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Hundreds of people attend veteran's funeral

Hundreds of people have responded to a plea to give a Lancashire veteran a fitting send off.

101 year old Ernest Capstaff died earlier this month.

His niece put a message on social media to ask people to come and pay their respects at his funeral in Accrington. The post went viral with people travelling from as far as Greece to be there.

Michael Worrallreports.

Concern growing for missing woman, 38

Police in Lancashire are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 38-year-old woman who is still missing from home in Accrington.

Catherine Allsager was last heard from at 5am on Friday, August 4 when she made a phone call. She has not been seen or heard from since and it is not known where the phone call was made from.

She has links to the Gorton area of Manchester and may have travelled there by bus or train. She may also still be in east Lancashire. There is also information to suggest that she could be in the Margate area of Kent.

Sergeant Sean Frodsham, of Hyndburn Police, said:

We are extremely worried about Catherine and would like to locate her as soon as possible. Anybody who has seen her, or knows where she may be, is asked to contact us immediately.

Catherine is described as white, of stocky build, with blonde hair which has red tips dyed into it.

– Sergeant Sean Frodsham
  • Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 225 of Aughust 4th
  • Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


Ex-soldier Joe Robinson arrested in Turkey for battling Islamic State

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A former soldier who went to Syria to fight against the Islamic State terror group has been arrested in Turkey.

Joe Robinson, formerly of Accrington, Lancashire, was detained along with his girlfriend and her mother while the trio were on holiday.

It has been reported the two women have since been released, but 23-year-old Mr Robinson remains in custody.

Mr Robinson fought alongside the People's Protection Units of Syrian Kurdistan (YPG) against terror group IS.

But Turkey is hostile to the YPG because of links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey,

The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign said:

Unfortunately, Joe has gone on holiday to Turkey not realising the kind of state it has now become.

Turkey unfortunately continues to criminalise the Kurdish question and has jailed tens of thousands of Kurdish people, including elected MPs and mayors simply for peacefully campaigning for Kurdish rights.

– Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said:

We are aware of the detention of a British national in Turkey and have requested consular access.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman

Police trike gives Accrington officers a surprise

The trike outside of Accrington's new town centre police station Credit: MEN Syndication

Police officers at Accrington town centre's new police station were given a surprise by a children's trike.

The two foot long toy was parked in a 'police only' parking space complete with a police sign sealed on with sellotape.

The trike was parked next to a police van outside the towns new Broadway station.

The new station, which was officially opened to the public on Monday morning, provides a base for the local policing team and office space for response officers.

'Thanks to one of our future recruits making the most of the available parking at the new Accrington Police Station. You know you're getting old when even the police vehicles start to look younger.'

– Sgt John Kennedy

Murder investigation after body found in Accrington

Granville Road, Accrington Credit: Google Maps

Lancashire Police has confirmed it has begun a murder investigation and is appealing for information following the death of a man in Accrington.

Police were called at around 8.45 this morning - Wednesday September 21 - to reports that a body had been found at a flat on Granville Road.

Officers attended and found the man had suffered serious head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Enquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch.

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, of Lancashire Police, said:

We are treating this as a murder investigation and a team of detectives are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances around this man’s death.

We are examining several lines of enquiry and would appeal to anybody with information about the incident to make contact with us as soon as possible.

We would also like to reassure the public that this is being treated as an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Withers
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