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Man loses part of his ear in 'nasty' robbery

Officers are asking anyone who remembers anything suspicious happening in the area to come forward. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Blackpool last month, in which a man lost part of his ear.

It happened on Claremont Road on Saturday 5 May.

Two men approached the victim to ask for a cigarette lighter, before grabbing his phone.

The victim tried to defend himself and get his phone back but he was attacked by a second man who bit his left ear.

This is clearly a nasty attack which has caused the victim significant injury and we need to find those responsible.

– PC Alan Bagan

The first man is white, in his mid-20s, with short dark hair, who was wearing a pair of shorts.

The second offender is believed to be a white man, in his late teens to early twenties, who was wearing a blue jacket.


Arson investigation after front door set on fire

Police would like to hear from anyone with information. Credit: PA

Police are investigating after the front door of a home was set on fire in Lancashire.

Around 9pm on January 31, offenders had approached a property in Sunny Bank Gardens and poured flammable liquid around the front door. The suspects then ignited the liquid before running off.

No one was hurt.

Offenders have targeted a property causing extensive damage. Thankfully the homeowner was not in at the time of the incident, with no injuries reported

– Det Sgt Mark Holland

Witness appeal after man seriously injured in 'hammer attack'

Detectives believe the man had been attacked using a hammer. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured after an assault in Blackpool.

Officers were called to reports of a fight in Bright Street at around 9.30pm on Tuesday January 9.

They found a 30-year-old man at the scene with serious injuries. The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment to a head injury, as well as broken ribs and a fractured back.

Detectives believe the man had been attacked using a hammer.

We believe a number of people were in the street at the time of the incident and may have seen what happened.

– Det Con Chris Hammond, of Blackpool CID

Two men were later arrested on suspicion of assault and have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Can you help?

  • contact police on (01253) 607049 quoting crime reference WA1800586
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Tribute to Rishton mum killed in hit and run during police pursuit

47-year-old Susan Shaw was killed after being hit by a car Credit: Lancashire Police

47-year-old mum of two Susan Shaw was killed after being hit by a car during a police pursuit.

Susan was hit by a blue Vauxhall Corsa, which was being chased by police, on High Street in Rishton, near Blackburn, at about 5.50pm on Boxing Day.

Today her family have paid tribute to "one of the kindest people you could ever meet".

A fundraising website has been set up to help with the costs of caring for Ms Shaw's two disabled children, who are both believed to be in their 20s.

A message on the Gofundme page, set up by friend Debbie Hudson, said: "Susan was a well loved member of the community who was sadly killed in a hit and run on the 26 December 2017.

"Funds will go towards funeral cost and caring for her two disabled children."

More than £1,000 had been raised within an hour of the page having been set up.

Plans to plant a tree in Ms Shaw's memory, which would be decorated and lit every Christmas, were announced on the Facebook page for the Switch-On Rishton community group.

Member Nick Hayward wrote: "It is with a very heavy heart that news was given to me last night that one our fundraising superstars Susan Shaw was fatally injured in a hit and run on the High Street in Rishton.

"Susan was an active member of the group - a tremendous help behind the scenes as well as taking part in the fundraising events that have been held over the years."

He said the tree, which would be a tribute to her community work, would be planted at Rishton health centre.

Susan was 47-years-old. She was well known within the local community in Rishton and spent a lot of time on local charitable causes, particularly ‘Switched-On Rishton’, which raises money throughout the year for Christmas lights and decorations throughout the town.

Susan was very creative and enjoyed crafting. She would sell items she had made to raise money for Switched-On Rishton.

Susan was a loving mother of two and also a much loved daughter and sister and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She was always generous with her time with friends and strangers alike and was loved by everyone. One of her friends has described as ‘one of the kindest people you could ever meet who would do anything for anybody.

– Susan Shaw's family
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