BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) officers and staff are celebrating after the force scooped an award for its anti-theft campaign.

Operation Magnum was launched in April 2013 to tackle pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves who target passengers across the railway network - including at East Lancashire stations.

Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden, who leads the operation, said: “We will continue to do everything we can to disrupt and deter thieves who brazenly snatch expensive smartphones from distracted passengers’ hands.

“And those who steal luggage and valuables on trains.

“We want people to be aware of the different tactics and distractions thieves use.

“So passengers can better protect their property.

“My top tips for keeping your items safe include keeping your luggage close by and checking on it regularly, keeping your valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep and always zipping up any hand or shoulder bags.”