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Parish council punch up over sheep row

This is the moment a parish council meeting turned into a punch up - all over where sheep were allowed to graze. The allotments committee meeting of Briercliffe Parish Council, near Burnley, descended into a brawl on Monday night when talks broke down.

It's believed to have started over a year long dispute concerning former parish councillor Sarah Seed and the grazing rights of her sheep Millie. Mrs Seed has been involved in protracted negotiations, along with fellow councillor Colin Meeks, who has a nine-strong flock. It's reported after they were told they can no longer use the village site Coun Seed stood down.

Discussions became heated over the issue and the meeting was adjourned when things turned physical. Lancashire Constabulary is now investigating possible public order offences and reviewing video footage.

Appeal for missing man from Burnley

Kevin Clarke, missing from home in Burnley Credit: Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for help to find a 49 year old man who is missing from home in Burnley. Kevin Clarke was last seen at an address on Raglan Road at around 11.20am on Tuesday 9 December.

He was last seen wearing a grey duffel coat with a grey hoody, blue jeans and black loafer style shoes. He may also be wearing a grey flat cap and a black and silver necklace and a brown friendship bracelet.

If anyone has seen Kevin or knows where he is I would urge them to contact us as we are becoming increasingly concerned about him. I would also urge Kevin, if he sees this appeal himself, to get in touch with us or his family to let us know he is safe.

– PC Cat Horner of Burnley Police
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