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Police appeal after 'utterly appalling' homophobic assault

The victim was attacked at the junction of Fishergate with Guild Hall Street in Preston. Credit: Google Earth

Police are appealing for information after an "utterly appalling" assault in Preston.

At around 1:45am on Sunday 12 August, a 25 year old man from Barrow-in-Furness was subjected to homophobic abuse and then attacked by up to five men.

He was left with a fractured jaw and was unable to open his eye.

DC Andy Forsyth said "There is no place for any kind of homophobia in Preston and we are determined to find the thugs responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch.


Police search for man after death outside pub

Have you seen Lee Sharples? Credit: Lancashire Police

Police want to speak to a 19 year old after a man died following an alleged assault outside a pub in Fleetwood.

63 year old David Allinson was taken to hospital on Sunday but died of a heart attack.

A manslaughter investigation is underway.

Following enquiries, police say they want to find to 19 year old Lee Sharples.

They are urging him to come forward.

Lee Sharples is wanted in connection with a very serious offence.

We are appealing for information leading to his whereabouts. If you see him please contact police immediately.

– Det Chief Insp Gareth Willis


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
  • Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at
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