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Lancashire Police's Major Investigation Team investigating a rape in Colne

Lancashire Police's Major Investigation Team are investigating a rape in Colne Credit: PA

Lancashire Police's Major Investigation Team are investigating a rape in Colne.

The incident happened shortly before 11pm on Saturday 6th February when a 23-year-old woman was walking along Tennyson Road. When she was at the junction with Slater Avenue she is thought to have been grabbed from behind by a man and dragged into a ginnel where possibly two or three other men were waiting.

Officers are conducting a number of enquiries in the area, including house to house, CCTV and forensic enquiries as part of the on-going investigation.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a group of three or four men acting suspiciously in the area at around 10.40pm on Saturday evening.

DCI Joanne McHugh from the Force Major Investigation Team said:

“Our investigation into this serious incident is on-going and we are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries.

“The victim has been through an extremely traumatic experience and she is being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“We are appealing to anyone with any information that could assist with our investigation to come forward and contact us as soon as possible. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the Tennyson Road/Slater Avenue area around the time of the attack.

“Although the local community will understandably be concerned by what has happened, it is important to stress that incidents such as these are rare. We believe this was an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area to offer reassurance to residents.”

– DCI Joanne McHugh


Man killed in Colne collision named as Keith Robinson

Mr Robinson with his dog, Boofle Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

The man who was killed in a collision in Colne last Thursday has been named as Keith Robinson, from Burnley.

His family have paid an emotional tribute:

"Keith was a loving dad, brother and uncle.

"He was an avid rugby fan, who also enjoyed listening to music and going to concerts.

"He was well regarded by everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed.

"The family wish to thank everyone for their assistance at the scene and urge anyone who may have seen anything, no matter how small they think it is, to come forward."

– Family of Keith Robinson

A 50-year-old man from Burnley was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A second man, aged 22, from Colne, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

A 23-year-old man from Nelson was also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three are currently in police custody.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Det Chief Insp Jo McHugh, of Burnley CID, said:

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.

“We would ask anyone with information about this collision to contact police immediately.”

– Det Chief Insp Jo McHugh

If you can help, contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1377 of February 4.

Beyonce confirms Manchester date on her world tour

Beyonce will perform at Emirates Old Trafford in July Credit: PA

Beyonce is going on a world tour and is stopping off in Manchester.

The American star, who performed at the Super Bowl, will kick off the European leg of the tour in Sunderland's Stadium of Light on June 28 and will come to Manchester's Emirates Old Trafford on July 5.

The 34-year-old surprised fans by releasing new single Formation on Saturday on Tidal, the streaming service she co-owns with husband Jay Z, among others.

Normally, a subscription to the service is required but the track was made available to download for free.

Beyonce appeared at the Super Bowl with a team of dancers to perform Formation for the first time, and narrowly avoided falling during her lively dance routine.

She visibly lost her balance but composed herself in time to continue with the performance without missing a beat.

An advert for the tour appeared on American TV seconds after her performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars finished.

The tour is expected to support Beyonce's upcoming sixth studio album, the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled surprise release.

The music superstar, who is known for hits such as Crazy In Love and Halo, will take to the stage for the tour's debut show on April 27 in Miami.

Tickets go on sale next week.

Police trying to find woman who was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning in Burnley

Sarah Jane Aspinall Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police are trying to locate a woman who was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning in Burnley Town Centre.

Sarah Jane Aspinall, 36, from Accrington had been on a night out with a friend in the area and was last seen at around 4am.

Her friends and family have not heard from her since.

Sgt Peter Moore said:

“It is unusual for Sarah not to have been in touch with anyone, particularly her friend who she had been out socialising with.

“If you have seen her or know where she is, please get in contact with us.

“Similarly, if Sarah sees this appeal herself, I would urge her to let us or a family member or friend know she is okay.”

– Sgt Peter Moore

Sarah is described as 4ft 10ins, of slim build, with very long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a short, black dress to just above the knee, a red crocheted cardigan, black knee high boots and a choker type necklace containing white beads.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20160207-1147.


Police investigating Anfield firebomb attack have charged three men with drugs offences

Police charged the men after executing warrants in Anfield last week Credit: Liverpool Echo

Merseyside Police has confirmed that three men have been charged in relation to raids carried out in Anfield last Friday, 8 February.

The warrants were executed after four police officers were attacked in Anfield with firebombs last Tuesday.

The Elm House Public House on Townsend Lane was issued with a closure order due to police concerns in relation to suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

30-year-old Graham Long from Vicar Road, Anfield has been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

26-year-old Peter Doyle from Vicar Road, Anfield has been charged with possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

41-year-old Alan Pike from Claude Road, Anfield has been charged with burglary dwelling and possession of Class A drugs.

Eleven other men and woman arrested on Friday have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Beth Tweddle says the last two days have been 'very scary'

Olympian Beth is taking part in Channel 4's The Jump Credit: ITV

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and her parents has spoken about her being airlifted to hospital, after suffering a serious injury on Channel 4's reality show, The Jump.

The 30-year-old, from Cheshire, perfectly executed a ski jump during training, but crashed into a barrier on landing.

Last night, Beth had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae in her neck and is currently recovering in hospital in Austria.

Beth’s parents, Ann and Jerry, said:

"The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort. The medical staff have been fantastic and explained to us that Beth was waiting for an operation as there were more serious cases ahead of her.

"At 8.00pm last night Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together. It was a scary time for all of us and we’re just very grateful that the operation was a success."

– Beth’s parents, Ann and Jerry

From her hospital bed in Austria Beth said:

"Thank you so much for your support and concern. The last 48 hours have been very scary but all the messages have really helped to keep me positive. I will keep you updated on my progress.”

– Beth Tweddle

A Channel 4 spokeswoman confirmed that Tweddle had been taken to hospital with a back injury, but declined to comment on reports she would need surgery.

She said:

"The health and safety of the competitors is always paramount and Beth was immediately taken to hospital for treatment after hurting herself during training."

– Channel 4 spokeswoman
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