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Teenagers who robbed house captured by footprints left in snow

TEENAGERS who burgled a house in Thornton were caught after police followed their trail of footprints through the snow.

A 17-year-old, 16-year-old and 15-year-old broke into a house in Virgin’s Lane but were disturbed after the alarm went off.

Police were alerted and officers discovered footprints in snow, leading from the house to the back of the garden.

The teenagers, from Kirkby, were discovered at the back of the property and arrested on suspicion of burglary.

It happened while the occupants were out, at around 7.20pm on Monday, January 11, following the recent heavy snowfall.

Crosby Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Turner said: “Footprints led to the corner of the garden and they have been discovered a short distance to the rear.”

A gang of four teenagers were also caught fleeing from a car that had earlier been stolen following a burglary in Brownmoor Lane, Great Crosby.

The silver Ford Galaxy was taken from outside the house in the early hours of Saturday.

They were spotted by the police helicopter fleeing from the vehicle in Station Road in Maghull at around 4pm that day.

A 15-year-old and 18-year-old from Kirkby, a 17-year-old from Walton and an 18-year-old from Crosby were caught near the car and arrested on suspicion of burglary.