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Murder investigation launched after body found in Rawtenstall

Police in Lancashire have launched an investigation following the death of a woman in Rawtenstall.

Officers attended at about 3pm today to reports that a woman had suffered injuries on Hardman Avenue in the town.

She died at the scene.

A man was arrested in connection with the incident a short time later and is currently in custody.

An investigation has been launched by Lancashire Police's Force Major Investigation Team.


Woman tied to stairlift as thieves ransack her home

The robbery took place at 7pm when the 74 year old answered a knock at the door of her home in Morecambe. 2 men pushed her over before binding her arms and tying her to her stair lift. The men ransacked her home stealing a quantity of money and some personal items of great sentimental value.

Both offenders are described as white, well-built and wearing hats. One man was around 6ft tall and the second man was shorter at around 5ft8”. Both covered their faces during the attack.

This was a most despicable attack on a vulnerable and defenceless elderly woman in the run up to Christmas.

“The level of violence used was completely unnecessary causing the lady to suffer bruising to her wrists and arms.

– Detective Inspector Andy Bunn, Lancashire Police

E-fit released of man who robbed couple in their '80s

Evofit of man wanted by Lancashire police Credit: Lancashire police

Detectives have released an Evofit of a man who is suspected of robbing an elderly couple in their own home in Morecambe.

A man knocked at an address on Carleton Street and asked the couple if they required any odd jobs being completed.

After being allowed into the house, the man asked if anything needed fixing before stealing a handbag from the dining room and leaving.

Detective Sergeant Fiona Jackson described it as a callous crime and offered reassurance that police are doing everything possible to find the person responsible.


M6 victim named

Lancashire Police say a man who died on the M6 on Sunday has been identified as 33-year-old Ross Waters.

Mr Waters was killed when he ran across the carriageway following a police pursuit.

Officers in Blackpool had earlier tried to stop his Ford Focus after the car was was driven at a woman, but he sped off towards the motorway.

The car was then left on the hard shoulder near Charnock Richard and Mr Waters was killed as he crossed the opposite carriageway.

Lancashire Police have voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Man blown into path of taxi in Blackpool

Blackpool seafront battered by high winds Credit: PA Images

A man is in hospital in a serious condition today after being blown into the path of a taxi during high winds on Blackpool promenade.

Firefighters used airbags to life the vehicle off the man and Blackpool promenade was closed for a number of hours during high-tide.

It has since reopened.

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