DETECTIVES have charged a man following reports of multiple burglaries in the South Lakes area.

Craig Butterworth, 50, of Fern Isle Close, Whitworth, Rochdale, is charged with five counts of burglary dwelling and theft, and four counts of burglary with intent to steal.

The charges are in connection with Operation Firm, an extensive operation investigating burglaries across South Cumbria.

Acting Detective Inspector Lee Brumpton of Westmorland & Furness CID said: “We know the impact that offences such as burglary can have on victims and our officers are committed to protecting our communities.

“We have dedicated officers targeting those who look to commit burglaries and other theft offences.

“If you notice any suspicious activity in your area, I would encourage you to report this to us so we can investigate. Reporting information to us can help prevent such offences occurring.”

If you notice any suspicious activity you can report online at or call 101. Always call 999 if it is an emergency.