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Young girl dies in Lancashire road accident

Police at the scene of the collision.

A nine-year-old girl has died in a road crash in Lancashire.

She's been named as Aleena Kauser from Rawtenstall.

The incident happened around 5pm on Bacup Road in Rossendale.

Two men, aged 22 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed pending further inquiries.

Bacup Road in Rossendale Credit: Google Maps


Police visit Martin Mere for 'swan catch'

Man rescued by police after people trafficking raid in Lancashire

Anti-slavery police have raided a house in Burnley and taken a suspected victim to a "place of safety".

Officers targeted the address on Albert Street after complaints a man was being kept against his will and made to work.

Today's action was part of Operation Proteus, an on-going investigation into modern slavery and people trafficking.

Lancashire Police said the man is currently in a safe place where he is being supported by a number of charities and agencies.

No arrests have been made.

  1. Ann O'Connor, ITV News

Would you pay more council tax to keep bobbies on the beat?

There's a warning from the Lancashire Police Federation that they fear for the safety of the public if the force has to make further cuts.

Lancashire Police had more than 3,500 police officers in 2009 but 1,200 are predicted to go over the next six years.

Its Police and Crime Commissioner are now asking people in the county if they would pay more council tax to keep bobbies on the beat.

Our correspondent Ann O'Connor has the story:

Police cuts: Home Office says forces will 'meet the challenge'

Mike Penning, Policing Minister. Credit: Press Association.

“Police reform is working and crime has fallen by more than a fifth under this Government according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.

"There is no question police will still have the resources to do their important work. The police are making their contribution to reducing the deficit and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary recently found that forces are successfully meeting the challenge of balancing their books while protecting the frontline and delivering reductions in crime.

"We have made it easier for the police to do their job by cutting red tape, scrapping unnecessary targets, and giving them the discretion to use their professional judgement. Under this Government there is significantly greater local accountability and transparency and police leaders have taken the opportunity to radically reform the way they deliver services to the public.”

– Policing Minister Mike Penning
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