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

“I believe the local community can assist with our enquiries and may know the individuals responsible or recognise the vehicles described.

“Our information suggests this was a targeted attack in an on-going dispute between two groups known to each other.

“A video of the incident is circulating on social media and while the footage is both shocking and very worrying, I would stress incidents of this nature are rare and high visibility patrols have been increased in the area.

“If you can help us please get in touch immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0714 of October 13.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Two men aged 35 and 27 from Bolton and a 26-year-old man from Trowbridge were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. They have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.


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