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Update after elderly men targeted in Leyland and Chorley

Monday, January 25, 2021

On Friday (January 22nd) we told you about an elderly man who was hit over the head during an aggravated burglary on Balshaw Crescent, Leyland and then another incident on Eaves Lane, Chorley where another elderly man was forced to hand over some money.

We want to update you on how the man is and what has happened to the four people who were arrested.

Linked to the Leyland incident, Mark McGranaghan, 47, of Wordworth Street, Burnley; Anthony Prosser, 50, of Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley; Kevin Cragg, 44, of Rosegrove Lane, Burnley and James McCool, 39, of Bleasdale Court, Longridge have been charged with robbery.

McGranaghan was also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

In relation to what happened in Chorley, Cragg, Prosser and McCool have been charged with fraud.

They appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court this morning where they each have been remanded.

The elderly man who suffered a head injury during what happened at his home in Leyland remains stable and is still receiving medical attention.

Thanks to everyone who sent both victims their well wishes and showed their support for our investigation.

If you have any information about the incidents we described, please call 101 quoting incident reference 223 of January 22nd (Leyland aggravated burglary) or 315 of January 22nd (Chorley incident).

Please remember the advice we gave you on Friday available here: www.lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/property-safety/doorstep-crime-bogus-callers/

At the moment, the elderly and vulnerable are home more and so are easy targets for criminals. Please check-in with people like this that you know so they are not completely isolated. 


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