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Footballer trial postponed

Kazim-Richards in his Blackburn days Credit: PA Images

The trial of former Blackburn forward Colin Kazim-Richards, accused of making a homophobic gesture at a match while playing against one of his previous clubs, has been postponed.

Kazim-Richards, 27, allegedly made a gesture to the crowd during Blackburn's Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on February 12 last year.

Kazim-Richards, who now plays for Turkish club Bursaspor, is charged with one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, within the sight or hearing of a person, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The London-born footballer's trial had been expected to start at Brighton Magistrates' Court today, but has been moved to a date yet to be fixed.

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Police release CCTV after jewellery shop robbed

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Police have released CCTV images following an armed robbery in Blackburn last month.

At just before 3pm on the 20th September, two men entered Humberstones Jewellers on King William Street, one of whom was armed with what appeared to be a black handgun.


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The man threatened the staff and then with the other man, proceeded to smash the cabinets with hammers and stole a large quantity of high value watches which they placed into a satchel which the second offender was carrying. Both offenders then fled the scene on foot, going in different directions.

Police CCTV

Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton said; “Fortunately, no one was injured but understandably everyone involved has been left extremely shaken by what can only be described as a terrifying ordeal.

Police CCTV

“An investigation is underway and I would appeal to anybody that may have witnessed either; the robbery itself or the offenders leaving the scene to contact police immediately. In particular, if anyone recognises the men in the images then I would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously in the area not only this afternoon but in the days leading up to the robbery to come forward and speak with police."

'Let derby be remembered for the football' say clubs

Blackburn Rovers and Burnley FC have appealed to fans to make Saturday's Championship derby memorable for the football. They say that anti social behaviour will be dealt with.

“We encourage all supporters attending this game to respect each other and the authorities. An East Lancashire derby between our two historic clubs is always a special occasion and we hope Saturday’s Championship game will be remembered for the action on the pitch and the positive backing of both sets of supporters....all fans should be aware that breaches of stadium regulations - including anti-social behaviour - will not be tolerated. Burnley and Blackburn Rovers also have a zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort, on the pitch or in the stands."

– Joint statement Blackburn Rovers and Burnley FC
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