Thieves target business park

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Police are appealing for information after £14,000 worth of property was stolen in a series of commercial burglaries on a Lancaster industrial estate.

Four units were broken into on Lancaster Business Park in Caton Road overnight on January 28, and goods including laptops, mobile phones, watches and perfume were stolen.

Two of the offences took place at business premises in Mannin Way.

One burglary was reported at Independent Contractor Services where the offenders used a blunt instrument to gain entry through a first floor fire door before stealing an old Blackberry mobile phone in non-working order.

The offenders also targeted a business unit called Purely Creative and prised open a ground floor window and removed numerous boxes of Superdry watches, Clinique

Happy perfume and Kate Moss summer perfume, together worth more than £9,000.

Two further offences took place when the offenders gained access to Persimmon House and selected a 2ftx2ft green safe containing cash, as well as four HP laptops and two mobile phones.

Police are also investigating an attempted burglary at BT Directories Ltd in which the offenders attempted to gouge open the front door lock without success.

DC Tris Hardwick from Lancaster Reactive CID said: “An investigation is under way and given the similarities and the timescales of the offences we believe the offences to be linked.

“I would appeal to anybody with any information about any of these burglaries to come forward and call Lancashire police on 101. The weight and number of items taken would suggest a vehicle was used so I’d be keen to hear from anyone that saw a vehicle parked up in the area or anyone acting suspiciously.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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