Stockport & Nelson are amoung the so called "failed Portas Towns" as part of a government funded pilot
Police in Nelson have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak with following a knife point robbery at a grocery store.
Mary Portas will visit Nelson to see the results of a £100,000 investment won by the town as part of a project she established.
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.
– PC Matthew Walton
“The mosque was secured so we strongly believe the offenders have been inside during the day and remained until everyone had left."
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.
– Detective Inspector Marie Haworth, Burnley CID
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.