TWO men arrested by police in connection to a spate of break-ins in the Denbigh and Ruthin area had travelled from Merseyside "to commit crime across North Wales," an inspector has said.

The Free Press reported last week that North Wales Police arrested the men "while breaking into properties overnight" on Tuesday, November 28.

The police asked residents in the Denbigh and Ruthin area to "please check sheds and outbuildings" after several stolen items were recovered but their owner unknown.

Police have since revealed that the men travelled from Merseyside with the intention to carry out criminal activity across north Wales and have since been released on bail as there are "a large number of enquiries to be completed".

Inspector Andy Kirkham of North Wales Police said: "Two men were arrested during the night after being caught by Denbigh officers near the scene of a shed break in. A series of similar break-ins were later reported.

"The men were from the Merseyside area and had travelled over to commit crime across North Wales, not just in Denbigh. They were bailed with conditions not to enter North Wales as there are a large number of enquiries to be completed.

"We don’t believe they are linked to the recent burglaries at commercial premises.

"Sadly this shows the lengths people will go to commit such crimes and again I urge people to be vigilant and review their security.”

A local man who was wanted by police after being recalled to prison was also arrested the night before, on Monday, November 27.

Insp Kirkham said: “A local man was arrested on November 27 thanks to help from the public.

"He was wanted after being recalled to prison."