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Police appeal for public's help in finding murder weapon

Police in Lancashire are appealing for help from the public to find a weapon used in the murder of a 65-year-old man in Accrington.

The body of Mohammed Yousaf was found at a flat on Granville Road on September 21st.

Detectives are appealing to residents to check land around their homes for anything suspicious, as they believe the weapon used may have been discarded following the attack.

Mohammed Yousaf Credit: Lancashire Police

“We are now appealing to anybody with information about the incident to get in touch with us. Maybe you saw something or somebody in the area that seemed suspicious in the days before September 21st, or maybe you heard someone discussing Mr Yousaf’s death. If you have any information – no matter how small – we would urge you to get in touch with us."

“If you do find anything that could have been used in this attack, please do not move it and contact us immediately.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Withers

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 253 of September 21st.


New research: How are your happiness levels?

Chorley Town Centre Credit: ITV Granada

Three towns in the North West have ranked the worst in the country for overall 'happiness levels'.

The bottom three were Chorley, South Ribble both in Lancashire and Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

The data provides a picture of Britain's changing wellbeing levels for the first time and was compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A large sample of UK adults aged over 16 answered the ONS annual population survey and were asked questions, rating their answers on a scale between zero ("not at all") and 10 ("completely").

The people of Chorley in Lancashire returned the lowest levels of overall happiness with an average of seven out of 10 while those in Stirling, central Scotland, ranked highest at 8.1.

Residents in Adur, West Sussex, reported the greatest rise in feeling they were doing "worthwhile" things with their life - a 13% boost - while Ribble Valley showed the greatest drop at 8%.

Respondents answered questions by researchers which were used to measure aggregate levels of life satisfaction, happiness, anxiety and feeling worthwhile.

Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool topped the list for 'life satisfaction' while Glasgow and Edinburgh ranked joint lowest.

We have seen personal well-being improving on a UK-wide basis over the past five years.

But today's data paints a richer picture, enabling people to explore what's been happening in their local area.

This will help individuals, communities and local authorities to look at well-being locally alongside other traditional measures of progress.

– ONS statistician Dawn Snape

More Grammar schools will "widen division"

Creating more grammar schools could lead to a bigger gap between rich and poor, according to a new report.

The warnings come ahead of the Government's controversial plans to expand the current grammar school system.

The findings suggest rather than aiding social mobility, current grammars are widening division.

Ian Fenn is Headteacher at Burnage Academy for boys in Manchester.


Two police officers injured in Accrington

Willows Lane near Green Haworth Golf Club Credit: Google Maps

Two police officers have been injured during in Accrington.

The officers were pursuing a red Audi that had allegedly been stolen from an address earlier when it collided with the car in which they were travelling.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said:

We were called around 4.35am today following reports of a burglary in Rossendale.

A red Audi RS6 had allegedly been stolen from an address in Newchurch Road, Stacksteads.

Following enquiries police traced the vehicle to Green Haworth Golf Club in Willows Lane, close to Accrington.

As officers attempted to stop the Audi, the vehicle was involved in a collision with a police car, injuring two police officers.

The Audi overturned and several people made off from the scene.

Both officers were taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

Two men aged 19 and 22 from Accrington and a 24-year-old man from Blackburn were all later arrested on suspicion of burglary.

– Lancashire Police

Police officer cleared of shoplifting at home on full pay

A decorated police officer who was cleared of shoplifting has been told he must stay away from work until next year while an internal investigation continues. Sergeant Richard Pendlebury’s, who's with the force in Greater Manchester was suspended on full pay in January. He's now been told an internal investigation into him won’t conclude until at least next year even though he was cleared by a jury in June over an alleged shoplifting offence. His father, Paul, says the ordeal has had a detrimental effect on his son's health.

An officer is under investigation and this has been initially assessed as gross misconduct. This officer is suspended and his position is subject to regular reviews. The officer has not been provided with any timescales at this time but the investigation will be progressed expeditiously.

– Greater Manchester Police
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