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Thieves target pensioner's life savings

Police released this picture in the hunt for the thieves. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information after thieves stole an elderly man’s life savings in Accrington.

The theft happened on Tuesday, April 29, when three offenders called at the address of the 79-year-old victim and told him his roof needed to be repaired and gutters cleaned at a cost of £300.

Do you recognise this van? Credit: Lancashire Police

The victim reluctantly agreed to a price of £300 and the offenders started to clean the guttering.

Minutes later the offenders then told the victim that the price would be more than £300 as further work needed to be carried out.

Police want to speak to the owners of this van. Credit: Lancashire Police

The victim went to his bedroom to remove the money from his safe when he was called downstairs by one of the offenders and taken outside to show the victim what further work they planned on carrying out.

When the victim was outside with one offender one of the others went upstairs and found the safe still open with the victims life savings of around £8000 and stole it.

All offenders then left immediately saying they would come back after lunch but failed to return at all.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0413 of Tuesday, April 29, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police searching for missing Burnley teenager find a body

Declan Edwards Credit: Lancashire Police

Police searching for missing Burnley teenager Declan Edwards have found a body.

The body was found by officers shortly after 4pm this afternoon in woodland at Rowley Park.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but police believe the body to be Declan's.

Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Police search continues for missing Burnley teen Declan

Declan Edwards Credit: Lancashire Police

Police investigating the disappearance of a teenager from Burnley have carried out an underwater search of a lake.

Declan Edwards, 16, was last seen at Towneley Park on Sunday 4th May.

Police say the search of the lake in the park was routine and they have no information to suggest he has come to any harm.

Lancashire police helicopter and dog unit has also been out looking for Declan.

Declan is described as 6ft1, slim build with straight short blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweat shirt and grey Nike jogging bottoms and white and pink Nike trainers.

Inspector Hassan Khan, of Burnley Police, said:

“Declan has not been seen since the weekend and this is completely out of character for him.

We are growing increasingly concerned about him and I would appeal for anyone who sees him or knows where he might be to get in touch.

I would also appeal to Declan himself to contact us if he sees this appeal just to let us know he is safe.

“We are doing all we can to find Declan and have a large number of officers involved in the search for him.

I’d like to thank the local community for all the support they have given us in both sharing the media appeal and in physically helping with the searches.

I know Declan’s family are very grateful.”

Concern grows for missing Declan from Burnley

Declan Edwards 16 missing since Sunday Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Police say they're growing increasingly concerned about a teenager who's gone missing from Burnley. 16-year-old Declan Edwards was last seen in Towneley Park on Sunday afternoon. A search team of volunteers have been out in the area looking for him.

Burnley teenager missing from home

Declan Edwards was last seen on Sunday. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a teenager who has gone missing.

Declan Edwards, 16, was last seen by a friend in Towneley Park in Burnley at about 2pm on Sunday.

Declan is described as white, 6-ft 1-ins tall, slim build, with straight short blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweat shirt and grey Nike jogging bottoms and white and pink Nike trainers.

He may also be in possession of a black coloured, lightweight jacket with yellow coloured Lyle and Scott motif on the front.

Sgt Leah Rice, of Lancashire Police, said: “Declan has not been seen for a couple of days and this is out of character for him, we are growing increasingly concerned about him and I would appeal for anyone who sees him or knows where he might be to get in touch.

"I would also appeal to Declan himself to contact us if he sees this appeal just to let us know he is safe.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police.

Appeal for missing Blackburn teenager

Sherana Hussain was last seen on Tuesday Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information about a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing from her home in Blackburn.

Sherana Hussain was last seen around 7.30am on Tuesday, April 29, at her home address on Adelaide Terrace.

She failed to attend school and hasn’t been in touch with family or friends since.

Sherana is described as Asian, 5ft tall with very long dark black hair.

She was last seen wearing a black cardigan, a purple tunic and black trousers.

Inspector Phil Hutchinson said: “If anybody has any information about Sherana’s current or recent whereabouts then I would urge them to get in touch.

“I’d like to appeal directly to Sherana to get in touch with us as soon as possible as her family are also getting increasingly worried.”

Anybody with information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

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Family pay tribute to Blackpool man killed on motorway

The family of a man from Blackpool who died while walking along on the M61 in Lancashire have paid tribute to him.

Stephen Hayes was hit by a vehicle on the northbound carriageway on April 11th.

Steven Hayes Credit: Lancashire Police

It is thought that he was walking along the motorway after visiting Rivington Services and was struck by a lorry.

His family said: “Steve Hayes was a caring and loving dad who will be sadly missed by his daughters, son, grandson and friends.”

A police investigation has been launched and traffic officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Biker dead following Fleetwood crash

A biker has died following a crash in Fleetwood today.

Shortly before 1.20pm a motorcyclist riding a Suzuki collided with a Jaguar X-Type Estate on the A585 Amounderness Way in Fleetwood, between the Nautical College and Morrison’s supermarket.

The motorcyclist, a local man in his late 40s, died at the scene. The driver of the car received minor injuries and was treated for shock.

Police are contacting the motorcyclist’s next of kin and specially trained officers will be offering them support.

This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly lost his life.

I would like to thank those who tended to both the motorcyclist and the driver of the car prior to the arrival of the paramedics.

I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to get in touch with police.

– Sergeant Dave Hogarth, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101 quoting log number 0575 of Friday, April 11th.

Murder investigation launched after man dies following Blackpool assault.

A murder investigation has been launched after a 44-year-old man died in hospital two weeks after being assaulted in Blackpool.

Anthony Roberts, who is from the town, was assaulted outside Walkabout on Queen Street at around 3.20am on Wednesday, March 26.

Mr Roberts suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but was later transferred to Walton Hospital where he died yesterday.

Lancashire Police said a post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Following the death of Mr Roberts, we are now treating this as a murder investigation.

I would appeal to anybody who witnessed the incident outside Walkabout to contact police. I would also urge anybody who has any information at all about this incident which they think could be relevant to the investigation to come forward.

Mr Roberts’ family is now being supported by specially trained officers at this incredibly difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilbert, Lancashire Police

Benjamin Gayton, 26, of Bond Street, Blackpool has been charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent.

Appeal for witnesses after M61 death

A 68 year old man has died while walking along on the M61 in Lancashire.

Stephen Hayes, from Blackpool, was hit by a vehicle on the northbound carriageway, just north of Rivington Services between junctions 6 and 8 at around 1.30am.

It is thought that he was walking along the motorway after visiting Rivington Services and was struck by a lorry.

A police investigation was launched and traffic officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

We are still trying to piece together exactly what has happened and why Mr Hayes has come to be on foot on the motorway.

I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have any information to come forward.

We have informed Mr Hayes’ next of kin and specially trained officers have been with the family and continue to offer their support through this very sad and difficult time.

– Sgt Finn Quainton, Lancashire Police

The motorway was closed at the scene but has now reopened.

The lorry driver was not arrested.

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting motorway log 66 of April 11.

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