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Police urge public to help trace missing man

“It has been three weeks now since Mr Nield was last seen and his family and friends are growing increasingly more concerned about his whereabouts. He has not made contact with them since he went missing so I would urge anyone who may know of his current whereabouts or contact details, to pass that information onto us. We also believe that he may have connections to the Rochdale area."

– Sergeant Jim Astin, Burnley Police

New photos issued in appeal for missing man

Heath Nield - missing man Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are appealing for members of the public to look at new photographs to help them trace a missing man. Heath Nield, 31, of Rochdale Road, Bacup was last seen by his mother at his home address early on Thursday 10 July. He has not made contact with family or friends since he went missing.

Heath Nield - missing from his home in Bacup Credit: Greater Manchester Police


Man in burka robs bank in Bacup

Police are appealing for information after a man dressed in a burka robbed a bank in Bacup.

Around 3.10pm on Monday 8 July, a man entered the Barclays bank on Market Street and demanded money from the cashier.

The cashier handed over an amount of money and the man left the bank, nobody was injured, although the member of staff was left shaken.

The man is described as white, medium build and around 5'10” tall. He was wearing a burka and white trainers and was carrying a white, plastic Co-Op carrier bag.

Groom and Usher jailed after raiding wedding venue

A year ago Christopher Richards was celebrating his wedding at a club in Bacup. Six months later he returned to loot the same venue.

The court heard how the groom had gone back with one of his ushers to steal alcohol

computers and DVDS and caused thousands of pounds of damage during the burglary.

The club's owner was even more hurt as in a kindhearted gesture she had given Richards and new bride a half-price -champagne buffet because they were short of cash.

Ashley Derricott reports.

Police appeal for help to find stolen radioactive canister

Police in Lancashire are appealing for the public's help in finding a cannister of radioactive material which was stolen over the weekend.

It was taken from a van parked outside a house on New Line in Bacup.

Police were alerted this morning but the break-in could have happened at any time in the previous 48 hours.

The canister is thought to contain Iridium 192, which would only become dangerous if the cannister was opened.


Police find cannabis factory in Bacup

Police have found a 40 plant cannabis factory after raiding a house in Bacup.

Officers discovered the plants in the attic of the house on Todmorden Road in Bacup on January 30th.

Cannabis plants found in Bacup Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

A 68-year-old man was interviewed about the cannabis. He has now been summonsed to appear in court for possession of cannabis, producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Community Beat Manager for Bacup PC Pete Law said: "It was a fairly large set up - the plants would have a potential street value of up to £16k.

"We know the misery drugs can bring to a community and we are determined to do everything we can to remove them."

Anyone with information about drugs can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man suffers head injuries in Bacup

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was found with serious head injuries in Bacup.

The 52 year old was found on the Co-Op car park off Union Street around 6am on Sunday 11 November 2012.

It is believed the man sustained his injuries sometime between 1am and 6am; he was taken to hospital but later discharged.

Officers are keen to speak with anybody who may have seen the man on the car park on Sunday morning.