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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

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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.

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

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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.

Blackburn girl, 17, dies after suffering fractured skull

A 17 year old girl from Blackburn who suffered a fractured skull has died

Shannon Aspin was taken by paramedics to Royal Preston Hospital from an address on St Gabriels Avenue at around 8.20pm on Thursday, July 28.

She remained in hospital but passed away last night. A post mortem examination will take place in due course to try to establish the exact cause of death.

She was thought to have been on Rutland Close on the evening of Thursday, July 28 where she was seen arguing with a man on the street.

A 21 year old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail pending further enquiries until October 21.

Shannon Aspin Credit: Lancashire Police

Shannon was a generous person who was full of life and brought joy and happiness to everyone that knew her. She was like Tigger, she never sat still, full of life and laughter and energy. Shannon was looking forward to starting a new job and apprenticeship.

– Family tribute
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