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.

Ormskirk man jailed after driving car at his estranged wife

Ormskirk man jailed after driving car at his estranged wife

March 25, 2019

Mark Gibbons, 62, of Bold Lane, Ormskirk, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he admitted to deliberately driving a vehicle at his estranged partner in July last year.

Appeal after Leyland college disorder

Appeal after Leyland college disorder

March 25, 2019

Detectives investigating disorder close to a Leyland college are appealing for information to identify this man.

Around 4pm on March 4, a group of young men confronted a rival group in relation to a prearranged fight near Runshaw College.

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.

Man jailed for Accrington attack

Man jailed for Accrington attack

March 26, 2019

A man has been jailed after assaulting a man with a baseball bat.

Daniel Halstead, 32, admitted wounding Paul Sanderson during an incident in Accrington in January.

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.

Missing woman found

Missing woman found

March 26, 2019

Missing Grace Parker, 22, from West Yorkshire, has been found safe and well in Blackpool this afternoon.

Four arrested after Penwortham disorder

Four arrested after Penwortham disorder

March 26, 2019

Four people have been arrested following a public order incident in Penwortham today (Tuesday, March 26).

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

UPDATE: Have you seen missing Courtney?

UPDATE: Have you seen missing Courtney?

March 28, 2019

A teenager who went missing from Chorley has been found.

Courtney Ambrose was found safe and well today (Thursday, March 28) in the Chorley area.

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

Two arrested following death of Burnley man

Two arrested following death of Burnley man

March 29, 2019

Two people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the death of a Burnley man.

Knives taken off Lancashire’s streets

Knives taken off Lancashire’s streets

March 29, 2019

More than 180 knives have been handed into police in Lancashire as part of a major national campaign aimed at tackling knife crime.

Operations Sceptre, which took place between March 11 and March 15, saw dozens of weapons handed into police stations across the county.

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

Two men stabbed in Skelmersdale

Two men stabbed in Skelmersdale

March 30, 2019

We are appealing for information after two men were stabbed in Skelmersdale today (Saturday, March 30).

Police were called around 12.45pm after two men were found with stab wounds in Southway close to the job centre.

UPDATE: Search for missing Burnley woman

UPDATE: Search for missing Burnley woman

March 31, 2019

A woman who went missing from Burnley has been found.

Hannah Wilkinson was found overnight in the Nelson area.

Motorist injured in Bamber Bridge collision

Motorist injured in Bamber Bridge collision

March 31, 2019

A man has been seriously injured following a collision in Bamber Bridge today (Sunday, March 31).

Around 2.20am today a black Mercedes C180 car was involved in a collision at the junction with Chorley Road and Renshaw Drive.

Appeal launched to find missing Darwen man

Appeal launched to find missing Darwen man

March 31, 2019

We are appealing for information about a man missing from Darwen.

Christopher Ashworth, 33, was last seen around 7.30am today (Sunday, March 31) in the Birch Hall Avenue area.

CCTV: Enquiries continue following Skelmersdale petrol station robbery

CCTV: Enquiries continue following Skelmersdale petrol station robbery

April 01, 2019

We are continuing to appeal for information following a petrol station robbery in Skelmersdale, and have now released CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to.

Preston man wanted in connection with wounding

Preston man wanted in connection with wounding

April 01, 2019

Have you seen Michael Hickson, 35, from Preston?

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

Further properties to be searched as part of Susan Waring murder investigation

Further properties to be searched as part of Susan Waring murder investigation

April 02, 2019

As part of our enquiries detectives have carried out a search of a property in the Blackburn Road area of the town and will also be conducting searches at two further properties, also in the Darwen area, from today (Tuesday).

Elderly man robbed at knifepoint in Blackpool

Elderly man robbed at knifepoint in Blackpool

April 02, 2019

Do you recognise the men pictured in this image? We want to speak to them following a knifepoint robbery at a Blackpool hotel.

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.

Update following arrests in Blackpool Victoria Hospital investigation

Update following arrests in Blackpool Victoria Hospital investigation

April 04, 2019

Four people arrested in connection with allegations of mistreatment and neglect at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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.

CCTV: Appeal following high-value burglary in Burnley

CCTV: Appeal following high-value burglary in Burnley

April 05, 2019

The incident occurred sometime between 9.45am and 9.53am yesterday (Thursday) at an address on Cog Lane. A man entered the address from a gate on Plane Tree Close and conducted a search of the property before making off with several items, including watches and rings.

Boy, 17, stabbed in ‘targeted’ attack in Preston

Boy, 17, stabbed in ‘targeted’ attack in Preston

April 07, 2019

We are appealing for information following a stabbing in Preston.

Arrest made following racially offensive Twitter message

Arrest made following racially offensive Twitter message

April 08, 2019

Following a racially offensive message being sent to a Wigan Athletic footballer on Twitter, a 20-year-old man from Sheffield handed himself into Blackpool Police Station on Saturday evening (April 6th). He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and malicious communications.

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).

Pensioner sentenced for sex offences

Pensioner sentenced for sex offences

April 08, 2019

A Chorley pensioner has been jailed for historical sex abuse offences.

Alan Ogden, of Queensway, was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison at Preston Crown Court on Friday (April 5).

UPDATE: CCTV appeal following inappropriate touching in Fleetwood

UPDATE: CCTV appeal following inappropriate touching in Fleetwood

April 09, 2019

We now have a name for the man in the CCTV image that we would like to speak to as part of our enquiries

Former youth club director jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl

Former youth club director jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl

April 09, 2019

Christopher Rixon, 42, of Holmfield Road, Blackpool, was sentenced today (Tuesday) at Preston Crown Court having previously been found guilty of eight counts of rape, six counts of sexual assault and two counts of inciting a girl aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity.

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.

Woman dies following collision in Morecambe

Woman dies following collision in Morecambe

April 10, 2019

A woman has died following a collision on Lancaster Road in Morecambe on 10 April.

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 for information about wanted man

Appeal for information about wanted man

April 12, 2019

We are continuing to appeal for information about a man wanted in connection with a wounding offence and an assault.

Kyle Jordan, 25, of Derwent Road, Chorley, is wanted by police after two females were assaulted at a hotel in Charnock Richard on January 29.

Skelmersdale man jailed for online sex offences

Skelmersdale man jailed for online sex offences

April 12, 2019

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after admitting inciting children to perform sexual acts online.

Mark Hughes, of Windrows, Skelmersdale, was jailed at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, April 11).

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,

Appeal following collision in Earby

Appeal following collision in Earby

April 16, 2019

The incident occurred at around 4.05pm on Saturday (April 13th) on Salterforth Road, when a Vauxhall Astra collided with a tree and then overturned.

Appeal following collision between pedestrian and car on M65

Appeal following collision between pedestrian and car on M65

April 16, 2019

We were called at around 10.30pm yesterday (Monday) to reports a woman had been involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa on the exit slip road at junction 12 on the westbound carriageway.

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 missing from Burnley

UPDATE: Man missing from Burnley

April 17, 2019

A man who went missing from Burnley has sadly died.

Petar Elenkov went missing on April 6 but sadly died on Saturday (April 13).

Man wanted after exposure

Man wanted after exposure

April 17, 2019

Detectives are appealing for information after an allegation of indecent exposure in Haslingden.

Police were called around 6.35pm on Friday (April 12) following reports of an incident in Blackburn Road.

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.

Police appeal after football disorder

Police appeal after football disorder

April 18, 2019

We are appealing for information following an incident of disorder after the Burnley FC vs Cardiff FC football match at Turf Moor.

Around 5pm on Saturday (April 13) an altercation between more than a dozen supporters took place close to the main entrance of the stadium in Harry Potts Way.

UPDATE: Appeal for help tracing next of kin following death of Accrington man

UPDATE: Appeal for help tracing next of kin following death of Accrington man

April 18, 2019

Following an earlier appeal, we have now traced the next of kin of a man from Accrington who died earlier this month.

Appeal following collision in Bolton-le-Sands

Appeal following collision in Bolton-le-Sands

April 18, 2019

The incident occurred at around 3.20pm yesterday (Wednesday) on the pedestrian crossing close to the junction of Bye Pass Road and St Michael’s Lane, when a Toyota Aygo collided with a man aged in his 80s and a woman aged in her 70s.

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

Witness appeal after Skelmersdale robbery

Witness appeal after Skelmersdale robbery

April 24, 2019

We are appealing for information following an attempt robbery in Skelmersdale.

We were called at around 9:20pm on Friday (19th April) to reports a takeaway driver had been approached by three men on Firbeck after making a delivery.

Shopkeeper bound with gaffer tape in Preston robbery

Shopkeeper bound with gaffer tape in Preston robbery

April 24, 2019

Detectives are investigating a robbery at a newsagents in Preston this morning (Wednesday, April 24th) .

Urgent missing appeal for girl, 17, from Blackburn

Urgent missing appeal for girl, 17, from Blackburn

April 25, 2019

Have you seen missing Imaan Latif, 17?

Appeal launched after Preston shop robbery

Appeal launched after Preston shop robbery

April 26, 2019

Detectives are appealing for information after a shop was raided in Preston.

Police were called around 9.30pm on Monday (April 22) to reports of a robbery at McColls in Harewood Road.

Section 60 in place in Blackpool

Section 60 in place in Blackpool

April 26, 2019

A section 60 will be in place in the Talbot area of Blackpool from 7pm tonight (Friday, April 26th).

UPDATE: Further arrests made following assault in Blackpool

UPDATE: Further arrests made following assault in Blackpool

April 28, 2019

Nine people ‎have now been arrested following an altercation in Blackpool which left a man with serious injuries.

UPDATE: Concern growing for girl, 16, missing from home in Preston

UPDATE: Concern growing for girl, 16, missing from home in Preston

April 28, 2019

Following our earlier appeal, a 16-year-old who was missing from home in Preston has been found safe and well.

Scheme to protect children from domestic abuse to be launched in Lancashire today

Scheme to protect children from domestic abuse to be launched in Lancashire today

April 29, 2019

Operation Encompass will create a partnership between Lancashire Police and the county’s schools to provide ongoing support for any child who may have witnessed or been a victim of a domestic incident.

Man suffers broken leg during assault in Penwortham

Man suffers broken leg during assault in Penwortham

April 29, 2019

The incident occurred at around 12.10am on Sunday (April 28th), shortly after the victim had left the Papa John’s pizza shop on Liverpool Road. As he walked away he was attacked by two men.

Fire at Preston home

Fire at Preston home

April 29, 2019

It happened at around 2am on April 24th, when the doorway of a ground floor flat on Avenham Road was set alight.

Van and bus collide in Blackpool

Van and bus collide in Blackpool

April 30, 2019

We are appealing for information following a collision in Blackpool on Saturday (April 27th).

Appeal following theft of £155k worth of watches from Lancaster jeweller

Appeal following theft of £155k worth of watches from Lancaster jeweller

April 30, 2019

Around 40 high-value watches were stolen from the Banks Lyon shop on Church Street in Lancaster at around 9.36pm on Thursday (April 25th).

Appeal to find wanted Blackpool man

Appeal to find wanted Blackpool man

April 30, 2019

Detectives are appealing for information about a wanted man from Blackpool.

Malcolm Patterson, 56, of Kingcraig Road, is wanted by police in connection with offences including assault and threats to kill where a woman was allegedly threatened with a firearm.

Lock up to keep your belongings safe

Lock up to keep your belongings safe

April 30, 2019

We are reminding residents in Preston secure their property after recent incidents and a police operation which revealed a number of cars left unlocked and open to would-be thieves.

Appeal launched after man attacked

Appeal launched after man attacked

April 30, 2019

We are appealing for information after a man suffered a serious facial injury following an assault in Church.

Around 7pm on April 23 a man in his 70s was walking on Princess Street when he was approached by a man driving a red car.

Have you seen Jordan Monaghan, 27, from Blackburn?

Have you seen Jordan Monaghan, 27, from Blackburn?

May 01, 2019

We want to speak to him after an assault where a 19-year-old man was attacked in his Blackburn home in March. Monaghan is also suspected of breaching a non-molestation order.

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

Knifepoint robbery at Morecambe shop

Knifepoint robbery at Morecambe shop

May 01, 2019

We are appealing for information following a knifepoint robbery at a Morecambe convenience store.

Appeal continues to find Darwen woman

Appeal continues to find Darwen woman

May 03, 2019

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Darwen woman are continuing to appeal for information about her ahead of her birthday.

Susan Waring, 45, went missing in January, with police confirming in March her disappearance is now a murder investigation.

UPDATE: Teenager charged in Parbold murder investigation

UPDATE: Teenager charged in Parbold murder investigation

May 05, 2019

Detectives have tonight (Sunday, May 5) charged a youth following the murder of a teenager in Parbold.

A 17-year-old boy from Chorley has been charged with murder following the death of Alex Davies (pictured).

CCTV appeal after attempted robbery in Blackpool

CCTV appeal after attempted robbery in Blackpool

May 06, 2019

Detectives investigating an attempted robbery at a Subway store in Blackpool today (Monday, May 6) are appealing for information.

Around 7.30am a man entered the store in Westcliffe Drive and demanded money from a shop assistant.

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 following collision at Burnley music festival

Appeal following collision at Burnley music festival

May 07, 2019

The incident occurred at around 6pm on Sunday (May 5th) on Parker Lane at the junction of St James Street. A black off road-style motorbike was being ridden in a pedestrianised area when it collided with a man, aged in his 30s.

UPDATE: Man charged in Haslingden murder investigation

UPDATE: Man charged in Haslingden murder investigation

May 08, 2019

Detectives investigating the murder of Michael Dale in Haslingden have this afternoon (Wednesday, May 8th) charged a man.

Shahid Hussain, 37, of no fixed address is charged with murder and is due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Thursday, May 9th)

Arrests made in major theft and burglary operation

Arrests made in major theft and burglary operation

May 08, 2019

Six people have today (Wednesday, May 8th) been arrested as part of a Lancashire Constabulary investigation into an organised criminal gang.

The gang is believed to be responsible for thefts and burglaries committed over the last year totalling more than £1million.

Pair wanted in connection with theft offences

Pair wanted in connection with theft offences

May 08, 2019

We are appealing for information about two wanted men following a major investigation into an organised criminal gang.

Police want to trace Brian Thexton, 43 and Ronald Thexton (pictured), 35, both of Park Road, Bishop Auckland, Durham, in connection with theft and burglary offences.

UPDATE: CCTV appeal after Penwortham attack

UPDATE: CCTV appeal after Penwortham attack

May 09, 2019

Detectives have identified two men after a man was attacked outside a pizza takeaway in Penwortham.

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing man

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing man

May 09, 2019

A man who went missing from Colne has been found.

Trevor Wilcock, 29, had last been seen yesterday (Wednesday, May 8) in the Melling Court area.

He was found overnight in the Blackburn area.

Search for witnesses of Blackpool assault

Search for witnesses of Blackpool assault

May 09, 2019

We are appealing to trace potential witnesses of an assault on Osborne Road, Blackpool back in March.

UPDATE: Woman sought as witness in Haslingden rape investigation

UPDATE: Woman sought as witness in Haslingden rape investigation

May 10, 2019

Following an appeal to locate a key witness after the rapes of a boy and a teenage girl in Haslingden, a woman has come forward.

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.

Men jailed after Morecambe robberies

Men jailed after Morecambe robberies

May 13, 2019

Three men have been jailed for a total of close to 40 years for their involvement in several armed robberies in Morecambe.

Dean Halliwell, 29 and Andrew Kelly, 33, both of Westminster Road, Morecambe, as well as Alan White, 41, of Euston Road, Morecambe, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday (May 8).

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

Gang members sentenced for drugs and money laundering offences

Gang members sentenced for drugs and money laundering offences

May 14, 2019

Five people have been jailed for a total of more than 40 years for drugs supply and money laundering offences.

Operation Jennet is a Lancashire Constabulary Serious Crime Team investigation into the large scale supply of class A drugs (cocaine), class B drugs (cannabis) and money laundering in the Fylde coast and beyond.

Man jailed for minimum 20 years following murder in Fleetwood

Man jailed for minimum 20 years following murder in Fleetwood

May 14, 2019

Stephen Derbyshire (pictured), 34, of Hawthorne Drive, Thornton, was sentenced today at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to murder.

The victim, Michael Hart, 31, was stabbed to death in Fleetwood in the early hours of December 9th last year.

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.

Missing Blackpool man found

Missing Blackpool man found

May 15, 2019

Missing Patrick Gallagher, 27, from Blackpool has been found safe and well in the resort this afternoon.

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.

Man, 21, dies following M6 collision

Man, 21, dies following M6 collision

May 16, 2019

A man has died and a woman seriously injured following a collision on the M6 yesterday (Wednesday, May 15).

Police were called around 6.40pm to reports of a collision between a Peugeot 207 car and a petrol tanker between Junctions 27 and 28 northbound.

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: Sex offender wanted by police

UPDATE: Sex offender wanted by police

May 17, 2019

A wanted man who breached his sex offender notification requirements has been arrested.

Ryan Humpage, 22, absconded from a property in Lydia Street, Accrington, on May 8 and had failed to register his new address.

Humpage was arrested in Manchester today (Friday, May 17).

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.

Appeal following death of 12-year-old girl in collision

Appeal following death of 12-year-old girl in collision

May 19, 2019

Police were called at around 4.05pm on Friday (May 17th) to reports of a serious collision involving a girl and a transit van on Bay Horse Road, Ellel. Paramedics attended but sadly the girl died from her injuries.

She has now been named as Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Edwards, from Ellel, who was a year seven pupil at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School.

Two arrested following serious assault in Blackpool

Two arrested following serious assault in Blackpool

May 19, 2019

Emergency services were called at around 8.45pm today (Sunday) to the Talbot Road area, to reports a man had been seen with serious injuries.

We attended and found a man, thought to be aged in his 20s, with a slash wound to his throat.

Man charged after Waterfoot shooting

Man charged after Waterfoot shooting

May 20, 2019

A man has been charged following a shooting in Waterfoot.

Police were called around 5.40pm on May 14 to Burnley Road East after a man in his 30s suffered a gunshot wound to his foot. He was taken to hospital for treatment and is recovering.

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.

Witnesses sought as investigation continues into serious assault in Blackpool

Witnesses sought as investigation continues into serious assault in Blackpool

May 20, 2019

We are continuing to appeal for information following a serious assault in Blackpool which has left a man fighting for his life.

We were called at around 8.45pm last night (Sunday) to Elizabeth Street to reports a man had been found with significant injuries.

FOUND: Woman, 49, missing from Nelson

FOUND: Woman, 49, missing from Nelson

May 21, 2019

Margaret Walsh, 49, has been found safe and well.

Appeal after Wrightington collision

Appeal after Wrightington collision

May 21, 2019

We are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Wrightington.

Passenger dies following M6 collision

Passenger dies following M6 collision

May 21, 2019

A woman has sadly died following a collision on the M6 last week.

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

Appeal following football pitch encroachment in Blackpool

Appeal following football pitch encroachment in Blackpool

May 22, 2019

We have released a gallery of images of eleven people we would like to speak to following a pitch encroachment at a football match in Blackpool last month.

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.

Man jailed for murder of ‘defenceless’ Preston mum

Man jailed for murder of ‘defenceless’ Preston mum

May 23, 2019

Benjamin Topping, 25, of St George’s Road, Preston has been sentenced after admitting killing young mother Rosie Darbyshire, 27, in the early hours of Thursday, February 7th.

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

Murder investigation after sudden death of Preston man, 50

Murder investigation after sudden death of Preston man, 50

May 25, 2019

Detectives investigating the sudden death of a man in Preston have launched a murder investigation.

Blackpool attempted murder arrest in Liverpool

Blackpool attempted murder arrest in Liverpool

May 26, 2019

The 27-year-old was detained on suspicion of attempted murder this morning by colleagues at Merseyside Police at an address in the city.


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