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Appeal for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Blackpool

Appeal for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Blackpool

April 29, 2021

We are appealing for witnesses or anybody with dashcam footage to get in touch following a fail-to-stop collision in Blackpool yesterday afternoon when a man was struck by a car as he crossed the road.

Appeal to find missing woman

Appeal to find missing woman

April 30, 2021

Anyone with information should call 999

Man convicted of murder

Man convicted of murder

May 05, 2021

Andrew Claydon, of Lytham Road, Blackpool, admitted manslaughter but denied the murder charge but was convicted after a trial

Operation launched to intercept organised crime in Lancashire

Operation launched to intercept organised crime in Lancashire

May 06, 2021

Residents in Burnley and Pendle were the first to feel the benefit of a new Lancashire Police operation which has been launched to clamp down on organised crime across the county. The day of action was the first to be held as part of Operation Guardian with more planned across the county over the coming months, aimed at disrupting organised criminal activity and stopping those who use Lancashire’s road network to commit offences.

Warning to owners of missing dogs about text message blackmail scam

Warning to owners of missing dogs about text message blackmail scam

May 06, 2021

Dog owners who have posted their contact details online when their pet has gone missing have been contacted by scammers on an unknown number. They have said that the victim has a limited amount of time - usually a day - to transfer bitcoin or the scammers will kill their pet.

Man jailed for 10 years for rape

Man jailed for 10 years for rape

May 06, 2021

Connor Fearon lured the vulnerable woman to a deserted bridleway in the early hours of the morning of December 19th

Appeal after man suffers injury in Blackpool

Appeal after man suffers injury in Blackpool

May 10, 2021

An investigation into the circumstances around the injury is ongoing

Family pay tribute to James Dean after body found

Family pay tribute to James Dean after body found

May 10, 2021

The body has now been formally identified. Our thoughts are with James’ family and friends at this time.

Two charged after fight

Two charged after fight

May 11, 2021

Both will be appearing at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

300 knives taken off Lancashire’s streets during police anti-knife crime week

300 knives taken off Lancashire’s streets during police anti-knife crime week

May 12, 2021

Lancashire Constabulary joined other police forces on the Operation Sceptre national week against knife crime running from April 26th to May 2nd.

Pensioner found guilty of murdering his neighbour

Pensioner found guilty of murdering his neighbour

May 13, 2021

Pensioner Alan Fare, 73, of Victory Close, Nelson has been found guilty of the murder of his neighbour Mandy Houghton, 58, also from Nelson.

Two jailed after investigation into exploitation of young women

Two jailed after investigation into exploitation of young women

May 14, 2021

Operation Command was launched in 2019 following reports of sexual assaults on a number of girls.

Five charged with drug offences

Five charged with drug offences

May 14, 2021

All appeared before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court today (May 14th) and were remanded

Tribute to boy who died in suspected gas explosion

Tribute to boy who died in suspected gas explosion

May 16, 2021

Very sadly George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, died as a result of the incident. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this distressing time.

Enquiries underway into cause of Heysham explosion

Enquiries underway into cause of Heysham explosion

May 17, 2021

Enquiries into the cause of the explosion are now underway and are likely to take some time.

Witness appeal after two pedestrians hit by car in Leyland

Witness appeal after two pedestrians hit by car in Leyland

May 20, 2021

We are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a car and two pedestrians at around 3pm on Tuesday, May 18th at the junction of King Street and Towngate, when a BMW 2 Series collided with a man and woman, both aged in their 50s.

UPDATE: Wanted man Steven Pinington arrested

UPDATE: Wanted man Steven Pinington arrested

May 21, 2021

Further to our earlier appeals, wanted man Steven Pinnington, who has links to Blackpool, has been arrested in Scotland.

Man jailed for life for murder

Man jailed for life for murder

May 21, 2021

Andrew Claydon, 45, was found guilty of the murder of Matthew Pearson following a trial earlier this month.

Man charged after Burnley stabbings

Man charged after Burnley stabbings

May 28, 2021

Munawar Hussain, 57, of Lancashire, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder

Man jailed for trafficking

Man jailed for trafficking

June 08, 2021

Florica Calin arranged and paid for the woman to come to the country on a promise of work in a factory

Witness and dashcam appeal after serious road traffic collision in Blackpool

Witness and dashcam appeal after serious road traffic collision in Blackpool

June 10, 2021

We were called to Whitegate Drive at 10.10am on June 10 following reports of a collision between a Renault Captur and a Honda CBF 125CC motorcycle, close to the health centre.

 Euro 2020: Let’s summer safely

Euro 2020: Let’s summer safely

June 11, 2021

As the UEFA European Football Championships start today Friday (11th June) Lancashire Constabulary are reminding supporters to celebrate safely and responsibly.

Appeal after man injured in fight

Appeal after man injured in fight

June 17, 2021

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information or footage of the incident to come forward.

Appeal after schoolgirl grabbed

Appeal after schoolgirl grabbed

June 25, 2021

The 14-year-old was on her way to school at about 8.30am today

Man charged after collision

Man charged after collision

June 28, 2021

He is due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday, June 28th)

Knife Angel coming to Lancashire

Knife Angel coming to Lancashire

June 29, 2021

The Knife Angel, a huge statue made from 100,000 seized knives, will be on display in Lancashire throughout November 2021.

Appeal after man stabbed

Appeal after man stabbed

June 30, 2021

The victim, a man in his 40s. was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital

Serious collision in Burnley

Serious collision in Burnley

July 04, 2021

The road was closed for four hours

Appeal after man and woman seriously injured

Appeal after man and woman seriously injured

July 05, 2021

A man in his 50s was arrested at an address on Heights Road in Nelson a short time later. He remains in custody

Woman dies after Nelson disturbance

Woman dies after Nelson disturbance

July 05, 2021

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the death of a woman attacked in Nelson.

Operation Hunter: Targeting Lancashire’s most wanted offenders

Operation Hunter: Targeting Lancashire’s most wanted offenders

July 06, 2021

Lancashire Police are targeting some of the county’s most wanted offenders as part of an operation dedicated to finding those trying to evade capture.

Family pay tribute to woman who died after attack in Nelson

Family pay tribute to woman who died after attack in Nelson

July 06, 2021

A 58 year old man remains in custody

Man charged with murder

Man charged with murder

July 07, 2021

He is due to appear before magistrates in Blackburn tomorrow (Thursday, July 8th)

Appeal after man dies following collision

Appeal after man dies following collision

July 09, 2021

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 0803 of July 8th.

Appeal after man shot in Preston

Appeal after man shot in Preston

July 12, 2021

Thankfully his injuries aren't life threatening. A man has been arrested

Dawn arrests following shooting and murder

Dawn arrests following shooting and murder

July 13, 2021

Officers swooped on the addresses in a series of co-ordinated and simultaneous strikes earlier today.

Appeal after Blackpool stabbing

Appeal after Blackpool stabbing

July 13, 2021

The victim’s injuries are thankfully not life threatening

Ban on knives, firearms and offensive weapons comes into force today

Ban on knives, firearms and offensive weapons comes into force today

July 14, 2021

Changes to legislation mean that from 14th July all weapons banned in public by the Criminal Justice Act 1988, including zombie knives, shuriken or death stars and knuckledusters, will now also be banned in private.

Seven charged after Burnley shooting

Seven charged after Burnley shooting

July 15, 2021

All those charged were due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court today

Appeal after Blackburn collision

Appeal after Blackburn collision

July 15, 2021

No other vehicles are thought to have been involved.

UPDATE: Wanted Blackpool man arrested after he failed to appear at court

UPDATE: Wanted Blackpool man arrested after he failed to appear at court

July 16, 2021

Jordan McManus, 23, of Caunce Street has been arrested as part of Operation Hunter which targets some of the county’s most wanted offenders.

Lifting of restrictions Q&A

Lifting of restrictions Q&A

July 19, 2021

We have answered some questions you may have with the lifting of lockdown restrictions today.

Appeal after arson attack at house in Skelmersdale

Appeal after arson attack at house in Skelmersdale

July 19, 2021

At around 1am on July 10, we were called following reports a petrol bomb had been thrown through the window of an address in Crossfield Road. Thankfully none of the occupants were injured, although there was some smoke damage caused to the property.

Officers armed with new roadside check technology

Officers armed with new roadside check technology

July 21, 2021

The technology can be used by officers when stopping drivers who are suspected of committing offences under the Road Traffic Act and will remove any doubt that a driver is who they say they are. Photographs at the Roadside ([email protected]) has been developed by the DVLA and the Home Office and piloted including Lancashire, ahead of its country-wide roll out over the summer.

Operation Hunter: Result for South Lancashire's most wanted

Operation Hunter: Result for South Lancashire's most wanted

July 21, 2021

Four of the most wanted individuals in South Lancashire have now been arrested as part of Operation Hunter, including long term wanted man Adam Bhamji from Farrington Moss who has been returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Man jailed after home intrusion and exposure

Man jailed after home intrusion and exposure

July 22, 2021

He was arrested following a police appeal

Man dies after drowning in the sea at St Anne's

Man dies after drowning in the sea at St Anne's

July 23, 2021

Emergency services were called at around 7.20pm today after reports that a person had got into difficulty in the sea close to the pier at St Anne's.

Man charged after pedestrians hit by car on Blackpool promenade

Man charged after pedestrians hit by car on Blackpool promenade

July 25, 2021

Adam Clarke, 30 of Arnfield Road, Stockport has been charged with attempted murder, common assault, and dangerous driving. He is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court in the morning.

Operation Hunter: Result for West Lancashire's most wanted

Operation Hunter: Result for West Lancashire's most wanted

August 03, 2021

Wanted man Dailen Royle has been arrested this morning in connection with an assault and kidnap in Fleetwood. That's three down, two to go, of the most wanted faces in West Lancashire.

Seven people found guilty of the murder of Aya Hachem

Seven people found guilty of the murder of Aya Hachem

August 03, 2021

Seven men have been found guilty of murdering 19 year old Aya Hachem in Blackburn, in May last year. One woman has also been found guilty of manslaughter.

Gang Jailed After Stealing Luxury Cars In Organised Crime Spree

Gang Jailed After Stealing Luxury Cars In Organised Crime Spree

August 04, 2021

Three men have been jailed for a total of 25 years for their roles in plotting burglaries across the North West including multiple addresses throughout Lancashire stealing cars, cash and jewellery worth a total of more than half a million pounds.

Seven men jailed for more than 200 years for the murder of Aya Hachem

Seven men jailed for more than 200 years for the murder of Aya Hachem

August 05, 2021

A gunman, driver and business owner, who were part of a group who planned and executed a shooting which killed Aya Hachem, 19, from Blackburn are amongst seven people who have been jailed for more than 200 years today (Thursday, August 5th) for their involvement in her murder.

Operation Hunter: Officers execute more than 200 warrants in July

Operation Hunter: Officers execute more than 200 warrants in July

August 06, 2021

Over the past month we have executed 239 warrants on the streets of Lancashire. It’s all part of Operation Hunter, which launched at the beginning of July, targeting the county's most wanted individuals who try to evade capture.

‘Mia’s Story’ picture book launched to support children with a parent in prison

‘Mia’s Story’ picture book launched to support children with a parent in prison

August 09, 2021

Mia’s Story, a children’s picture book which aims to help youngsters to cope when a parent goes to prison, launches today with Lancashire Violence Reduction Network.

Family pay tribute to woman who sadly died following collision close to Lancaster

Family pay tribute to woman who sadly died following collision close to Lancaster

August 10, 2021

The family of Pauline Edwards from Heysham are also appealing for any witnesses to come forward after her death following a serious collision on the Bay Gate Way around 1pm on Wednesday, August 4.

Do you know these individuals who are wanted from East Lancashire?

Do you know these individuals who are wanted from East Lancashire?

August 11, 2021

Do you know these individuals who are wanted from East Lancashire as part of Operation Hunter targeting the county's most wanted individuals.

Witness appeal after couple sadly die in M6 crash

Witness appeal after couple sadly die in M6 crash

August 13, 2021

We are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage after a couple sadly died in a collision on the M6 motorway yesterday (August 12).

Man dies after Morecambe collision

Man dies after Morecambe collision

August 16, 2021

We are appealing for information after a man died following a collision in Morecambe.

Police were called around 2.10am yesterday (Sunday, August 15) to a report of an incident involving a car and a pedestrian in Westgate.

Arrests made after firearms discharge

Arrests made after firearms discharge

August 18, 2021

Police were called around 12.35am on Tuesday to a report a gunshot had been heard in Wansbeck Avenue.

Appeal after serious collision

Appeal after serious collision

August 18, 2021

The crash happened at 4.35am today

Man sentenced to 15 years for sexual assault on teenager

Man sentenced to 15 years for sexual assault on teenager

August 18, 2021

McCarren was arrested at his home a short time later after members of the community came forward and identified him following a media appeal

Appeal after indecent exposure

Appeal after indecent exposure

August 19, 2021

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning. We are doing all we can to identify and arrest the offender

New partnership to support victims and survivors of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

New partnership to support victims and survivors of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

August 24, 2021

Lancashire Police and the Pan-Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership (PLASP) are working with the Medaille Trust on a new project which seeks to support victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Two charged with trafficking

Two charged with trafficking

August 27, 2021

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to investigating human trafficking and modern slavery

Accrington murder - latest update

Accrington murder - latest update

September 01, 2021

Mr Howard’s family are aware of the development and are being supported by officers.

Man charged with child abduction

Man charged with child abduction

September 02, 2021

We would like to again thank everybody who shared our appeal and played a key role in helping with our investigation.

Man charged with murder of pensioner

Man charged with murder of pensioner

September 02, 2021

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service John Swannack, 58, of St Leger Court, Accrington, was charged last night with murder

Fans sentenced for disorder

Fans sentenced for disorder

September 03, 2021

PC Dan Fish, of Lancashire Police, said: “The actions of these men were violent, aggressive and extremely reckless.

Appeal after sexual assault

Appeal after sexual assault

September 08, 2021

The incident happened at about 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, September 7th)

Arrest made in sexual assault investigation

Arrest made in sexual assault investigation

September 08, 2021

Following a number of enquiries throughout the day detectives have this evening arrested a boy on suspicion of sex offences. He is currently in custody.

Witness appeal after man in his 90s hit by a car in Blackpool

Witness appeal after man in his 90s hit by a car in Blackpool

September 09, 2021

We are appealing for information following a fail-to-stop collision in Blackpool which injured a pedestrian in his 90s. The incident occurred at around 7.10pm yesterday September 8th on Warbreck Drive, Blackpool, close to the junction with Red Bank Road.

Family pay tribute to grandfather who died following assault

Family pay tribute to grandfather who died following assault

September 12, 2021

The family of Frank Fishwick, 86 who died following an assault outside his home in Preston, have paid tribute to an "adored father and grandfather."

UPDATE: Preston teenager arrested on suspicion of murder after death of elderly man

UPDATE: Preston teenager arrested on suspicion of murder after death of elderly man

September 14, 2021

A teenager has been charged in relation to the death of an elderly man in Preston.

We were called at around 3pm on Friday (September 10th) to The Paddock, Fulwood, to reports of an assault.

Appeal after couple assaulted on night out in Preston

Appeal after couple assaulted on night out in Preston

September 15, 2021

We are appealing for information following a serious assault on a man and woman which took at around 12.30am on Sunday September 12th at Hartleys wine bar on Mount Street.

Morecambe man jailed for child sex offences

Morecambe man jailed for child sex offences

September 16, 2021

A man from Morecambe has been jailed for nine years for child sex offences. Lee McNae, 36, groomed his vulnerable teenage victim and subjected her to sexual abuse on numerous occasions during 2019, 2020 and 2021.

New regional forensic science service to be launched

New regional forensic science service to be launched

September 17, 2021

Lancashire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner have signed a collaboration agreement with four other North West Police forces to provide a new regional forensic science service to help in the fight against crime.

Appeal for information following assault in Preston

Appeal for information following assault in Preston

September 21, 2021

Do you recognise these men? We want to speak to them after a man was assaulted with a metal bar in Preston.

Appeal after woman dies in collision

Appeal after woman dies in collision

September 22, 2021

Despite the best efforts of emergency services the driver, a woman in her 50s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Drug gang jailed for over 60 years

Drug gang jailed for over 60 years

September 22, 2021

The gang’s head Usman Akhter controlled a sophisticated network bringing hundreds of kilos of cocaine and cannabis into the region.

Man charged after investigation into Fleetwood robberies

Man charged after investigation into Fleetwood robberies

September 27, 2021

A man has been charged by detectives investigating two robberies at a Fleetwood travel company.

Police were called to the World Travel Lounge, Lord Street, on Tuesday (September 21) and Wednesday (September 22) after reports of two robberies where cash was stolen.

Man jailed for historical sexual abuse

Man jailed for historical sexual abuse

September 28, 2021

He appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday, Sept 27th where he was jailed for five years and two months

Nine arrested after teenager stabbed in Blackpool

Nine arrested after teenager stabbed in Blackpool

September 29, 2021

Police were called at about midnight to a report of a fight outside Ma Kelly’s on Talbot Road in the resort.

Witness appeal after man dies in collision on the M65

Witness appeal after man dies in collision on the M65

September 29, 2021

Do you have dashcam footage or any information about the collision which happened at around 1.30am this morning (September 29) between junction 11 and 12.

Two arrested after robbery of Nelson pensioner

Two arrested after robbery of Nelson pensioner

September 30, 2021

A man and a woman from Nelson have been arrested on suspicion of robbery after the incident last month.

Eight charged in connection with serious crime probe

Eight charged in connection with serious crime probe

September 30, 2021

These arrests and charges are a result of months of meticulous police work

Two teenagers jailed for life for murder

Two teenagers jailed for life for murder

September 30, 2021

The sentencing judge praised Lancashire Constabulary saying the officers who investigated the murder had gone ‘above and beyond’ in bringing Sarmad’s killers to justice.

Warning to elderly residents following reports of courier fraud in Lancashire

Warning to elderly residents following reports of courier fraud in Lancashire

October 07, 2021

Older residents are being warned about being the target for telephone courier fraud scammers. We have received a number of reports from across the county this week which have involved offenders pretending to be police officers investigating fraud.

Don’t be fooled by offers of quick cash: Working together to protect students from fraud

Don’t be fooled by offers of quick cash: Working together to protect students from fraud

October 08, 2021

Don’t be fooled by offers of quick cash - that’s the message we and Lancaster University are sharing with students ahead of the new term.

Students need sufficient funds for their fees, accommodation, food, travel, books and other living expenses.

Man acquitted of murder

Man acquitted of murder

October 08, 2021

Samuel Bretherton admitted manslaughter in earlier proceedings and will be sentenced in December

Appeal after third courier fraud victim identified

Appeal after third courier fraud victim identified

October 08, 2021

Yesterday we told you about an increase in courier fraud in Lancashire and following our previous warning more victims have come forward. Thankfully most haven’t been successful but unfortunately one victim, a woman in her 80s from Blackburn, reported being scammed by a fraudster into handing over £13,000.

Members of drugs gang sentenced

Members of drugs gang sentenced

October 08, 2021

Police launched Operation Florence last year following concerns raised by residents in Darwen about drug use by children in the area and that youngsters were being exploited

WANTED - Have you seen this man?

WANTED - Have you seen this man?

October 12, 2021

If you see Crewe please do not approach him but contact us

WANTED - Have you seen this man?

WANTED - Have you seen this man?

October 12, 2021

If you see Crewe please do not approach him but contact us

Witness appeal after serious injury collision

Witness appeal after serious injury collision

October 12, 2021

We are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured following a collision in Burscough.

Police were called around 12.30pm yesterday (Monday, October 11) to a report of an accident in Moss Lane.

Twenty five charged in connection with drug investigation

Twenty five charged in connection with drug investigation

October 14, 2021

In total 25 people have been charged including four people who were arrested on Tuesday in a series of dawn raids

Warning as criminals continue to target the elderly

Warning as criminals continue to target the elderly

October 15, 2021

We are continuing to warn the public to protect their elderly loved ones after another vulnerable victim reported being scammed out of £7,500 as a result of courier fraud. Officers from our Economic Crime Unit stepped in and managed to prevent the victim from making a further transaction to the offenders for a substantial sum of money.

Man jailed for 12 years for rape

Man jailed for 12 years for rape

October 15, 2021

Leroy Brown threatened to kill his victim, poured cold water on her and tried to set her hair on fire

House collapse at Clayton le Woods

House collapse at Clayton le Woods

October 15, 2021

We can now sadly confirm that one person has died,

Witness appeal after motorcyclist suffers broken pelvis in collision

Witness appeal after motorcyclist suffers broken pelvis in collision

October 17, 2021

We were called around 1.50pm on Friday, October 15 to a report of a collision on Marshaw Wyre, Abbeystead.

Family pay tribute to man who died in house collapse

Family pay tribute to man who died in house collapse

October 17, 2021

Emergency services were called at around 1.30pm on Friday, October 15 to a report of a suspected explosion where a house had collapsed on Kirkby Avenue. Sadly, the body of a man was found inside the property, and although a formal identification has yet to take place, it is believed to be the occupant of the house, Carl Whalley.

Clayton le Woods house fire investigation - latest update

Clayton le Woods house fire investigation - latest update

October 18, 2021

A post-mortem examination will be carried out this week and an investigation into the cause of the blaze is continuing.

House fire at Clayton le Woods - latest update

House fire at Clayton le Woods - latest update

October 20, 2021

A post-mortem examination has given the cause of death as smoke inhalation and burns.

Appeal after toddler seriously injured

Appeal after toddler seriously injured

October 21, 2021

The boy suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Fraud warning

Fraud warning

October 22, 2021

In the past three weeks we have received reports of fraudsters telephoning victims pretending to be police officers

Urgent missing person appeal - have you seen Derek?

Urgent missing person appeal - have you seen Derek?

October 26, 2021

We’re appealing for help in finding Derek Turner who has gone missing from Blackpool promenade.

Appeal for witnesses after cyclist is injured in collision near Chorley

Appeal for witnesses after cyclist is injured in collision near Chorley

October 26, 2021

We are appealing for information after a cyclist was injured following a collision with a car in Bretherton. Police were called around 1.25pm on Thursday (October 21) to a report of an accident at the junction of Back Lane and Sarah Lane.

Have you seen missing man Gary from Chorley?

Have you seen missing man Gary from Chorley?

October 26, 2021

We’re appealing for help in finding Gary Mayren, 53, who has gone missing from the Eaves Lane area.

More crime fighters for Lancashire as Constabulary exceeds National Police Recruitment Targets

More crime fighters for Lancashire as Constabulary exceeds National Police Recruitment Targets

October 27, 2021

Lancashire Police has once again exceeded its national target to recruit extra officers, with 307 joining through the police uplift programme by the end of September 2021.

County’s domestic abuse campaign shortlisted for marketing award

County’s domestic abuse campaign shortlisted for marketing award

November 02, 2021

noexcuseforabuse, the county’s awareness campaign that brings together Lancashire agencies to tackle domestic abuse and abusive behaviours, has been shortlisted in the Best Not-For-Profit Campaign in the Prolific North Marketing Awards.

Darker Nights Campaign launched this winter

Darker Nights Campaign launched this winter

November 03, 2021

Lancashire Constabulary is asking local people to work with officers this winter, by taking simple steps to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime.

Stay Safe This Bonfire Night

Stay Safe This Bonfire Night

November 03, 2021

Bonfire Night is absolutely no excuse for anti-social behaviour or for anyone seeking to endanger or frighten anyone else deliberately. We would like to ask those who are looking to enjoy Bonfire Night to enjoy it responsibly.

Man jailed after killing student in collision

Man jailed after killing student in collision

November 04, 2021

David Turner had drunk ten pints and two shots when his Audi S3 collided with and killed student Gabriel Fields

Bonfire Night - a message from the Chief Constable

Bonfire Night - a message from the Chief Constable

November 06, 2021

We will be doing all we can to identify the individuals involved and subject them to the full force of the law.

Operation Hunter update: Another wanted man arrested

Operation Hunter update: Another wanted man arrested

November 09, 2021

Another man wanted as part of Operation Hunter has been arrested this morning in Morecambe. That's eight down, one to go of the latest most wanted faces in Lancashire.

Man jailed for historical sexual abuse

Man jailed for historical sexual abuse

November 09, 2021

The abuse was carried out at an address in Blackpool.

CCTV appeal following attempted burglary in Thornton Cleveleys

CCTV appeal following attempted burglary in Thornton Cleveleys

November 10, 2021

Detectives investigating an attempted burglary in Thornton Cleveleys are appealing for CCTV, Ring doorbell and dash cam footage to get in contact.

Man found guilty of the murder of an elderly grandmother after setting fire to her home

Man found guilty of the murder of an elderly grandmother after setting fire to her home

November 11, 2021

Tiernan Darnton, was found guilty by a unanimous jury for the murder of Heysham pensioner Mary Gregory in May 2018.

Man sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering an elderly grandmother

Man sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering an elderly grandmother

November 12, 2021

A man has today (Friday, November 12th) been jailed for life for the murder of an elderly grandmother after setting fire to her home. Tiernan Darnton was yesterday found guilty following a trial of the murder of Heysham pensioner Mary Gregory in May 2018.

Lancashire Police Joins National Week of Intensive Action Against Knife Crime

Lancashire Police Joins National Week of Intensive Action Against Knife Crime

November 15, 2021

From today (15 November) officers from Lancashire Police will be joining other police forces in the national week of intensive action to tackle knife crime.

Further arrests in murder enquiry

Further arrests in murder enquiry

November 15, 2021

The men, aged 17 and 43, both from Nelson, were arrested on Friday (November 12th) on suspicion of murder.

UPDATE: Further arrests in Morecambe shooting investigation

UPDATE: Further arrests in Morecambe shooting investigation

November 18, 2021

Detectives investigating a shooting in Morecambe have made more arrests.

Appeal after serious collision

Appeal after serious collision

November 18, 2021

The driver, a man in his 90s, suffered serious chest injuries. The passenger, a woman in her 80s, suffered serious spinal injuries.

Men jailed for assault

Men jailed for assault

November 19, 2021

Charlie Morris, 21, and Lewis Barnes, 20 were handed a total of more than eight years in prison

Second man charged with shooting

Second man charged with shooting

November 22, 2021

The charge relates to a call received at 5.56pm on Monday (November 15) to reports of a suspected firearms discharge in an alleyway at the rear of Skipton Street.

Arrests after fireworks disorder

Arrests after fireworks disorder

November 23, 2021

The five youths – four boys and a girl all aged between 14 and 16 years old - have been arrested on suspicion of affray

Murder at Higher Walton - couple named

Murder at Higher Walton - couple named

November 23, 2021

A 35-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder has now been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Men charged with drug offences

Men charged with drug offences

November 25, 2021

All those charged were due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday, November 25th)

Music teacher jailed for historic sexual abuse

Music teacher jailed for historic sexual abuse

November 26, 2021

Fox, now 62, met the girl through private music lessons but soon started making inappropriate comments towards her before moving on to physical abuse

UPDATE: Have you seen missing Antony?

UPDATE: Have you seen missing Antony?

December 02, 2021

Good news folks - further to our earlier appeals, Antony, 29, missing from Blackpool has been found safe and well.

Thank you to everyone who shared our appeals to help find him. 🙂

We are taking the fight to criminals as we launch a major new crime crackdown

We are taking the fight to criminals as we launch a major new crime crackdown

December 06, 2021

Operation Vanquish will see us tackle the crime issues that matter most to our communities

Urgent appeal to trace man

Urgent appeal to trace man

December 06, 2021

For any immediate sightings please call 999.

Three arrested and drugs, cash and weapons seized in raids across East Lancashire

Three arrested and drugs, cash and weapons seized in raids across East Lancashire

December 09, 2021

This morning (December 9) officers executed seven warrants at addresses in Blackburn, Darwen, Colne and Nelson as part of Operation Vanquish, aimed at tackling the crime issues that matter most to our communities in a concentrated drive to make the county safer.

Two more arrests in East Lancashire as part of Operation Vanquish

Two more arrests in East Lancashire as part of Operation Vanquish

December 10, 2021

​Officers have this morning (December 10) raided address in Piccadilly Road and Constable Avenue in Burnley, and Barbon Street, Padiham in a series of co-ordinated drugs raids.

Jail for sex offender who shared recording of himself assaulting child

Jail for sex offender who shared recording of himself assaulting child

December 13, 2021

Jay Hamilton, 38, also secretly filmed children getting undressed in Accrington and shared them online.

Man charged with murders

Man charged with murders

December 16, 2021

Lee Tipping, of Cann Bridge Street, Higher Walton is due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court today

Appeal after collision

Appeal after collision

December 16, 2021

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1108 of December 12th

Appeal after car rammed and men seen fighting in Blackburn

Appeal after car rammed and men seen fighting in Blackburn

December 16, 2021

Officers were called to St Silas Road at 10.26pm following reports a stolen BMW car had deliberately reversed into a saloon-type car, close to the junction with New Bank Road. Before and after the car was rammed groups of men from both vehicles were seen fighting.

Urgent appeal to trace wanted man after serious assault

Urgent appeal to trace wanted man after serious assault

December 16, 2021

Lee Hart, 38, is sought in connection with a stabbing in Clifton Street, Burnley

Man jailed for life for the murder of his children and girlfriend

Man jailed for life for the murder of his children and girlfriend

December 17, 2021

Jordan Monaghan has been jailed for at least 40 years

Gabriel's Story: Don't drink or drug drive this Christmas

Gabriel's Story: Don't drink or drug drive this Christmas

December 17, 2021

Gabriel Fields was just 19 when he was killed by a drink driver as he walked back from the shop in Kirkham one evening in July 2020. In this video Gabriel’s mum, Jacque and stepdad, Adam, recall the night their son popped out to the shop to buy snacks and tragically never made it back home.

Two charged with manslaughter following Heysham gas explosion

Two charged with manslaughter following Heysham gas explosion

December 17, 2021

Police investigating a gas explosion at a house in Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham in May in which toddler George Arthur Hinds died have now charged two people with manslaughter.

New appeal for wanted man after serious assault

New appeal for wanted man after serious assault

December 18, 2021

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 0122 of December 16th

For immediate sightings please call 999.

Burglar who went on crime spree in Blackburn and Darwen is jailed

Burglar who went on crime spree in Blackburn and Darwen is jailed

December 20, 2021

Ryan Price, 24, committed numerous offences in the towns over a two-week period in September.

CCTV images released following disorder in Whalley

CCTV images released following disorder in Whalley

December 20, 2021

Do you recognise these men ? We need to speak to them following an altercation in Whalley on Saturday night (December 18th).

Parents of moped rider who sadly died following Blackburn collision pay loving tribute to him

Parents of moped rider who sadly died following Blackburn collision pay loving tribute to him

December 21, 2021

“John Paul was our precious son, and much-loved brother and uncle. He was a hard-working young man who was enjoying life. He loved riding his moped and it gave him his independence. He was a private chap who was looking forward to the Christmas festivities. He has been taken away from us and will be missed so much by us all.”

Men who used encrypted phones to deal drugs jailed for more than 22 years

Men who used encrypted phones to deal drugs jailed for more than 22 years

December 21, 2021

Darren Bowling and Scott Robinson were arrested by detectives in March after they were identified by the National Crime Agency as users of encrypted phones used by criminals to try and avoid detection.

Appeal following serious collision between car and pedestrian in Blackpool

Appeal following serious collision between car and pedestrian in Blackpool

December 21, 2021

It occurred last night (Monday) at around 6.15pm at the junction of Springfield Road and Dickson Road, when a Mitsubishi Delica collided with a man aged in his 50s.

Witness appeal after man was subjected to homophobic attack in Blackpool

Witness appeal after man was subjected to homophobic attack in Blackpool

December 21, 2021

While walking along Palatine Road in the direction of Central Drive, two men approached the victim, asked if he had attended the Flying Handbag and if he was gay. The victim, aged in his 40s, was then hit to the side of the head causing him to lose consciousness.

Plea for residents to be alert after man loses thousands in scam

Plea for residents to be alert after man loses thousands in scam

December 21, 2021

Earlier this month the 90-year-old victim received a phone call from someone claiming to be a fraud investigator. This person told the victim that his bank card had been cloned and that he needed to make certain purchases so they could see the activity on his account.

Appeal following serious assault in Ribbleton

Appeal following serious assault in Ribbleton

December 22, 2021

We were called at around 5.25am yesterday (Tuesday, December 21st) to Bowland Road to reports a man had suffered head injuries and was unconscious. Emergency services attended and a man aged in his 40s was taken to hospital, where he remains with life-threatening injuries.

East Lancashire gang who supplied drugs on commercial scale jailed for 90 years

East Lancashire gang who supplied drugs on commercial scale jailed for 90 years

December 22, 2021

Police launched Operation Florence last year following concerns raised by residents in Darwen about drug use by children in the area and that youngsters were being exploited into supply illegal substances after getting into debt.

Man who set up fake social media profile before raping woman in Burnley is jailed for 16 years

Man who set up fake social media profile before raping woman in Burnley is jailed for 16 years

December 22, 2021

In 2015, Adam Kelly, contacted his victim out of the blue using an account with a fake profile image and sent her photographs of his private parts. When the victim worked out 35-year-old Kelly wasn’t who he was claiming to be and spurned his advances, Kelly began to wait outside her place of work. After attacking and making threats towards her, Kelly later followed the woman after she had finished work and raped her.

Man who assaulted pregnant girlfriend in Blackburn is jailed

Man who assaulted pregnant girlfriend in Blackburn is jailed

December 23, 2021

A man who assaulted his pregnant partner before dragging her into a car and driving off has been jailed. On the evening of November 27, the 19-year-old victim had been out for a meal with friends and at around 8.30pm had met defendant Joel Fricker. When the victim turned her back on him, Fricker assaulted her from behind without warning, knocking her to the ground.

 Jailed: Sex offender who abused girl in Ormskirk changed his name in attempt to evade justice

Jailed: Sex offender who abused girl in Ormskirk changed his name in attempt to evade justice

December 23, 2021

In April 2019 an investigation into the activities of Donald Maxwell Boyle was launched after a victim came forward to say she had been abused by the defendant in Ormskirk in the 1980s. At that time Boyle went by the name of Donald Maxwell Wells but changed his name by deed pole after being jailed for abusing a child in the late 1980s, later moving to Wales.

Man who sexually assaulted stranger while she was sleeping is jailed

Man who sexually assaulted stranger while she was sleeping is jailed

December 23, 2021

At 3am on October 21, this year, Mamun Ahmed climbed through a window of a property in St Georges Quay and stole a mobile phone from the living room. He then went into the bedroom, took off his shoes and climbed into bed with the victim. Ahmed then put his arms around the victim and began kissing her.

Appeal after pedestrian injured in Eccleston collision

Appeal after pedestrian injured in Eccleston collision

December 23, 2021

It happened at around 6:55pm on Monday, December 13th at the junction of Draper Avenue and The Green as a Peugeot 207 in red was turning into the Eccleston Green Filling Station.

Man sought after women assaulted in Poulton

Man sought after women assaulted in Poulton

December 24, 2021

Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him following after an altercation at a taxi rank in Poulton, where two women were assaulted back in October.

Detectives issue images of men they want to speak to after Blackburn assault

Detectives issue images of men they want to speak to after Blackburn assault

December 24, 2021

When the victim tried to run, he was caught by the group close to the Premier Inn hotel and assaulted.

Concern grows for missing Lisa Burke

Concern grows for missing Lisa Burke

December 24, 2021

Lisa, 52, was last seen in a field off Broadhead Road – on the Darwen side of Turton – on the afternoon of December 22.

Witness appeal after pedestrian dies in collision in Skelmersdale

Witness appeal after pedestrian dies in collision in Skelmersdale

December 27, 2021

The incident occurred at around 9.25pm last night on Southway when a Skoda Octavia entered the dual carriageway from Bone Island. It was then involved in a collision with a man, aged in his 30s who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Witness appeal following disorder in Nelson

Witness appeal following disorder in Nelson

December 30, 2021

Detectives have launched an investigation after a 39-year-old man was assaulted at around 11.30pm on December 27 at an address on Railway Street. We were called to the same street at around 3.45pm the following day (December 28) to a report of a disorder.

Appeal after serious assault

Appeal after serious assault

December 30, 2021

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.


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