Police are appealing for information after a break in Foulridge where a number of firearms were taken.
The break in happened between 7:45pm on Thursday 24th October and 8:30am on Friday morning at Kelbrook Shooting School, which has a registered firearms shop, just off Cob Lane.
The offenders have gone in through the roof of the shop and have taken 18 various makes of semi automatic shotguns from inside.
One of the weapons was discovered on a path leading toward Colne Road by a member of the public the following morning which has been recovered by officers for examination.
“This is a very unusual burglary and I believe the store has been targeted for its contents.
“I understand the concerns the community may have knowing this amount of firearms are in the hands of criminals. A team of detectives are currently trying to establishing the full circumstances around the theft and to trace the people responsible.
“We are working closely with our neighbouring forces as there is a likelihood that these weapons may have been taken out of the Lancashire area and we are anxious to recover them as soon as possible.
“I believe that this theft was pre-planned and so in particular, I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area, not only on the night of the offence, but in the days and weeks leading up to the offence to come forward.
“Although at this stage we believe that the offenders have approached the shop and have then left on foot over open land to the rear of the building, we believe that they will have had access to a vehicle which will have been parked up a short distance away. In that respect, I would like to extend the appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious vehicles anywhere in the vicinity to come forward.”
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