News - 2019

A round up of our news stories for 2019.
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Appeal after fail to stop collision in Adlington

Appeal after fail to stop collision in Adlington

January 01, 2019

We were called at around 10pm on 31 December to reports an 18 year old woman had been involved in a collision on Church Street, Adlington.

Pedestrian injured in Leyland collision

Pedestrian injured in Leyland collision

January 02, 2019

We are appealing for information following a collision in Leyland.

It happened at just before 6:35pm on Friday (December 28th) close to the Shell Garage on the A49 Wigan Road when a 67-year-old man has been crossing the road and has been in a collision with a BMW 318D.

Man charged in connection with rape investigation

Man charged in connection with rape investigation

January 03, 2019

A man has been charged in connection with a rape investigation in Burnley.

Wanted Preston man

Wanted Preston man

January 04, 2019

A wanted Preston man has been arrested.

UPDATE: Concern for missing Preston man

UPDATE: Concern for missing Preston man

January 04, 2019

A missing Preston man has been found safe.

UPDATE: Appeal for missing mum and baby

UPDATE: Appeal for missing mum and baby

January 06, 2019

We believe the 17 year old girl missing from Blackpool is in the Merseyside area and our colleagues at Merseyside Police are leading enquiries to find her.

Motorway closed after serious collision

Motorway closed after serious collision

January 08, 2019

A full closure is in place between J3 at Bickerstaffe and J4 at Skelmersdale in both directions

CCTV released following Blackburn robbery

CCTV released following Blackburn robbery

January 14, 2019

We have released CCTV footage following a robbery at Domino's Pizza in Blackburn on 13 January.

Two women charged in connection with Blackburn investigation

Two women charged in connection with Blackburn investigation

January 17, 2019

Two women have been charged with perverting the course of justice as detectives continue to investigate a large scale disturbance on Rhyl Avenue, Blackburn.

Blackpool man guilty of manslaughter

Blackpool man guilty of manslaughter

January 17, 2019

A man has been convicted of the manslaughter of Joshua Whitley in Blackpool. Joshua, 26 (pictured), died of a single stab wound to the chest on 27 July.

Woman attacked in her own home

Woman attacked in her own home

January 17, 2019

We were called at shortly before 1pm today (Thursday, January 17th) after the men forced their way into the home of the 73 year old victim on Southwood Drive, Accrington.

UPDATE: ATM theft in Goosnargh

UPDATE: ATM theft in Goosnargh

January 18, 2019

We are continuing to appeal for information after an ATM theft in Goosnargh.

Around 12.45am on January 8 it was reported a number of men had forced entry to the Londis/Post Office on Whittingham Lane.

A man has since been arrested in connection with the incident.

Teenager seriously assaulted in Blackpool

Teenager seriously assaulted in Blackpool

January 22, 2019

The 16-year-old victim, a trainee soldier with the British Army was visiting from Scotland and was out with friends in Blackpool Town Centre when the suspect approached him

Arrest made in aggravated burglary enquiry

Arrest made in aggravated burglary enquiry

January 22, 2019

The 25-year-old was arrested at an address in Rochdale this morning

Appeal after collision in Church

Appeal after collision in Church

January 23, 2019

It happened at around 16:35 hours on 22 January on Henry Street and involved a police car and a Toyota Aygo.

UPDATE: CCTV appeal following Burnley assault

UPDATE: CCTV appeal following Burnley assault

January 23, 2019

Detectives investigating an assault in Burnley have arrested a man.

Appeal after man has ear bitten in Preston assault

Appeal after man has ear bitten in Preston assault

January 24, 2019

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man had part of his ear bitten off in an assault in Preston on New Year's Day.

Man charged following assault in Accrington

Man charged following assault in Accrington

January 25, 2019

A man has been charged following an incident in Accrington.

Arrests made following disorder

Arrests made following disorder

January 25, 2019

At about 11.20pm last Saturday (January 19th) police were called after a fight broke out between two groups of men

Body found on beach

Body found on beach

January 26, 2019

Enquiries are now underway to identify the man.

Appeal after robbery

Appeal after robbery

January 27, 2019

The robbery took place at an address on Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington between 8.15pm and 8.40pm on Saturday (Jan 26th).

Do you recognise this man?

Do you recognise this man?

January 29, 2019

Police want to speak to the pictured man as part of their investigation into a serious fail to stop collision in Adlington. An 18 year old woman was seriously injured on Church Street on New Year's Eve.

Man seriously assaulted in Blackburn

Man seriously assaulted in Blackburn

February 01, 2019

We were called shortly before midnight on Wednesday (30 January) to reports a man had been attacked at the rear of Westbury Gardens and Audley Range.

Appeal after Preston altercation

Appeal after Preston altercation

February 05, 2019

We are appealing for information following reports of an altercation in Preston. We attended the scene on East Street at around 12.35am yesterday (Monday) after a witness reported the incident to us.

UPDATE: Report of person seen with firearm in Blackpool

UPDATE: Report of person seen with firearm in Blackpool

February 06, 2019

We have been making a number of extensive enquiries since the report and have now established that this was the case of a boy carrying a toy gun

Preston murder investigation: Latest update

Preston murder investigation: Latest update

February 07, 2019

A woman who was sadly found dead in Preston has been named. We were called at 2am on Thursday, February 7th to the report of an altercation on Pope Lane. Emergency Services attended and found the body of Rosie Darbyshire, 27, from Ribbleton on a pavement close to junction with Village Drive.

Man jailed for sexual abuse of teenage girl

Man jailed for sexual abuse of teenage girl

February 07, 2019

Andrew Sellen, 37, admitted 9 offences of indecent assault and gross indecency

UPDATE: Concern for missing Marcus Smith

UPDATE: Concern for missing Marcus Smith

February 08, 2019

A 27-year-old man who went missing from Preston on February 1 has been found.

Appeal after serious collision in Fleetwood

Appeal after serious collision in Fleetwood

February 08, 2019

Police were called shortly after 7am on 6 February to reports of a collision involving a Ford Transit and a pedestrian. It happened on Manor Road at the junction with Macbeth Road.

UPDATE: death of baby in Blackpool

UPDATE: death of baby in Blackpool

February 09, 2019

We were called around 8am yesterday (Friday, February 8th) to reports a 13-month old baby had been found unresponsive at an address in Marton Drive, Blackpool.

Investigation after serious assault in Skelmersdale

Investigation after serious assault in Skelmersdale

February 10, 2019

Detectives are investigating a serious assault that took place earlier this morning at an address in Skelmersdale.

UPDATE: CCTV images released after Rishton pub attack leaves woman with broken jaw

UPDATE: CCTV images released after Rishton pub attack leaves woman with broken jaw

February 11, 2019

Following our earlier CCTV appeal about an unprovoked attack on New Year’s Day in Rishton, we have now identified the people we wanted to speak to.

Appeal after girl grabbed in Lancaster

Appeal after girl grabbed in Lancaster

February 11, 2019

It happened at around 3pm as the 12 year old walked along the pathway at the back of Lancaster Priory.

The man grabbed the girl by the arm and tried to pull her from the pathway she was walking on.

Appeal after Blackpool disorder

Appeal after Blackpool disorder

February 12, 2019

Police were called at around 2:20am on Sunday (10th February) to the Lytham Road area of the town. Emergency services attended and two men in their 20s were found with facial injuries.

UPDATE: Woman racially abused in Burnley supermarket

UPDATE: Woman racially abused in Burnley supermarket

February 12, 2019

Following our appeal this morning in relation to a woman being racially abused in Sainsbury’s, we have received information as to the identity of the woman we wanted to speak to.

Serious collision in Preston

Serious collision in Preston

February 13, 2019

Police were called at 20:36 hours on Sunday (10th February) to reports of a collision involving a DNA off road motorcycle and a Mercedes Sprinter.

It happened on Roebuck Street at the junction with Stocks Road.

UPDATE: Have you seen this man?

UPDATE: Have you seen this man?

February 14, 2019

A wanted Burnley man has been arrested.

Man injured in Accrington aggravated burglary

Man injured in Accrington aggravated burglary

February 18, 2019

We are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Accrington where a man was assaulted.

Investigation underway after Chorley phone shop robbery

Investigation underway after Chorley phone shop robbery

February 19, 2019

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at a mobile phone shop in Chorley on 18th February.

UPDATE: Missing Accrington teenager

UPDATE: Missing Accrington teenager

February 19, 2019

A teenager missing from home in Accrington has been found safe and well.

UPDATE: Re-appeal for information after man suffers broken jaw in Blackburn

UPDATE: Re-appeal for information after man suffers broken jaw in Blackburn

February 20, 2019

Thank you to everyone who shared our CCTV appeal for information in relation to an assault on Queen Victoria Street in Blackburn in October.

Dash cam plea after man suffers head injuries in Preston

Dash cam plea after man suffers head injuries in Preston

February 21, 2019

We were called at 8:25pm on Tuesday (19th February) to reports a cyclist had been pushed from his bike on Garstang Road at the junction with Aqueduct Street.

Men sentenced after extensive damage and theft at Thwaites site

Men sentenced after extensive damage and theft at Thwaites site

February 21, 2019

Two men have today (Thursday, February 21st) been jailed for stealing and causing damage to the cost of over £313k at a historic brewery site in Blackburn.

Thomas Ward and John Ward were jailed for the offences committed at the Thwaites Brewery site on Penny Street, last year.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Blackpool collision

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Blackpool collision

February 22, 2019

We were called at 12:15 hours on Thursday (21 February) to reports of the two vehicle collision on Newton Drive at the junction with Heron Way in Blackpool.

Women jailed for brutal meat cleaver assault

Women jailed for brutal meat cleaver assault

February 26, 2019

Rhea Parker, 23 and Joanne McNally, 41, assaulted 56-year-old Phillip Preece with a meat cleaver and left him for dead

Man jailed for drug offences

Man jailed for drug offences

February 27, 2019

Babbar Baig, 32, of Howard Close, Accrington, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin

Appeal after Blackpool robbery

Appeal after Blackpool robbery

February 28, 2019

At around 8pm on 25th February an elderly man was withdrawing cash from an ATM machine on Tyldesley Road when he was approached by an unknown man.

Pioneering Lancashire Forensic Science Academy Launched

Pioneering Lancashire Forensic Science Academy Launched

February 28, 2019

Today saw the launch of the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy with an event attended by experts in forensic science.

UPDATE: Wanted Preston man

UPDATE: Wanted Preston man

March 01, 2019

Miguel Di Palma, 21, from Preston was arrested on Sunday (3 March) and is currently in police custody.

Former Army Cadet Captain jailed for child sex abuse

Former Army Cadet Captain jailed for child sex abuse

March 01, 2019

George Walker, 80, was a Lieutenant and later a Captain in the Army Cadets in Burnley and Haslingden in the 1970s.

Appeal after service station robbery

Appeal after service station robbery

March 01, 2019

We were called at around 8pm on 25th February to reports of the incident at the Gulf Best One Service Station on Tag Lane.

Two men entered the store and made demands for money from the lone shop worker.

Teenager stabbed in Preston - Appeal

Teenager stabbed in Preston - Appeal

March 02, 2019

At that location a 17 year old girl was found with puncture wounds to her back.

Explosion at Fleetwood Nursing Home

Explosion at Fleetwood Nursing Home

March 02, 2019

Police, fire and the ambulance service are at the scene

Explosion at Fleetwood - Update

Explosion at Fleetwood - Update

March 02, 2019

Emergency services responded to reports of an explosion at the home on Grange Road

Fleetwood Nursing Home explosion - appeal for information

Fleetwood Nursing Home explosion - appeal for information

March 03, 2019

Emergency services responded to reports of an explosion at the home on Grange Road yesterday afternoon

Appeal to trace missing woman

Appeal to trace missing woman

March 03, 2019

Elsie Nutter, 85, was last seen at her home address off Moor Lane at about 10.30am

Appeal after Blackburn robbery

Appeal after Blackburn robbery

March 05, 2019

At around 05:40 on Monday (4 March), a 33 year old man was robbed by two men while walking in an alleyway at the rear of Infirmary Street.

Appeal following Runshaw College disorder

Appeal following Runshaw College disorder

March 05, 2019

Around 4pm yesterday (Monday, March 4) a group of young men confronted a rival group in relation to a prearranged fight.

Man missing from home

Man missing from home

March 06, 2019

Jonathan Cudworth, 50, was last seen at his home address on St Andrews Road South, St Annes

Investigation underway after Preston stabbing

Investigation underway after Preston stabbing

March 11, 2019

The incident in Preston comes as Lancashire Constabulary supports a week of action aimed at reducing knife crime.

UPDATE: Investigation after Preston stabbing

UPDATE: Investigation after Preston stabbing

March 12, 2019

Detectives are continuing their investigation after a teenager was seriously injured in a knife attack in Preston at the weekend.

Robbery at Lancaster shop

Robbery at Lancaster shop

March 13, 2019

We have released CCTV images of two men we would like to trace in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Lancaster.

Section 60 in place in Preston

Section 60 in place in Preston

March 13, 2019

This follows an incident on Sunday where a 14 year old boy suffered knife wounds

UPDATE: Concern for missing Amanda

UPDATE: Concern for missing Amanda

March 14, 2019

Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal for Amanda Small, 44, who was missing.

She has been found safe and well this afternoon (14 March).

Man jailed for life for brutal murder

Man jailed for life for brutal murder

March 14, 2019

Atif Muhmood will serve at least 32 years in prison.

Man arrested after serious collision

Man arrested after serious collision

March 18, 2019

The 38-year-old man was arrested at an address in Accrington

Appeal after man abducted and assaulted in Preston

Appeal after man abducted and assaulted in Preston

March 18, 2019

The incident began on Walton Avenue, Penwortham, at about 10.15pm on February 28th. It is believed the 18-year-old victim was forced into the back of a silver BMW estate car at knifepoint before being driven to an industrial estate off Longridge Road.

Drug dealer jailed

Drug dealer jailed

March 18, 2019

32 year old Lee Anthony Gowan of Lydgate, Chorley, admitted possession with intent to supply class A controlled drugs.

Man and boy suffer serious injuries in Burnley collision

Man and boy suffer serious injuries in Burnley collision

March 19, 2019

The incident occurred at around 2.45pm on Friday (March 15th) on Padiham Road at the junction with Barry Street, when a Ford Fiesta collided with a motorcycle.

Missing person search now being treated as murder

Missing person search now being treated as murder

March 20, 2019

Police searching for missing Susan Waring, 45, from Darwen have arrested a man on suspicion of her murder.

Seven arrested after assault

Seven arrested after assault

March 20, 2019

Officers were called at about 3.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, March 19th) to Fishwick Parade, Preston, to reports of a stabbing.

UPDATE: 15 year old missing from home

UPDATE: 15 year old missing from home

March 20, 2019

The missing 15 year old boy who was last seen in Cleveleys has been found safe and well.

Public order incident in Blackburn

Public order incident in Blackburn

March 21, 2019

We were called at 16:33 hours today (21 March) to the report of an altercation between a group of people on New Chapel Street.

High Sheriff’s Young Citizen of the Year winner announced

High Sheriff’s Young Citizen of the Year winner announced

March 22, 2019

A 21 year old from Lancaster has been named as the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2019.

Sophie Burba topped a list of more than 38 young and inspiring people from across the county who have made a real difference in their community.

UPDATE: Missing 16 year old girl found

UPDATE: Missing 16 year old girl found

March 24, 2019

The 16 year old girl who was missing from home in Lancaster has been found safe and well.

UPDATE: CCTV images released in Susan Waring investigation

UPDATE: CCTV images released in Susan Waring investigation

March 25, 2019

Police investigating the disappearance of Darwen woman Susan Waring, 45, have released a CCTV image of a woman they believe could be her.

Man jailed for manslaughter

Man jailed for manslaughter

March 25, 2019

Dylan Slater, 27, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Tarro Grogan

Appeal to trace man's final movements

Appeal to trace man's final movements

March 26, 2019

Detectives are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a Burnley man’s final movements. Emergency services were called to an address on Florence Street at around 15:15 on Tuesday 19 March after the body of Andrew Forrest,49, had been found.

Appeal after Lancaster collision

Appeal after Lancaster collision

March 26, 2019

We were called at 08:50 on Monday 25 March to reports of the collision involving a Skoda Octavia and Mercedes Sprinter on Hornby Road.

A passenger in the Skoda – a 23 year old woman – was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary with serious chest and back injuries.

Six arrested as part of investigation into Organised Criminal Gang

Six arrested as part of investigation into Organised Criminal Gang

March 27, 2019

The men, aged between 18 and 31, were arrested in a series of dawn raids

Six charged in connection with investigation into Organised Criminal Gang

Six charged in connection with investigation into Organised Criminal Gang

March 28, 2019

The men, aged between 18 and 32, were arrested in a series of dawn raids at address in Preston, Penwortham and Longridge yesterday

Cyclist injured in collision

Cyclist injured in collision

March 29, 2019

The man, 69, from Rishton, was riding his Cannondale Synapse along Stonygate Lane, Ribchester

A man has died following a collision

A man has died following a collision

April 01, 2019

Around 2.20am on Sunday (March 31st) a black Mercedes C180 car was involved in a collision at the junction with Chorley Road and Renshaw Drive.

Two arrested as part of modern slavery investigation

Two arrested as part of modern slavery investigation

April 02, 2019

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious Crime Team, assisted by the National Crime Agency, executed a series of warrants

Tribute to man who died following Bamber Bridge collision

Tribute to man who died following Bamber Bridge collision

April 02, 2019

The family of a man who died following a collision in Bamber Bridge on Sunday, have paid tribute to him.

Appeal after Blackburn collision

Appeal after Blackburn collision

April 04, 2019

A man has suffered a leg injury following a collision in Blackburn. It happened at around 12:45am today (Thursday, April 4th)

Burglary at Carnforth supermarket

Burglary at Carnforth supermarket

April 04, 2019

We were called at 01:16 hours today (Thursday 4 April) to reports of the incident at Booths supermarket on Scotland Road in Carnforth.

Appeal after cyclist injured in Lancaster collision

Appeal after cyclist injured in Lancaster collision

April 08, 2019

It happened at around 16:45 on 6th April and involved a pedal cycle and a Jaguar F-Type on the A683 close to the junction of Caton Green Road.

The rider of the bicycle, a 12 year old girl, suffered a serious leg injury.

‘Make Yourself Heard’ campaign launched to raise awareness of silent 999 system

‘Make Yourself Heard’ campaign launched to raise awareness of silent 999 system

April 08, 2019

A national campaign to raise awareness of a system to help people alert police when in imminent danger but unable to speak, is being launched today (8th April 2019).

Woman injured in motorway collision

Woman injured in motorway collision

April 10, 2019

We were called at around 21:40 on Tuesday 9th April to reports of a collision involving three vehicles on the entry slip road at junction 8 of the eastbound carriageway of the M65. A 79 year old woman suffered a serious injury to her chest.

Concern for missing man

Concern for missing man

April 10, 2019

Darryl Watts was last seen yesterday

Significant improvements in child protection

Significant improvements in child protection

April 11, 2019

The inspectorate found the force had taken significant steps to address the issues and to improve the protection of children

Trio of drug dealers jailed

Trio of drug dealers jailed

April 12, 2019

Brothers Zeeshan and Adnan Khan and their cousin Hamza Khan exploited a number of vulnerable youngsters to run the drugs as part of the ‘Tigerline’ conspiracy.

Appeal after serious collision

Appeal after serious collision

April 15, 2019

Police were called at shortly before 11am after a Mercedes C220 collided with the rear of a VW Passat,

Police officer seriously injured

Police officer seriously injured

April 16, 2019

A number of officers had forced entry to an address on Ash Grove in Darwen following a call reporting a domestic incident

Investigation after series of robberies in Blackpool

Investigation after series of robberies in Blackpool

April 16, 2019

An investigation is underway following four robberies in Blackpool over a two week period.

The incidents occurred between 1st and 14th April and we are now appealing for information.

Update: man charged in connection with police officer assaults

Update: man charged in connection with police officer assaults

April 17, 2019

Detectives investigating an assault on police officers have charged a man.

Two people charged following fatal collision

Two people charged following fatal collision

April 18, 2019

Jackson Pickering, 18, was crossing Springfield Road in Burnley last June when he was struck by a black VW Golf near the junction with Hollingreave Road.

Three men convicted of firearms offences

Three men convicted of firearms offences

April 18, 2019

Three men have today (18 April) been convicted of firearms offences following a six week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Witness appeal after girl injured in Morecambe collision

Witness appeal after girl injured in Morecambe collision

April 19, 2019

We were called at 12:25 on Thursday (18 April) to reports of a collision involving a double decker bus and a 12 year old girl.

It happened on Marine Road Central at the junction with Green Street.

FOUND: Missing teenager

FOUND: Missing teenager

April 20, 2019

The 17 year old boy missing from home in Bamber Bridge has been found safe and well.

Man arrested in connection with graffiti outside mosque

Man arrested in connection with graffiti outside mosque

April 21, 2019

Officers investigating reports of racist graffiti outside a mosque in Preston have arrested a man.

Body found in canal

Body found in canal

April 21, 2019

We were called shortly before 11pm on Saturday (20th April) to reports a car had been seen in the canal off Appley Lane in Appley Bridge.

Woman suffers broken wrist in Blackburn burglary

Woman suffers broken wrist in Blackburn burglary

April 21, 2019

We are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary on Grasmere Avenue in Blackburn last night (20th April).

Police horse Morecambe has died

Police horse Morecambe has died

April 22, 2019

Police horse Morecambe died after becoming injured on duty in Blackpool today (22 April).

Man charged in connection with graffiti outside mosque

Man charged in connection with graffiti outside mosque

April 22, 2019

Officers investigating reports of racist graffiti outside a mosque in Preston have charged a man.

Car theft gang jailed

Car theft gang jailed

April 23, 2019

In total the gang are believed to have been responsible for 42 domestic burglaries during which 60 vehicles valued at almost half a million pounds were stolen.

Man admits hate graffiti

Man admits hate graffiti

April 23, 2019

Police launched an investigation following three separate reports of graffiti

Teenager convicted of killing man in Burnley

Teenager convicted of killing man in Burnley

May 01, 2019

Drew Wilkinson, 18, punched the 32-year-old Slovakian in the head during an altercation

Appeal after man dies following Darwen collision

Appeal after man dies following Darwen collision

May 07, 2019

We are appealing for information after a man died following a collision in Darwen.

Around 1pm on March 4 a 71-year-old man was riding a mobility scooter on Blackburn Road when he approached the pelican crossing between Milner Road and Anchor Road.

Appeal after robbery in Blackpool

Appeal after robbery in Blackpool

May 11, 2019

The 77-year-old woman had her bag snatched

Robbery in Accrington

Robbery in Accrington

May 11, 2019

Police were called at around 5.30pm yesterday

Appeal to trace Jack Slaven

Appeal to trace Jack Slaven

May 11, 2019

We are trying to trace Jack, 26, as we need to speak to him about a robbery in Blackpool.

Appeal to trace missing teenager

Appeal to trace missing teenager

May 11, 2019

Kristina is missing from Blackburn

Man arrested on suspicion of robbery

Man arrested on suspicion of robbery

May 12, 2019

Police issued an appeal to trace 26-year-old Jack Slaven

Man charged with robbery

Man charged with robbery

May 13, 2019

Jack Slaven, 26, of Talbot Road in the town is accused of one count of robbery, one count of possession of an offensive weapon and affray.

Fatal collision in Walton-le-Dale

Fatal collision in Walton-le-Dale

May 14, 2019

We were called at 7:24am today (14 May) to the report of a two vehicle collision on Duddle Lane near to the junction with Severn Drive.

Arrests made in County Lines crackdown

Arrests made in County Lines crackdown

May 14, 2019

Three people have been arrested this morning (Tuesday, May 14th) in a series of dawn raids

Man suffers fractured jaw in Accrington assault

Man suffers fractured jaw in Accrington assault

May 15, 2019

The victim, 22, was walking along Church Street with two friends at around 4am on Monday 6th May when he was assaulted.

Tribute paid to Walton-le-Dale woman

Tribute paid to Walton-le-Dale woman

May 15, 2019

Connie Sharples, 94, from Walton-le-Dale was found with serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Appeal after car arson in Skelmersdale

Appeal after car arson in Skelmersdale

May 15, 2019

We were called at 00:04 yesterday (14 May) to reports a car had been set on fire outside a residential garage on Ormskirk Road.

Constabulary improves crime recording

Constabulary improves crime recording

May 16, 2019

In a re-inspection report published today (Thursday, May 16th) the inspectors found Lancashire Constabulary has significantly improved our crime-recording arrangements and is now graded as ‘good’.

Ten charged after drugs crackdown

Ten charged after drugs crackdown

May 16, 2019

Officers from two forces carried out a series of dawn raids

UPDATE: Appeal after Haslingden collision

UPDATE: Appeal after Haslingden collision

May 17, 2019

Following an appeal earlier today about a collision in Haslingden, we have now traced the van driver we wanted to speak to.

Motorcyclist dies in Burnley collision

Motorcyclist dies in Burnley collision

May 20, 2019

We are appealing for witnesses following a collision on New Road, Burnley in which a man sadly died.

Arrests made in County Lines investigation

Arrests made in County Lines investigation

May 22, 2019

The arrests today conclude a complex investigation into an organised crime group allegedly responsible for the exploitation of adults and children using the county lines model

Family pay triute to motorcyclist who died in Burnley collision

Family pay triute to motorcyclist who died in Burnley collision

May 22, 2019

The family of a man who died in a collision in Burnley on Sunday have paid tribute to him.

Further charges in OCG crackdown

Further charges in OCG crackdown

May 23, 2019

Police arrested five people yesterday (Wednesday, May 22nd) in a series of dawn raids as part of Operation Ullswater.

Teenager jailed for manslaughter

Teenager jailed for manslaughter

May 24, 2019

Drew Wilkinson, 18, was convicted of the manslaughter of Marek Krivak earlier this month

Woman seriously injured in collision

Woman seriously injured in collision

May 24, 2019

We were called at shortly before 6:25am this morning (Friday, May 24th) by the Ambulance Service

UPDATE: Further arrest made following Blackpool attempted murder

UPDATE: Further arrest made following Blackpool attempted murder

May 26, 2019

A Liverpool man has been arrested as part of an investigation into the attempted murder of a man from Blackpool.

The 19-year-old was detained on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

Man charged with murder

Man charged with murder

May 28, 2019

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Darren Taylor, 44, of no fixed address has been charged

Collision in Blackburn

Collision in Blackburn

May 29, 2019

Police were called following the collision on Preston New Road at the junction with Beardwood

Appeal after Blackburn shop robbery

Appeal after Blackburn shop robbery

May 29, 2019

Two people have been arrested after a robbery in Blackburn today (29 May).

Man dies in Scarisbrick collision

Man dies in Scarisbrick collision

May 30, 2019

We are appealing for information after a man died in a collision in Scarisbrick last night.

We were called at 21:50 on 29 May to reports of a one vehicle collision on Southport Road.

Image appeal after shop thefts in Preston and Blackburn

Image appeal after shop thefts in Preston and Blackburn

May 30, 2019

We have released images of three people we would like to speak to in relation to several thefts which occurred in Blackburn and Preston.

Trio sentenced to 36 years in jail for firearms offences

Trio sentenced to 36 years in jail for firearms offences

May 31, 2019

Three men have been sentenced for a total of 36 years in prison after being found guilty of firearms offences.

Arrests made in sexual exploitation investigation

Arrests made in sexual exploitation investigation

May 31, 2019

They were detained in a series of dawn raids in Blackpool

Appeal after serious assault in Blackpool

Appeal after serious assault in Blackpool

May 31, 2019

We were called at 15:15hours on Wednesday (29 May) to reports of an altercation outside the Clifton Christian Centre on Langdale Road.

Emergency services attended and found a 22 year old man lying on the ground with a head injury.

Concern for man missing from Skelmersdale

Concern for man missing from Skelmersdale

May 31, 2019

We’re growing concerned for the welfare of Chris Forshaw, 59, who is missing from home in Skelmersdale.

Man dies after Wharles collision

Man dies after Wharles collision

June 03, 2019

Police were called around 2.50pm yesterday (Sunday, June 2) after a Citroen Picasso car was involved in a collision with a hedgerow in Salwick Road.

The driver, from the Inskip area, is believed to have suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but sadly later died.

UPDATE: Search for missing Blackburn boys

UPDATE: Search for missing Blackburn boys

June 04, 2019

THREE boys who were missing from Blackburn have been found safe and well

Missing boys found safe

Missing boys found safe

June 04, 2019

We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal

Man suffers serious injuries - appeal for information

Man suffers serious injuries - appeal for information

June 05, 2019

Police were called at about 10am yesterday

Arson destroys caravan and damages car

Arson destroys caravan and damages car

June 05, 2019

We are appealing for information after a caravan and stolen car were damaged in a Blackburn fire.

Warning to vandals: "we are coming for you!"

Warning to vandals: "we are coming for you!"

June 06, 2019

Police chiefs have slammed vandals who trashed two police cars – and today warned the culprits ‘we are coming for you’

Woman charged in connection with Earby assault

Woman charged in connection with Earby assault

June 06, 2019

Police were called at about 10am on Tuesday, June 4th to Peate SB Fruits on Water Street in Earby after the 67-year-old victim was found unconscious inside the shop.

Woman suffers serious leg injuries in Rossendale collision

Woman suffers serious leg injuries in Rossendale collision

June 06, 2019

We are appealing for information after a woman was seriously injured in a Rossendale collision.

UPDATE: Concern growing for missing teenager

UPDATE: Concern growing for missing teenager

June 07, 2019

Following our earlier appeal, a 14-year-old boy last seen in the Rufford area has now been located.

Appeal after collision

Appeal after collision

June 07, 2019

The collision happened shortly before 2pm yesterday

Woman poorly after dog bite - appeal for information

Woman poorly after dog bite - appeal for information

June 07, 2019

The woman, 55, was walking her own dog on the old railway lines in Brookfield, Preston

Man jailed for sex offence

Man jailed for sex offence

June 07, 2019

David Aspden, 33, of Goldburn Close, was jailed at Burnley Crown Court

FOUND: Missing 8 year old girl

FOUND: Missing 8 year old girl

June 07, 2019

The 8 year old girl missing from Lancaster has been found safe and well this evening (7 June).

Woman dies following dog bite incident

Woman dies following dog bite incident

June 08, 2019

A woman who had been bitten by a dog in Preston, has died.

Appeal after Lancaster collision

Appeal after Lancaster collision

June 08, 2019

It happened at around 13:30 on 7 June when a Peugeot 206 travelling on Bowerham Road collided with an unknown black vehicle which was parked up on the nearside.

Man seriously injured in collision on M58

Man seriously injured in collision on M58

June 08, 2019

We are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in a collision near Bickerstaffe.

Witness appeal: collision on Centenary Way, Burnley

Witness appeal: collision on Centenary Way, Burnley

June 09, 2019

The collision occurred around 17:42 hours on 8th June and involved a red Mini Cooper. The vehicle was travelling Westbound on Centenary Way, when it left the dual carriageway, colliding with a tree on the nearside before coming to rest.

Have you seen Lewis Benit?

Have you seen Lewis Benit?

June 09, 2019

We want to speak to the 18 year old in connection with a robbery in Blackpool.

UPDATE: Investigation into dog bite incident

UPDATE: Investigation into dog bite incident

June 10, 2019

Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances surrounding a dog bite incident in Preston.

A man found with serious injuries has died in hospital

A man found with serious injuries has died in hospital

June 10, 2019

Harry Morris sadly died in hospital on Friday

Appeal to trace wanted man from Skelmersdale

Appeal to trace wanted man from Skelmersdale

June 11, 2019

Michael Bullen, 43, of Wheatacre, Skelmersdale, is wanted by police in relation to an assault, theft and criminal damage which occurred in Skelmersdale on May 5th.

Murder investigation underway in Blackburn

Murder investigation underway in Blackburn

June 11, 2019

We were called at around 12.50am on Monday (June 10th) to an address on Sussex Drive

Concern for missing Daisy

Concern for missing Daisy

June 11, 2019

She is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of slight build, with a pale complexion and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pastel pink puffa jacket, a white crop top, grey leggings, white trainers and carrying a pink carry-on suitcase.

Blackburn murder enquiry: Arrests made

Blackburn murder enquiry: Arrests made

June 11, 2019

The men, one aged 22 from Accrington and the other aged 30 from Blackburn, have both been detained on suspicion of murder.

Urgent appeal to find missing man

Urgent appeal to find missing man

June 12, 2019

The last contact with Peter Stead, 31, was at about 6.30pm yesterday

Fresh appeal to find missing Steven Durand who was last seen in Manchester

Fresh appeal to find missing Steven Durand who was last seen in Manchester

June 12, 2019

Police are making a fresh bid for information, eight months on from the last sighting of Preston man Steven Durand.

Two men charged with murder of Steven Thurston

Two men charged with murder of Steven Thurston

June 12, 2019

George Preshur, 30, of Keele Walk, Blackburn and Andrew Tate, 22, of Brownbirks Road, Huncoat are due to appear at court tomorrow

Appeal after serious collision in Preston

Appeal after serious collision in Preston

June 13, 2019

We were called at 08:17 hours on 13 June to reports of a collision involving a Renault Megane and a pedestrian on Deepdale Road.

Have you seen wanted Brandon McDonagh, 18?

Have you seen wanted Brandon McDonagh, 18?

June 14, 2019

We want to speak to McDonagh – who also uses the surname Gilheaney – in relation to two assaults and the breaching of an order under S49 of the Children Act. These alleged offences relate to a 16-year-old girl

Blackburn drug dealers jailed

Blackburn drug dealers jailed

June 14, 2019

Saqib Khan, 33, of Audley Range, and Nabeel Chopdat, 30, of Chester Close, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Man jailed for 7 years for sexual assault

Man jailed for 7 years for sexual assault

June 14, 2019

Colin Evans, 32, of Fielding Lane, Oswaldtwistle was convicted of one count of sexual assault following a trial at Burnley Crown Court.

Runner injured in collision

Runner injured in collision

June 15, 2019

The collision happened at just after 7.20pm on Thursday (June 13th)

Man dies following Bacup collision

Man dies following Bacup collision

June 17, 2019

Police were called at around 01:10am today (June 17th) following reports of a serious collision on Market Street adjacent to the Texaco service station.

Statement in response to claims of an abduction

Statement in response to claims of an abduction

June 17, 2019

Following our earlier post, responding to claims of an abduction in Preston, we have now been able to clarify exactly what occurred and can confirm that no abduction has occurred.

UPDATE: Man wanted after being convicted of firearms offence

UPDATE: Man wanted after being convicted of firearms offence

June 18, 2019

Hasriat Omar Khan, 32, formerly of Moorlands View, Ramsbottom, was arrested last night (17 June) in the Blackburn area.

UPDATE: Man jailed after woman's handbag stolen

UPDATE: Man jailed after woman's handbag stolen

June 19, 2019

We subsequently arrested and charged Edward Plumb, 28, of no fixed address with theft from the person and fraud by false representation.

Boy injured in collision

Boy injured in collision

June 19, 2019

The incident happened on Pennine Road

UPDATE: Have you seen Colin Hannan, 49, from Preston?

UPDATE: Have you seen Colin Hannan, 49, from Preston?

June 20, 2019

A man wanted by police following two burglaries in Preston has been charged.

Colin Hannan, 49, was wanted in connection with burglaries on May 2 at an address on Plungington Road and another on May 19 at an address on Linton Street.

Man jailed for knife attack

Man jailed for knife attack

June 20, 2019

David Heaton stabbed Connor Horne multiple times

Elderly man injured in Lancaster robbery

Elderly man injured in Lancaster robbery

June 21, 2019

It happened at around 9am on Monday (17 June) at the junction of Shakespeare Road and Barley Cop Lane.

Detectives investigate altercation in Burnley

Detectives investigate altercation in Burnley

June 21, 2019

Police were called to a disturbance on Harold Street in the town at shortly before 7.30pm yesterday

Investigation after assault

Investigation after assault

June 21, 2019

We were called at around 9:25pm on Thursday evening

A woman injured in a collison has died

A woman injured in a collison has died

June 21, 2019

Police were called at shortly before 6:25am on Friday, May 24th

Appeal launched to find wanted man

Appeal launched to find wanted man

June 21, 2019

We are appealing for information about a wanted man from Liverpool.

Daniel Deens, 31, of Roughwood Drive, Kirkby, is wanted in connection with a number of burglary offences in February and March where high-value cars have been stolen from addresses in the Preston, Chorley and Blackburn areas.

Update following death of man found in car in Preston

Update following death of man found in car in Preston

June 22, 2019

Following an investigation into a man’s body being found in the back of a car on Beenland Street in Preston yesterday (Saturday, June 22nd), we can confirm that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Drugs warning following death of boy, 17, in Preston

Drugs warning following death of boy, 17, in Preston

June 23, 2019

Police are warning teenagers of the dangers of taking drugs after a suspected drug related death in Preston.

Fan jailed for attacking football stewards

Fan jailed for attacking football stewards

June 25, 2019

A fan who assaulted two stewards at a football match has been jailed.

Ewan Corbett, 20, of Albermarie Drive, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, was sentenced at Preston Magistrates’ Court on June 17.

Police raids in £1/2m benefits fraud investigation

Police raids in £1/2m benefits fraud investigation

June 26, 2019

A team of police officers arrested the four women and eight men at seven addresses in relation to the suspected fraudulent payment of around half a million pounds in disability benefits.

West Division Police Headquarters officially opened in memory of fallen officers

West Division Police Headquarters officially opened in memory of fallen officers

June 26, 2019

The National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) was joined by families of fallen officers when they announced the building open.

UPDATE: attempt armed robbery in Great Harwood

UPDATE: attempt armed robbery in Great Harwood

June 27, 2019

A 39 year old man from Manchester was arrested last night (26 June) on suspicion of robbery. He is currently in police custody.

Appeal after aggravated burglary

Appeal after aggravated burglary

June 27, 2019

At about 11.15pm on Tuesday 25th June 2019 the 69 year old victim answered the door of her home on Dryden street in Padiham.

Charges in benefits fraud investigation

Charges in benefits fraud investigation

June 27, 2019

‘Operation Cactus’ is also looking at the alleged exploitation of vulnerable tenants

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing children

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing children

June 27, 2019

The boy and girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were found in the Merseyside area this evening (27 June) following an appeal.

Accrington altercation

Accrington altercation

June 29, 2019

We were called by the Ambulance Service at 00:35 hours today (29 June) to reports a man in his 20s had been found unconscious on Edgar St, Accrington.

Appeal following serious collision in Earby

Appeal following serious collision in Earby

June 30, 2019

We were called at 17:15 hours on Friday 28 June to reports of a collision involving a Kia Sportage and a Kawasaki ZX 750. It happened on Skipton Road at the junction with Albion Street.

Prison absconder, 27, wanted

Prison absconder, 27, wanted

July 01, 2019

A man is wanted by police after absconding from prison.

Michael Doherty, 27, absconded from HMP Kirkham on Saturday (June 29).

Man jailed following Pleasure Beach robbery

Man jailed following Pleasure Beach robbery

July 02, 2019

Thomas Walker, 28, of no fixed address, Manchester, was handed the prison term and an extended two year licence at Preston Crown Court on Monday 1 July.

Serious assault in Skelmersdale

Serious assault in Skelmersdale

July 02, 2019

At about 12.30pm today (Tuesday, July 2nd) police were called by the ambulance service

Appeal following suspected arson attacks in Blackburn

Appeal following suspected arson attacks in Blackburn

July 03, 2019

Police were called around 4.15am on June 4 to reports of a fire at the Ice Blast in Whalley New Road. The shop front including metal shutters and wooden framing was damaged, with the blaze quickly put out by fire crews.

Two days later, around 4am, two men were alleged to have tried starting a fire at the front of the same property. The men were disturbed and made off from the scene, with one of the men believed to have run down a rear alleyway.

Dispersal order issued in Preston

Dispersal order issued in Preston

July 05, 2019

We are enforcing a dispersal order in the New Hall Lane area of Preston today (Friday, July 5) following recent anti-social behaviour.

Three arrested after police operation

Three arrested after police operation

July 05, 2019

Officers from Lancashire’s Tactical Operations division quickly deployed

Police warning to drug users

Police warning to drug users

July 05, 2019

Officers have received information that the high strength drug known as ‘Punisher’ could be circulating in the Preston area.

Arrests made in Skelmersdale wounding investigation

Arrests made in Skelmersdale wounding investigation

July 05, 2019

At about 12.30pm on Tuesday, July 2nd police were called by the ambulance service

UPDATE: Section 60 in place overnight in Fleetwood

UPDATE: Section 60 in place overnight in Fleetwood

July 05, 2019

Overnight officers out and about in the town stopped 15 people and a boy aged 16 was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and possession of a weapon. He remains in custody.

Concern growing for teenage girl missing from home in Burnley

Concern growing for teenage girl missing from home in Burnley

July 06, 2019

Danni Leigh Lacey, aged 16, was last seen at around 10.45pm yesterday (Friday) in Burnley. We believe she may have travelled to London.

UPDATE: Arrests made following M61 collision in which 12-year-old died

UPDATE: Arrests made following M61 collision in which 12-year-old died

July 07, 2019

Further to our earlier appeal following the fatal collision on the M61 we have now made two arrests.

The collision occurred at around 10.45pm last night (Saturday), when a Vauxhall Corsa collided with a Nissan Qashqai around a mile from junction eight for Chorley. A passenger in the car, 12-year-old Sana Patel from Blackburn, sadly died as a result of the collision.

UPDATE: Appeal launched after fan disorder

UPDATE: Appeal launched after fan disorder

July 08, 2019

Following our earlier appeal for information following disorder after a Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End match in March, three men have been identified and will be spoken with in due course.

Thanks to everyone who shared the appeal.

UPDATE: Wanted prison absconder

UPDATE: Wanted prison absconder

July 09, 2019

Further to our earlier appeal about a wanted prison absconder, Jonathan Harrison was arrested in the Middlesbrough area yesterday (Monday, July 8).

Man jailed for Christmas Day wounding

Man jailed for Christmas Day wounding

July 09, 2019

Warren Givens, 44, was found guilty of Section 18 wounding

UPDATE: CCTV appeal after Burnley nightclub assault

UPDATE: CCTV appeal after Burnley nightclub assault

July 09, 2019

Further to our earlier appeal following an assault at Panamas nightclub in Burnley, a woman has come forward and will be spoken with by police in due course.

Thanks for all your help in sharing our appeal for information.

Men wanted after Blackburn robbery

Men wanted after Blackburn robbery

July 09, 2019

We are appealing for information after a man was attacked with a cricket bat and robbed in Blackburn.

Around 8.30pm on Thursday (July 4), a 21-year-old man was walking through a ginnel close to St Barnabas and St Paul’s Primary School when he saw a group of men in the school grounds. One of the men was holding a cricket bat.

Witness appeal after Blackburn collision

Witness appeal after Blackburn collision

July 10, 2019

We are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner suffered serious injuries following a collision in Blackburn.

Police were called around 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, July 9) to a collision involving a Hyundai I10 car and Seat Ibiza car at the junction of Ramsgreave Drive and Barker Lane.

Man jailed for brutal assault

Man jailed for brutal assault

July 10, 2019

Bernard Holmes subjected Gemma Hudson to a sustained and violent assault which left her with numerous injuries

Prolific car thief jailed

Prolific car thief jailed

July 11, 2019

A prolific burglar who targeted a number of properties across East Lancashire stealing high-powered cars has been jailed.

Kevin Yates, also known as Kevin King-Yates, was sentenced to seven years in prison at Burnley Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, July 10).

Boy dies in tragic accident

Boy dies in tragic accident

July 11, 2019

He can now be named as four-year-old Harry Lee who lived at the farm

Detectives probe attempted ATM thefts

Detectives probe attempted ATM thefts

July 11, 2019

Investigations are now underway into the two incidents

Burnley pub assault appeal

Burnley pub assault appeal

July 12, 2019

We are appealing for information following a serious assault at a pub in Burnley on July 5th.

UPDATE: Wanted men arrested by police

UPDATE: Wanted men arrested by police

July 12, 2019

Two men have been charged by police as part of a major investigation into an organised criminal gang.

Appeal launched to find wanted man

Appeal launched to find wanted man

July 12, 2019

Have you seen Matthew Parkinson? He is wanted by police on recall to prison and in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

Parkinson, 26, who has links to the Preston, Bamber Bridge and Cumbria areas, is believed to have breached his release licence terms in May after breaking a curfew. He had been convicted of battery, theft and assault in November.

Drug haul recovered from Darwen house

Drug haul recovered from Darwen house

July 12, 2019

The drugs are believed to be ecstasy pills, cannabis and cocaine,

Appeal to find victim after Blackpool assault

Appeal to find victim after Blackpool assault

July 12, 2019

We are appealing for information following a serious assault in Blackpool.

Police were called around 8.10pm on Wednesday (July 10) to reports a man had been attacked by two men in Westmorland Avenue.

Witness appeal after collision

Witness appeal after collision

July 15, 2019

We are appealing for witnesses after a collision close to Scarisbrick.

Around 11.45pm on Saturday (July 13), a Vauxhall Astra car and Peugeot 3008 car were involved in a collision close to the junction of Southport Road and Snape Green.

Concern growing for missing man

Concern growing for missing man

July 15, 2019

Geoffrey Burns, 34, was last seen near to the Battery in Morecambe at 3.40pm

Appeal for information following serious disorder in Nelson

Appeal for information following serious disorder in Nelson

July 16, 2019

We have launched an investigation following serious disorder in Nelson.

Police were called around 1.15am today (Tuesday, July 16) after reports a number of men carrying machetes had been involved in a fight in the Brunswick Street area.


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