Warning to Travelling Criminals in East Lancashire. Police promise ‘Ring of Steel’

A RING of steel will be placed around East Lancashire this week as part of a high profile crackdown on travelling criminals.

Police from a number of departments across Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley will use various tactics to disrupt crime such as drug supply, theft and the disposal of stolen property.

The lockdown, which will run until the end of July, will also focus on reducing road casualties. Officers will be on the lookout for motorists committing road traffic offences, such as speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving and having no tax or insurance.

Chief Inspector Damian Darcy said: “This operation is all about tackling the issues which are of greatest concern to the public and we will be focusing our resources on routes known to be used by criminals or areas where we know crime has occurred.

“We know there are criminals who live outside Lancashire, who are prepared to travel into the county to commit crime. My message to them is simple – if you come to East Lancashire to commit offences you will be relentlessly pursued and will be put before the courts.

“Motorists can be reassured that if they come to Eastern Division to go about their legitimate business they will be welcomed – but criminals intent on travelling here to commit crime will be dealt with robustly.”

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