A teacher has admitted he sexually assaulted pupils at a primary school by tickling and sniffing their feet, the Daily Express reports.
Martyne Airey would make the youngsters take off their socks and shoes and sit up on a table before assaulting them.
The 51-year-old told the youngsters it was part of a game.
During the games of 'smell and tickle', Airey would sit children who had been naughty on a table, take off their socks and shoes and then ask them to pick a card.
He would then sniff or tickle their feet depending on which card they chose.
Airey, from Blackburn, was suspended from his position and then charged in April this year.
He pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual activity with a child under 13 and will be sentenced next month.
A former teacher has been found guilty of historical child sex offences at a school in Blackburn.
John Mead, 76, was convicted of four counts of indecent assault involving three boys under the age of 14.
The offences happened when he taught at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn in the 1970s.
He has been placed on the sex offenders' register.
Police have charged a man with the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Blackburn. Michael McQueenie, aged 27, is due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court today.
A valuable pipe organ and lead from a church roof have been stolen in Blackburn. The theft took place sometime between Tuesday 18 March and Monday 29 April. Thieves smashed a side window at Holy Trinity Church which is a Grade II listed building under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
The thieves took lead from the church’s roof, as well as dismantling the church’s antique pipe organ in order to steal all of its’ internal metal parts.
PC Andy Ronga said; “It is a great shame that this theft has happened, as the architectural significance of the beautiful Holy Trinity church building is an important piece of Blackburn’s history.
“The church’s pipe organ has also been completely dismantled, and, therefore, I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this theft to please come forward."
Police searching for a missing teenager from Blackburn have revealed a new picture in the hope someone will spot her.
Sherana Hussain, 15, vanished on Tuesday morning from her home on the town's Adelaide Terrace.
She did not go to school as expected. She has not contacted her family or friends.
Sherana is 5ft tall and was last seen wearing a black cardigan, a purple tunic and black trousers.
Police are appealing for information about a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing from her home in Blackburn.
Sherana Hussain was last seen around 7.30am on Tuesday, April 29, at her home address on Adelaide Terrace.
She failed to attend school and hasn’t been in touch with family or friends since.
Sherana is described as Asian, 5ft tall with very long dark black hair.
She was last seen wearing a black cardigan, a purple tunic and black trousers.
Inspector Phil Hutchinson said: “If anybody has any information about Sherana’s current or recent whereabouts then I would urge them to get in touch.
“I’d like to appeal directly to Sherana to get in touch with us as soon as possible as her family are also getting increasingly worried.”
Anybody with information should call Lancashire Police on 101.
A teacher accused of sniffing the feet of schoolchildren for "sexual gratification" has appeared in court.
Martyne Airey, 51, from Blackburn, Lancashire, is accused of 13 charges involving 13 boys, aged between eight and 11, between June 2012 and October 2013.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, told Blackburn magistrates: "The prosecution case is he would play a game with children which involved him smelling their feet for sexual gratification."
Airey's solicitor said the matters "are clearly denied".
The defendant was bailed until May 6.
The Queen was in Blackburn today carrying out a tradition that dates back 350 years.
She was handing out Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women - a pair for each of her years.
And she even had time for a bite of Lancashire hotpot, as Amy Welch reports.
The Queen has given out Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women at Blackburn Cathedral.
Thousands of people have been lining the streets of Blackburn for a glimpse of the Queen.
The Duke of Edinburgh is also in town to give money to pensioners at the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service.
Amy Welch reports.