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Long lay-off for Burnley's Barnes

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Burnley striker Ashley Barnes is set to miss the majority of next season after suffering a serious knee injury.

The Clarets have announced that the 25-year-old sustained anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in Sunday's final-day Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa.

Barnes, who will undergo surgery next week, is the fourth Burnley player to be struck by a cruciate ligament injury in the space of 14 months, following Sam Vokes, Kevin Long and Dean Marney into long-term rehabilitation.

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Spotlight on Burnley

Burnley has often been labelled as one of the victims of the recession. But the town seems to be really turning things around. Business people in the Lancashire town say it's actually been one of the places in our region which has LED the economic recovery. So with the general election just around the corner, which party's going to end up in power in this key marginal seat? Here's a constituency profile from Tim Scott.

Below is a list of all the candidates standing on May 7th 2015.

Candidates for Burnley Constituency Credit: ITV Granada

Arrest made in Burnley child abduction investigation

The girl was taken from Nairne Street, Burnley, at around 4pm on Thursday Credit: ITV News.

Police investigating the abduction of a six-year-old girl have made an arrest.

A 33-year-old man from Accrington was held on suspicion of child abduction and is currently in police custody.

Detectives launched a manhunt after the girl was taken by a man, possibly in a black car, from Nairne Street, Burnley, at around 4pm on Thursday.

She was then dropped off three miles away at Whitefield Street, Hapton, where she was found and police were alerted.

Detectives say they're continuing their appeal for information and are urging witnesses to get in touch.

“We need anyone who may have witnessed a black coloured car in the Nairne Street or Whitefield Street areas around the time of the abduction to contact us."

– Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh, Lancashire Police
  • Anyone with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Video: Police say abduction was extremely serious

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Mc Hugh of Lancashire Police described the abduction as 'extremely serious'.

She said the six-year-old was taken by a man believed to be a stranger to her. She was then left by herself over three miles away from her home.

Police are continuing an urgent search for the offender.

He is described as a white man with a tanned complexion aged in his forties and bald.

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Video report: Hunt for man who abducted six-year-old

Police have launched a manhunt after a six-year-old girl was abducted in the streets of Burnley yesterday.

It is believed that at around 4pm yesterday the girl was taken by a man, possibly in a large dark coloured car from Nairne Street, Burnley.

She was then dropped off three miles away, our correspondent Ashley Derricott has this report:

Police launch manhunt after child abducted in Burnley

The six-year-old girl was abducted on Nairne Street in Burnley Credit: Granada reports

Police have launched a manhunt after a six-year-old girl was abducted in the streets of Burnley yesterday.

It is believed that at around 4pm yesterday the girl was taken by a man, possibly in a large dark coloured car from Nairne Street, Burnley.

Officers believe she was then dropped off at Whitefield Street, Hapton where she was found and returned home before police were called.

Police are continuing an urgent search for the offender.

He is described as a white man with a tanned complexion aged in his forties and bald.

This investigation is very much in its early stages and we are determined to find out exactly what has happened to this young child and to catch the man who has done this.

We have a team of detectives who are on with various lines of enquiry and will be speaking to people in the area, as well as looking for possible CCTV footage and forensic evidence. We will also be speaking to the victim today.

– Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh from East CID

Anyone with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 0916 of Thursday (26 March 2015).

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Man rescued by police after people trafficking raid in Lancashire

Anti-slavery police have raided a house in Burnley and taken a suspected victim to a "place of safety".

Officers targeted the address on Albert Street after complaints a man was being kept against his will and made to work.

Today's action was part of Operation Proteus, an on-going investigation into modern slavery and people trafficking.

Lancashire Police said the man is currently in a safe place where he is being supported by a number of charities and agencies.

No arrests have been made.

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