News - October

Woman jailed for 15 years for role in killing of Blackburn student Aya Hachem

Woman jailed for 15 years for role in killing of Blackburn student Aya Hachem

October 01, 2021

Judy Chapman (pictured above right), 27, is the last person to be sentenced for their role. Seven people were jailed in August to a total of more than 200 years for their involvement in the killing of Aya and the attempted murder of the intended target, Pacha Khan.

Trio sentenced for drugs offences

Trio sentenced for drugs offences

October 01, 2021

Three members of a Preston-based organised crime group have been jailed for more than 22 years for the supply of cocaine and heroin from Liverpool to Preston, Carlisle and Scotland.

Appeal to identify driver in sex assault investigation

Appeal to identify driver in sex assault investigation

October 04, 2021

Detectives are appealing for information to identify the driver of this car in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

Around 10.30pm on Saturday, September 11, a 19-year-old woman asked for a lift from a man whose car was parked on the pavement on Ormskirk Road, next to Wigan Fire Station.

Burnley sex offender sent back to prison after making and downloading child pornography

Burnley sex offender sent back to prison after making and downloading child pornography

October 04, 2021

Del Alan Sumners, 46, now of no fixed address, was convicted of possessing and making indecent images of children. He was sentenced to 20 months custody.

UPDATE: Girl arrested following series of robberies in Blackpool

UPDATE: Girl arrested following series of robberies in Blackpool

October 05, 2021

A 13-year-old girl from Thornton-Cleveleys was arrested on suspicion of robbery yesterday (October 4). She has since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Man jailed for life for the murders of mother and daughter in Reedley

Man jailed for life for the murders of mother and daughter in Reedley

October 05, 2021

Shahbaz Khan, 52, of Ribble Avenue, Burnley has been handed a life sentence for murdering Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and her 14-year-old daughter Vian Mangrio, at their home on Colne Road in September 2020.

His wife, Rabia Shahbaz, 45, of the same address, was sentenced to 30 months for giving false alibis for her husband for the day of the murders.

Man jailed following at Accrington convenience store

Man jailed following at Accrington convenience store

October 05, 2021

Following extensive and painstaking enquiries, detectives arrested Damen Kershaw after CCTV footage mapped out his movements that day and showed his attempts to try and cover his tracks.

Operation Hunter: Do you know the latest most wanted faces for Lancashire?

Operation Hunter: Do you know the latest most wanted faces for Lancashire?

October 06, 2021

Do you recognise any of these faces who make up this week’s most wanted? They are all wanted as part of Operation Hunter which targets those wanted individuals who try to evade capture. Launched in July, this operation sees taskforce officers from across the Force as well as specialist units including Tactical Operations and the ANPR intercept teams target individuals wanted for a range of offences including domestic abuse, sexual offences and general criminality.

Update: Missing girl found safe and well

Update: Missing girl found safe and well

October 07, 2021

Thank you to everybody who shared and supported our appeal.

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.

CCTV appeal after Blackpool assault

CCTV appeal after Blackpool assault

October 08, 2021

Do you recognise this man? We want to identify him following a serious assault in Blackpool.

Around 12.30am on Tuesday (October 5) a man in his 20s was at Walkabout in Queen Street when he was punched in the face.

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

Witness appeal following fatal collision in Cockerham

Witness appeal following fatal collision in Cockerham

October 09, 2021

Officers were called to A588 Lancaster Road following reports of a serious collision involving a Yamaha YZF R6 and a Toyota Hi-Lux. The rider of the motorcycle, a man in his 20s from Blackpool, suffered multiple serious injuries. He was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

UPDATE: Missing Louis found safe and well

UPDATE: Missing Louis found safe and well

October 10, 2021

Thank you to everybody who shared and supported our appeal.

Tributes paid to "greatly missed" motorcyclist killed in collision in Cockerham

Tributes paid to "greatly missed" motorcyclist killed in collision in Cockerham

October 11, 2021

We were called to the A588 Lancaster Road at 6.23pm following reports of a serious collision between a Yamaha YZF R6 and a Toyota Hilux pickup truck.

The rider of the motorcyclist – who has since been named as Kyle Barlow, aged 24 and from Blackpool – suffered serious injuries. He was taken to hospital but sadly died on Saturday.

Have you seen wanted William Welsh, 23, from Blackpool?

Have you seen wanted William Welsh, 23, from Blackpool?

October 11, 2021

We need to speak to him in connection with an investigation into the supply of class A drugs in Blackpool. Wyre and Fylde.

Three arrested in scam investigation

Three arrested in scam investigation

October 11, 2021

Detectives investigating scams across Lancashire involving vulnerable victims being conned out of thousands of pounds by people falsely claiming to be police officers have made three arrests.

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.

Man jailed for six years after raping woman in Blackburn

Man jailed for six years after raping woman in Blackburn

October 14, 2021

Michael Taberner, 34, continued to sexually assault the woman even after she pleaded for him to stop and repeatedly said ‘no’.

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

Detectives investigating cash in transit robbery in Haslingden make arrest

Detectives investigating cash in transit robbery in Haslingden make arrest

October 14, 2021

Following, a number of enquiries, officers last night (October 13) arrested a 44-year-old man from Leeds on suspicion of robbery.

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.

Witness and footage appeal after teenager attacked with machete in Accrington

Witness and footage appeal after teenager attacked with machete in Accrington

October 15, 2021

We were called to Fountain Street following reports of a stabbing. Officers attended and found the teenager, who is from Accrington, with leg and wrists injuries.

Two jailed for combined 27 years following vicious attack on man at pub in Accrington

Two jailed for combined 27 years following vicious attack on man at pub in Accrington

October 15, 2021

he incident occurred during the afternoon of October 4th last year at the Royal Oak on Sparth Road, when three men entered the beer garden and began fighting with several others present.

Op Barchetta - 12 people charged by police

Op Barchetta - 12 people charged by police

October 15, 2021

Twelve people have been charged by police in connection with drugs offences.

Operation Barchetta was a major investigation by Lancashire Police into the use of encrypted communications platform EncroChat to supply Class A and B drugs in 2020.

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.

Witness appeal after Blackburn collision

Witness appeal after Blackburn collision

October 18, 2021

We are appealing for information following a fail-to-stop collision in Blackburn which injured a teenage pedestrian.

Pair jailed following death of man in Blackburn

Pair jailed following death of man in Blackburn

October 18, 2021

TWO people have today (Monday, October 18th) been sentenced following the death of Nigel Scott in Blackburn.

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.

Four arrested following gas explosion in Heysham in May

Four arrested following gas explosion in Heysham in May

October 19, 2021

Today two people, a 44-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. They have since been released on police bail pending further enquires.

A second man, 54 was also arrested on suspicion of theft, criminal damage and abstracting electricity. A third man, 47, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They have both been released under investigation.

Two jailed after fatal motorbike collision

Two jailed after fatal motorbike collision

October 20, 2021

Two men have been jailed for dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice offences after a motorcyclist died following a collision in Cockerham.

Martin Sweeney, 46 and Jamie Wilding, 40, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Monday (October 18) after the death of John Rhodes, 42, from Fleetwood.

Man jailed after driving off from Bacup collision

Man jailed after driving off from Bacup collision

October 20, 2021

Anthony McKenna (pictured), 34, of Newchurch Road, Bacup was yesterday sentenced to 24 months imprisonment for his involvement in the collision which happened on Thursday, June 24th.

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.

County Lines Intensification Week Results

County Lines Intensification Week Results

October 21, 2021

45 arrests were made and over £77,000 was seized from suspected criminal gangs as part of a dedicated week that saw co-ordinated action against county line offenders and safeguarding victims.

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

Detectives release image of man they want to speak to following burglary and sexual assault in Lancaster

Detectives release image of man they want to speak to following burglary and sexual assault in Lancaster

October 22, 2021

After being disturbed the suspect ran towards the flood defences onto the Quay Side and then onto Carlisle Bridge.

Appeal following report of sexual assault in Poulton

Appeal following report of sexual assault in Poulton

October 23, 2021

We were called at around 10.40pm to reports the woman – aged in her 20s – had been followed into the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park on Vicarage Road by a group of four or five men, before one of the men then carried out the attack.

Further CCTV released following burglary and sexual assault in Lancaster

Further CCTV released following burglary and sexual assault in Lancaster

October 23, 2021

Yesterday we released a CCTV image of a man we wanted to trace as part of our enquiries into a burglary and sexual assault in Lancaster.

We have now released moving CCTV and further images as we continue to ask for your help identifying him.

CCTV appeal following serious assault at Accrington pub

CCTV appeal following serious assault at Accrington pub

October 24, 2021

We would like to speak to the man in these CCTV images following an assault which occurred at the Nags Head pub on Blackburn Road, Accrington, at around 12.20am today (Sunday).

Statement following Blackpool v PNE game

Statement following Blackpool v PNE game

October 24, 2021

We have received several comments and questions about our policing response to the Blackpool v Preston North End football match yesterday (Saturday) so we wanted to respond.

WANTED: Man wanted after Lancaster sexual assault and burglary

WANTED: Man wanted after Lancaster sexual assault and burglary

October 25, 2021

We are appealing for information to find wanted man Mamun Ahmed after a sexual assault and burglary in Lancaster.

The incident occurred around 3.10am on Thursday (October 21) in the St George’s Quay area.

Investigation underway after report woman injected in Preston

Investigation underway after report woman injected in Preston

October 25, 2021

Detectives are investigating reports that a woman was injected with an unknown substance in Preston over the weekend.

Officers are also looking into a separate incident where it was reported two women had their drinks spiked in the city on Saturday night (October 23).


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