News - March

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.

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.

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.

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

Body found in search for missing Siddharth

Body found in search for missing Siddharth

March 16, 2020

Officers searching for a missing man have sadly found a body in Preston. Whilst he has yet to be formally identified, we believe it to be missing Siddharth Murkumbi, 23.

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.

Concern for missing man

Concern for missing man

March 30, 2020

David Wilson, 53, was last seen at about 7.30pm on Friday, March 27th

A man has died following a collision in Wennington

A man has died following a collision in Wennington

March 30, 2020

The incident occurred at around 6.45am on Friday, February 28th, on the B6480, when a man riding a Triumph motorbike collided with a Peugeot Partner Tepee car travelling in the opposite direction.

Body of missing man found in Preston

Body of missing man found in Preston

March 30, 2020

A body found in Preston Docks yesterday (Sunday, March 29th) has been identified as missing Shaun Horan, 48, from Preston (pictured).

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Skelmersdale have charged four people.

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Skelmersdale have charged four people.

March 30, 2020

Police launched an investigation after Robert Beattie was found with serious burns at his home at Waverley

UPDATE: Detectives continuing to investigate after man found with head injuries in Nelson

UPDATE: Detectives continuing to investigate after man found with head injuries in Nelson

March 30, 2020

Detectives investigating after a man was found with a head injury in Nelson are now asking for information about a disturbance that is believed to have taken place the night before.

UPDATE: Man charged in Skelmersdale murder investigation

UPDATE: Man charged in Skelmersdale murder investigation

March 31, 2020

Detectives investigating the death of Kristaps Muzikants, 30, in Skelmersdale have today charged a man.

Janis Mikitovs, 36, of Acregate, Skelmersdale, has been charged with murder.

Appeal following armed robbery at Preston convenience store

Appeal following armed robbery at Preston convenience store

March 31, 2020

At around 6.30am yesterday (Monday) two men broke into McColl’s convenience store on Ribbleton Avenue, threatening staff inside with an axe handle before making off towards the Greenlands estate with around £1,500 in cash, plus cigarettes and alcohol.

Man jailed after spitting at officers claiming he had Coronavirus

Man jailed after spitting at officers claiming he had Coronavirus

April 02, 2020

Callum Heaton, 23, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly


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