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Police holding 'dog surgeries' in new crackdown

Specialist surgeries will be held this week. Credit: ITV Granada

Police in Lancashire are holding surgeries this week to tackle the issue of 'dangerous dogs'.

Specialist police dog handlers want to help educate people about the recent changes in dog legislation and to encourage responsible ownership.

People who suspect their dog may be a banned breed are being urged to have them assessed by dog identification officers.

'We understand that it may be a very difficult decision for pet owners to come forward but we would urge anybody that owns a dog and has any concerns about its breed to bring it along in order to comply with the legislation.'

– Inspector Mark Baines. Lancashire Police


Woman pedestrian killed in Leyland car accident named by police

Police say a 53-year-old woman who died after a collision with a car in Leyland has been named as Julie Dean from the town.

Ms Dean was struck by a gold coloured Nissan Qashqai which mounted the pavement as she stepped out from a shop doorway on Sumner Street.

Officers say she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident on Sumner street in Leyland.

PC James Power from the Road Policing Unit said: “This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family of the woman.

"An investigation is underway but I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision or with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact us".

Woman killed when car mounts pavement as she stepped out of a shop doorway

Lancashire Police said Sumner Street remains closed. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 53-year-old woman died after she was struck by a car which mounted the pavement in Leyland.

The incident took place around 1pm today when a gold Nissan Qashqai mounted the pavement and collided with the woman as she stepped out from a shop doorway onto the pavement on Sumner Street.

Lancashire Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road remains closed and police have launched an investigation.

PC James Power from the Road Policing Unit said: “This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family of the woman.

"An investigation is underway but I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision or with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact us".

Anyone with information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

The Parole Board "deeply regrets the circumstances" which led to the murder of Cherylee

In a statement, the Parole Board said O’Hara was serving a life sentence when the Board reviewed his case in February 2012 and made a decision to direct his release.

The organisation has pledged a review will examine the decision to release O'Hara from jail.

The Parole Board deeply regrets the circumstances which led to the murder of Cherylee Shennan by Paul O’Hara.

"In cases such as this one, the Board is committed to doing everything it can to learn the lessons that will help to prevent further tragedies.

"To this end, the Parole Board has a Review Committee which includes two senior independent figures to identify any lessons that need to be learned for the future."

– Parole Board statement

The Board said it makes its decisions by "assessing the risk the prisoner presents to the public".

It may only direct the release of a life sentence prisoner "if it is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for them to be detained in order to protect the public from harm".

The Parole Board takes its responsibility to protect the public extremely seriously.

"Parole Board members are appointed through a rigorous assessment process and provided with intensive training to undertake the role.

"When deciding whether or not to release a prisoner, the protection of the public is always their primary concern."

– Parole Board statement


Whole life sentence for O'Hara

Cherylee's family "torn apart and tormented"

In a statement released by Lancashire Police, the family of Cherylee Shennan said:

"Our family has been torn apart and tormented by this tragedy and our lives will never be the same again.

"Cherylee will always be loved and we will hold cherished memories forever in our hearts.

"She will never be forgotten by her family, friends and all that knew her."

– Shennan family statement

The family said Cherylee was a "precious and much-loved" mum, daughter to Betty and Tommy and special step-daughter to Karen and Johnny, sister to Chiyvonne, Ellen, Jordan, Declan and Toni and special aunty to Keilan.

She was a life-long partner to Graham and adoring owner of her five beloved Akita dogs Chan, Diva, Billy, Trooper and Mia.

She was easy to get along with and used to be laughing all the time, everything was a joke even when she used her family as guinea pigs for her potions at her beauty salon, she was very clever and owned her own businesses, a beauty salon and furniture shop.

"She loved to experiment with cooking and was famous for her cheesecake and bonfire night food which was fabulous.

"Everyone would go to Chez when they had a problem or anything and wanted guidance and she was always there, now this has been taken away from us all."

– Shennan family statement

Whole life sentence for freed killer who knifed woman in the street in Rawtenstall

Police said Cherylee was murdered in a "truly horrendous incident". Credit: Lancashire Police

A man has been sentenced to a whole life prison term after pleading guilty to murdering his former partner in a knife attack outside her home.

Convicted murderer Paul O’Hara, 43, admitted the murder of businesswoman Cherylee Shennan just months after he was freed from jail.

Ms Shannan was knifed 40 times outside her home at Hardman Avenue, Rawtenstall

O’Hara, of Honiton Close, Heywood, was jailed for murder in 1998 and released in 2013.

He admitted the murder of Ms Shannan when he appeared at Preston Crown Court earlier today.

He also admitted charges of section 18 wounding and assault with intent to resist arrest relating to attacks on police officers who had been called to the address.

O’Hara was today given a full life term for the murder of Ms Shennan, who owned a furniture store and a beauty salon.

He was also jailed for ten years for the attack on Det Sgt Damien McAllister and two years for the assault on DC Karen Kenworthy. These will run concurrent to the whole life term.

O’Hara was jailed for life at Preston Crown Court. Credit: Lancashire Police

Ms Shennan, 40, of Hardman Lane, was attacked and killed in the street outside her home on the afternoon of Monday, March 17.

She died at the scene.

A post mortem examination showed she died of multiple stab wounds.

O’Hara was arrested nearby a short time later.

Detective Supt Eddie Thistlethwaite, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, led the inquiry.

He said: “This was a truly horrendous incident which cost a young woman her life.

“O’Hara is a predatory and violent individual who manipulated his victims including Cherylee, praying on their craving for love and attention.

"He has shown no or little remorse throughout this process and his actions fully justify the sentence which has been imposed.

“I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service and Counsel for all their hard work which has resulted in today’s guilty pleas.

"O’Hara’s admission has at least spared the families the ordeal of having to re-live these tragic events through a trial.

“I would also like to praise the bravery of all police officers, PCSOs, and paramedics who attended what was a horrific scene.

"Special thanks must go to Detective Sergeant Damien McAlister and Detective Constable Karen Kenworthy who fought with O’Hara in the vain attempt to save the life of Cherylee.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Cherylee. They have shown enormous dignity and bravery throughout this ordeal.”

Sentencing, the recorder of Preston, Judge Russell QC, commended the bravery of Det Sgt McAllister and DC Kenworthy.

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.

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