A WOMAN has been charged by police in relation to a number of "distraction burglaries".

Helen Brown was charged with burglary over incidents which took place in Lostock and Ladybridge.

The 35-year-old, from the Sutton Estate in Deane, appeared in Bolton's Magistrates Court yesterday.

Officers arrested Brown in relation to incidents where the victims are thought to have been distracted before having their property taken.

To make a about a burglary, contact a representative from GMP on 101 or visit: www.gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.