Police in Rochdale have made three arrests in a crackdown on burglaries in the town.

They say they have followed up leads from forensic evidence from three separate burglaries.

The properties hit were a property in Arthur Street, Rochdale which was raided in March. A 17-year-old man from Oldham has been arrested and remains in custody for questioning.

And following a burglary in Elm Street, Middleton last month, a man aged 25 has been arrested and is also being held for questioning.

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Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy is also being held and questioned in connection with a break-in at Gisburn Drive, Rochdale last month.

Inspector Graham Cooke from the Rochdale Neighbourhood Task force said: "Burglaries have a very real impact on those affected by them, and we won't tolerate this sort of behaviour.

"I hope these arrests will serve as some reassurance that we are committed to tackling this sort of criminal activity, and will continue to do so to make our communities safer."

Tips for preventing burglaries include activating a burglar alarm at night and when the householder goes out and all doors and windows should locked.

Police also advise householders to use a timer switch so that lights are on giving the impression that someone is at home. Valuable items, such as jewellery and mobile phones should not be left on show. They should also be marked so they can be traced.

Photographs of valuables can also be registered free of charge at www.immobilise.com

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