News - July

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).

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.

UPDATE: Witness appeal following sexual assault in Chorley

UPDATE: Witness appeal following sexual assault in Chorley

July 16, 2019

In our previous post we shared an image of a cyclist who we wanted to speak to as a potential witness. He has now been identified. We would like to thank him for coming forward - he has been very helpful in supporting our investigation. Our investigation is ongoing and we continue to appeal for the public's help.

Man jailed after Fleetwood collision

Man jailed after Fleetwood collision

July 16, 2019

A man has been jailed after a pedestrian died following a serious collision in Fleetwood.

Leon Kay, 33, of Lydia Street, Accrington, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Monday, July 15).

UPDATE: Section 60 in Nelson following disorder

UPDATE: Section 60 in Nelson following disorder

July 17, 2019

Following last night’s use of Section 60 powers in Nelson after serious disorder we would like to thank the community for their support.

Dispersal order in Preston

Dispersal order in Preston

July 17, 2019

We are enforcing a dispersal order in the Broadgate area of Preston today (Wednesday, July 17th) following recent anti-social behaviour.

Man charged with attempted murder following Nelson disorder

Man charged with attempted murder following Nelson disorder

July 17, 2019

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following serious disorder in Nelson.

Arrests by Lancashire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West Officers

Arrests by Lancashire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West Officers

July 18, 2019

Early this morning, Thursday 18 July 2019, warrants were executed at two addresses on Burns Street and Gordon Street in Burnley and an address on Manor Street in Accrington.

Firearms Surrender 2019

Firearms Surrender 2019

July 18, 2019

The surrender will run for two weeks, during which weapons can be surrendered at six Lancashire Police stations – Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, Lancaster, Ormskirk and Preston.

Concern growing for missing woman

Concern growing for missing woman

July 18, 2019

Kimberley Sloan, 22 was last seen at her home address on Berkeley Street at 5pm on July 17th.

UPDATE: Four arrested after fatal collision

UPDATE: Four arrested after fatal collision

July 19, 2019

Police were called around 4.15pm yesterday (Thursday, July 18) after reports of an incident at the junction of Freckleton Street and the A583 Kirkham Bypass.

Officers attended and a man, who can now be named as Andrew Dean, from Wesham, was found in the carriageway with head injuries. Sadly Mr Dean was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two injured in Edenfield collision

Two injured in Edenfield collision

July 19, 2019

It happened at 6:30am on Thursday (18 July) on Rochdale Road and involved a Skoda Octavia and Vauxhall Astra which were travelling in opposite directions.

Man arrested after robberies

Man arrested after robberies

July 19, 2019

The first happened between 3pm and 3:30pm this afternoon


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