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Police trying to find woman who was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning in Burnley

Sarah Jane Aspinall Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police are trying to locate a woman who was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning in Burnley Town Centre.

Sarah Jane Aspinall, 36, from Accrington had been on a night out with a friend in the area and was last seen at around 4am.

Her friends and family have not heard from her since.

Sgt Peter Moore said:

“It is unusual for Sarah not to have been in touch with anyone, particularly her friend who she had been out socialising with.

“If you have seen her or know where she is, please get in contact with us.

“Similarly, if Sarah sees this appeal herself, I would urge her to let us or a family member or friend know she is okay.”

– Sgt Peter Moore

Sarah is described as 4ft 10ins, of slim build, with very long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a short, black dress to just above the knee, a red crocheted cardigan, black knee high boots and a choker type necklace containing white beads.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20160207-1147.

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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
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