Footprints in the snow help Lancashire Police fight crime
THE POLICE got an unexpected helping hand from the winter weather when heavy snow covered West Lancashire.
Officers were called to a house on Dark Lane in Lathom, in the early hours of January 14.
The 41-year-old woman living at the house was woken up by the sound of glass being smashed downstairs.
After arriving at the scene, the police saw that a glass panel in the door had been broken and as they began searching the area, they came across a trail of foot prints left in the snow.
Sgt Steve Monk, of Ormskirk Police, said: “The officers believed people had been trying to break into the house and they followed the footprints, which led them across some fields near to the house.
“They subsequently located a man from the Billinge area of Wigan, who was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
“The 38-year-old was detained at Skelmersdale custody office and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”
The day before the suspected burglary, police used the snow to trace a man who had gone into the BP petrol station on County Road in Ormskirk, and stolen £15 worth of food by putting it into a pram.
Officers attended the scene and followed marks left by the wheels of the pram to a house in nearby Cotton Drive, where they arrested a 37-year-old man.
He was given an £80 fixed penalty notice and the stolen property was recovered.