Two men have been charged after police quickly responded to a report of a burglary in Brookmans Park.

Police were called at around 2.45pm on Thursday 3 February to a report of a burglary in Bluebridge Road. Officers from Operation Scorpion* were in the area and immediately attended the scene. The two suspects were subsequently arrested within 15 minutes of the report coming in.

Lee Foran, aged 44, of Highbury Quadrant in North London, and John Vanner, aged 57, of Comet Way have both been charged with the following offences:

A burglary in Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, on Thursday 3 FebruaryA burglary in Willow Corner, Bayford, on Thursday 20 JanuaryA burglary in Dellsome Lane, Welham Green, on Monday 31 JanuaryFraud by false representation

They will appear at St Albans Crown Court on Monday 7 March.

Welwyn Hatfield Chief Inspector Kash Hussain said: “Operation Scorpion and our detectives in the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit work closely together to investigate burglary reports and suspicious incidents, proactively targeting those areas.

“If you see something suspicious and believe it’s a crime in action, please call 999 straight away if you can rather than waiting to report it later. As these arrests show, we can get there quickly to help you.”

*Operation Scorpion is a specialist unit that tackles acquisitive crime – such as burglaries, robberies and drug offences – by relentlessly pursuing criminals and bringing them to justice.

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