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29 Jun 2016, 15:32pm
Police were called by the Ambulance Service around 3.55am on Tuesday June 21 to reports of an incident in close to the taxi rank in Queen Street.
A 21-year-old man was found at the scene with facial injuries.
Officers believe the man was at the taxi rank when he was approached by two men.
The pair punched the 21-year-old and kicked him in the head,...
5 Jun 2016, 16:07pm
Around 2am on Sunday 29 May a woman was walking close to a pathway between East Road and Melrose Street in Lancaster.
As she started to walk down the pathway, a man ran out from behind a wall and punched her in the face, knocking her to the floor.
He then grabbed an Iphone 4 from her hand, injuring the victim’s finger, before a second man ran from behind...
26 May 2016, 13:49pm
Shane Graham (pictured), 26, from Ansdell, was last seen walking towards Inner Promenade from an address in Eddington Road, St Annes, around noon on April 29.
He is described as white, with light-brown cropped hair and blue eyes and was wearing a dark blue work jacket, a pair of black work trousers with a white logo and blue safety boots.
He has links...
18 May 2016, 15:22pm
At around 6:15pm on Sunday 8 May, the 19-year-old victim was stood outside the Concourse Shopping Centre with friends when they have been approached by two men. One of the pair pushed the victim whilst the other kicked out and caught his stomach.
The offenders made off after being challenged by the victim’s friends and when security staff appeared.
14 May 2016, 12:41pm
Around 7.30pm on April 12, the victim was walking with another man on Leeds Road when a red and black Mini stopped near the pair.
After a brief conversation at the roadside, the driver drove away, before turning the car around and driving towards both men.
The pair ran away before becoming separated.
The vehicle pursued the 22-year-old man in an alleyway...
12 May 2016, 13:24pm
At 5pm on Monday 9 May the victim, a 20 year old man, was walking through an alley near to Grafton Road when he was approached from behind and struck to the head with what is believed to be a metal bar. He fell to the floor where he was struck again to his head. As he tried to get up he was repeatedly struck to his body.
He managed to run away and sought...
10 May 2016, 15:03pm
Around 10.30pm on Saturday May 7, Thomas Graham was walking on Lyons Lane when he approached a group of males and females.
Following a brief conversation, Mr Graham started to walk away before one of the group punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.
The attacker and another two to three people started to repeatedly kick the victim in the...
9 May 2016, 13:42pm
At around 11.35am on April 27, an 83-year-old woman was withdrawing cash close to Barclays Bank in Bank Street.
A man has approached and distracted the victim by waving a piece of paper in front of her face.
The offender has then withdrawn £300 from her account before making off.
The male is described as Asian, in his mid to late 20s, wearing a dark...
8 May 2016, 13:23pm
Around 9.20pm on Friday, April 29, the victim was walking on Fletcher Road close to the junction of Deepdale Mill Street when she was approached by a male.
Following a brief conversation, the man grabbed the woman from behind and held her around the neck before three more men appeared.
Each man took turns in kicking, punching and stamping on the victim,...
4 May 2016, 2:40am
Officers were called out to Colbran Street, Burnley, at around 5pm on Sunday 1 May, to reports a man had been carrying out a lewd act in full view on a residential street.
DS Paul Barlow, of Burnley Police, said: “This is clearly quite a concerning incident, where a male appears to have been touching himself inappropriately in public in broad daylight.
27 Apr 2016, 17:56pm
Philip Montford, 54, of Stanley Road, Heysham was sentenced to nine years imprisonment on Thursday 22 April after he was found guilty of possessing and distributing indecent images of children. He was also found guilty of three counts of inciting a child to perform a sexual act.
Montford was arrested in February 2014 after officers received an initial...
27 Apr 2016, 13:25pm
Three men from Manchester have been arrested in Blackpool, Lancashire overnight in connection with the robbery of an elderly woman using a cash machine in Bromborough in Wirral.
The two 18-year-olds and the 17-year-old, who are all from Levenshulme in Manchester, were stopped in a car by Lancashire officers and arrested.
They will be transferred to...
27 Apr 2016, 2:14am
An east Lancashire man who set fire to a house while its occupant was inside has today been jailed for three years and four months.
James McGrady, 32, of Holden Fold, Darwen, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court for the arson attack he carried out on February 28th 2016, at a different address on Holden Fold.
He started the blaze at around 5am by setting...
26 Apr 2016, 17:05pm
Police were called at shortly after 10.30am on December 22 last year to reports of a domestic assault at an address on Mill Lane in Coppull.
Reports suggested a man had made off from the scene and officers later stopped a Ford Focus at an address on Ribbleton Avenue in Preston.
As the male got out of the car, the driver pointed a handgun at officers...
26 Apr 2016, 14:50pm
Detectives investigating the robbery of a elderly woman at her home in Colne have arrested a man.
At around 5.20pm on Saturday 23 April the victim, aged 88, was at her address on Birtwistle Fold when she heard her doorbell ring. She went to answer the door, believing it to be her daughter, before a man pushed her back into the house causing her to fall...
25 Apr 2016, 12:59pm
Police are appealing for information after a Burnley man was attacked in a unprovoked incident in Blackburn.
The 38-year-old victim had attended a licensed boxing night with some friends at Audley Sports Centre on Chester Street on Saturday 9 April.
At around 10:30pm, he has left the venue whilst a scuffle was taking place outside on the car park between...
24 Apr 2016, 15:07pm
We are appealing for information after an elderly woman was robbed at her home in Colne.
At around 5.20pm on Saturday 23 April the victim, aged 88, was at her address on Birtwistle Fold when she heard her doorbell ring. She went to answer the door, believing it to be her daughter, before a man pushed her back into the house causing her to fall to the...
22 Apr 2016, 19:39pm
Police are appealing for information after a firearm was discharged at the door of a house on a residential street in Great Harwood.
The 22-year-old occupant, who was at home on Wellington Street with her two-year-old son, has heard a loud bang outside her front door at around 1am on Thursday 21 April. She looked out of her window but didn’t notice...
21 Apr 2016, 18:53pm
A man has boarded the number 24 bus from Chorley to Blackburn outside the Lock and Quay Public House at around 12.10pm on Thursday 14 April and sat next to a 75-year-old woman.
He has then lifted the woman’s skirt up and groped her left thigh.
The man got off at Guilford Avenue.
PC 275 Peter Andrews from Chorley Police said: “To think that someone would...
19 Apr 2016, 18:50pm
At around 9.15pm on Sunday 17 April, two men have approached Betfred Bookmakers on Granton Walk, Ingol.
One of the pair has held the door whilst the other entered the shop and threatened staff with a large knife whilst making demands for cash.
The men are described as, White, early twenties, around 5ft 5 ins and was wearing a light grey hooded jacket...
18 Apr 2016, 15:04pm
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old man was brutally attacked in Preston city centre.
At around 2.30am on Sunday 3 April the man was walking with his three friends down the alleyway at the side of the church on Church Street when he was approached from behind by two men.
One of the men then chased the victim before punching him...
17 Apr 2016, 18:02pm
Lee Hepple from Darwen is wanted for recall to prison after he failed to attend his registered release address.
Lee Hepple, 26, was due to go to the address in Accrington after being released on Tuesday 12 April, meaning he has breached the terms of his licence.
He is described as white, around 5ft 7ins of slim build and has short brown hair.
15 Apr 2016, 22:05pm
Three men from Preston have today (Thursday 14 April) been jailed at Preston Crown Court after they pleaded guilty to a number of sex offences against three girls aged between 14 and 15.
James Ruehle, 68, of Whinfield Lane, Preston; Michael McDougall, 31, of Ashworth Street, Preston and Kert Birtwistle, 20, of Arundel Place, Preston were charged with...
9 Apr 2016, 16:27pm
POLICE are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted on Selborne Street Frenchwood Preston on Friday 8th April 2016.
At around 10.05 pm on Friday 8th April the 61 year old victim was on Selborne Street when he was approached by a group of approximately six or seven individuals when he was subjected to a vicious and sustained assault.
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