Police have released details of the county's most wanted offenders as part of a national policing operation aimed at reducing robbery.

Operation Calibre is taking place across the UK and is designed to crack down on personal robbery. In Lancashire, police are targeting eight of the most wanted offenders with the aim of bringing them into custody before Christmas.

Last year the operation saw 385 arrests made by forces, with 427 schools and 126 local community events talking about the dangers of personal robbery taking place.

Det Chief Supt Nick Connaughton said: “Reducing robbery is a key priority locally as well as nationally. Fortunately, here in Lancashire, personal robbery is relatively low, but we recognise the impact these crimes can have on their victims, so we are committed to reducing offences further.

“Our officers work day and night to protect communities and our message to those who think it is ok to commit a robbery and inflict violence in our communities is clear: we will not tolerate this. You will end up facing significant consequences and we will catch you.

“By using all our resources over the coming weeks, we will put a stop to those who think that they can evade capture and show them that there is always a place for them in our cells.”

Andrew Snowden, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Cracking down on robbery and burglary is a key priority in my Fighting Crime Plan, with officers proactively targeting offenders and bringing them to justice, exactly what people want to see.

“This approach shows our determination to see those who take advantage of others and steal from people's homes and businesses, behind bars and off the streets, particularly prolific offenders who blight people's lives and cause financial and emotional damage.

“I will continue to back the Chief Constable with the resources to take the fight to criminals, bring them to justice, whilst making our communities safer.”

Police have have released images of the following:

Richard Berresford, 41, of Sandfield Road, Bacup. He is wanted for taking money off two vulnerable victims after threatening them with violence. Call 101, log 0738 of September 19, 2023.
Michaela Glover, 35, of no fixed address. She is wanted for a robbery at an address in Plumbe Street, Burnley, where a man had a mobile phone and gold chain stolen. Call 101, log 0119 of August 20, 2023.
Danyal Hussain, 22, of Dryden Grove, Blackburn. He is wanted for a robbery in Town Hall Square, Great Harwood, where a man was assaulted by a gang of men who stole his mobile phone. Call 101, log 0077 of March 11, 2023.
Katie Ainsworth, 31, of Coronation Street, Blackpool. She is wanted in connection with a robbery where a man had his wallet taken in an alleyway near to New Bonny Street, Blackpool. Call 101, log 0160 of October 15, 2023.
Marshall Redfern, 23, of Whitegate Drive, Blackpool. Wanted for robbery after a man was robbed at an address in Blackpool and forced to transfer money from his bank account. Call 101, log 0606 of May 18, 2023.
Steven Steele, 41, of Westmorland Avenue, Blackpool. Wanted for robbery after a woman had cash stolen from her on the Promenade, Blackpool. Call 101, log 1546 of November 6, 2023.
Joshua Gill, 21, of Clinton Avenue, Blackpool. Wanted for robbery after a man was robbed at knifepoint on Bloomfield Road. Call 101, log 1406 of October 13, 2023.
Damon Chadwick, 30. Wanted after making threats with a knife at an address in Skelmersdale. Call 101, log 0146 of November 11, 2023.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 29, Lancashire Police issued an update that Marshall Redfern had been arrested on suspicion of robbery.