Live updates

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.

Long lay-off for Burnley's Barnes

Credit: PA Images

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.


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.
Load more updates