The coroner in the inquest of a mother found dead in a maternity unit says he has grave concerns about the quality of her care.
Gang jailed after trafficking a woman into Lancashire and forcing her into a sham marriage.
Four people have been sentenced after a woman was trafficked into the UK and sold to a man in Burnley for a sham marriage.
A sex offender has been sentenced to seven and a half years after attacking a woman in Burnley.
Ricky Stuart, 31, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempted rape, sexual assault, and theft at Burnley Crown Court following a week-long trial.
Stuart has also been put on the sex offenders’ register for life.
The court heard how at around 9pm on 1 November last year, Stuart befriended the 47- year-old victim, accompanying her to the Inn on the Wharf public house in Burnley where they had drinks with some of her friends.
The victim then retired to a barge which was moored on the canal at the rear of the pub but was afterwards followed by Stuart.
Stuart then went into the victim`s bedroom, placed his hand over her mouth, sexually assaulted her and tried to force her to perform a sexual act on him.
The victim hit out at Stuart, shouting at him to go. On leaving, he took her handbag, stealing her mobile phone and cash before heading to Blackpool the next day.
A large scale police manhunt began and Stuart was arrested in the resort a few days later.
Speaking after sentencing, DC Karen Haynes - said: “This has been a truly shocking case. At no point whatsoever has Stuart shown any remorse for his actions.
“He has forced the victim in this case to relive this horrific experience by having to attend court and give evidence and this result is testament to the immense courage she has shown in doing so.
“This was a calculated and premeditated attack on a vulnerable female, Stuart is an extremely dangerous man and I welcome today’s sentence.
“As we do with all reports of sexual offences, we had specially trained officers working closely with the victim in this case to provide appropriate support.
“I hope that the sentencing of this predator will reassure the public that although offences of this nature are rare, when they do happen they will not only be thoroughly and professionally investigated, but those responsible will face substantial custodial sentences.”
Police are questioning two men and a youth as part of an investigation into alleged child sexual exploitation in Burnley. Two men, aged 25, 19 and a 16 year old boy are being questioned over offences alleged to have been committed against a 15 year old girl in recent months.
– Det Sgt Sheralyn Melton, Lancashire Constabulary Public Protection Unit
“We are at the very early stages of an investigation and we have been working closely with the victim. Tackling child sexual exploitation is one of the Constabulary’s top priorities and we, along with our partners, will continue to target offenders and help those children who have become, or are at risk of becoming, victims.”
Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged child sexual exploitation in Burnley. Two men, aged 25, 19 and a 16 year old boy are being questioned over offences alleged to have been committed in recent months.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a jogger was assaulted in Burnley.
The incident happened on Wednesday 26th June between 7:00pm and 7:15pm on the Pendle Way canal path.
The victim, a 54 year old woman was jogging as part of a running club when she was approached by a woman who obstructed the path and hit her.
The offender then went to the local Aldi store and was captured on cctv.
PC Trevor Syrett from Burnley Police said, “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and who witnessed the incident to come forward and contact the police.
“I am also keen to trace the woman pictured in the cctv and if anyone knows who this person is then I would ask them to call the police.
“Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured but it was an unpleasant experience for her and the person responsible needs to be caught and spoken to.”
A police community support officer has been speaking of the moment she rescued a little boy who was face down in a canal in Lancashire.
Doctors thought that Ayaan Shah may not survive.
But a week on he's out of intensive care and today his mother had the chance to thank the PCSO for saving his life.
Amy Welch reports.
A two-year-old boy is being described as "very poorly" after falling into a canal in Burnley.
Ayaan Shah is being treated at Manchester Children's Hospital.
Police are investigating how the boy came to be in the water in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in the town's Pit Top Park on Monday evening.
A toddler is critically ill after being found in a canal in Lancashire.
The two year old had gone missing yesterday afternoon from a street in Burnley
Amy Welch reports.