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Fire at Blackburn derelict site for third time in two months

The fire which broke out in the early hours of Sunday is the third fire at the site in two months Credit: Blackburn Fire

A fire has broken out at a derelict site in Blackburn for the third time in two months.

A fire previously broke out at the former V10 Polymers site on Patterson Street on the 28th September.

Fire crews say last night's fire was on a much smaller scale, but they believe it may have been started deliberately. Firefighters remain at the scene but no evacuations of nearby residents have taken place.

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Missing girls found safe after police appeal

Two 12-year-old girls missing for around 48 hours have been found safe and well, police said.

Jasmine Thornber, from Blackburn, and Michaela Wotherspoon, from Darwen, were found at around 11.30pm on Tuesday.

The pair had left their homes on Sunday afternoon to meet each other but did not return as expected.

They were located in the Blackburn area by police two days later.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "They have both been found safe and well."

More arrests in Blackburn murder inquiry

Andrew Whitter Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Blackburn have arrested a further three men.

They are being held on suspicion of the murder of Andrew Whitter, 54, originally from Chorley.

He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital in a critical condition after suffering head injuries and died three days later.

Police believe he may have been assaulted and robbed in the days before he was taken to hospital.

Two other men have already been arrested. One's being questioned on suspicion of murder, the other has been released without charge.

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Police want to trace this man after 13-year-old assaulted

Credit: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire have released CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to after a 13-year-old girl was indecently assaulted in Blackburn.

The incident happened at around 7pm on Wednesday, June 14 when the teenager was walking along North Road towards Shadsworth Road.

A man was seen walking behind her and as she got to Shadsworth Road, the man caught up with her and engaged her in conversation. The girl crossed the road and walked towards Skye Crescent where she was grabbed from behind by the man. The girl punched him and ran away and the man ran from the scene.

The man is described as Asian, approximately 20 years old, slim build with black hair that was longer on the top. He was wearing black rimmed glasses.

DC Hannah Tofalos of Burnley CID said:

This is a concerning incident involving a 13-year-old girl and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information about the man pictured in the CCTV image or anyone who was in the vicinity at the time and saw this man and the victim walking.

We are particularly keen to speak to two males who were on Skye Crescent at the time and may have seen the man run off. If you have any information that could assist with our on-going enquiries then please contact us as soon as possible.

– DC Hannah Tofalos
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