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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."

Police concern over girls, 12, missing for two days

Jasmine Thornber (left) and Michaela Wotherspoon (right), have been missing since Sunday afternoon. Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police are concerned for the safety of two 12-year-old girls missing for two days.

Jasmine Thornber and Michaela Wotherspoon, from Blackburn and Darwen, have not been seen since leaving their homes to meet each other on Sunday afternoon.

The pair were reported missing after they didn't return home as expected.

Lancashire Police reported that the girls' parents were "extremely anxious" to be reunited with their daughters, adding that they could be at a friend's house.

“Jasmine and Michaela are vulnerable given their young ages and so we are doing everything we can to find them," Sergeant Kevin Jones said.

Jasmine is described as white, 5ft 3ins, of slim build with long dark hair. She was last seen wearing a black crop top, black leggings, a black jacket and white trainers.

Michaela is described as white, 5ft 8ins, of slim build with long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a royal blue Adidas top, light blue leggings with white trainers.

Police have asked anyone with information to call 101, quoting log number 1717 of July 16th.

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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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