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

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.

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.

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.

Man charged with murder

Man charged with murder

February 14, 2020

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

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).

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.

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

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.

Dash cam appeal after a 10 man fight in Brierfield

Dash cam appeal after a 10 man fight in Brierfield

April 02, 2020

We are appealing for information and dash cam footage after two men were injured following a 10 man fight in Burnley Road, Brierfield.

UPDATE: Appeal after food contaminated

UPDATE: Appeal after food contaminated

April 08, 2020

Following our earlier appeal for information about food contamination in a Morecambe supermarket we have arrested two people.

Police reminder to ‘Stay Home and Save Lives’ as Easter approaches

Police reminder to ‘Stay Home and Save Lives’ as Easter approaches

April 09, 2020

We are reminding people ahead of the Easter weekend of the importance of staying at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

Tribute after Kirkham death

Tribute after Kirkham death

April 14, 2020

Lee Walker, 47, was found at an address on Chestnut Close in the town

Appeal for information following Fleetwood crime spree

Appeal for information following Fleetwood crime spree

April 17, 2020

We are appealing for information following a series of public order and criminal damage incidents in Fleetwood.

Roof of children’s hospice shop damaged in break-in

Roof of children’s hospice shop damaged in break-in

April 17, 2020

We are appealing for information after a Derian House charity shop was broken into in Chorley.

Seeing stalking clearly - National Stalking Awareness Week

Seeing stalking clearly - National Stalking Awareness Week

April 23, 2020

Lancashire Police is marking National Stalking Awareness Week (Monday 20th April until Friday 24th April 2020) by encouraging people who are being stalked to continue to report incidents of stalking to them.

Eight charged as part of trafficking investigation

Eight charged as part of trafficking investigation

April 24, 2020

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to investigating human trafficking and modern slavery

Death of woman no longer unexplained

Death of woman no longer unexplained

April 24, 2020

Three people arrested on suspicion of murder have been released without charge.

Detectives investigating rape at Blackpool

Detectives investigating rape at Blackpool

April 25, 2020

It happened at about 10.30pm on Thursday, April 23rd

Blackpool rape investigation - update

Blackpool rape investigation - update

April 25, 2020

Two women we wanted to trace have come forward. We would like to thank them and everyone who has helped so far with our enquiry and we continue to appeal to anyone else who may have information which could assist.

Man charged with Blackpool rape

Man charged with Blackpool rape

April 25, 2020

David Dara, 28, of no fixed address, is charged with rape and will appear before magistrates in the town on Monday

Appeal to find missing man

Appeal to find missing man

April 26, 2020

Daniel Gillespie is described as white, slim, 5ft 7ins, light brown short hair.

High value electronic equipment stolen from Currys PC World

High value electronic equipment stolen from Currys PC World

April 29, 2020

We are appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of electronic equipment was stolen from Currys PC World in Ribbleton.

Missing teenager found

Missing teenager found

April 30, 2020

The 15-year-old girl missing from Darwen but believed to be in Preston has been found.

Wanted Preston man found

Wanted Preston man found

May 01, 2020

Ian Fairley, 31, from Preston who was wanted in connection with a knifepoint robbery has been found and arrested.

Home Secretary Praises Our Latest Police Recruits

Home Secretary Praises Our Latest Police Recruits

May 01, 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel paid a virtual visit to the Constabulary this week to meet some of our newest police recruits as we exceed our recruitment target.

A man has been jailed for coughing at a police officer while claiming they had Coronavirus

A man has been jailed for coughing at a police officer while claiming they had Coronavirus

May 05, 2020

Christopher Plumb, 54, of no fixed address, was arrested on Saturday (May 2nd)

Man charged in connection with burglary at Blackburn pharmacy

Man charged in connection with burglary at Blackburn pharmacy

May 06, 2020

A man is due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates' Court this morning charged with burglary.

Missing Accrington teenager found safe

Missing Accrington teenager found safe

May 06, 2020

The 14-year-old who went missing from Accrington last night has been found safe and well.

Man sentenced for manslaughter

Man sentenced for manslaughter

May 07, 2020

Conor Clarkson, 26, of West Park Drive, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court

UPDATE: Appeal after collision

UPDATE: Appeal after collision

May 08, 2020

A man has sadly died today (Friday, May 8) following a collision in Preston.

Investigation after drugs and drone find

Investigation after drugs and drone find

May 11, 2020

Officers were on patrol near the perimeter of HMP Wymott

Warning after bogus official targets pensioner

Warning after bogus official targets pensioner

May 12, 2020

The woman, aged in her 90s. was approached in the Ashton area of the city

Dash cam appeal after collision between bicycle and van in Chorley

Dash cam appeal after collision between bicycle and van in Chorley

May 13, 2020

A man suffered serious injuries after the collision on New Lane, Anderton

Found: Woman missing from Royal Preston Hospital.

Found: Woman missing from Royal Preston Hospital.

May 14, 2020

The 45-year-old who went missing this morning from Royal Preston Hospital is now back at the hospital.

Advice on doorstep crime following two arrests

Advice on doorstep crime following two arrests

May 14, 2020

We are offering advice on how people can protect themselves after two men were arrested in connection with a burglary at an elderly woman’s home in Blackburn.

Appeal after puppies stolen

Appeal after puppies stolen

May 14, 2020

The theft was discovered at 7am this morning

Teenagers arrested following Darwen moorland fire

Teenagers arrested following Darwen moorland fire

May 14, 2020

Officers investigating a fire near Darwen Tower have arrested three teenagers and interviewed a fourth boy in connection with the incident.

Men arrested in investigation into shooting of Blackburn woman

Men arrested in investigation into shooting of Blackburn woman

May 18, 2020

Detectives investigating the death of Aya Hachem, 19, from Blackburn have made three arrests on suspicion of murder.

Appeal for information following death of woman in Blackburn

Appeal for information following death of woman in Blackburn

May 19, 2020

Any information or footage can be sent in to us via the major incident portal here.

Murder investigation continues

Murder investigation continues

May 19, 2020

Aya Hachem, 19, was shot in broad daylight on Sunday (May 17th) as she was out shopping

Further arrests in Aya Hachem murder investigation

Further arrests in Aya Hachem murder investigation

May 20, 2020

Police launched a major investigation after Aya, 19, was shot in broad daylight on Sunday (May 17th) as she was out shopping

Man charged after shooting at caravan site

Man charged after shooting at caravan site

May 20, 2020

Police were called to Longsight Road, Clayton le Dale, just after 9pm on May 14th, to reports a man had been shot with an air rifle.

Man from Oswaldtwistle charged with arson

Man from Oswaldtwistle charged with arson

May 21, 2020

An investigation was launched after a fire at a terraced house on Queens Street

Police given more time to question men in Blackburn murder enquiry

Police given more time to question men in Blackburn murder enquiry

May 21, 2020

Police launched a major investigation after Aya, 19, was shot in broad daylight on Sunday

Witness and dash cam appeal after 14-year-old boy attacked

Witness and dash cam appeal after 14-year-old boy attacked

May 21, 2020

We are investigating after a report that a group of 10 youths attacked the boy while he was out on his bike in Garstang.

Have you seen this man wanted in connection with a Darwen haulage theft?

Have you seen this man wanted in connection with a Darwen haulage theft?

May 22, 2020

We are appealing for dash cam footage following the theft of £20,000 worth of horticultural goods.

Three more charged in Blackburn murder investigation

Three more charged in Blackburn murder investigation

May 22, 2020

All those charged are due to appear before magistrates in Preston tomorrow

Murder inquiry underway in Nelson

Murder inquiry underway in Nelson

May 23, 2020

Anyone with information can contact police on 101

Latest arrest update and dash cam appeal in Aya murder investigation

Latest arrest update and dash cam appeal in Aya murder investigation

May 23, 2020

Detectives investigating the murder of Aya Hachem, 19, in Blackburn have been given extra time to question a man arrested on Thursday. He was the twelfth person to be arrested out of a total of 14.

Indecent assault at Blackpool

Indecent assault at Blackpool

May 26, 2020

The incident happened at about 10.25pm yesterday (Monday, May 25th)

Appeal to identify man

Appeal to identify man

May 28, 2020

Police were called by the Ambulance Service around 8.40pm on May 22

Man arrested after sexual assault

Man arrested after sexual assault

May 28, 2020

Police launched an investigation after the incident which happened at about 10.25pm on Monday

Investigation continues into sexual assault - man arrested

Investigation continues into sexual assault - man arrested

May 28, 2020

Officers today stressed that their enquiries were on-going

Man dies in motorcycle crash - appeal for witnesses

Man dies in motorcycle crash - appeal for witnesses

May 31, 2020

The incident happened at 4pm yesterday

Man dies after boat sinks off Fleetwood

Man dies after boat sinks off Fleetwood

May 31, 2020

Emergency services were called at shortly before 8am

Vehicle seized after owner posts 160mph speeding video on Facebook

Vehicle seized after owner posts 160mph speeding video on Facebook

June 03, 2020

The Mercedes A35 AMG was intercepted by officers investigating the incident when it activated the automated number plate recognition technology.

UPDATE: Man charged with murder following death of Mandy Houghton in Nelson

UPDATE: Man charged with murder following death of Mandy Houghton in Nelson

June 04, 2020

Alan Fare, 72, of Victory Close, Nelson, was charged following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service and is due to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Family pay tribute to cyclist who died after Altcar collision

Family pay tribute to cyclist who died after Altcar collision

June 04, 2020

Greame Rooney, a police officer in Merseyside, sadly died after being involved in a collision with a van on Tuesday.

Have you seen wanted man Richard Shacklady?

Have you seen wanted man Richard Shacklady?

June 05, 2020

We are sending out a fresh appeal to locate Shacklady in relation to a shooting in February where a shotgun was fired outside an address in Skelmersdale.

Appeal after park assault

Appeal after park assault

June 11, 2020

We were called at around 6.30pm on Monday

Man wanted in connection with an assault while out of prison on licence.

Man wanted in connection with an assault while out of prison on licence.

June 12, 2020

Can you help us locate 37-year-old Adam Yusif Bhamji from Bamber Bridge who is wanted on recall to prison after it is suspected he has breached the terms of his release.

Wanted man

Wanted man

June 12, 2020

We want to speak to Reece Cartledge in connection with a number of domestic violence offences,

Arson at Blackpool

Arson at Blackpool

June 12, 2020

We are trying to trace these men after an arson

Urgent appeal to find man

Urgent appeal to find man

June 12, 2020

The man was disturbed by police at the scene of a burglary

Appeal after women racially abused

Appeal after women racially abused

June 15, 2020

The women, aged 53 and 18 from Blackburn, were going for a walk near to Brockholes nature reserve

Woman jailed after causing death of pedestrian

Woman jailed after causing death of pedestrian

June 16, 2020

Emily Rogers, 20, was over the drink drive limit

Have you seen this wanted man hiding out by the canal?

Have you seen this wanted man hiding out by the canal?

June 17, 2020

Mohammed Rehan Awan, who goes by the name Ronnie, is believed to be using the canal paths, to get around East Lancashire, in order to avoid detection.

Two charged in connection with sexual assault investigation

Two charged in connection with sexual assault investigation

June 18, 2020

Police launched an investigation in 2019

A 22-year-old missing from Clayton-le-Moors has been found

A 22-year-old missing from Clayton-le-Moors has been found

June 18, 2020

The man, who was reported missing from Clayton-le-Moors yesterday, has been found safe and well and returned to his home address.

Have you seen this wanted man who failed to appear at court?

Have you seen this wanted man who failed to appear at court?

June 19, 2020

Mohammed Saleem Khan, 47, is wanted after failing to appear at Preston Crown Court where he was given 66 months for conspiring/ handling stolen goods (receiving).

UPDATE: Banner flown over Etihad stadium - a statement

UPDATE: Banner flown over Etihad stadium - a statement

June 23, 2020

Following last night's incident where a banner was flown over The Etihad Stadium in Manchester at the Manchester City vs Burnley FC match we have issued an updated statement.

Anti social behaviour at Lytham

Anti social behaviour at Lytham

June 25, 2020

We will continue to engage with people and will take a proportionate policing approach

£20,000 cash seized in Blackburn drugs raids

£20,000 cash seized in Blackburn drugs raids

June 25, 2020

Police attended and executed warrants at two properties after intelligence suggested a number of individuals may be dealing drugs from within the premises.

Economic Crime Unit seize two high value cars

Economic Crime Unit seize two high value cars

June 26, 2020

A Range Rover Sport SVR V8 was amongst items seized from an address in Lytham, after officers executed a search warrant in connection with fraud and money laundering.

Murder enquiry underway after man dies

Murder enquiry underway after man dies

August 03, 2020

Mr Pearson was subjected to an assault on Lytham Road in Blackpool, close to the junction with Bournemouth Road at around 6:45pm on Saturday, July 18th.

Concern for missing man

Concern for missing man

August 04, 2020

Concern is growing for the 23-year-old

Gang jailed for nearly 80 years between them for drug dealing in Blackpool.

Gang jailed for nearly 80 years between them for drug dealing in Blackpool.

August 05, 2020

Sixteen members of an organised crime group have been jailed for nearly 80 years between them for supplying drugs in Blackpool and exploiting children.

Man wanted for absconding

Man wanted for absconding

August 06, 2020

Buckney, 33, is wanted after absconding from HMP Kirkham

Appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision

Appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision

August 07, 2020

The motorcyclist, a man in his 50s, suffered serious injuries and sadly died a short time later.

Appeal after cyclist injured

Appeal after cyclist injured

August 07, 2020

The man, from Blackburn, suffered some serious injuries

Tribute paid to motorcyclist following fatal collision

Tribute paid to motorcyclist following fatal collision

August 09, 2020

The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and sadly died a short time later.

Man seriously injured following collision

Man seriously injured following collision

August 09, 2020

The incident happened at about 7.40pm yesterday

Woman arrested in murder probe

Woman arrested in murder probe

August 10, 2020

Police launched a murder inquiry after the death of Matthew Pearson following an assault last month.

Cannabis factory uncovered in Preston

Cannabis factory uncovered in Preston

August 11, 2020

Three men have been arrested

Appeal after firearms discharge

Appeal after firearms discharge

August 12, 2020

Luckily noone was injured. An investigation is now underway

Update: Pensioner found safe and well

Update: Pensioner found safe and well

August 13, 2020

We are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of missing 68 year old Terrence Riding from Burnley, last seen at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Appeal after arson

Appeal after arson

August 18, 2020

And police say it is only a matter of chance there were no fatalities

Man charged in connection with Poulton incidents

Man charged in connection with Poulton incidents

August 19, 2020

A man has been charged by police investigating two aggravated burglaries in Poulton.

SPAR stores in Lancashire pledge their support to #noexcuseforabuse campaign

SPAR stores in Lancashire pledge their support to #noexcuseforabuse campaign

August 28, 2020

James Hall & Co Ltd, SPAR wholesaler for the north of England, has joined forces with the Lancashire Resilience Forum to back the countywide #noexcuseforabuse domestic abuse awareness campaign.

Woman suffers serious injuries in collision

Woman suffers serious injuries in collision

September 01, 2020

The incident happened on Garstang Road near Little Eccleston.

Man extradited from US to serve jail term

Man extradited from US to serve jail term

September 04, 2020

The US Marshal Service facilitated the extradition and he appeared at Preston Crown Court

Motorcyclist dies in collision

Motorcyclist dies in collision

September 07, 2020

Sadly, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene

Appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision

Appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision

September 08, 2020

The crash happened at 9pm on Sunday (September 6th)

Did you witness an assault outside Mimi's Takeway?

Did you witness an assault outside Mimi's Takeway?

September 10, 2020

We are appealing for information following a serious assault which took place on Burnley Road, Rawtenstall in the early hours of August Bank Holiday Monday.

Two men jailed for more than 10 years after Blackburn revenge arson attack

Two men jailed for more than 10 years after Blackburn revenge arson attack

September 11, 2020

Lewis Clough, 33 and Thomas Bank, 25, were sentenced yesterday at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to arson with intent to endanger life after setting fire to the flats on Rothesay Road, last November.

Appeal after Chorley assault

Appeal after Chorley assault

September 15, 2020

We attended and found two men with injuries

Three teenagers arrested after fire at derelict building

Three teenagers arrested after fire at derelict building

September 18, 2020

A boy and girl, both aged 13, and a 14-year-old boy, were arrested after the fire at the former Co-op bank, on Westgate, Skelmersdale on Tuesday night.

Concern for missing man

Concern for missing man

September 18, 2020

We are growing increasingly concerned about Mark

Arrest made after teenager led into woods

Arrest made after teenager led into woods

September 20, 2020

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and witnesses.

CCTV appeal after Preston wounding

CCTV appeal after Preston wounding

September 23, 2020

It happened on Wednesday, September 9th at just after 4pm when the victim, 23, was approached by a man who had been travelling on a motorcycle with a second man, outside the Co-op shop on Plungington Road.

CBO for Preston woman targeting vulnerable and elderly man

CBO for Preston woman targeting vulnerable and elderly man

September 23, 2020

A three-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) has been given to a Preston woman who persistently targeted an 81 year old male with dementia at his home address.

Man convicted of murdering friend in Skelmersdale

Man convicted of murdering friend in Skelmersdale

September 24, 2020

A man has been convicted of murdering his friend by stabbing him as the pair celebrated a birthday in Skelmersdale. Kristaps Muzikants will be sentenced at a later date.

Man jailed after stalking a police officer

Man jailed after stalking a police officer

September 24, 2020

Jack Jones, from Fleetwood, has been jailed for 16 weeks and given a restraining order, after he made threats to a female PC while she was on duty and loitered around the police station, waiting for her to finish her shift.

Search launched to find the Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year

Search launched to find the Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year

September 28, 2020

Do you know a young person who has done something exceptional this year? Would you like to see someone awarded for their bravery, kindness or for making a difference in their community?

Two county lines drug dealers jailed after Chorley arrests

Two county lines drug dealers jailed after Chorley arrests

September 29, 2020

Two county line drug dealers caught in possession of heroin and crack cocaine in Chorley following pro-active targeting work by police have been jailed. James Richard Heyes, 61, was jailed for five years and seven months, while John Vincent Lloyd, 34, was jailed for three years and nine months.

Man jailed for life for murder

Man jailed for life for murder

October 01, 2020

Mikitovs will serve a minimum term of sixteen and a half years before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Appeal after mother and daughter found dead in Reedley

Appeal after mother and daughter found dead in Reedley

October 02, 2020

They are believed to be mother and daughter Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Mangrio, 14 (both pictured) who lived together at the house.

Man charged after Burnley stabbing

Man charged after Burnley stabbing

October 06, 2020

A man has been charged by detectives investigating a stabbing in Burnley.

Police were called around 6pm on Sunday (October 4) to reports of a disturbance outside the Green Street Sports and Social Club in Burnley.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses in Bacup hit-and-run probe

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses in Bacup hit-and-run probe

October 06, 2020

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information after two people were seriously injured when a vehicle was deliberately driven at them in Bacup. Two people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder last month have since been released under investigation.

Man jailed after breaching order

Man jailed after breaching order

October 08, 2020

A Blackpool man who committed numerous breaches of a sexual harm prevention order has been jailed.

Kyle Sweet, 20, of Knowsley Avenue, was sentenced to eight years in prison at Preston Crown Court on October 1.

Appeal for information after Blackburn incident

Appeal for information after Blackburn incident

October 08, 2020

We were called around 9pm on Tuesday (October 6) to a report a woman had been picked up by a man and put in a silver, Ford Fiesta-type car, on Hillside Avenue.

Warning of a rise in romance fraud as awareness campaign is launched

Warning of a rise in romance fraud as awareness campaign is launched

October 08, 2020

Internet daters are being urged to be vigilant after more than half a million pounds was reported stolen in the last year from Lancashire residents looking for love online.

UPDATE: Man charged in Reedley murder investigation

UPDATE: Man charged in Reedley murder investigation

October 09, 2020

Shabaz Khan, 51, of Ribble Avenue, Burnley, has been charged with two offences of murder and a further offence of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered after the deaths of Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and a girl, believed to be her 14-year-old daughter, Vian Mangrio.

A 44-year-old woman arrested in connection with the investigation has been released under investigation.

Tributes paid to mother and daughter

Tributes paid to mother and daughter

October 09, 2020

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and a girl, believed to be her daughter, Vian Mangrio, aged 14, were sadly found dead at their home on Colne Road on the morning of Thursday, October 1.

Former officers given honours

Former officers given honours

October 10, 2020

Two former Lancashire Police officers have today (Saturday, October 10) received awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Mark Whelan (left) was given an MBE with Paul Withers (right) receiving a Queen's Police Medal.

Appeal after pedestrian injured in collision

Appeal after pedestrian injured in collision

October 10, 2020

Police were called around 10pm yesterday (Friday, October 9) to reports of a collision on Preston New Road outside the BP Petrol Station close to the junction of Montague Street in Blackburn.

UPDATE: Appeal to identify man found unconscious in Preston

UPDATE: Appeal to identify man found unconscious in Preston

October 11, 2020

Further to our earlier appeals, the man found unconscious at the rear of Lookers Garage in Preston yesterday has now been identified.

Missing Barbara, 76, found

Missing Barbara, 76, found

October 12, 2020

Missing Barbara, 76, from Blackpool has returned to her home address and is safe and well.

CCTV: Do you recognise this man?

CCTV: Do you recognise this man?

October 12, 2020

We would like to identify him following a burglary and several attempted burglaries on Grove Farm Drive, Adlington, Chorley, at around 2.30am on September 25th.

Man charged in connection with robberies and thefts

Man charged in connection with robberies and thefts

October 12, 2020

A man has been charged by police investigating a number of robbery and theft offences in the Fylde coast area.

Further images released of items stolen in £70,000 Ormskirk jewellers raid

Further images released of items stolen in £70,000 Ormskirk jewellers raid

October 13, 2020

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information after a smash and grab robbery at a jewellers in Ormskirk. Officers are urging business owners to remain vigilant and get in contact with them if they are offered any of the items taken during the robbery on September 25th.

Witness appeal after Morecambe aggravated burglary

Witness appeal after Morecambe aggravated burglary

October 13, 2020

Police were called around 9.15am yesterday (Monday, October 12) to a report four men wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons had entered an address in Stuart Avenue and threatened a woman. She made off from the scene with the men leaving in a vehicle.

Thousands of pounds stolen in Blackpool car robbery

Thousands of pounds stolen in Blackpool car robbery

October 13, 2020

It happened at around 3:20pm last Wednesday (October 7th) when a man, who on his way to deliver takings from a business, was approached by two men on a silver and black scooter (pictured) whilst he was about to remove cash from his parked car on Knowlsley Avenue.

Man arrested after incidents in Blackpool

Man arrested after incidents in Blackpool

October 14, 2020

We would like to thank everyone for their support

Firearm discharged in Preston

Firearm discharged in Preston

October 15, 2020

It happened just after 8:35pm on Monday (October 12th) when a white saloon type car was driven along Ashton Bank Way and shots were fired from the vehicle, hitting a parked black Fiat 500 vehicle.

Appeal for information after property attacked in Church

Appeal for information after property attacked in Church

October 15, 2020

Police were called around 2.05pm on Tuesday (October 13) to reports of public order offences in Tanpits Road, Church.

It was reported between 15 and 20 men carrying bats, machetes and other weapons had vandalised a Peugeot car and a BMW car, before smashing the windows of a house.

Appeal to find missing man

Appeal to find missing man

October 15, 2020

Royd Ulla, 46, was last seen in the Waddington Avenue area of Burnley

Lancashire Constabulary launches Modern Slavery support pack

Lancashire Constabulary launches Modern Slavery support pack

October 16, 2020

Lancashire Constabulary, in partnership with the Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership, has launched a support pack to help organisations, business and individuals raise awareness of Modern Slavery in the county.

Appeal to find missing teenager

Appeal to find missing teenager

October 18, 2020

McCauley Ellis, 15, was last seen in the Shard Bridge area

New appeal to find missing man

New appeal to find missing man

October 18, 2020

Concern growing for missing Zbigniew Strzelczyk

CCTV appeal following assault on Blackpool tram

CCTV appeal following assault on Blackpool tram

October 19, 2020

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a male in his late 60s was assaulted on a tram after taking his face mask off to talk to his mother.

UPDATE: Detectives searching for man wanted in connection with altercation make arrest

UPDATE: Detectives searching for man wanted in connection with altercation make arrest

October 19, 2020

Detectives searching for a man wanted in connection with an altercation in Clayton-le-Moors have made an arrest. David Osbaldeston, 27, from Rishton, was arrested in Great Harwood yesterday.

UPDATE: Image released after boy suffers life-changing injuries in unprovoked attack in Leyland

UPDATE: Image released after boy suffers life-changing injuries in unprovoked attack in Leyland

October 21, 2020

Earlier this month we released a CCTV image of a male we wanted to speak to after a teenage boy suffered life-changing injuries in an unprovoked attack at a newsagents on Wigan Road, Leyland, around 4pm on October 10.

A 17-year-old boy from Chorley has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident and later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Appeal following serious collision on the Accrington Bypass

Appeal following serious collision on the Accrington Bypass

October 21, 2020

The incident occurred last night (Tuesday, October 20th) at around 4.35pm, on the A56 close to the junction with the M65, when a Ford Fiesta and a John Deere tractor collided.

The driver of the Fiesta – a man aged in his 40s – was taken to hospital with injuries which are believed to be life-threatening.

Eight charged in connection with large scale burglary conspiracy

Eight charged in connection with large scale burglary conspiracy

October 22, 2020

All eight were due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court today (Thursday 22 October)

Woman charged with murder

Woman charged with murder

October 23, 2020

A woman has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Longton.

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

Happy Halloween from Lancashire Police

Happy Halloween from Lancashire Police

October 23, 2020

As we approach Halloween we want everyone to enjoy themselves

VIDEO: Help us trace the pair responsible for stealing dying elderly woman's belongings

VIDEO: Help us trace the pair responsible for stealing dying elderly woman's belongings

October 23, 2020

We want to speak to a man and a woman, seen here on CCTV, in connection with the distraction burglary in Walter Street, Brierfield,

Man seriously injured after Mere Brow collision

Man seriously injured after Mere Brow collision

October 24, 2020

It happened at around 2:55pm yesterday (October 23rd) when the rider, 74, on a Triumph motorcycle, was travelling along the A565 Southport New Road from Southport in the direction of Preston, crashed into a kerb close to the junction with Moss Hey Lane, whilst attempting to overtake two vehicles.

UPDATE: Concern for missing Paul

UPDATE: Concern for missing Paul

October 27, 2020

Further to our earlier appeals, Paul Dukes, 53, missing from Warton, was found safe and well in Cumbria earlier today (Tuesday, October 27).

Thanks to everyone who shared our appeals to find him.

Arrests made in burglary inquiry

Arrests made in burglary inquiry

October 27, 2020

Detectives have this morning arrested two people on suspicion of burglary.

Appeal after cyclist dies following Fleetwood collision

Appeal after cyclist dies following Fleetwood collision

October 27, 2020

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died following a road traffic collision in Fleetwood. The cyclist, a man in his 80s, was cycling along Dock Street in the direction of The Esplanade at around 1.45pm on October 11 when he was involved in a collision with an orange Suzuki Swift.

Man jailed for nine years for wounding

Man jailed for nine years for wounding

October 27, 2020

The 35-year-old victim can also be seen staggering along the street, covered in blood

Appeal after aggravated burglary in Wrightington

Appeal after aggravated burglary in Wrightington

October 27, 2020

The incident occurred at around 8.10pm on Saturday (October 24th) when two men – one armed with a baseball bat and one with a knife - approached the rear of an address on Hall Lane and confronted the occupant, who was outside at the time.

UPDATE: Police searching for missing man Zbigniew Strzelczyk have found body in Darwen

UPDATE: Police searching for missing man Zbigniew Strzelczyk have found body in Darwen

October 28, 2020

Police searching for missing man Zbigniew Strzelczyk, 59, have sadly found a body in Darwen this morning. Although no formal identification has taken place we believe it to be Mr Strzelczyk and his family have been informed.

Two charged with burglary

Two charged with burglary

October 28, 2020

Both are due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court today

Appeal after man left with life-changing injuries following Pendle road traffic collision

Appeal after man left with life-changing injuries following Pendle road traffic collision

October 28, 2020

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was left with life-changing injuries following a serious road traffic collision in Barrowford Road, Colne. Officers were called at 8.26pm on (October 23 to reports a grey Volkswagen Golf GTI had crashed into a farm wall after attempting to overtake a car.

Do you know this man? Evofit released as part of kidnap investigation

Do you know this man? Evofit released as part of kidnap investigation

October 28, 2020

Detectives investigating an incident where a teenage girl was led into woods and made to remove items of clothing have released an EvoFit of a suspect. The 15-year-old victim was approached in a wooded area just off Stonyhurst, Chorley, by a man between 8.45am and 9.15am on September 17th.

WANTED: Have you seen this man?

WANTED: Have you seen this man?

October 29, 2020

We want to speak to Callum McAllister, after a burglary at Grove Farm Drive, in Adlington on September 25th. Can you help us find him?

UPDATE: Detectives charge wanted man from Rishton

UPDATE: Detectives charge wanted man from Rishton

October 29, 2020

David Osbaldeston, 27, from Rishton was wanted by police following an aggravated burglary in Accrington and an altercation at a pub in Clayton-le-Moors earlier this month. He is now remanded in custody to appear at court.

Charlene Downes murder - the search for the truth continues

Charlene Downes murder - the search for the truth continues

October 30, 2020

Charlene went missing on the night of Saturday 1 November 2003. She was 14 years old, a child and she was very vulnerable

Appeal after three assaulted and woman subjected to transgender abuse in Lancaster park

Appeal after three assaulted and woman subjected to transgender abuse in Lancaster park

October 30, 2020

Officers are appealing for witnesses after three people were assaulted and a woman was subjected to transgender abuse after being surrounded by a group of approximately 15 teenagers in a park in Lancaster. It happened just before 9.50pm on October 24.

Missing Lewis found safe and well

Missing Lewis found safe and well

October 30, 2020

Seventeen-year-old Lewis, who was reported missing from Buckshaw Village, Chorley, has been found safe and well.

Search continues to find missing Stuart

Search continues to find missing Stuart

November 03, 2020

We are issuing a renewed appeal for information to help find missing Burnley man Stuart Metcalfe.

Elderly couple's home raided in Aughton

Elderly couple's home raided in Aughton

November 03, 2020

We are appealing for information after an elderly couple’s home was raided by a group of men in Aughton last night (November 2nd).

Open letter from Chief Constables of the five North West police forces ahead of implementation of latest COVID restrictions

Open letter from Chief Constables of the five North West police forces ahead of implementation of latest COVID restrictions

November 03, 2020

Open letter from Chief Constables of the five North West police forces ahead of implementation of latest COVID restrictions.

Wanted man from Darwen arrested and charged

Wanted man from Darwen arrested and charged

November 04, 2020

Lee Barr, 24, from Darwen, wanted in connection with an assault has now been arrested and charged.

UPDATE: Have you seen missing Chloe?

UPDATE: Have you seen missing Chloe?

November 04, 2020

Further to our earlier appeals, Chloe, 17, missing from Blackpool, was found safe and well in the resort today (Wednesday, November 4).

Thanks to everyone who shared our messages on social media to help find her.

UPDATE: Liverpool woman believed to be missing in Blackpool

UPDATE: Liverpool woman believed to be missing in Blackpool

November 05, 2020

Further to our earlier appeals missing woman Nikisha, 38, from Liverpool, was found safe and well in Blackpool today.

Thanks to everyone who shared our appeals to find her.

Teenager jailed for stabbing two boys

Teenager jailed for stabbing two boys

November 05, 2020

A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced at court after attacking two teenagers with a knife during an altercation in Blackburn.

Man, 18, jailed for robberies and sexual assaults

Man, 18, jailed for robberies and sexual assaults

November 06, 2020

Daniel Swarbrick, of Oxford Road, Burnley, was given a six and a half year custodial sentence, with an extended licence of one and a half years, at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, November 5).

Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint

Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint

November 06, 2020

Detectives have launched an investigation after a taxi driver was robbed at knifepoint in Burnley today (Friday, November 6).

Police were called around 12.40am to Colne Road after a report a driver had been attacked.

Commissioner joins police celebrating anniversary of dedicated local taskforces

Commissioner joins police celebrating anniversary of dedicated local taskforces

November 06, 2020

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the impact that local taskforces have had in keeping communities safe and tackling crime, marking twelve months since they were rolled out across the county.

Appeal following collision between car and mum with pram

Appeal following collision between car and mum with pram

November 09, 2020

The incident occurred at around 3.30pm yesterday (Friday, November 6th) on Lyons Lane South in Chorley, when a Mercedes A180 collided with the woman, aged in her 30s. The woman was pushing a pram with an two year-old girl in.

Putting a stop to knife crime in Lancashire

Putting a stop to knife crime in Lancashire

November 09, 2020

Operation Sceptre runs from 9th to 15th November and will see increased police activity across the county including weapon sweeps, knife arches, and test purchasing in shops that sell knives.

Missing Stuart could be in Yorkshire

Missing Stuart could be in Yorkshire

November 09, 2020

Detectives searching for a missing Burnley man now believe he could be staying in a tent in North Yorkshire or West Yorkshire.

Stuart Metcalfe, 47, of Fair View Road, was last seen in the town at the end of August.

Dangerous man who robbed elderly couple in their Accrington home given 15 year sentence

Dangerous man who robbed elderly couple in their Accrington home given 15 year sentence

November 10, 2020

A man who robbed and attacked an elderly couple in their Accrington home has been sent to prison for 12 years. Jason McCash was also given an extended licence period of three years after Judge Beverley Lunt, sitting at Preston Crown Court, deemed him to be a dangerous offender.

UPDATE: Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision

UPDATE: Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision

November 12, 2020

A man has sadly died following a serious collision in Hapton.

Police had been called around 11.15am on November 4 to reports a man riding a Yamaha motorbike had been involved in a collision with a white coloured Vauxhall Combo van on Burnley Road.

Registered sex offender is jailed for two years

Registered sex offender is jailed for two years

November 12, 2020

David Ashley, 58, of Brentwood Road, Nelson has been sent to prison for downloading indecent images of children and animals.

Woman jailed after being convicted of burglary and perverting the course of justice

Woman jailed after being convicted of burglary and perverting the course of justice

November 12, 2020

A woman has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison after being convicted of burglary and perverting the course of justice. Naomi Haworth, 36, committed the offences over two days in January.

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing Blackpool teenager

UPDATE: Appeal to find missing Blackpool teenager

November 12, 2020

Further to our earlier appeal, Mary, 14, missing from Blackpool, was found in the resort this evening (Thursday, November 12).

Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal to find her.

UPDATE: Wanted man located and arrested in Blackpool

UPDATE: Wanted man located and arrested in Blackpool

November 13, 2020

Steven Pinnington, who was wanted on suspicion of breaching the registered sex offender notification requirements, was found following vital information from the public.

UPDATE: Do you recognise these two men?

UPDATE: Do you recognise these two men?

November 14, 2020

Further to our earlier appeal, two men we wanted to speak to in connection with violent disorder outside the Commerical Pub in Burnley in August have now been identified.

UPDATE: Murder investigation underway in Preston

UPDATE: Murder investigation underway in Preston

November 16, 2020

The family of a man who died following a stabbing in Preston have paid an emotional tribute to him.

Adam Le Roi (pictured), 25, died after an assault at an address in New Hall Lane yesterday (Sunday, November 15).

A murder investigation is underway with two men in custody.

Two charged with murder

Two charged with murder

November 16, 2020

They are due to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17th)

Appeal following burglaries and attempted break-ins in Pendle and Burnley

Appeal following burglaries and attempted break-ins in Pendle and Burnley

November 17, 2020

We are appealing for information and CCTV footage following a number of burglaries and attempted break-ins in Pendle and Burnley. Officers have been called to six separate incidents since last Thursday which are all being treated as linked at this stage.

Have you seen missing teen Leigha Birkett?

Have you seen missing teen Leigha Birkett?

November 17, 2020

She was last seen at an address on Brodick Road, Blackburn last night (Monday, November 16th) at around 8:30pm.

Elderly Clitheroe couple conned in telephone scam by man acting as police officer

Elderly Clitheroe couple conned in telephone scam by man acting as police officer

November 17, 2020

On Wednesday 28 October, the man and woman, in their eighties and nineties, were called by a fraudster, acting as a police officer from Scotland Yard, purporting he was investigating the conduct of staff from a bank.

Two arrested after police find £120k cannabis farm in Burnley

Two arrested after police find £120k cannabis farm in Burnley

November 18, 2020

Two men have been arrested after officers uncovered a sophisticated cannabis set-up with an estimated street value of up to £120,000 at a property in Burnley. Police executed a search warrant at the address in Bank Parade at 8.30am today and found around 170 cannabis plants in three rooms at the property.

UPDATE: Men wanted after Lancaster attack

UPDATE: Men wanted after Lancaster attack

November 19, 2020

Three men wanted by police in connection with a serious assault in Lancaster have been arrested.

Paul Harrison, 38, Michael Dempsey, 32 and Jason Corless, 39, were wanted by police in connection with an incident on November 6, where a woman was slashed in the face with a knife and beaten with a bat in Longlands Road around 9.50pm.

Witness appeal following assault on 16-year-old schoolboy

Witness appeal following assault on 16-year-old schoolboy

November 19, 2020

At around 3.30pm on Friday November 13th a teenager was assaulted as he walked home from school in Blackburn. Did you see anything?

Woman robbed while carrying baby in Old Langho

Woman robbed while carrying baby in Old Langho

November 20, 2020

Around 5.10pm yesterday (Thursday, November 19) the victim, a woman in her 20s, was walking on Old Langho Road towards Salesbury Hall Road when she was approached by a man riding a bike and another man walking.

Woman robbed while carrying baby - detectives release CCTV

Woman robbed while carrying baby - detectives release CCTV

November 22, 2020

The baby, a boy, was not injured. The victim later noticed her Bose headphones were missing.

Blackpool man jailed for assaulting woman

Blackpool man jailed for assaulting woman

November 23, 2020

A man who physically and sexually assaulted a woman has been given a sentence totalling 12 years.

Joshua Martin Brodie, 26, kicked, punched, strangled and burnt the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, as well as seriously sexually assaulting her.

Arrests in Preston dawn raids

Arrests in Preston dawn raids

November 24, 2020

The three men and a woman were detained in raids across the city early this morning in relation to drugs and money laundering offences. They are currently in police custody.

More than 350 knives taken off streets in week of intense action on knife crime

More than 350 knives taken off streets in week of intense action on knife crime

November 24, 2020

Over 350 knives have been taken off the streets during Op Sceptre national week of intense action on knife crime.

Men jailed for Blackpool manslaughter

Men jailed for Blackpool manslaughter

November 24, 2020

Christopher Carrington, 26, of no fixed address and Kevin Gracia, 26, of Hilltop Avenue, London were found guilty by the jury at Preston Crown Court of the manslaughter of Kris Kam. Carrington and a third man, Shaquille Cumberbatch, were also sentenced for an earlier attack.

Ten arrested in joint police operation

Ten arrested in joint police operation

November 25, 2020

On Friday (November 20) officers from Lancashire Police and Merseyside Police took part in Operation Medusa, aimed at disrupting the supply of drugs by organised criminal groups.


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