Accrington

Police hunt for man in connection with Preston fraud

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 33 year old man who is wanted in connection with an attempted fraud offence in Preston. Police would like to speak to Christopher McKillop following an incident at the Yorkshire Bank on Orchard Street earlier this year. Around 3.40pm on 10 May, a 92 year old man was escorted by another man …

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Handbag snatch victim left “shaken following her terrifying ordeal”

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Accrington on Sunday 14th July at the junction of James Street and Cannon Street at around 6:00 am. The victim, a 44 year old local woman was walking in the town centre and visited the Continental shop on Blackburn Road. As she left the store, she was followed and then approached by two …

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East Lancashire NHS Trust placed into “special measures”

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, today announced that the East Lancashire NHS Trust was one of several NHS Trusts placed into special measures. This follows an investigation by NHS medical director Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh following “excess” death rates over several years. Issues highlighted in the report included issues the professional governance of the Trust, inadequate staffing levels and higher death rates …

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Armed robbery at Travel Agents – Police Appeal – CCTV Video

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at an Accrington travel agents. The robbery took place on Thursday 4 July 2013 at around 11:20am at Altham’s Travel on Blackburn Road. A man entered the shop and threatened staff with a knife and demanded money. He stole thousands of Euros and left the premises in the direction of Stanley Street and …

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Local shop owner duped out of £140,000 in bank details scam

Police are urging people to be extra vigilant after highly skilled fraudsters duped an East Lancashire business woman out of £140,000.   Fraudsters contacted the Accrington shop owner a number of times last month and conned her into handing over the business’ account details. They then used the details to impersonate her on internet banking systems making a number of …

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Operation Prism nets gang who targeted businesses & mosques

A gang who were involved in a major burglary conspiracy targeting businesses and mosques across Lancashire, have been jailed for a combined total of 22 years and six months. Individual sentences ranged from 8 month suspended to 5 year’s imprisonment Liam Cumberland, 27, of Lytham Rd, Blackburn; Sean Cumberland, 32, of Accrington Rd, Blackburn; Carl Cumberland, 31, of Thwaites Rd, Oswaldtwistle; …

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Ordinations across Lancashire for the Diocese of Blackburn

A Lecturer in Medical Physics, a former policeman and a former actor are just three of the candidates that were ordained by Blackburn Diocese (The Church of England in Lancashire) this weekend. A total of nine Deacons were ordained at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 29 June at a special service conducted by the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn, Rt …

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Keep in touch with local police on new Twitter accounts

Lancashire Constabulary are encouraging the residents of East Lancashire to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in their area. The Force has launched five new Twitter pages for the Blackburn, Darwen, Ribble Valley, Accrington and Great Harwood areas. The area pages include updates, photos, PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting details as well as hosting e-PACT meetings, Special Constabulary and …

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Children will quiz drivers caught speeding past their school

Pupils will be asking motorists why they have been speeding past their school in a bid to tackle irresponsible driving. The youngsters from Our Lady and St Huberts in Great Harwood will work with Community Roadwatch volunteers and their local neighbourhood police team to stop drivers who are driving too fast along Harwood Lane. Any motorists who are seen driving irresponsibly …

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Recruitment drive for Special Constables in East Lancashire

People looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills while making good use of their spare time are being invited to become a Special Constable. The latest recruitment evening will be held at the Coppice Theatre, Sandy Lane, Accrington at 7pm on Thursday 27 June 2013.The event is aimed at those who wish to become involved in …

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New Bishop of Blackburn inauguration to take place in October

The dates for both the Consecration and Inauguration Services for the next Bishop of Blackburn have now been announced. Julian Henderson, currently Archdeacon of Dorking, will be consecrated as a Bishop at a special service at York Minster on Thursday, October 10. Once he has become Bishop of Blackburn, who is the most senior Anglican cleric in Lancashire, he then has …

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Hit across the head and robbed in Accrington Street

A 29 year old man was robbed in an Accrington street last Sunday 9 June 2013. At around 11.40 pm the man was on Primrose Street when he was approached by two men and hit across the back of the head. His bag was stolen and the men, who were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered, left the …

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Search for Accrington man’s next of kin

Police in Accrington are appealing for information as they try to trace the next of kin of a 63 year old man who was found dead at his home in Accrington last Friday 7 June 2013. John Halstead was found deceased in bed at his address on Nuttall Street, Accrington. A post mortem investigation has established he died of natural …

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Packed weekend of fun as family events take over East Lancashire

In just over a week, East Lancashire is set for a weekend jam packed with family entertainment as 3 different festivals come to local towns. Blackburn Festival The Blackburn Festival takes place at Witton Park on Saturday 15th June from noon until 9pm. The event will be headlined by Bhangra star H-Dhami, hip hop artist Mumzy Stranger, Indie rockers Twisted Wheel and …

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Blackburn Diocese are joining “Enough Food for All” campaign

The Diocese of Blackburn is encouraging people to take part in an international fast, organised by charity Christian Aid.   As part of the action around the G8 Summit to be held in Belfast in June organisers say, “We’re going to make hunger personal, just for one day, by choosing to go without food so the leaders of the world see how …

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Suspicious picture taking at schools investigated by police

Police are investigating a number of incidents of suspicious behaviour in Blackburn and Accrington around schools and are urging people to be vigilant. There have been reports of two Asian men, in a dark coloured car, taking pictures outside St Wilfrid’s C of E High School on Duckworth Street, Blackburn around 8.15am on Thursday 23 May 2013.. Police were also …

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Church of England attendance up in Diocese of Blackburn

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The Church of England today released its annual statistics for 2011, including figures for Blackburn Diocese, revealing a strong and growing trend for Christmas attendance, an increase in baptisms and stability in weekly service attendance. Blackburn Diocese, the Church of England in Lancashire, is a key part of this growth story, showing the third highest Diocesan rise in average Sunday attendance …

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Look to the stars before eating out this Bank Holiday

Ribble Valley Borough Council are saying that people should: “Check before you choose” if you are planning a bank holiday meal out. All food premises, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, have star ratings from five to zero for food hygiene. The outlets are assessed on a wide range of criteria, such as the preparation, cooking, re-heating, …

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Annual Walk takes in “Local Treasure”

Great Harwood PROSPECTS Panel is holding its Annual ‘Walk in the Woods’ event on Wednesday, 15 May. This year the walk chosen is Dean Clough. The walk has been described as one of Lancashire’s hidden gems – a tranquil walk through the vale between Great Harwood and Langho where there is a rich and varied landscape, breathtaking countryside and superb …

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Accrington drugs’ dealer jailed after £400k find

An Accrington man, who was behind one of Lancashire’s largest ever seizures of cannabis resin, has been sentenced to four years eight months imprisonment. Ian Batey, 30, of Dill Hall Lane, Accrington, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and producing cannabis. His conviction comes after an investigation by Eastern Division’s …

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Ex-policeman extradited from Australia to face child sex charges

An ex-policemen appeared before Blackburn Magistrates charged with 20 sexual and cruelty offences against children. Jeffrey Lake, 77, of Peregian Springs, Queensland, Australia appeared before Blackburn Magistrates yesterday and was remanded to appear at Burnley Crown Court on 10 April. He is charged with seven offences of indecent assault on a girl under 13; four offences of gross indecency on a girl under …

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Unprovoked attack in Great Harwood bar

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was head-butted in an unprovoked assault as he entered a Great Harwood bar last month. The incident took place around 12.30am on Sunday 17th February when the 39 year old victim made his way inside Snuffy’s Bar on Commercial Road when he was approached by another man and was immediately …

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Great Harwood residents urged to join in clean up

Great Harwood residents are being invited to help clean up their community as part of a joint operation in the town this weekend. Neighbourhood Police officers have teamed up with Hyndburn Borough Council for the event which will take place in the Hameldon View, Princess Street and Park Street areas of the town between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 16 …

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Police facebook page has gone to the dogs

The police in Lancashire have launched a facebook page just for the police dogs. The page includes photos of the dogs and updates on some of the work they have been involved in has been launched by the Constabulary’s Dog Unit. Sgt Neil Fitzgerald from the Dog Unit said: “We find that residents are always really interested to see our police …

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Accrington security van bank raid – Masked raiders

Masked men raided a security van in Accrington as cash machines were being loaded in Accrington town centre last night. The robbery took place at 8.40pm when two G4S guards were loading the ATM machines at the Santander Bank on Union Street. The guards were approached by two men in dark clothing and balaclavas who smashed through the bank’s glass …

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New Bishop of Blackburn Appointed

Downing Street have today announced the appointment of the Venerable Julian Henderson as the new Bishop of Blackburn having been approved by the Queen. His appointment follows the retirement of the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade in October of 2012. The 58-year-old has been Archdeacon of Dorking in the diocese of Guildford in Surrey since October 2005, while his wife Heather …

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Police hunt for exposing driver in Accrington

Police are hunting for a man in his 40s who exposed himself to a teenage girl under the pretence of asking for direction. On Tuesday 26 February, the 15 year old girl was walking home when a man pulled up in a silver hatchback vehicle at the junction of Annie Street and Foster Street. He asked the girl for directions, before …

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Gang terrorise teenage boys with stun gun in house robbery

A gang of four men wearing balaclavas burst into a house on York Street in Church near Accrington brandishing a stun gun. They threatened the teenage boys in the house who are aged 14 and 17 when they broke in at about 7.30pm on Sunday 10 February. The gang escaped with a wallet containing cash and credit cards. The men drove off …

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Bradford Gang jailed for multiple East Lancashire burglaries

A gang of men from Bardford, who targeted and broke into 26 houses in Blackburn, Accrington, Nelson and Burnley, have been jailed for a total of 15 years. Michael Darling, 20, of Moorlands Avenue, Bradford; Zeeshan Khan, 19, of Tyersal Avenue, Bradford; Zahir Hussain , 18, of Valley View Grove, Bradford and Joesel Rohman, 26, of Upper Rushton Road, Bradford appeared …

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