News - 2020

CCTV released in fail to stop investigation

CCTV released in fail to stop investigation

January 02, 2020

Officers have released CCTV footage as part of their investigation into a fail to stop collision in St Annes in December.

Man jailed for serious injury collision

Man jailed for serious injury collision

January 06, 2020

Ian Watson’s Ford Fiesta lost control on a bend and was on the wrong side of the road when it collided with a Vauxhall Corsa travelling in the opposite direction.

UPDATE: Appeal following assault on homeless man

UPDATE: Appeal following assault on homeless man

January 08, 2020

Further to our earlier appeal about an assault on a homeless man in Blackburn on 5 January, a second arrest has now been made.

Investigation into school incident continues

Investigation into school incident continues

January 10, 2020

Fortunately, the injuries were only minor

Motorcyclist injured in Burnley collision

Motorcyclist injured in Burnley collision

January 11, 2020

We were called at 9:10pm to reports of a collision involving a Peugeot 308 car and a motorcycle on Colne Road near to the junction of Bright Street.

UPDATE: Attempted robbery in Colne

UPDATE: Attempted robbery in Colne

January 14, 2020

Detectives have arrested a man as part of a robbery investigation in Colne.

Appeal following collision in Tarleton

Appeal following collision in Tarleton

January 14, 2020

We are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Tarleton.

It happened at around 2:30pm on Friday (10 January) on Bank Bridge and involved a Renault Kangoo and a Ford Transit.

Witnesses sought following Blackpool stabbing

Witnesses sought following Blackpool stabbing

January 14, 2020

We are trying to trace witnesses who saw a man on Hornby Road in Blackpool following the stabbing of a woman in Blackpool.

Appeal after report man was seen entering the sea

Appeal after report man was seen entering the sea

January 14, 2020

We are appealing for help in locating a potential witness following reports a man was seen to enter the sea in Blackpool.

We were called at around 11:30pm on Saturday (11 January) by a concerned member of the public who saw a man enter the sea close to the St Chad’s Road area of Blackpool.

Warning over 'ecstasy' tablets

Warning over 'ecstasy' tablets

January 14, 2020

A small number of people have become ill after taking the tablets

Crackdown on OCGs continues

Crackdown on OCGs continues

January 15, 2020

And the police are warning that they will not tolerate this criminality and are asking for the public’s help.

Concern for missing man

Concern for missing man

January 16, 2020

He is described as white male, approx 6'2", medium build, with short light brown hair.

Appeal after collision

Appeal after collision

January 17, 2020

An 80-year-old male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and suffered serious leg injuries.

Murder inquiry underway after stabbing - man arrested

Murder inquiry underway after stabbing - man arrested

January 19, 2020

Sadly a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Murder inquiry continues

Murder inquiry continues

January 20, 2020

We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have information to get in touch.

Wanted prison absconder

Wanted prison absconder

January 23, 2020

Daniel Milburn, 35, formerly of Gloucestershire, is wanted for absconding from HMP Kirkham yesterday (22 January).

UPDATE: Assault on Cleaver Street, Burnley

UPDATE: Assault on Cleaver Street, Burnley

January 26, 2020

A man has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Burnley on Friday night.

Investigation underway following three serious incidents in Preston

Investigation underway following three serious incidents in Preston

January 26, 2020

An investigation is underway following three serious incidents in Preston this afternoon (Sunday 26 January).

UPDATE: Woman charged in Alison McBlaine murder investigation

UPDATE: Woman charged in Alison McBlaine murder investigation

January 27, 2020

Karis Poynton, 27, of Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, has also been charged with the attempted murder of a 26-year-old man. She is due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates Court tomorrow (Tuesday).

Couple attacked in own home

Couple attacked in own home

January 28, 2020

Police were called to the address on Marlborough Road in Accrington

Appeal to trace woman

Appeal to trace woman

January 29, 2020

Police need to speak to the woman, pictured here on CCTV

Wanted Lancaster man

Wanted Lancaster man

January 29, 2020

Police want to speak to 35 year old Sean Corless from Lancaster in connection with alleged offences of kidnap and threats to kill relating to an incident on 20th January.

Man charged after stabbing

Man charged after stabbing

January 31, 2020

We were called at around 3:20am today (Thursday 30 January) to reports of the incident on Queen Street.

Appeal to trace missing man

Appeal to trace missing man

February 03, 2020

Shaun, 48, was last seen at Mariner's Way in Preston this morning

Teenager jailed following series of thefts in Accrington

Teenager jailed following series of thefts in Accrington

February 03, 2020

Wesley Powell, 18, of Spring Street, Accrington, appeared at Burnley Crown Court on Friday (January 31st), where he was sentenced to 45 months in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery, four counts of attempted robbery, one count of theft and two counts of assault with intent to rob.

New safe places to bin unwanted knives

New safe places to bin unwanted knives

February 03, 2020

Knife bins are being installed across Lancashire to give people a safe place to dispose of unwanted knives and sharp items.

UPDATE: Penwortham Bar Burglary - Two Men Wanted

UPDATE: Penwortham Bar Burglary - Two Men Wanted

February 03, 2020

As a result of our social media appeal, a man wanted in connection with a burglary in Penwortham has handed himself in.

UPDATE: Have you seen missing William?

UPDATE: Have you seen missing William?

February 03, 2020

Following our earlier appeal about a missing Blackpool man, we are glad to say he has now been found.

Appeal and tribute following fatal collision

Appeal and tribute following fatal collision

February 03, 2020

He can now be named as Umran Hussain Sodagar, 40, who was from Accrington.

Search for missing Shaun continues

Search for missing Shaun continues

February 05, 2020

We have released a new photo in our search for missing Shaun Horan, 48, from Preston.

CCTV appeal after Darwen sex assault

CCTV appeal after Darwen sex assault

February 05, 2020

Around 3am on January 1, an 18-year-old woman was in the women’s toilets at Level One Live nightclub in Darwen.

A man entered the toilets and approached the victim from behind, before grabbing and sexually assaulting her.

Lancashire Constabulary rated as ‘outstanding for efficiency’ by Inspectorate

Lancashire Constabulary rated as ‘outstanding for efficiency’ by Inspectorate

February 07, 2020

We have been rated as outstanding for efficiency following an inspection.

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing boy from Blackpool

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing boy from Blackpool

February 07, 2020

Ben Wood, 16, from Blackpool has been found safe and well.

Delivery driver robbed in Skelmersdale

Delivery driver robbed in Skelmersdale

February 07, 2020

We are appealing for witnesses after a delivery driver was robbed at knife-point in Skelmersdale.

The incident happened while the female employee was making a delivery on Alderley, at around 8.45pm on January 31.

Man, 28, missing from Blackpool

Man, 28, missing from Blackpool

February 07, 2020

Have you seen David Dickson? We are appealing for information after he went missing from Blackpool.

It is believed he may have travelled to the Bacup area.

UPDATE: Three arrested after death of man in Preston

UPDATE: Three arrested after death of man in Preston

February 09, 2020

The death of a man in Preston is not believed to be suspicious.

Police were called around 7.45am yesterday (Saturday, February 8) to a report a man had been found unresponsive at an address in Balfour Road.

Two charged and further arrests made following Morecambe street disturbance

Two charged and further arrests made following Morecambe street disturbance

February 10, 2020

Eleven people in total have now been arrested in connection with the investigation.

It follows a street disturbance which occurred shortly before 3:20am on Thursday 30th January on Queen Street.

UPDATE: Appeal to identify man

UPDATE: Appeal to identify man

February 11, 2020

Further to our earlier appeal about an assault in Brierfield, we have now identified a man we believe who witnessed the incident.

Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal to find him.

Pair jailed for Ormskirk burglaries

Pair jailed for Ormskirk burglaries

February 11, 2020

Lee Brown, 26, of Muirhead Avenue, Liverpool and Kurtis Nelson, 26, of Kemsley Road, Liverpool, were arrested in January after raiding a number of addresses across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Four charged and another man arrested following armed robbery in Aughton

Four charged and another man arrested following armed robbery in Aughton

February 11, 2020

Today officers have further arrested a 47-year-old man from Kirkby on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. He remains in police custody. Four people have also been charged and appeared at Preston Magistrates Court today.

UPDATE: Concern for missing James

UPDATE: Concern for missing James

February 12, 2020

A 32-year-old man who went missing from Lancaster yesterday (February 11) has been found.

He was found in the Preston area today (Wednesday, February 12).

Man sentenced after Nelson disorder attacks

Man sentenced after Nelson disorder attacks

February 13, 2020

Nasar Ahmed, 19, of Reedyford Road, Nelson, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court following a violent attack last year.

Man charged with murder

Man charged with murder

February 14, 2020

Joshua Titterington, 26, of Scotland Bank Terrace, Blackburn has been charged

Thieves target Lancaster pawnbrokers

Thieves target Lancaster pawnbrokers

February 14, 2020

We are appealing for information after thieves broke into a Lancaster pawnbrokers via the ceiling and stole approximately £32,000 worth of jewellery.

Woman's bag snatched in Burnley knifepoint robbery

Woman's bag snatched in Burnley knifepoint robbery

February 14, 2020

It happened between 9:30pm and 9:45pm on Wednesday (February 12th) on Todmorden Road on the footpath outside the registry office.

Witnesses sought following serious collision in Preston

Witnesses sought following serious collision in Preston

February 15, 2020

We were called at 00:24 hours on Saturday 15 February to Tag Lane at the junction with Mayfield Avenue. The collision involved a Vauxhall Astra and a Citroen C1.

Update following M6 closure

Update following M6 closure

February 16, 2020

We were called by Cumbria Police at 5:35 hours today (16 February) after a vehicle failed to stop for their officers. The vehicle later entered the M6 in Lancashire and travelled the wrong way down the northbound carriageway.

UPDATE: Investigation underway after man dies in Oswaldtwistle

UPDATE: Investigation underway after man dies in Oswaldtwistle

February 17, 2020

A man has been charged in connection with a murder investigation in Oswaldtwistle.

Nathan Scott Williams, 30, of Mount Pleasant Rd, Oswaldtwistle appeared before Blackburn Magistrates' Court this morning (17 February).

Man injured in Higher Walton collision

Man injured in Higher Walton collision

February 19, 2020

Police were called around 1.10pm yesterday (Tuesday, February 18) to reports of an accident on Kittlingbourne Brow.

UPDATE: Investigation continues after death of woman in Preston

UPDATE: Investigation continues after death of woman in Preston

February 20, 2020

A 26-year-old man from Chesterfield was arrested on Monday (February 17) on suspicion of murder. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Appeal to trace wanted Blackburn man

Appeal to trace wanted Blackburn man

February 20, 2020

Mohammed Rehan Awan, also known as Ronnie, is wanted by police in connection with an aggravated burglary on Devon Road, Blackburn on January 29.

Witness appeal after fatal collision in Bacup

Witness appeal after fatal collision in Bacup

February 21, 2020

We are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following a serious collision in Bacup.

A red Vauxhall Crossland X motor vehicle collided with the wall of the Swan Hotel yesterday (February 20). The driver of the vehicle, later named as Celia Lynch (pictured), 41, from Bacup, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Appeal after two robberies at Fleetwood shop

Appeal after two robberies at Fleetwood shop

February 21, 2020

We are appealing for information following two robberies at a shop in Fleetwood in the last week.

Both took place at the Spar on Blakiston Street.

Gang jailed for 29 years after major thefts across Lancashire

Gang jailed for 29 years after major thefts across Lancashire

February 21, 2020

Six members of an organised crime group, which operated mainly in north Lancashire and south Cumbria, appeared at Preston Crown Court this week (February 20th and 21st) to be sentenced for the parts they each played in a series of thefts carried out between April and September 2018.

Two more arrested in death probe

Two more arrested in death probe

February 25, 2020

Police launched an inquiry after attending an address on Fir Trees Avenue, in the Grange area of the city

UPDATE: Witness appeal after Preston assault

UPDATE: Witness appeal after Preston assault

February 26, 2020

Around 2.40am on February 16 a 20-year-old man was found with serious injuries at the junction with Church Street and Avenham Street, close to the Co-Op bank.

Appeal after large scale fight between football fans

Appeal after large scale fight between football fans

February 26, 2020

We need to speak to these men after a large-scale fight between Burnley FC and Newcastle United fans at a pub in December.

It happened on Saturday 14th December, at around 4:25pm at the Turf Hotel on Yorkshire Street, Burnley.

Appeal launched to find missing man

Appeal launched to find missing man

February 27, 2020

We’re appealing for help in finding Terence Ensor who went missing from Blackburn today (February 27th).

Concern for missing teenager

Concern for missing teenager

February 27, 2020

Mark Campbell, also known as Marcus, 16, was last seen in the town around 1.50pm yesterday (Wednesday, February 26).

Appeal to trace man after firearms discharge

Appeal to trace man after firearms discharge

March 02, 2020

Fortunately no-one was injured by the discharge.

Appeal following attack on security guard in Blackburn

Appeal following attack on security guard in Blackburn

March 02, 2020

The incident occurred at around 7.30pm on February 8th at a building site on Preston New Road, close to the junction of West Park Road in Blackburn.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Wennington collision

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Wennington collision

March 02, 2020

Police were called around 6.45am on Friday (February 28) to reports of an accident on the B6480.

Men sought after burglary at poultry factory

Men sought after burglary at poultry factory

March 02, 2020

We are appealing for help to find two men (pictred), who are wanted in connection with a high value burglary in Preston.

Have you seen missing man George Dewhirst?

Have you seen missing man George Dewhirst?

March 03, 2020

George Dewhirst, 26, was last seen at about 4.20am today (Tuesday, March 3rd) on Bulk Road heading on to Caton Road in Lancaster.

Appeal to identify man found on Blackpool beach

Appeal to identify man found on Blackpool beach

March 03, 2020

We were called at around 9pm last night (Monday) to reports the body of a man, thought to be aged in his 20s or 30s, had been found on the beach at Blackpool, close to South Pier.

We have been making a number of enquiries to try and identify the man, but so far these have been unsuccessful.

Search for wanted prison absconder Richard James Davies

Search for wanted prison absconder Richard James Davies

March 03, 2020

He is wanted for absconding from HMP Kirkham on February 28th sometime between 5pm and 8.45pm.

CCTV appeal after Rawtenstall shop robbery

CCTV appeal after Rawtenstall shop robbery

March 03, 2020

Do you think you know who these men are? We want to speak to them following a robbery at a shop on Sunday evening (March 1st 2020).

Lancashire Community Groups to Benefit from Knife Crime Fund

Lancashire Community Groups to Benefit from Knife Crime Fund

March 03, 2020

Community organisations across Lancashire are to receive funding for projects that help to tackle knife crime.

Men wanted after Accrington shop robbery

Men wanted after Accrington shop robbery

March 04, 2020

Around 8pm on February 20 four men entered Fern Gore Newsagents on Fern Gore Avenue. Two of the men attacked the shopkeeper with a baseball bat and cricket bat, with a third man threatening the victim with a kitchen knife.

Update: Appeal to trace missing man

Update: Appeal to trace missing man

March 05, 2020

The missing 61-year-old man from Nelson, last seen in Burnley yesterday has been found safe and well in the town this afternoon.

Body on beach identified

Body on beach identified

March 05, 2020

After a number of enquiries we have now identified the man

UPDATE: Murder investigation in Longton

UPDATE: Murder investigation in Longton

March 08, 2020

Police were called around 3.50am on Friday (March 6) to a report of a serious assault at an address in Cedar Grove.

Appeal following Blackburn knifepoint robbery

Appeal following Blackburn knifepoint robbery

March 09, 2020

It happened at around 8pm on Thursday, March 5th when a man entered Wensley Fold News on Wensley Road in Blackburn with a large kitchen knife and made demands for the contents of the till.

UPDATE: Have you seen a missing 15-year-old from Blackpool?

UPDATE: Have you seen a missing 15-year-old from Blackpool?

March 10, 2020

Further to our earlier appeal, we have now located the 15-year-old girl who was missing from home in Blackpool.

UPDATE: Missing 15-year-old from Burnley located

UPDATE: Missing 15-year-old from Burnley located

March 10, 2020

Following our earlier appeal, the 15-year-old has now been found safe and well.

APPEAL: Two car collision on M61 - Chorley

APPEAL: Two car collision on M61 - Chorley

March 10, 2020

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the M61 Northbound prior to Junction 8 near Chorley on Friday 6th March.

Appeal to trace wanted man

Appeal to trace wanted man

March 12, 2020

Police want to speak to 23-year-old Cameron Couper

Search to find man who escaped from HMP Kirkham

Search to find man who escaped from HMP Kirkham

March 13, 2020

Have you seen Kieran Gordon, 23? He is wanted for absconding from HMP Kirkham on Sunday (March 8th).

Father and son jailed for murder

Father and son jailed for murder

March 13, 2020

John Taylor, 57 and Daniel Taylor, 30, of Blackburn Road, Haslingden, were convicted at Preston Crown Court of killing Barry Tyrie, 69, following an assault last year.

Appeal after car ends up on roof on M6

Appeal after car ends up on roof on M6

March 16, 2020

We were called shortly after 3.30am to reports a silver Nissan Qashqai had ended up on its roof on the southbound carriageway close to junction 35. No other vehicles were believed to have been involved.

Appeal after serious collision

Appeal after serious collision

March 16, 2020

The collision happened at shortly after 10.30pm on Saturday

Concern for missing Siddharth

Concern for missing Siddharth

March 16, 2020

Siddharth Murkumbi, 23, was last heard from around 8.30pm yesterday (Sunday, March 15) and may have travelled to the docks area of the city.

Appeal after shop robbery

Appeal after shop robbery

March 16, 2020

And we have issued CCTV pictures of two men we wish to speak to

Appeal following sexual assault in Clitheroe

Appeal following sexual assault in Clitheroe

March 16, 2020

The incident occurred on February 8th at around 11.30pm, after the victim - a woman aged in her 20s - got into what she believed was a taxi outside the White Lion pub on Hey Road.

She gave the driver of the car her address, but he drove to a deserted country lane close to Eddisford Bridge, where he sexually assaulted her.

New programme to reduce youth reoffending brought to Lancashire

New programme to reduce youth reoffending brought to Lancashire

March 17, 2020

18-25 year olds who are in police custody for violent crime will be offered support to make positive change in their lives

Coronavirus - Stay In the Know

Coronavirus - Stay In the Know

March 18, 2020

Key services come together under the umbrella of the Lancashire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to co-ordinate the county’s response to the virus.

Man jailed for sexual touching

Man jailed for sexual touching

March 18, 2020

Craig Wilsdon, 33, preyed on the 19-year-old while she lay unconscious

UPDATE: Have you seen wanted Anthony Purdy, 32, from Blackpool?

UPDATE: Have you seen wanted Anthony Purdy, 32, from Blackpool?

March 18, 2020

Wanted Anthony Purdy (pictured), 32, from Blackpool has now handed himself in and has been arrested.

Man charged with manslaughter

Man charged with manslaughter

March 18, 2020

Police were called around 6.15pm on June 23, 2019, to reports a 39-year-old man had suffered a serious head injury at HMP Lancaster Farms. The man, later named as Richard Hamill (pictured), from Morecambe, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but sadly died on June 28.

Joshua Kettle, 29, has today (Wednesday, March 18) been charged with manslaughter.

Wanted Lancaster man

Wanted Lancaster man

March 19, 2020

We want to speak to 52-year-old James Wood from Lancaster in connection with an affray, reports of criminal damage and a drugs offence.

Preston man sentenced for murdering his vulnerable friend

Preston man sentenced for murdering his vulnerable friend

March 20, 2020

Darren Taylor, 45, of no fixed address was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years at Preston Crown today (Friday, March 20th) after being found guilty of murdering Steven May, 50.

Appeal following serious assault in Blackpool

Appeal following serious assault in Blackpool

March 24, 2020

The victim, man aged in his 30s, was cycling on Belmont Avenue at around 2.30pm when he was approached by a group of approximately four men who hit him several times to the head before making off towards Central Drive. The victim sustained slash-type injuries which required stitches.

Teenager jailed for minimum 24 years for brutal killing of Alex Davies, 18, in Parbold

Teenager jailed for minimum 24 years for brutal killing of Alex Davies, 18, in Parbold

March 24, 2020

Brian Healless (pictured), also 18, formerly of Rylands Road, Chorley, was found guilty yesterday (Monday) of murdering Alex, and today at Preston Crown Court was handed a life sentence and told he must serve at least 24 years before he will be considered for release.

Investigation underway after man found with serious injuries

Investigation underway after man found with serious injuries

March 24, 2020

Enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened to cause the man’s injuries.

Driver sought after motorcyclist injured in Blackburn

Driver sought after motorcyclist injured in Blackburn

March 26, 2020

It happened at around 8:35am last Wednesday (March 18th) on Haslingden Old Road close to the Britannia roundabout and also involved a silver car, which made off from the scene.

Update following Brierfield attempted robbery appeal

Update following Brierfield attempted robbery appeal

March 26, 2020

After yesterday’s appeal for information following a robbery at Pam’s Pantry, Brierfield we have now made two arrests.

Man jailed after spitting at police officers

Man jailed after spitting at police officers

March 26, 2020

A man who spat at a police officer after being stopped to be given advice about social distancing for COVID-19 has been jailed for 26 weeks.

Chief Constable urges people to #StayHomeSaveLives

Chief Constable urges people to #StayHomeSaveLives

March 27, 2020

And today the Chief Constable Andy Rhodes reminded people it's about saving potentially thousands of lives

Skelmersdale murder investigation

Skelmersdale murder investigation

March 28, 2020

We were contacted by the Ambulance Service at shortly after 4:40am this morning (Saturday, March 28th) to the report that a man was unconscious after being found with a stab wound to his chest at an address on Acregate.

Appeal after man found with head injuries in Nelson

Appeal after man found with head injuries in Nelson

March 28, 2020

We are appealing for information to help trace the movements of a man found with an unexplained head injury in Nelson.

Another arrest in Skelmersdale murder investigation

Another arrest in Skelmersdale murder investigation

March 29, 2020

Detectives investigating the death of Kristaps Muzikants, 30, in Skelmersdale have arrested a second man.


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