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CCTV appeal as police investigate off-licence robbery

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Police in Lancashire have released CCT images of a man they want to talk to in connection with a robbery in Oswaldtwistle.

It happened at around 7.45pm on Wednesday (December 28th) at Bargain Booze on Union Road.

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An offender entered the store, selected a packet of rice from a display and went behind the counter and began to scan it himself.

He then threatened the shop assistant, stating he had a knife, and ripped the cash drawer from the desk.

He made off with the drawer, which contained a quantity of cash.

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“We would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images as part of our enquiries. If you know him, or indeed if you are the man himself, we would urge you to get in touch with us.

“There were also several pedestrians and drivers in the area at the time this incident occurred and we would urge anybody who saw what happened to contact us.”

– Detective Constable Ben Lyons
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  • Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1081 of December 28th. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111


'Face of child cancer' Jessica Whelan dies aged four

'The true face of cancer'

A four-year-old girl whose battle with cancer was depicted in a poignant photograph shared by her father has died.

Jessica Whelan, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, died on Sunday morning after suffering from neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer.

Her parents released a picture of her in pain in a bid to show people “the true face of cancer.”

The picture went viral, reaching half a million people in just 24 hours and promoted strangers to raise £76,000 so she could enjoy her final weeks.

Pop star Harry Styles got behind the campaign and contacted her family after being moved by the image.

Her father Andy revealed on Facebook that Jessica had 'finally found peace' after passing away at 7am.

Jessica Whelan

He said: "No longer does she suffer, no longer does she feel the pain of the physical constraints of her body.

"Now my princess has grown her angel wings and has gone up to play with her friends and loved ones. She will now watch down over her little brother and ourselves until one day we are reunited again."

He said they shared a final cuddle as he told her how much he loved her and that it was "okay for her to close her eyes".

He added: "It seems like this is what she needed to finally allow her to find comfort in her passing as within eight hours of this cuddle she finally took her final breath.

"She was a daddy’s girl from the start and even right up to the end."

I feel like a massive part of me has just been torn away but I am so glad that I could give her that comfort in her final hours. She passed peacefully and calmly with not even a murmur.

– Andy

Hugs and hi-fives for Harry from Lancashire tot

Prince Harry was won over by a young boy from Lancashire who greeted him with a hug at an awards ceremony to recognise the courage of seriously ill children and their families. The Prince met with winners of the 10th annual WellChild Awards at the Hilton in Park Lane, central London.

Four-year-old Carson Hartley from Oswaldtwistle, who has a heart defect and is fitted with a portable ventilator, wasted no time in running straight up to the Prince and wrapping his arms around his legs.

The pair then exchanged a number of high fives while the Prince chatted to Carson's parents about his complex heart condition.

Prince Harry meets Carson Hartley aged four, Inspirational child winner 3-6, with his mum Kirsty and dad Damian during the WellChild Awards ceremony.

His mother Kirsty said: "We were worried he was going to high-five Prince Harry in the face he was so excited.

"Harry got down on his knees and had a big smile on his face while he was chatting to Carson, he couldn't believe how active he was despite all the conditions he has.

"He said he thought he was inspirational for still being so happy, but he also said that parents must be recognised too for how hard they work, which was really nice to hear."

The awards recognise the courage of children and young people living with serious illnesses as well as the dedicated families, nurses and doctors who care for them.

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