Police investigating a burglary in which a vehicle and £19,000 was taken from a local business have arrested two men in their 40s.

The police's Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit (TVIU) arrested the men on suspicion of burglary in relation to a stolen Mercedes Sprinter van and £19,000 being taken from a local business on Egerton Street in Farnworth.

The burglary happened on Monday (20 May) and the two are now in custody for questioning.

The vehicle they were travelling in which is suspected of being used during the burglary, activated an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera in the area which alerted officers who responded and began to track them.

After following it a short distance officers say they boxed the vehicle, bringing it to a complete stop and arresting the two men.

Following the arrests, officers located cash, believed to have been stolen, a number of mobile phones and other items relevant to the investigation.

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Detective Sergeant Carla Deighton from our Bolton Neighbourhood Crime said: “I would like to thank our colleagues in TVIU for responding so quickly to this incident. 

“Their assistance has helped us recover some of the stolen items that were taken from the local businesses in question.  

"We understand that burglary is one of the most intrusive crimes you can experience whether it is your home or your business, and we will not tolerate it in our communities.”

If you are concerned about any forms of criminality in your area or have information that you’d like to share with us, please call 101 or report online on our website: www.gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers – anonymously – on 0800 555 111.

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