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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.


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

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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


Two children in serious condition after alleged hit & run

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Police are appealing for information about a hit-and-run crash which left two children with serious injuries.

A blue Volkswagen Golf lost control in Harwood Street, Blackburn, Lancashire and hit a red Volkswagen Golf travelling in the opposite direction at about 3pm on Friday.

The occupants of the blue Golf got out of the vehicle before a white Vauxhall Astra van arrived at the scene a short time later.

One of the occupants then got into the boot of the van before it drove off towards Eanam, said police.

One of the passengers in the red Golf, a 12-year-old girl, suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries, while a second passenger, a two-year old girl, suffered head and neck injuries.

Both are receiving treatment at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The driver of the red Golf, a 39-year-old woman, suffered minor leg injuries.

Debris from the crash remains at the scene Credit: ITV Granada

This collision has left two children with serious injuries and an investigation is under way to trace the occupants of the blue Volkswagen Golf and the van.

If anyone witnessed the collision or has any information that could assist with our inquiries I would urge them to get in touch. I would also appeal to the occupants of the other two vehicles involved in the collision to make contact with us.

– Sgt Adam Dawson, from Lancashire's road policing unit

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting 766 of April 14, or alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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