Page last updated at 12:01 GMT, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:01 UK

Thieves target Muslim worshippers

CCTV of two men police want to speak to
Police want to speak to two men about the burglaries

Burglars are targeting the homes of Muslims in Lancashire who are visiting mosques during Ramadan.

Homes in Brierfield have been burgled by the men, who are believed to be Asian, during special prayer times.

CCTV images have been issued of two men police want to speak to in connection with the burglaries.

An awareness campaign has been launched at mosques by officers, encouraging worshippers to keep windows and doors shut and locked when they leave home.

Insp Russ Procter, of Lancashire police, said: "If we are right in thinking that these offenders are specifically targeting homes during prayer times then their actions are despicable.

"Using the holy month as an excuse to steal from homes is terrible. I am appealing for anyone with any information to come forward so that we can catch these callous thieves quickly."

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