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Mum's appeal over son missing for more than a week

A mother from Lancashire whose son has been missing for more than a week has made a heart-felt appeal for her son to return home.

Concern is growing for the welfare of Edward Ruane, 25, who lives at an address on Hoyle Avenue in St Annes

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Edward’s mum Sara Flynn urged her son to come home.

She said: “It is breaking my heart. I need my son back.”

Edward is described as white, 6ft 5in tall with shaven blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black hoody, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.

It is thought that he could be in the St Annes or Blackpool areas. He also has links to Merseyside and the Levenshulme area of Manchester.

“We are getting concerned about Edward’s welfare as it’s now more than a week since he went missing and that concern is growing as each day passes.

"I would urge anyone who has seen him or has any information on his whereabouts to contact us.

"I would also appeal directly to Edward himself to get in touch if he sees this appeal to let us know he is okay.”

– Lancashire Police spokesman

CCTV appeal as police investigate off-licence robbery

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Police in Lancashire have released CCT images of a man they want to talk to in connection with a robbery in Oswaldtwistle.

It happened at around 7.45pm on Wednesday (December 28th) at Bargain Booze on Union Road.

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An offender entered the store, selected a packet of rice from a display and went behind the counter and began to scan it himself.

He then threatened the shop assistant, stating he had a knife, and ripped the cash drawer from the desk.

He made off with the drawer, which contained a quantity of cash.

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“We would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images as part of our enquiries. If you know him, or indeed if you are the man himself, we would urge you to get in touch with us.

“There were also several pedestrians and drivers in the area at the time this incident occurred and we would urge anybody who saw what happened to contact us.”

– Detective Constable Ben Lyons
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  • Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1081 of December 28th. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111



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

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