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Cop who stopped knife attack nominated for bravery award

PC Dave Pinnington

A Lancashire police officer who stepped in to stop a knife attack has been nominated for a bravery award.

Last September PC Dave Pinnington, saved a young Lancaster University student who'd been locked in her bedroom by her ex-boyfriend who was threatening to stab her. When the officer arrived he broke down the door to find the man knifing the woman. PC Pinnington dragged the offender off the victim, disarmed him and managed to retrain him until back up arrived.

The victim sustained serious injuries to her arm and neck but survived the attack. The offender, Gary Davies was sentenced to 8 years behind bars.

PC Pinnington has already received a Chief Constable’s commendation and was awarded the William Garnett Cup 2014, given to the police officer deemed to have performed the most gallant deed of the year.

PC Dave Pinnington said: “This incident highlights the dangers posed to victims of domestic violence and also the unpredictability of situations that police officers attend.”

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “The swift, selfless and extremely brave response exhibited by PC Dave Pinnington to the report of an on-going serious domestic assault where a young woman was being subjected to a vicious knife attack, without doubt saved her life.”

The police bravery awards will take place in London next week.

Lancashire mum's urgent transplant message after saving her son

A mum who saved her son's life with a kidney transplant has made a plea for more people join the organ donor register.

Marie Stephenson's three year old son John was born with a condition which meant he lost both his kidneys. His only chance of surviving was a transplant.

Luckily, his mum was the best match. Now, she's trying to raise as much money for charity as her operation cost the NHS.

Our correspondent Amy Welch has the story:


Cancer survivor competes in round-the-world race

Cancer survivor Lucie Carrington competed in the vast race Credit: ITV

A cancer survivor from Lancaster has undertaken the trip of a lifetime after beating the disease.

Lucie Carrington was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of 15.

Ten years on, she was selected by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to compete in this year's Clipper Round the World race.

The race is one of sailing's toughest Credit: ITV

Lucie was aboard for the final leg of the race, as it headed to the finish line in London.

Lucie gave a 'thumbs-up' as she arrived back in Britain Credit: ITV


Warehouse fire in Lancaster

Fire in Lancaster

Around 40 firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a warehouse in Lancaster. Crews got the call a around 2:45am to the building on St Leonard's Gate. The building is currently being turned into flats. No one was injured.

Police are hunting a naked man who grabbed a jogger

Police in Lancaster are hunting a naked man who grabbed a woman out jogging.

A 52 year old woman was running along a cycle track on New Quay Road in Lancaster when a man followed her wearing nothing but a pair of bright green trainers.

The man ran after her grabbing her bum bag which was strapped round her waist. The victim managed to run away but when she looked back, the man was stood grinning at her.

Appeal for information after man assaulted in Lancaster

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted outside a takeaway in Lancaster on Sunday.

At around 3.30am, the 42-year-old victim was punched in the face by another man outside the Pizzetta Republic takeaway on North Road.

This was a nasty attack, and so we are appealing for anyone with any information that could help us to trace the person responsible to come forward.”

– PC Rachel Crossley

The attacker is described as being white, of broad build, approximately 6ft 2in tall, and had short, dark brown hair.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140302-0253.

Stagecoach response after roof ripped from bus

The bus struck a bridge this morning Credit: The Bay

A spokesperson for Stagecoach said: "At around 11.30am today one of our vehicles struck a footbridge on Damside Street/St Georges Quay in Lancaster. There were no passengers on board at the time of the incident and no pedestrians were injured.

"The driver was treated at the scene for shock. In addition, the bus has been severely damaged as a result of the incident.

"Safety is our absolute priority. The bridge involved is not part of a planned bus route and we will now investigate what has happened on this occasion as a matter of urgency."

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