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Can you help police after attack on council worker who was 'simply doing his job'

Lancashire Police have have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a council worker was assaulted in Burnley.

It happened at around 10.30am on Saturday, November 12 when the 37-year-old victim, who works as a road sweeper, was working on St James’ Road near to Costa Coffee.

He was approached by three men who took his hat from him and made him chase them around the town centre.

The victim managed to get his hat back before one of the three men ran up to him and punched him a number of times in the face.

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“This was a nasty attack on the victim who was simply doing his job when he was targeted by these three men who stole his hat before being punched by one of them.

We are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident and would urge anyone who recognises him or who has any information that could assist us to come forward.”

– PC Mohammed Bhai
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The victim suffered a fractured eye socket which resulted in him needing metal plates.

  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 629 of 16th November.

  • Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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.

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
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