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Watch: Youngsters across the region get their A-Level results

Students across the region have experienced the highs and lows of A-level results day, so important to the future of tens of thousands of young people across the north west. Record numbers of students have been offered places at university.

In our region there was a small increase in the exam pass rates, and in those awarded the top grades of A and A star. One girl even got offered a place at Oxford after overcoming mental illness.

This report from our correspondent Rob Smith.

Woman wakes to find male intruder standing over her

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Police are investigating after a woman woke to find a man in her home this morning. The woman was asleep on her sofa and woke in the early hours to find him standing over her.

The 49 year old from Bispham road in Nelson shouted at him to leave before he ran off. When police officers arrived, he was seen heading in the direction of Ada Street but managed to escape.

The man is thought to have got in to the address through an insecure ground floor window. This follows a similar incident at a house on Hawthorne Grove, Barrowford on Saturday, July 23rd.

The man who was found in the Nelson house is described as Asian, aged in his 20s to early 30s and of slim build. Police are appealing for witnesses.

This was an understandably a worrying ordeal for the woman who had simply fallen asleep on her settee.

“We don’t know what this man’s reason for being in the house was as he didn’t speak to her or take anything. Thankfully he left when the woman shouted at him to leave.

“I would like to reassure local residents that we have stepped up patrols in the area and are working to find this man.

– DS Louise Darcy


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
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