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Man dies from head injuries after falling off bike

A man suffered major head injuries after colliding with another bicycle on Hill Lane, Colne. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

A man has died after falling off his bike in Lancashire.

The 50-year-old was one of three people out cycling on Hill Lane, in Colne, at around 10pm on Thursday, May 12.

A woman, aged 19, fell from her bike injuring her leg. The two male riders cycling behind her then collided with each other before the 50-year-old fell from his bike and suffered major head injuries.

The man was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital where he died on Friday, May 13.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with this man and his family.

We are appealing for information and would ask anyone who can help to come forward and contact police.

If you were in the Hill Lane area and witnessed the incident please contact us.

– Sgt David Hurst, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact pol‎ice on 101, quoting log reference 1637 of May 12.

Lancashire Police's Major Investigation Team investigating a rape in Colne

Lancashire Police's Major Investigation Team are investigating a rape in Colne Credit: PA

Lancashire Police's Major Investigation Team are investigating a rape in Colne.

The incident happened shortly before 11pm on Saturday 6th February when a 23-year-old woman was walking along Tennyson Road. When she was at the junction with Slater Avenue she is thought to have been grabbed from behind by a man and dragged into a ginnel where possibly two or three other men were waiting.

Officers are conducting a number of enquiries in the area, including house to house, CCTV and forensic enquiries as part of the on-going investigation.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a group of three or four men acting suspiciously in the area at around 10.40pm on Saturday evening.

DCI Joanne McHugh from the Force Major Investigation Team said:

“Our investigation into this serious incident is on-going and we are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries.

“The victim has been through an extremely traumatic experience and she is being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“We are appealing to anyone with any information that could assist with our investigation to come forward and contact us as soon as possible. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the Tennyson Road/Slater Avenue area around the time of the attack.

“Although the local community will understandably be concerned by what has happened, it is important to stress that incidents such as these are rare. We believe this was an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area to offer reassurance to residents.”

– DCI Joanne McHugh


Man killed in Colne collision named as Keith Robinson

Mr Robinson with his dog, Boofle Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

The man who was killed in a collision in Colne last Thursday has been named as Keith Robinson, from Burnley.

His family have paid an emotional tribute:

"Keith was a loving dad, brother and uncle.

"He was an avid rugby fan, who also enjoyed listening to music and going to concerts.

"He was well regarded by everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed.

"The family wish to thank everyone for their assistance at the scene and urge anyone who may have seen anything, no matter how small they think it is, to come forward."

– Family of Keith Robinson

A 50-year-old man from Burnley was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A second man, aged 22, from Colne, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

A 23-year-old man from Nelson was also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three are currently in police custody.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Det Chief Insp Jo McHugh, of Burnley CID, said:

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.

“We would ask anyone with information about this collision to contact police immediately.”

– Det Chief Insp Jo McHugh

If you can help, contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1377 of February 4.

Russian aircraft over Lancashire sparks 'spy plane' fears

The Ministry of Defence has moves to reassure the public after a Russian military aircraft was photographed flying over Lancashire.

The Antonov aircraft was seen in the skies near Colne at the weekend, sparking concerned calls to the MoD.

But a spokesman said the flight was "routine" and and pre-approved by defence chiefs.

"The flight in question was pretty routine. The route was first pre-approved by the MOD and RAF and then flown as per the flight plan."

– RAF Pilot Officer Leo Collins

Can you identify this man?

An artist's impression of the unidentified man Credit: Lancashire Police

Detectives in Lancashire are trying to identify a man who fell from a railway bridge in Colne.

Paramedics were called to the scene on the town's Knotts Lane last Sunday evening, but could not save him from his injuries.

Officers have released an artist's impression of the man, who was believed to be aged between 40 and 55.

He was around 5ft 9in tall. He wore glasses, blue trousers, a blue and white checked shirt, a grey jumper, and a brown zip-up jacket.

The man carried no ID of any kind.

Detective Inspector Jez Holland said: "While he doesn’t match any of our missing person’s records, he is someone’s father, brother or uncle and surely someone, somewhere is missing him and wondering what has happened to him."


Appeal after woman raped in Colne

Police are appealing for witnesses a 35 year old woman was raped on her way home from a night out in Colne on Saturday.

The attack happened sometime between 9.40pm and 10.15pm at the rear of Exchange Street and Blascomy Way when the woman has encountered a lone man smoking a cigarette.

It is believed the man may have been disturbed during the attack when someone has been heard speaking further up the backstreet.

This appears to be an opportunist attack on a vulnerable lone woman returning home from a night out.

“This is a vicious crime which has had a significant impact on the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers”.

“I would appeal to anybody that saw a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence or anyone that thinks they may have witnessed this incident to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

– Detective Inspector Jim Elston

Officers are carrying out CCTV and house to house enquires but anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

A 35 year old man from Colne has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently being questioned by officers.

Colne marks 100 years since Titanic bandmaster's funeral

Events are being held in Colne today to mark the 100th anniversary of Wallace Hartley's funeral.

He was the bandmaster on board the Titanic. His was the only musician's body to be recovered after the disaster.

A funeral walk will leave from Bethel Church in the town at 10.30am.

There will also be a memorial service at his graveside at 1.30pm.

Call Colne Library on 01282 871155 for more details.