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Searches underway after reports contact lost with aircraft

Lancashire Police and other agencies are responding to reports that contact has been lost with a light aircraft off the coast of Blackpool.

Emergency services were contacted at shortly after 9am today to the report that contact had been lost with the aircraft and searches are currently underway.

Man in van tries to grab girl on Blackpool street

Detectives in Blackpool are investigating a suspected attempted abduction of a girl.

At around 4.30pm on Tuesday an 11-year-old local girl was walking along Faringdon Avenue with a friend when they became separated.

The girl reported seeing a small red van parked up on the pavement and as she has walked by, the driver has leant over the passenger side of the vehicle in an attempt pull her inside.

The man is thought to have a tattoo on his left forearm.

Detective Inspector Lee Wilson said:

“This is a very concerning incident and the victim is understandably very shaken by her ordeal.

“Whilst incidents of this nature are rare, we are taking it very seriously and have increased patrols in the area.



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Sister of MH17 victim said 'we all need answers'

Former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas Credit: ITV Tonight

The sister of one of the British victims of the MH17 crash told ITV News "we all need answers".

Tracey Withers, the twin sister of former BBC journalist Glenn Thomas, from Lancashire, has travelled to Holland to hear the final report into the crash.

Mr Thomas was a passenger on flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine in July last year.

She said: "We all need answers. This is a step forward for the families."

The Dutch Safety Board is to publish a final report on why Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 broke up over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.

Sister of MH17 victim hopes report will offer answers

The sister of a man from Lancashire, who was onboard a plane that was shot down, hopes the crash report will offer answers.

Glenn Thomas was a passenger on Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17, which was brought down over Ukraine in July last year.

His twin sister Tracey Withers says she is hopeful the Dutch Safety Board report out today could give her family some closure.

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