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Police hunt prisoner who absconded in Lancaster

David Osbaldeston absconded from prison in Lancaster Credit: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire are hunting a man who absconded from Lancaster Farms prison, after being taken to hospital.

David Osbaldeston, originally from the Accrington area, was taken to the hospital after claiming he'd taken an overdose.

He was jailed in September 2011 and was serving two years and six months for motoring and assault offences.

He is described as white, 178cms tall with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a prison issue burgundy T-shirt, jeans and black trainers, with luminous green laces.

Detective Inspector Andrew Ellis said, “We are very keen to trace Osbaldeston and return him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

“We would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings to the police - any details the public may have could be crucial.”

Multi-million pound plan for former asylum

The Grade 2 listed Lancaster Moor Hospital has been part of the city's landscape since 1882.

It was built as an asylum for patients with a mental illness and at one time was home to more than 3,000 people.

For the past ten years the building has been locked up and derelict but now the site's being converted into homes in a deal worth around 68 million pounds.


New housing scheme brings people together

We often hear people complaining about a lack of community with people living very separate lives - a new scheme near Lancaster may do something to address that.

A group of homes have been built on the outskirts of the city. The hope is it could become the template for how new communities are created. Ralph Blunsom reports on a new scheme aiming to bring people together.

No further action after Islamic school arrests

Jamea Al Kauthar school Credit: PA

Lancashire police have said no further action will be taken against three men arrested after an investigation into an Islamic school for girls in Lancaster

Police were called to the Jamea Al Kauthar school to investigate claims of sexual assault and false imprisonment.

Detectives executed a search warrant and arrested the three men earlier this month.

Police have said no further action will be taken as "none of the conduct disclosed ... meets the threshold for criminal prosecution".


Hotline for concerned parents after sexual abuse claims

Police investigating sexual abuse claims at an Islamic girls' school in Lancaster have set up dedicated phone lines for concerned families, both in the UK and abroad.

Three men were arrested at the Jamea al Kauthar school after an incident was reported to police on Saturday.

The number for parents in the UK is 0800 092 0410 and for those calling from outside the UK call 0207 158 0124.”

“We are still at the very early stages of what is a complex investigation. We have a team of specialist detectives working to establish the full circumstances around exactly what has happened, as well as offering support to those involved.

“Our aim at this stage is to respond to the concerns raised proportionately and with sensitivity, and in a way that we can minimise the impact on the school and the surrounding local community.

“We are working with partner organisations to ensure the necessary safeguarding measures are in place for all students at the school."

– Superintendent Andy Webster
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Profile: Jamea al Kauthar school for girls

Specialist female officer are conducting searches of the Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster, which is being searched following reports of sexual assault and false imprisonment, is a private boarding school for Islamic girls.

It continues: "We provide an opportunity to study the traditional sciences concurrently with secondary and further education.

"Jamea al Kauthar also offers the 'Tahfeez Ul Quraan' programme [committing the whole quran to memory] and a two year abridged version of the Islamic Teaching programme in the English medium."

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