News - August

Man charged following fatal house fire in Colne

Man charged following fatal house fire in Colne

August 01, 2019

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Carl Salt, 44, of Burnley Road, Colne has now been charged with manslaughter and arson – being reckless as to endanger life. He is due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court this morning. (Thursday, August 1st).

Further dispersal order in Skeffington Road area of Preston

Further dispersal order in Skeffington Road area of Preston

August 05, 2019

We are enforcing another ‘dispersal order’ in the Skeffington Road area of Preston today (Thursday August 8th) following several incidents of anti-social behaviour.

From 6pm a Section 34 order (Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014) will give us the power to ask people to leave certain areas, highlighted on the map. The order will continue until 6am tomorrow (Friday).

Appeal to find wanted absconder

Appeal to find wanted absconder

August 05, 2019

Have you seen Lewis Westwood?

The 25 year old is wanted for absconding from HMP Kirkham yesterday (4th August).

CCTV appeal after Blackpool assault

CCTV appeal after Blackpool assault

August 06, 2019

We are appealing for information to identify these men after a man was stabbed in Blackpool.

Around 5am on June 14, a 30-year-old man was at the Esso Garage on Devonshire Road.

Man seriously injured following assault in Haslingden

Man seriously injured following assault in Haslingden

August 06, 2019

We were called at around 3am yesterday (Monday) to reports a man aged in his 20s had been assaulted on Poplar Street by a group of men as he walked home from a night out.

Appeal after Lancaster shop robbery

Appeal after Lancaster shop robbery

August 08, 2019

The incident occurred at around 9.20pm on Sunday (August 4th) at McColl’s on Barley Cop Lane, when three men entered the store with knives and threatened members of staff.

Appeal after cyclist dies in Lea

Appeal after cyclist dies in Lea

August 09, 2019

We were called at 12:14 on 8th August to reports a cyclist had fallen from his bike on Sidegreaves Lane.

UPDATE: Concern growing for missing man from Blackpool

UPDATE: Concern growing for missing man from Blackpool

August 09, 2019

A 33-year-old man missing from home in Blackpool has now been found.

Appeal for information after Halsall garage raid

Appeal for information after Halsall garage raid

August 12, 2019

Police were called around 7.05am yesterday (Sunday, August 11) to reports of a burglary at Halsall Garage in Halsall Road.

A quantity of cash, alcohol and cigarettes had been stolen.

UPDATE: Woman, 19, assaulted in street

UPDATE: Woman, 19, assaulted in street

August 13, 2019

A man has been charged following our earlier appeal after a woman was assaulted in Blackpool.

Appeal after Preston firearms discharge

Appeal after Preston firearms discharge

August 13, 2019

We were called at around 9.10pm on Sunday (August 11) to reports two shots had been fired at the door of an address on Sulby Grove.

Urgent appeal to find missing woman

Urgent appeal to find missing woman

August 13, 2019

Lindsay Birbeck, 47, from Huncoat, was last seen on CCTV around 4.10pm yesterday (Monday, August 12) in the Burnley Road area close to the cemetery (pictured). She was walking in the direction of Accrington.

Firearms surrender results

Firearms surrender results

August 14, 2019

Almost 40 firearms were handed in during the two-week national firearms surrender in Lancashire.

The 38 firearms firearms included an AK-47 assault rifle and a James Bond style Walther PPK pistol, as well as shotguns, air rifles and 1172 rounds of live ammunition.

Guilty verdicts in Blackburn murder trial

Guilty verdicts in Blackburn murder trial

August 14, 2019

Four men and a boy have been convicted of their involvement in a large scale disturbance which resulted in the death of a Blackburn father of four.

Witness appeal after men assaulted in Burnley

Witness appeal after men assaulted in Burnley

August 14, 2019

We are appealing for witnesses as part of an assault investigation in Burnley.

UPDATE: Absconder wanted by police

UPDATE: Absconder wanted by police

August 16, 2019

A prison absconder has been arrested.

Paul Archer, 35, absconded from HMP Kirkham on August 4.

Archer was arrested in the Barnsley area yesterday (Thursday, August 15).

FOUND: Man, 64, missing from Blackburn

FOUND: Man, 64, missing from Blackburn

August 16, 2019

Raymond was found safe on Thursday evening.

New images in search for missing Lindsay

New images in search for missing Lindsay

August 16, 2019

Lindsay Birbeck, from Huncoat, was last seen on CCTV around 4.10pm on Monday (August 12) in the Burnley Road area walking in the direction of Accrington.

Lindsay Birbeck investigation: Appeal to find dog walker

Lindsay Birbeck investigation: Appeal to find dog walker

August 17, 2019

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Lindsay Birbeck are appealing for information to find a dog walker who was in the area she was last seen.

UPDATE: CCTV appeal after attempted robbery

UPDATE: CCTV appeal after attempted robbery

August 18, 2019

Detectives investigating an attempted robbery in Bacup have made an arrest.

Lindsay Birbeck investigation: Search continues

Lindsay Birbeck investigation: Search continues

August 18, 2019

Police are continuing their search for missing woman Lindsay Birbeck.

Lindsay, from Huncoat, has been missing since Monday (August 12) and her family describe the disappearance as completely out of character.

Appeal to identify woman found on Morecambe beach

Appeal to identify woman found on Morecambe beach

August 19, 2019

Police were called around 7am on Thursday (August 15) by the Ambulance Service after reports a woman had been found unresponsive on Morecambe beach, close to Battery car park.

Four men jailed for 100 years for murder of Blackburn dad

Four men jailed for 100 years for murder of Blackburn dad

August 19, 2019

The heartbroken family of a ‘well loved and respected’ Blackburn dad has paid tribute to him, as four men are jailed for his murder.

Search continues for missing Lindsay

Search continues for missing Lindsay

August 19, 2019

Officers believe Lindsay may have walked from Burnley Road on to Peel Park Avenue and from there into a wooded area known as The Coppice.

Man charged in sexual assault investigation

Man charged in sexual assault investigation

August 20, 2019

Detectives investigating a sexual assault at Lytham St Annes care home have now charged a man.

UPDATE: CCTV appeal following violent disorder in Great Harwood

UPDATE: CCTV appeal following violent disorder in Great Harwood

August 20, 2019

Further to our earlier CCTV appeal following violent disorder in Great Harwood, we have now identified the men we want to speak to.

Investigation following toddler fall

Investigation following toddler fall

August 20, 2019

Officers were called by the ambulance service

Search widened for missing Lindsay

Search widened for missing Lindsay

August 20, 2019

Searches have today (20 August) been taking place at Huncoat Quarry and the surrounding area, in addition to The Coppice.

Blackpool man charged by detectives

Blackpool man charged by detectives

August 21, 2019

Detectives have charged a man with murder following an investigation in Blackpool.

Investigation launched after attempted abduction

Investigation launched after attempted abduction

August 22, 2019

We were contacted after a 16-year-old girl reported that she had been approached by two men


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