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Breaking: Athlete from Lancaster admits attempted murder

A former fell-running champion who is from Lancaster has admitted the attempted murder of a British Athletics official and assaults on two other men who stepped in to help him.

Lauren Jeska pleaded guilty to attempting to kill former rugby player Ralph Knibbs, who was stabbed at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in March.

Fell runner Lauren Jeska Credit: Lauren Jeska/Facebook

Jeska, 41, who now lives in Wesley Terrace in Machynlleth, Powys, also admitted two charges of having a knife in a public place, during a video-link appearance at Birmingham Crown Court.

Former Bristol RFC centre Mr Knibbs, the head of human resources and welfare at British Athletics, was in court to hear Jeska enter her pleas from a video conferencing suite at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire.

The court heard the injuries of Jeska's other victims - accountant Timothy Begley and finance director Kevan Taylor - were "not of the most serious order".

Judge Philip Parker QC was told that the defendant had been the subject of psychiatric assessment but further reports would be necessary before she is sentenced on November 15.

Non-emergency patients told to stay away from Royal Lancaster Infirmary's A&E

Royal Lancaster Infirmary Credit: PA

Patients are being urged to stay away from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary unless they have a serious or life threatening condition.

The A&E department has experienced a significant surge in demand with 163 people attending between 8am on Friday 19th August and 8am Saturday 20th August.

Members of the public with a minor illness or injury are being asked to visit their nearest pharmacist, Primary Care Assessment Centre, or GP.


Missing Darwen girl, 15, may be in Lancaster or Morecambe

Lancashire police are trying to find a missing 15-year-old girl from Darwen, who could be in the Lancaster or Morecambe area.

Kelis Nicholson, 15 Credit: Lancashire Police

Kelis Nicholson, 15, was last seen at 3pm on Saturday 2 July at an address on Northcote Street, Darwen.

Police say she had plans to attend a party and head to work in the town the next day. However, she has not been seen since.

Police believe she may have travelled to Lancaster and Morecambe, as she has links to both areas.

DC Trevor Walker from Lancaster CID said:

We are concerned for Kelis given her age and would urge anyone who may have seen her or knows where she is to make contact with us as soon as possible.

– DC Trevor Walker, Lancaster CID

She was last seen wearing a burgundy hoodie with light blue jeans and is described as white, of slim build, with shoulder length blonde hair, which may be in a ponytail.

The police are appealing for anyone with information can call them on 101 quoting incident reference 1593 of July 3rd.

Two men wanted after woman robbed in Lancaster

Police are appealing for information after a 22-year-old woman was robbed by two men in Lancaster.

The woman was walking between East Road and Melrose Street at around 2am on Sunday morning, May 29.

A man ran out from behind a wall and punched her in the face, knocking her to the floor. He stole her phone, injuring her finger, before a second man came from behind the wall and kicked her leg.

Then men fled in the direction of East Road and the city centre.

The victim suffered bruising to her eye and cheek as well her leg.

The first male is described as a white, between 6ft and 6ft 3in tall, with a slim to medium build. He was wearing a waterproof sports top with a dark hood up and had a light coloured scarf covering his face. He was also wearing dark coloured sports trousers and trainers.

The second male was described as wearing dark clothing and trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

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