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Cross Border Operation Targets Criminals
Wednesday 2nd September, 2009

Police in Pemberton have arrested seven people as part of a crackdown on burglary and vehicle crime.

Operation Coalition involved police from the area working with officers from Lancashire and Merseyside to tackle offenders who travel across county borders to commit crime.

In the last week of August police maintained a high profile presence on all main routes into Pemberton to reassure the public and used covert tactics to identify and stop suspects.

The seven people were arrested on suspicion of offences including burglary, going equipped to steal, shoplifting, possession of an offensive weapon, abstracting electricity and breach of bail.

Police also carried out stop checks on approximately 40 vehicles during the course of the crackdown.

Inspector Phil James of the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “By working closely with neighbouring forces we can share intelligence on suspects and take appropriate action to restrict their movements.

“The message for criminals who travel across county borders to commit crime is clear – we’re watching their movements and will take firm action against them if they offend.”

Operation Coalition is part of Operation Storm, a wider initiative run across Greater Manchester to target burglars.

Police are urging anyone who witnesses suspicious activity or suspects someone of being involved in burglary to call them directly on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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