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Police appeal after man, 70, hit by car

Shadsworth Road, Blackburn Credit: Google Maps

Police in Lancashire are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Blackburn in which a 70-year-old man has suffered a serious injury.

The incident occurred at around 1.25pm on November 23 on Shadsworth Road, when a Toyota Hiace collided with a lamp-post in a central pedestrian island before overturning.

The driver, an 88-year-old man, was thankfully uninjured, but his passenger is thought to have suffered a fractured neck.

Now we are appealing for anybody who witnessed the collision to get in touch.

Sergeant John Jennings-Wharton, of the Roads Policing Unit, said:

This collision has left a man with a serious injury and we are now urging anybody who may have seen the incident to contact us as soon as possible.

– Sergeant John Jennings-Wharton
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 620 of November 23rd.

Tragic Poppy-Mai: petition to be heard in Parliament

Poppy-Mai Credit: Facebook

MPs are going to hear from the family of a little girl from Blackburn who died from a rare brain tumour.

It has been confirmed that a petition by Poppy-Mai's parents will be debated in parliament today.

She was just 17 months old when she died.

Her parents have been fighting since that day to raise awareness of childhood cancers.

After getting more than 110,000 signatures on their petition they have been told it will be discussed in Parliament on the 28th of November.

They want the government to give more funding to help fight childhood cancers.

They also say there should be more genetic testing and research.

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Lancashire Lord dies after mobility scooter crash

Lord Taylor of Blackburn Credit: PA Images

A senior Labour peer from Lancashire has died after he was knocked off his mobility scooter outside Parliament.

Lord Taylor of Blackburn, 87, was involved in a collision with a van last week.

Lord Taylor was leader of Blackburn Town Council in the 1970s and was made a life peer in 1978.

"Tom was a committed member of the House of Lords right through to the tragic circumstances which led to his death. We in the Labour peers group are very sad and will miss him dearly."

– Baroness Smith of Basildon, Labour leader in the Lords

New appeal in search for missing 12-year-old William Cowell

William was last seen on Tuesday. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Police have made a fresh appeal, and released a new picture, in their search for missing Blackburn 12-year-old William Cowell.

The youngster was last seen at around 4pm on Tuesday 16 November at his home on Lansdowne Street.

He left the house and has not been heard from.

“We are extremely worried about William as he has not been seen since yesterday afternoon and his family say this is extremely unusual. “He also suffers from asthma and may need to use his inhaler, which he does not have with him."

– PC Darren Lee, Lancashire Police

Concern for missing 12-year-old boy from Blackburn

William Cowell Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 12-year-old boy who is missing from home in Blackburn.

William Cowell was last seen at around 4pm on Tuesday 16 November at his home on Lansdowne Street. He left the house and has not been seen or heard from since.

His behaviour has been described as extremely out of character. He may also need to use an asthma inhaler which he does not have in his possession.

William is described as white, around 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, with short, light-brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms, a navy Helly Hanson jacket and black Nike trainers with a grey ‘tick’ on them.

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Recalled to prison: James Gorman

James Gorman, 34, has been recalled to prison Credit: Lancashire Police

James Gorman, 34, of Perry Street, Darwen, has been recalled to prison.

Police say he has links to Blackburn, Darwen and Colne and is believed to be in the Blackburn with Darwen area.

Gorman is described as white, 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall, of medium build with short light brown hair, hazel eyes and a scar on one of his left fingers.

He has previous convictions for assault and members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Temp Det Insp Alisa Wilson, of Lancashire Police, said:

We are keen to trace Gorman and return him to prison immediately.

If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please contact us.

Similarly if Gorman himself sees this appeal I would urge him to hand himself in at the nearest police station.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

– Det Insp Alisa Wilson

Ace the rescue dog helps with efforts at collapsed pub in Blackburn

Ace to the rescue Credit: Mike Dewar/Twitter

Ace the rescue dog is helping the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service search the collapsed building in Blackburn.

Ace's handler, Mike Dewar, Tweeted a picture of Ace amongst the rubble and ruins of the Duke of Edinburgh pub on the corner of Hill Street and Crabtree Street in Blackburn.

It's believed a group of children had been playing at the former Duke of Edinburgh pub on the corner of Hill Street and Crabtree Street.

Firefighters from Blackburn, Great Harwood, Darwen, Bamber Bridge and Chorley were called to the incident as well as specialist rescue equipment and search and rescue dogs from Lancashire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Six in hospital after derelict building collapses in Blackburn

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Lancashire Fire Service say six people were taken to hospital after a derelict building collapsed in Blackburn.

It's believed a group of children had been playing at the former Duke of Edinburgh pub on the corner of Hill Street and Crabtree Street.

Firefighters from Blackburn, Great Harwood, Darwen, Bamber Bridge and Chorley were called to the incident as well as specialist rescue equipment and search and rescue dogs from Lancashire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

A multi-agency investigation is underway into the cause of the collapse.

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