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Appeal after man seen touching himself inappropriately in public

Police want to speak to this man

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a man was seen touching himself inappropriately in public.

Colbran Street, Burnley Credit: Google Maps

Officers were called out to Colbran Street, Burnley, at around 5pm on Sunday, to reports a man had been carrying out a lewd act in full view on a residential street.

Detective Sergeant Paul Barlow, of Burnley Police, said:

This is clearly quite a concerning incident, where a male appears to have been touching himself inappropriately in public in broad daylight.

We are now keen to trace the man pictured, in connection with our ongoing investigation, and we would urge anyone who recognises him or has information about who he might be to contact us.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Barlow

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0870 of May 1st. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at


Motorcyclist dies after crash in Burnley

Police areappealing for information after a motorcyclist died following a crash in Burnley.

It happened on Friday 11th March, when a black BMW crashed with a blue Yamaha 600cc motorcycle which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The motorcyclist, a 41 year old man from Burnley, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he later died.

“One man has sadly lost his life as a result of this collision and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened to contact us. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision. The motorcycle travelled from the Colne Road area while the BMW travelled from the Barden Lane area.”

– PS John Jennings Wharton from the Road Policing Unit

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 791 of 11th March.


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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