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CCTV plea after woman punched in the face on bus

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Detectives want help from the public after a 19-year-old woman was punched in the face on a bus in Blackpool.

Police were called at 5pm on Sunday, October 23, following reports of an assault in Talbot Road.

Around 4.45pm, a man sat next to a woman on the Number 14 bus and tried talking to her.

As the bus approached the Wilko store, the man then punched the victim in the face before making off.

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The victim, a 19-year-old woman from Thornton, suffered minor facial injuries and went to hospital for treatment.

The offender is described as black and was wearing a black hoodie and black jogging pants.

“The attack seems to be random and unprovoked and the victim has received facial injuries as a result.

“We are particularly keen to speak to this man....in connection with the incident.”

– PC Dave Watson
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WA1616547.
  • Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Tributes paid to teenage boy killed in hit and run

The 15-year-old was out cycling in Whitesnake, near Preston, when he was hit by a car on Friday night. Credit: Lancashire Police

Tributes have been paid to Dylan Crossey, 15, who died after a hit and run in Lancashire late on Friday night, October 7.

The teenage footballer with "mesmerising skills" was cycling along Chain House Lane in Whitestake, near Preston, when he was hit by a car.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious head injuries before being transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital, where he later died.

Dylan was a much loved son and brother who loved nothing more than living life to its fullest. He was a gentleman and was growing into a fine young man. Dylan was an outstanding footballer and loved to watch his favourite team Preston North End both at home and away. Dylan was taken from us suddenly and without warning. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

– Dylan's family

Dylan was a described as a talented and proud footballer, who represented his local team almost 100 times. In a Facebook post, Penwortham St Teresa's FC said Dylan "always represented the club with pride".

Today's U16 and U18 matches have been cancelled while the day's other fixtures will hold pre-match applause as a mark of respect.

The 15-year-old was out cycling in Whitesnake, near Preston, when he was hit by a car on Friday night. Credit: Facebook

Rival side Longridge Town Juniors posted: "Everyone at Longridge town juniors would like to pass on their condolences to the teams and family of Dylan Crossey.

"Dylan died last night in a tragic hit and run. He was 15.

"Dylan played for Penwortham St Teresa's and more recently Cadley.

"A very talented striker with silky, mesmerising skills, very often tying knots in our defence."

When we get news like this it hits us all in junior football. Hurts us all in our football community. Rest in peace Dylan.

– Spokesman, Longridge Town Juniors

A man, 42, from New Longton remains in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

Police recovered a silver BMW 3 Series from an address in New Longton and are appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle in the area to come forward.

  • Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 1316 of October 7.

Teenage boy dies after hit and run in Lancashire

Police are appealing for anyone who has seen a damaged car in the area to get in touch. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

A teenage boy has died after a hit and run in Lancashire.

Dylan Crossey, 15, was out on his bike late on Friday night, October 7, when he was hit by a car on Chain House Lane in Whitestake near Preston.

Dylan suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital before he was transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital.

Police have arrested a man, 42, from New Longton on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. He remains in custody.

They have also recovered a silver BMW 3 Series from an address in New Longton.

Dylan has very sadly died as a result of the injuries he sustained in this collision and we are continuing our investigation into this tragic incident.

We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have seen a silver BMW 3 Series in the area around the time of the collision to contact us.

Similarly, if you have any other information that could assist with our on-going investigation I would urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

– Chief Inspector Mike Adamson, Lancashire Constabulary
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1613 of October 7th.

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Police trike gives Accrington officers a surprise

The trike outside of Accrington's new town centre police station Credit: MEN Syndication

Police officers at Accrington town centre's new police station were given a surprise by a children's trike.

The two foot long toy was parked in a 'police only' parking space complete with a police sign sealed on with sellotape.

The trike was parked next to a police van outside the towns new Broadway station.

The new station, which was officially opened to the public on Monday morning, provides a base for the local policing team and office space for response officers.

'Thanks to one of our future recruits making the most of the available parking at the new Accrington Police Station. You know you're getting old when even the police vehicles start to look younger.'

– Sgt John Kennedy

Teenager accused of Darwen murder due in court

An 18-year-old is due in court charged with murder after a man died and a woman was injured at a house in Darwen in Lancashire.

Daniel Bamford, of Harvey Lane, Warrington, will appear at Preston Crown Court.

Five other men have been bailed until 25th October.

Michael Keen, 42, had suffered multiple stab wounds.

A 42 year old woman was treated in hospital.

Michael Keen Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Memorial to hero Lancashire police officer, 45 years after he died tackling a jewel thief

Superintendent Gerald Richardson, who was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend Jewel robbers. Credit: Press Association.

A memorial stone is being unveiled 45 years after the death of a police officer who died tackling a gunman in Blackpool.

Superintendent Gerry Richardson was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend jewel robbers on 23 August 1971.

He remains the most senior policeman in the UK to lose his life on duty.

Supt Richardson's widow Maureen will unveil the memorial stone at Aspire Academy, the school which occupies the site of his former school, Blackpool Grammar. Sarah Rogers has the story:

The officer was killed after assisting in a car chase of a gang of five armed robbers who had attacked a jeweller's shop in Blackpool.

As the gang split up and attempted to escape on foot, he and Pc Carl Walker chased one of the raiders - 'Fat' Fred Sewell, down a dead-end alleyway.

Sewell shot Pc Walker in the thigh before Supt Richardson tackled the gunman and attempted to persuade him to surrender his weapon.

However, Supt Richardson was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.

His funeral was attended by around 100,000 members of the public and he was poshumously awarded the George Cross the following year.

Pc Walker was also awarded the George Cross, one of the nation's highest awards for gallantry.

The unveiling of the memorial stone later will be attended by his family and friends as well as civic dignitaries and former and present members of the Lancashire police force.

12 year old who died in Lancashire is named by police

Paige Daughtry Credit: Lancashire Police

Police say there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was taken to hospital from a holiday park in Lancashire.

She has been named as Paige Daughtry, from Oldham in Greater Manchester.

Officers say they were called at around 9.40pm on Monday, July 18 to the Cala Gran Holiday Park in Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood.

The Ambulance Service had contacted police after Paige was found unresponsive at the scene by paramedics.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment but died a short time later.

Police say a post mortem examination has been carried out and while the exact cause of death has not been ascertained, there are not thought at this stage to be any suspicious circumstances.

A file will be sent to the Coroner.

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