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Parish council punch up over sheep row

This is the moment a parish council meeting turned into a punch up - all over where sheep were allowed to graze. The allotments committee meeting of Briercliffe Parish Council, near Burnley, descended into a brawl on Monday night when talks broke down.

It's believed to have started over a year long dispute concerning former parish councillor Sarah Seed and the grazing rights of her sheep Millie. Mrs Seed has been involved in protracted negotiations, along with fellow councillor Colin Meeks, who has a nine-strong flock. It's reported after they were told they can no longer use the village site Coun Seed stood down.

Discussions became heated over the issue and the meeting was adjourned when things turned physical. Lancashire Constabulary is now investigating possible public order offences and reviewing video footage.

Appeal for missing man from Burnley

Kevin Clarke, missing from home in Burnley Credit: Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for help to find a 49 year old man who is missing from home in Burnley. Kevin Clarke was last seen at an address on Raglan Road at around 11.20am on Tuesday 9 December.

He was last seen wearing a grey duffel coat with a grey hoody, blue jeans and black loafer style shoes. He may also be wearing a grey flat cap and a black and silver necklace and a brown friendship bracelet.

If anyone has seen Kevin or knows where he is I would urge them to contact us as we are becoming increasingly concerned about him. I would also urge Kevin, if he sees this appeal himself, to get in touch with us or his family to let us know he is safe.

– PC Cat Horner of Burnley Police

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Police appeal for help to find missing teenager

Cane is 5ft 1in tall, slim build with short light brown hair. Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police are appealing for information about a 15-year-old who is missing from his home in Burnley. Cane Gorton was last seen at 6pm on Tuesday 28 October.

Cane has been missing for over a week now and we are becoming increasingly concerned about him. We believe he may be in the Stoops area and if anybody has any information about where he might be I would urge them to contact us. Similarly, if Cane sees this appeal, I would urge him to get in touch to let us know he is safe.

– Inspector Ilyas Mohmed

Banned driver's 'selfie video' of police chase

A banned driver who filmed himself being chased by the police through the streets of Burnley whilst at the wheel has been jailed.

23 year old Salim Shah recorded a goodbye 'selfie' video saying 'Lisa I love you...I'm going to prison now." The chase lasted 17 minutes with Shah driving double the speed limit though red lights before trying to make off on foot. He was found nearby hiding in undergrowth.

Shah had been banned from driving just 2 months earlier. At a hearing at Burnley Crown Court he admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, no insurance and possessing cannabis and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

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Burnley holiday maker dies after 'taking drugs' in Amsterdam

A street view of Amsterdam. Credit: PA

A holiday maker from Lancashire has died after apparently taking cocaine and heroin during a trip to Amsterdam, it was reported today.

Joel McDevitt, 22, from Burnley, died in a hospital in the Dutch city on Sunday morning.

Officers believe he and an unnamed friend, also from Burnley, Lancashire, had 'taken a quantity of drugs' including cocaine and heroin.

Burnley get a fitness boost ahead of their weekend clash at West Ham

Burnley fans have cause to celebrate as five of their injured players return for their weekend fixture. Credit: Pa

Burnley's injury problems have eased ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham at Turf Moor.

Striker Danny Ings (hamstring), midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah (throat) and Dave Jones (thigh) and defenders Kieran Trippier (ankle) and Michael Keane (hamstring) should all be fit enough to be included in the squad.

But Matthew Taylor needs an Achilles operation and the game is also likely to come too soon for fellow midfielders Dean Marney (hamstring) and Steven Reid (groin).

Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Kightly, Cisak, Sordell, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Chalobah, Jones.

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