TWO men are wanted in connection with a major investigation into an organised criminal gang.

Police want to trace Brian Thexton, 43 and Ronald Thexton, 35, both of Park Road, Witton Park, in connection with theft and burglary offences

The appeal follows a huge police operation which took place on Wednesday morning, involving officers from Durham, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Seven arrests were made in connection with a criminal gang believed to be responsible for thefts and burglaries committed over the last year totalling more than £1million.

During the operation both Brian Thexton and Ronald Thexton made off from the scene and are wanted by police.

They are believed to be in a silver Mercedes with the registration plate CK60 WJM.

They were last seen in the Edmundbyers area of Durham around 10.30am on Wednesday.

The Northern Echo:

Police visited properties in Witton Park this morning

Police are appealing for information and are urging people not to approach the men.

Det Chief Insp Becky Smith, of Lancashire Police, said: “Brian and Ronald Thexton are wanted in connection with a number of serious offences committed across north Lancashire and northern England, including high value commercial plant theft, stealing ATMs and cash in transit thefts, as well as burglaries at domestic properties.

“We would urge anyone who sees either man, or has any information, to call 999. These men are believed to be dangerous and should not be approached.

“We believe they made off in a silver Mercedes and could be in the Durham or Cumbria areas.

“Please contact police immediately if you can assist with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact 999.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111