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Dad faces deportation despite arriving in UK as a baby

A dad of 6 from Nelson who moved to the UK when he was 6 months old could face being deported because of lost paperwork.

Darren Harrety had previously worked, voted and paid his taxes using his birth certificate as ID. But now he's been told he can't continue without a British passport.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

"Mr Harrety was born in Belize, after independence was granted, to parents who were both Belize citizens. He therefore has no automatic right to British citizenship.

"It remains open to Mr Harrety to make an application to regularise his stay in the UK.”


Man from Nelson dies after crash in Accrington

A man from Nelson has died after a collision in Accrington yesterday evening. 72-year-old Michael Lockwood was killed when the red Ford Ranger he was driving collided with a wall and a parked car.

This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly died after what we suspect was a medical episode at the wheel. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad and difficult time.

– Road Policing Sergeant, Tracey Ward

Burglars steal charity cash from mosque

The Al-Hira Mosque in Nelson Credit: Google Street View

Burglars have stolen a safe containing £500 of charity cash from a mosque in Nelson.

The thieves broke into the Al-Hira Mosque on Seldon Street, last Sunday night. They forced the mosque's front door and took the donations.

The gang, who were wearing balaclavas, fled when disturbed by a man who was studying alone in the mosque.

Police are appealing for witnesses and urging other mosques to increase their security.


One-punch killer due to be sentenced

A 16-year-old boy who killed a pensioner in an attack in Lancashire is due to be sentenced.

David Hutchinson died almost three weeks after he suffered a single punch at his home in Nelson last summer.

A court was told the teenager had been drinking at a party just before the attack. He hit Mr Hutchinson once - and he fell to the ground.

The 63-year-old was put into an induced coma but later died.

The teenager has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Raiders stole safes from prayer room wall

Burglars who hid in a Lancashire mosque before escaping with two safes containing several hundred pounds are being hunted by police.

It happened yesterday evening at the Islamic Mission Madina Mosque on Forest Street in Nelson.

Police believe the offenders sneaked into the mosque during prayers and hid inside until they were over and everyone had left.

They then entered the ground floor prayer room where they removed two large metal locked safes which were bolted to the wall.

“The mosque was secured so we strongly believe the offenders have been inside during the day and remained until everyone had left."

– PC Matthew Walton

Police appeal after pensioner attack

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Nelson.The incident took place on Saturday night on Leeds Road. The victim, a 65 year old man sustained a serious head injury and is in a critical condition at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The offender is described as white and aged between 18 and 22 years old and approximately 6 feet tall. He had short light coloured hair and was wearing a hooded jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call Burnley CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police. "The victim remains in a critical condition in hospital and we need to find out exactly what happened and bring the person responsible to justice.

– Detective Inspector Marie Haworth, Burnley CID
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