Burnley couple accused of handling stolen property after house raid


A man and woman have been charged with receiving stolen property after police seized a large number of items from an address in East Lancashire.

James Hennessy, 40, and Emma Smithies, 32, both of Griffin Close, Burnley, were arrested Wednesday after police raided their property thanks to denunciations from the local community.

During a search of the house, a large number of items suspected of having been stolen during several recent burglaries in the city were seized.

Following interviews, the couple were charged on Thursday and will appear in court in due course.

A police spokesperson said Thursday: “Yesterday, officers from Immediate Response Team Five executed a search warrant at an address in Griffin Close, Burnley.

“A large number of items suspected of having been stolen in several recent burglaries were seized from the address and two of the occupants were arrested.

“Today we charged 40-year-old James Hennessy and 32-year-old Emma Smithies of Griffin Close, Burnley, of handling stolen goods.

“They will appear in court in due course.

“We continue to rely on public information to fight crimes like this. ”

If anyone knows of any information that could help the police recover stolen property or any other offense they wish to inform officers of, then they can call 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.

Likewise, anyone can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their website https://orlo.uk/BMHb0.

The spokesperson added: “We will continue to target and disrupt the criminals involved in these offenses and would like to remind Lancashire criminals that these crimes will not be tolerated in our communities.”

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