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MAN HELD

AN Ac­cring­ton man has been ar­rested as part of a £1 mil­lion Land Rover thefts in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Of­fi­cers have ar­rested five men as part of their on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a spate of Land Rover thefts across East Lan­cashire ear­lier this year.

High value Land Rover Dis­cov­er­ies, Evo­ques and De­fend­ers, all with key­less ig­ni­tions, were tar­geted in the spate of thefts, with over 40 cars thought to have been stolen. In some cases at­tempts to take the cars were un­suc­cess­ful and to date six ve­hi­cles have been re­cov­ered.

It is thought that the to­tal value of the ve­hi­cles stolen could be in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion.

A 31-year-old Ac­cring­ton man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to steal mo­tor ve­hi­cles and has been bailed un­til Novem­ber 4.

Three men from Black­burn aged 19, 25 and 45 and a 31-year-old Dar­wen man have also been ar­rested and bailed pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

DS Zoe Russo, of Burn­ley CID, said: “We launched our in­ves­ti­ga­tion into these thefts ear­lier this year and have spent months fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous lines of en­quiry.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call 101.

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