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Police search derelict flats in hunt for Paige Chivers

Detectives investigating the murder of a Blackpool school girl are searching a derelict block of flats close to where she went to school.

Paige Chivers went missing seven years ago.

A forensic team is combing the address on All Hallows Road in Bispham, near to the last confirmed sighting of the youngster.

It follows an announcement of a £30,000 reward for information

Det Supt Andy Webster says Lancashire Police are determined to find Paige's killer.

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Burnley board congratulate team on promotion

Burnley celebrating their promotion Credit: PA

Burnley FC Co-chairman, John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick have issued the following joint-statement following the club’s promotion to the Premier League:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to express our thanks and congratulations to everyone at the club for a remarkable and historic season.

“Special thanks are, of course, due to the team and Sean Dyche, who have performed beyond expectations to take us back into the Premiership.

“For those of us on the board, this season has been as much of a rollercoaster as it has been for the fans and the town, albeit one with more highs than lows.

“But knowing that we will spend next season playing among England’s biggest footballing names is the best end to the season we could have hoped for.

“Promotion is also testament to the core values that we share at Turf Moor.

“We are a club built on passion, belief and the understanding that without our fans and the community, we are nothing.

“Monday’s performance showed us that when we work together, we don’t have to dream; we can turn those dreams into reality.”

Junaid Khan to return to Lancashire

Junaid Khan Credit: PA

Pakistan seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire this season as an overseas limited overs signing.

Junaid will join the Lightning in time for their opening NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Nottinghamshire Outlaws on May 16.

The 24-year-old left-armer returns to the Red Rose county after an impressive stint in 2011, when he helped Lancashire to Twenty20 Finals Day.

Junaid said: "I had a really enjoyable time during my spell with Lancashire in 2011 and it was pleasing to be involved in such a successful season.

"I believe that my time there helped me grow into becoming an established international cricketer and I cannot wait to link up with my team mates at Emirates Old Trafford to hopefully have another successful campaign

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New leads in Paige murder probe

Since last week we have spoken to a significant number of people, some who have previously featured in the inquiry and some who have not.

We have now undertaken a forensic search at an address on All Hallows Road.

It has been nearly seven years since Paige disappeared and in that time forensic techniques have become more and more advanced.

In particular, DNA testing and analysis has become more sensitive and I am hopeful that this will assist in the work that is being undertaken today.

– Detective Superintendent Andy Webster, Lancashire Police

Detectives search house in Paige Chivers murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of Paige Chivers in Blackpool are searching a premises in Bispham.

It follows last week's announcement of a £30,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Paige's killers.

Police and forensic scientists are searching a premises on All Hallows Road, close to the area where the last corroborated sighting of Paige was reported.

Teacher accused of smelling pupils' feet for 'sexual gratification'

A teacher accused of sniffing the feet of schoolchildren for "sexual gratification" has appeared in court.

Martyne Airey, 51, from Blackburn, Lancashire, is accused of 13 charges involving 13 boys, aged between eight and 11, between June 2012 and October 2013.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, told Blackburn magistrates: "The prosecution case is he would play a game with children which involved him smelling their feet for sexual gratification."

Airey's solicitor said the matters "are clearly denied".

The defendant was bailed until May 6.

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