News - October

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.

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.

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.

Witness appeal after serious collision in Blackpool

Witness appeal after serious collision in Blackpool

October 30, 2021

We are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously injured following a collision in Blackpool.

Police message after spiking reports

Police message after spiking reports

October 31, 2021

We are reminding people to stay vigilant following an increase in reports of ‘spiking’ offences in Lancashire.

UPDATE: Detectives continue to appeal for information after Barrowford death

UPDATE: Detectives continue to appeal for information after Barrowford death

November 01, 2021

We were called around 5.20pm on Friday (October 29) after a report of a sudden death in River Way.

Officers attended an address and found the body of a 45-year-old man, later named as James O'Hara (pictured). He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

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.


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