Police arrest man who allegedly stole charity tins from Poulton churches and charities

A suspected thief who allegedly targeted churches, charities and community centres has been arrested.

Lucas Corke, from Hampshire, was detained by officers yesterday in connection with a series of burglary offences in Poulton and Kirkham.

Lucas Corke, from Portsmouth, was arrested on Tuesday November 20 in connection with a series of burglaries in Poulton Le Fylde.

Lucas Corke, from Portsmouth, was arrested on Tuesday November 20 in connection with a series of burglaries in Poulton Le Fylde.

The 42-year-old was arrested yesterday afternoon in Kirkham after a member of the public recognised him from CCTV footage released by Blackpool Police on social media.

He has been charged with two counts of theft - one in relation to Rico's Italian restaurant in Poulton on Sunday November 11 and the other a theft from Lizzie's Cafe in Kirkham on Friday November 16.

He has been remanded to appear at Blackpool Magistrates Court today.

Corke allegedly embarked on a ten-day burglary spree in which he is suspected of stealing charity tins from churches, community centres and small businesses in Poulton and Kirkham.

PC Kevin Berry said: "This result is a good example of the community and Police working together with social media to detect and detain a travelling criminal.

"We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who shared our original appeals and also to the members of the public who helped us in Kirkham yesterday - we really appreciate it.

"Well done to you all and thank you."