News - January

Murder investigation underway in Blackpool

Murder investigation underway in Blackpool

January 03, 2022

We were called around 4.35pm on Saturday (January 1) to a report of a sudden death at an address in Eccleston Road.

Emergency services attended to find the body of a man, later identified as Malcolm Frary (pictured), 76.

Detectives appeal for help as murder investigation continues

Detectives appeal for help as murder investigation continues

January 04, 2022

Enquiries are very much ongoing and detectives are particularly keen to trace a camouflage style jacket (pictured) and a Redmi 9 mobile phone, possibly green in colour. The phone could be in a case and so may not appear as it does in the photograph.

Appeal after serious collision

Appeal after serious collision

January 05, 2022

The road was closed for several hours for accident investigation.

House collapse in Clayton le Woods - update

House collapse in Clayton le Woods - update

January 05, 2022

The matter will now be referred to HM Coroner and will proceed to an inquest.

Man charged with murder

Man charged with murder

January 05, 2022

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Ian Dunne, 43, of Withnell Road, Blackpool, has been charged with murder. He is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (January 6).

Pensioner robbed in Burnley

Pensioner robbed in Burnley

January 06, 2022

Between 7.50am and 8am yesterday (Wednesday, January 5), a woman in her 70s was walking on Manchester Road when she was approached by a woman from behind.

Woman seriously injured in Garstang hit and run

Woman seriously injured in Garstang hit and run

January 07, 2022

Police were called around 4.40pm yesterday (Thursday, January 6) to a report of a woman being injured on Croston Road, close to the junction with Hawthorn Avenue.

Witness appeal after serious collision in Rufford

Witness appeal after serious collision in Rufford

January 07, 2022

We were called around 12.45pm today (Friday, January 7) to a report of a two vehicle collision on Liverpool Road, Rufford.

A Citroen C1 and Vauxhall Crossland were involved in a collision at the junction with Croston Road.

UPDATED: Potential victim of Preston altercation is safe and well

UPDATED: Potential victim of Preston altercation is safe and well

January 10, 2022

Following a public appeal, detectives have today (January 10) spoken to the man who they believed may have been a crime victim and can confirm he is safe and well. Following a comprehensive investigation, we can also confirm that no crime has taken place.

Concern for missing teenagers

Concern for missing teenagers

January 11, 2022

They were last seen at about 10.30am on Monday

Football fan jailed after violent disorder

Football fan jailed after violent disorder

January 12, 2022

Thomas Young (pictured) was jailed at Burnley Crown Court on Friday (January 7).

Around 4.25pm on December 14, 2019, during the Burnley FC and Newcastle FC match at Turf Moor, fighting broke out between rival fans at the Turf Hotel in Yorkshire Street.

Man acquitted of murder - but guilty of manslaughter

Man acquitted of murder - but guilty of manslaughter

January 12, 2022

He will be sentenced for the manslaughter of Ishrat Ahmed and for the wounding of her husband Afaq after he admitted these charges.

Malik attacked Ishrat and Afaq Ahmed with an axe in the doorway of their home in Nelson in July last year.

Man admits to murdering Accrington pensioner Bill Howard

Man admits to murdering Accrington pensioner Bill Howard

January 13, 2022

John Swannack, 59, of St Leger Court, Accrington, appeared at Preston Crown court yesterday (January 12th) where he also pleaded guilty to two thefts and three frauds relating to other vulnerable people.

Appeal after report of suspicious activity

Appeal after report of suspicious activity

January 13, 2022

The incident happened at about 5.50pm close to the steps from Hill Street.

Mum and dad convicted after death of baby Ava Grace Nolan in Nelson

Mum and dad convicted after death of baby Ava Grace Nolan in Nelson

January 13, 2022

Daniel Nolan, 30, and Sophie Nash, 31, both of Dover Street, Nelson, were found guilty of causing/ allowing the death of by Ava Grace Nolan, two counts of causing or allowing serious injury to her and child cruelty, after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Witness appeal after Blackpool collision

Witness appeal after Blackpool collision

January 14, 2022

Around 8.55am yesterday (Thursday, January 13) police were called to a report of an accident at the junction of Dickson Road and Banks Street.

Pair sentenced in relation to the death of their baby daughter

Pair sentenced in relation to the death of their baby daughter

January 14, 2022

Daniel Nolan, 30, was handed 10 years and Sophie Nash, 31, both of Dover Street, Nelson, was given eight years imprisonment after previously being found guilty of causing/ allowing the death of Ava Grace Nolan, two counts of causing or allowing serious injury to her and child cruelty.

Update: Officers searching for missing Blackpool man find a body

Update: Officers searching for missing Blackpool man find a body

January 16, 2022

We launched an urgent missing person appeal to locate 35-year-old Craig Daffern, who was last seen in the Paddock Close area of the resort at 2.30pm on Friday. This evening (January 16) officers have found the body of a man in the Catforth area of Preston. Although formal identification has not yet taken place, we believe it to be that of Mr Daffern.

Burnley drugs trafficker who tried to shield himself from prosecution jailed for 11 years

Burnley drugs trafficker who tried to shield himself from prosecution jailed for 11 years

January 17, 2022

Imtiaz Shah, 42, was identified by Lancashire Police officers as a user of an encrypted phone used by criminals to try and avoid detection.

Appeal following assault in Morecambe

Appeal following assault in Morecambe

January 17, 2022

The incident occurred at around 8.05pm on December 18th on Queen Street, after the victim – a man aged in his 20s – had been approached by another group of men in a bar.

The victim left the bar and the group followed him in the direction of Euston Road before assaulting him, including punching and kicking him. He was also bitten on his face.

Man admits manslaughter

Man admits manslaughter

January 18, 2022

Williams, 32, was due to be retried this week following a hung jury at his first trial in April 2021 for Mr Newton’s murder. However, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter

Tribute paid to man who died in St Michael's collision

Tribute paid to man who died in St Michael's collision

January 18, 2022

At around 1.30pm on Saturday (January 15th) we were called to reports of a single-vehicle collision on Garstang Road involving a Husqvarna 701 Supermoto motorbike.

The rider of the motorbike – who has since been named as Iain Hamilton, 49, from Preston – was taken to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

His family have since said: “Iain was a loving, devoted and compassionate family man."

Rural Stakeholder event: Focus on targeting rural crime

Rural Stakeholder event: Focus on targeting rural crime

January 18, 2022

Today we held a conference with our key stakeholders and partners putting the focus on tackling rural crime in 2022. More than 70 per cent of Lancashire is classed as rural which is why rural crime including wildlife, agriculture and heritage crimes are so important to us. The event marked the official launch of our new rural task force teams which were introduced last March across Lancashire to allow us to proactively target the issues that matter most to rural communities.

Appeal after collision

Appeal after collision

January 19, 2022

The incident happened at the junction of Ribbleton Lane and Deepdale Mill Street in Preston.

UPDATE: Three arrested after bridge collapse

UPDATE: Three arrested after bridge collapse

January 20, 2022

Brian Harwood (pictured), 73, of Penrith, Cumbria died after a Polaris Ranger vehicle pulling a trailer fell into a river when a wooden bridge, supported by scaffolding, collapsed, in Roeburndale.

Man who abused young girl over 10-year period jailed for 21 years   

Man who abused young girl over 10-year period jailed for 21 years  

January 20, 2022

A pervert who sexually abused a young girl over the course of a decade has been jailed for 21 years. Graham Gill, now 68 years old, carried out the horrific abuse on his young victim during the 70s and 80s in the Leyland area.

Witness appeal after armed robbery

Witness appeal after armed robbery

January 23, 2022

Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery today (Sunday, January 23).

Come and meet our new rural crime task forces

Come and meet our new rural crime task forces

January 24, 2022

We will be hosting a series of events over the next month to officially introduce the Rural Task Force for your area – and we’d love for you to come along to learn more.

CCTV appeal to identify football fans

CCTV appeal to identify football fans

January 25, 2022

Do you recognise these football fans? We want to identify them following disorder between Burnley and Arsenal supporters.

On Saturday, September 18, fans clashed in the Cricket Field Stand at Turf Moor, Burnley, during a Premier League match.

UPDATE: We continue to Take the Fight to Criminals as Op Vanquish continues

UPDATE: We continue to Take the Fight to Criminals as Op Vanquish continues

January 25, 2022

This week is aimed at arresting offenders wanted for serious acquisitive crime, namely burglary, vehicle crime and robbery.

Officers investigating incident where man died after being pulled from river seek witness

Officers investigating incident where man died after being pulled from river seek witness

January 25, 2022

Detectives want to hear from a man in a black hat who said he had witnessed the deceased enter the water.

StreetSafe: Local people encouraged to report 'unsafe' areas

StreetSafe: Local people encouraged to report 'unsafe' areas

January 27, 2022

Residents of Lancashire are being asked to anonymously flag areas where they don't feel safe via a new national online tool called StreetSafe.

Two charged with murder of Aya Hachem

Two charged with murder of Aya Hachem

January 27, 2022

Both men are due to appear before Preston Crown Court tomorrow (Friday, January 28th)


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