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Can you help? Wanted sex offender believed in Manchester

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Francis Patrick Doherty, 61 from Burnley, is wanted for breaching of his notification requirements by not informing police of his current address in May. As a result, his licence was revoked and he is now being recalled to prison.

The last sighting of Doherty reported to police was at Spring Gardens Post Office in Manchester on Saturday 13 June 2015.

He is also known to have connections to Oldham and Rochdale having visited the areas previously and so he is believed to possibly be in the Greater Manchester area.

Doherty’s last conviction was in 2014, also for failing to inform police of his address. He was originally sentenced for the sexual assault of a boy at Burnley Crown Court in May 2005.

I am asking anyone who may have seen or knows of the whereabouts of Francis Patrick Doherty to get in touch with the police immediately.

He has not been in touch with the officers who monitor him as per his notification requirements for well over a month which is simply unacceptable.

We take any breach of notification requirements very seriously and are continuing to try and find him.

I would also urge Doherty himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in to the police.

– Andy Ashworth from the East Dangerous and Sexual Offenders Unit

Aside from Manchester, Doherty also has links to Lancashire including Accrington, Bacup and Haslingden. He tends to move around sleeping on friend’s sofas.

Wife thought her husband would die in shocking dog attack

Keith Chadwick suffered extensive facial injuries in the attack Credit: MEN Syndication

The wife of dog attack victim Keith Chadwick has told how he ‘thought he was going to die’.

Kelly Chadwick told the Manchester Evening News that her husband is ‘very lucky to be alive’ and will be left permanently scarred for the rest of his life.

Postman Keith, 36, suffered severe face and leg injuries during the terrifying incident on Fife Street in Accrington at around 8.25pm on Tuesday, and underwent four hours of surgery at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Wednesday night.

Kelly, 34, said the incident has been an ‘absolute nightmare’ and he will have to live with the injuries ‘for the rest of his life’.

Keith and Kelly Chadwick before the incident Credit: MEN Syndication

He said to me ‘I thought I was going to die, I thought I was gone’.

He will have a permanent scar from his eyebrow to his nose and we don’t know about skin grafts yet.

He’s going to have to live with this for the rest of his life and the children will have to see it too.

He was an absolute mess. I have never seen anything like it in my entire life. It proper shocked me.

– Kelly Chdwick

A man from Accrington was arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and has been bailed until May 11.

Two dogs have been seized by police.

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Accrington Stanley hold special media conference

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Accrington Stanley have held a media conference with a difference today.

John Coleman and his players Nicky Hunt and Luke Joyce were given a warm welcome before getting a grilling by children at Huncoat Primary School.

The children from Huncoat Primary have won the Kinder+ Sport Kids Cup League 2 North Regional final and will now play at Wembley Stadium in May.

For the Accrington manager being back in the classroom reminded him of his days as a teacher.

Appeal after taxi customer leaves urn in cab

An appeal's gone out after a mourner who'd attended a funeral in Accrington on Friday left an urn in the back seat of a taxi. Manchester Cars have appealed for help in tracing the man, who left the small wooden box in a taxi after being picked up from the firm’s base in the city centre.

The small, decorative urn has a brass plaque, inscribed with the word Bella and the date 25.01.11. Although the man was dropped off in Fallowfield, also in Manchester, at 6.15pm on Friday, an order of service was also found in the taxi, along with a black tie.

The hottest ticket in town... for a match that's not happening

It's the hottest ticket in town for a match that's not happening.

When Accrington Stanley lost their FA Cup replay against Yeovil last month, it meant they'd miss out on a lucrative clash with Manchester United in round three.

So, to ease their disappointment, they're selling tickets for it anyway.

Stanley sell commemorative tickets for Man Utd game that never was

Accrington Stanley have sold 250 commemorative tickets for their cup tie against Manchester United that never was.

Accrington Stanley have produced commemorative tickets for the tie that didn't happen Credit: Paul Crone, ITV Granada

Stanley lost their Second Round tie at Yeovil, meaning they missed the chance to host United.

Undeterred, the club produced 250 tickets, which have now all been sold for £20, to commemorate the game, even though it didn't happen.

Chairman Peter Marsden said the money would go toward strengthening the team.

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Is this Britain's happiest baby?

Baby Leo Credit: MEN Syndication

Is this Britain's happiest baby? A couple from Accrington have shared pictures of their baby boy smiling away at 31 weeks whilst still inside the womb.

And proud parents Amy Cregg and Leighton Hargreaves say baby Leo hasn't stopped beaming since he was born in June.

Amy, 24, told the Accrington Observer: “Leighton and I were absolutely shocked – even the people who did my scan were amazed! After he was born, he was always smiling. Even in his sleep!”

Amy, a rehabilitation support worker, has already had modelling companies approach her, trying to capture Leo’s smile.

Baby Leo still smiling Credit: MEN Syndication

Appeal for missing man in Accrington

Jonathan Black is missing from his home in Accrington Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Jonathan Black, 26, who was last seen at his home address on Nuttall Street in Accrington at about 8.30am on Thursday, October 30.

Jonathan is described as white, 6ft4 with short light brown hair, brown eyes and slim build. He was last seen wearing a black tracksuit with red stripes, a brown/green waterproof coat and blue trainers.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Jonathan and I would appeal to anyone who knows where he might be to get in touch with us.

I would also ask that if Jonathan himself sees this appeal then he call us to let us know he is OK.

– PC Ashleigh Maxwell, Blackburn Police

Anyone with information should contact police on 101

Accrington pays tribute to its fallen heroes

A Lancashire town came to a standstill today as thousands turned out to remember the legendary Accrington Pals.

On the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, when the Pals' suffered huge losses, the streets were packed as the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through the town in memory of the Pals.

And in true Lancastrian fashion it wasn't a sombre affair as Paul Crone reports.

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