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Man arrested over murder of Charlene Downes

A man has been arrested over the murder of a teenager who disappeared 14 years ago.

The 51-year-old, who lived in Blackpool at the time Charlene Downes went missing from the town, is being held on suspicion of murder.

Charlene Downes for 14-years-old when she was last seen on Saturday, November 1, 2003.

Police are still offering a £100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of her killer.

The search for Charlene's killer is one of the largest and longest running investigations in the history of Lancashire Police.

Charlene was last seen when she kissed her mother goodbye to go to see friends on Blackpool Promenade.

A jury failed to reach a verdict in a murder trial in 2007 and a retrial collapsed in 2008 after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence.

Two men charged over her disappearance joked that Charlene had "gone into kebabs", a jury was told at the original trial at Preston Crown Court.

  • Anyone with information is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • You can also email police here.

Missing girls found safe after police appeal

Two 12-year-old girls missing for around 48 hours have been found safe and well, police said.

Jasmine Thornber, from Blackburn, and Michaela Wotherspoon, from Darwen, were found at around 11.30pm on Tuesday.

The pair had left their homes on Sunday afternoon to meet each other but did not return as expected.

They were located in the Blackburn area by police two days later.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "They have both been found safe and well."

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Police appeal for public's help to find missing 80-year-old man from Moss Side

Motiejus Matuzevicius Credit: GMP Police

Greater Manchester Police are searching for a missing 80-year-old man from Moss Side.

Motiejus Matuzevicius is described as being around 5ft 4in tall with grey balding hair and a distinctive moustache. He was last seen at around 5pm on Monday 10th July and is reported as wearing a cream jacket and black pants.

Motiejus is believed to have links to the Wythenshawe area and is known to be a regular bus user.

Mr Matuzevicius uses a walking stick and has a number of medical issues for which he uses medication. It is not known if he has his medication with him.

His family are growing increasingly concerned for his wellbeing and are said to be desperate for his safe return.

Anyone with information has been asked contact police on 101.

Merseyside Police appeal to taxi driver for help in finding missing woman

Missing Georgiana Olteanu Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have issued an image of a taxi as detectives appeal directly to the driver for help in tracing a 30-year-old Romanian woman who went missing from her home in Liverpool last month.

Georgiana Olteanu, was last seen on Saturday, 18th March at approximately 11pm at Aintree Hospital. She was subsequently reported missing on 11th April by relatives and detectives have been making extensive enquiries to find her ever since.

Georgiana is described as being white, 5ft 2in tall, of medium build with long fair hair and a pale complexion.

She was last seen wearing a beige or cream-coloured three quarter-length hooded jacket, a pink top with pink tracksuit bottoms, white trainers, and was carrying a large black handbag.

Officers are appealing directly to a taxi driver who detectives believe may have picked Georgiana up at Aintree Hospital at around 11pm on Saturday, 18th March to contact police.

"This person is not in any trouble, but we believe they may have information that could help us locate Georgiana.

If you are the taxi driver in the silver or light grey Hackney cab pictured, which we know gave Georgiana a lift at about 11pm on Saturday, 18 March, we would like you to contact Merseyside Police.

Any information you have about where Georgiana was dropped off or what she may have said in the vehicle could prove vital to our efforts to find her."

– Detective Inspector Phil Mahon, Merseyside Police
Merseyside Police are looking for the driver of this taxi for help in finding Georgiana Credit: Merseyside Police
  • Detectives would urge Georgiana, the taxi driver or anyone who knows of her whereabouts to call Merseyside Police on 101 or the charity Missing People on 116 000 or email 116000@missingpeople.org.uk

Family appeal for missing Walton man to come home

Ian O'Brien was last seen on Thursday 19th January in Walton. Credit: Merseyside Police

The family of a man from Walton who's been missing for almost a week have appealed for him to come home.

Police say that Ian O'Brien was last seen in Walton on Thursday 19th January.

The 51-year-old has been described as white, 5ft 8in tall, bald with a heavy set build and he has grey stubble and glasses.

Ian's family have appealed for him to make contact with them. His daughter Keeley O'Brien has appealed to her father to let know that he's safe.

When last seen he was wearing a dark waterproof jacket, a red or white T shirt and black tracksuit pants.

We are very concerned that Ian has not made contact with his family as this is very unusual for him. This has caused severe distress for his family who are worried for his safety. I would like anyone who has seen Ian, or knows of his whereabouts to contact us.

– Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton, Merseyside Police

He's known to frequent the Leeds Liverpool canal area of Melling and Crosby marina and beach area. He is also known to travel to the Llandudno area of Wales.

Anyone who has seen or spoken to Ian or knows of his current whereabouts is asked to contact the police immediately on 0151 777 6064, 101 or the Missing Persons charity on 116 000. Alternatively they can email the charity on 116000@missing people.org.uk

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