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Appeal for help to trace man after attempted robbery

Detectives investigating an attempted robbery at a convenience store in Burnley are still trying to trace a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

A man went into the Super Discount Market on Briercliffe Road on August 29th armed with a rounders bat and a lock knife.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Greater Manchester Police

He threatened the man working behind the counter and demanded that he hand over money.

He made his way behind the counter and struck the shop worker with the bat before making off empty handed. Fortunately the shop worker was not badly injured.

The man was described as Asian and spoke with a foreign accent. He was around 5ft 9 tall, of a slim build, thought to be in his early twenties and was wearing a dark or black coloured cotton hooded jacket, dark tracksuit bottoms and Nike trainers. He had his face covered.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at


Police identify man found dead at business in Burnley

A man who was murdered in Burnley has been identified as 49-year-old Stephen Whitehead.

Stephen Whitehead was found dead at a business in Burnley Credit: Lancashire Police

Stephen Whitehead was found dead at a business in Burnley on Monday.

Police say he was found with "extensive head injuries".

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers of Lancashire Police said:

“We have a large team of detectives dedicated to this investigation and finding out exactly how this man came about these injuries and the circumstances which led to his death.

“I would urge anyone with information about this man’s death to please get in contact with us at your earliest opportunity.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Withers

Burnley sign striker Chris Long from Everton

Burnley have signed striker Chris Long from Everton on a three-year-deal.

Long told Burnley's official website: “I’m absolutely buzzing to have officially signed and I can’t wait to get started.

“I can’t thank Everton enough for what they did for me, but I think it’s time to start a new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to get started with Burnley.

“I’ve proved that I can score goals in the Championship and I only had two starts. I would have started more without injuries and I’m looking forward to scoring goals for Burnley.

“I’m fresh, young and eager to succeed to be honest and I just want to show the Burnley fans what I can do.”

Fire at Burnley recycling plant Accrington Road closed

Lancashire Fire and Rescue are still tackling a fire at a recycling centre on Accrington Road in Burnley.

Firefighters from across East Lancashire were called to the site at 9.40pm last night. Eight fire engines, a cherry picker and a hazardous materials unit were dispatched as flames engulfed a pile of tyres.

The fire is now under control, three fire engines remain at the site this morning and Accrington road remains closed until further notice.


Aldridge backs Liverpool's newest signing: 'Ings makes perfect sense'

'Great potential' Aldridge on Ings Credit: PA

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings makes perfect sense.

The England Under-21 is joining the Reds on July 1, subject to a medical.

He is only 22 so the Clarets are due compensation and Liverpool, having had one offer rejected, are trying to come to an amicable arrangement without the need for a tribunal to rule on a valuation.

Danny Ings is, for me, a no-brainer.

The young lad scored 11 goals for Burnley, a team struggling for points, struggling for goals - and he's on the verge of breaking through to the England side.

He's young and is one who has great potential. He's a goalscorer, he knows where the net is, his movement's good and he's quick.

He can finish, he's quite clinical in front of goal, so he's a player that will only get better."

– John Aldridge speaking to

Ings, in his first top-flight campaign, scored 11 goals in 35 league appearances last season which was more than Liverpool's leading scorer Steven Gerrard who managed nine in 29 matches.

It's Liverpool's second signing of the summer after Manchester City midfielder James Milner last week agreed to join on a free transfer after his contract at the Etihad Stadium expires.

Sex offender wanted after failing to give police new address

Credit: Lancashire Police

Lancashire Police are asking for the public's help to find a wanted sex offender from Burnley.

61-year-old Francis Patrick Doherty is wanted for failing to inform the police of his current address and thereby revoking his licence of release.

Doherty’s last conviction was in 2014, also for failing to inform police of his address. He was originally sentenced in relation to the sexual assault of a boy at Burnley Crown Court in 2005.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We take any breach of notification requirements very seriously and as a result of Doherty failing to tell us of his current whereabouts, we are trying to trace him."

“I would also urge Doherty himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in to the police.”

Francis Doherty was last sighted in Manchester City Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th. He has links to Accrington, Bacup and Haslingden and is known to move around sleeping on friend’s sofas.

He is described as white, around 5 foot 8 inches tall, with blue eyes, of proportionate build and speaks with a North West accent.

Anyone with information about Doherty’s whereabouts can contact DC 2602 Andy Ashworth on 01254 353851. Alternatively, they can 101.

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