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Police shut down cannabis factory in Blackburn

Police say they were alerted about a potential cannabis factory at an address on Shear Brow by information from the local community.

Police seized around five hundred mature cannabis plants. Credit: Lancashire Police

When police then executed a warrant at the address on Sunday, they discovered and seized around five hundred mature cannabis plants.

Police say the plants are worth several hundred thousand pounds. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police want to speak to man over attempted rape

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an attempted rape. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to following the attempted rape of a woman on Great Bridgewater Street in Manchester.

The woman, 26, was walking to work and was on her mobile phone when she was attacked at about 6.20am on Sunday 22 December 2013.

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Cumbria Police warning motorists of standing water

Due to the amount of standing water that is currently on roads in parts of the county, police are urging motorists to take care and reduce their speed.

Motorists are asked to slow down, take extra care and be particularly aware of motorcycles around them. Bikers are urged to be particularly careful when rounding bends and avoid travelling at high speeds.

– Cumbria Police statement

Police seek witnesses to random knife attack

A man's recovering after he was slashed in an unprovoked attack in Greater Manchester. He was knifed at a bus stop on Rochdale Road in Blackley. Detectives say the attacker was behaving erratically.

"This was an unprovoked attack and we need to trace the man responsible. His behaviour was very erratic so I am urging any commuters who were in the area to call us if they remember seeing a man fitting this description."

– Detective Sergeant Alex Wild, Greater Manchester Police

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Police appeal for help to find missing 15-year-old girl

Missing Levi Margison Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for the public's help in locating a 15-year-girl who has been missing since Wednesday.

Levi Margison, was last seen at her home in Rochdale but is understood to have got a taxi from Asda supermarket in The Old Cricket Ground in Rochdale to ASDA in Longhill Road in Huddersfield.

She is described as white, around 5ft 4 ins tall, slim with a pale complexion, green eyes and long, wavy, shoulder length, dyed red hair.

She was last seen wearing an orange hooded top, blue jeans, a grey zip-up top with hood and multi-coloured high top trainers. It is understood that she left with a suitcase of clothes.

"Although Levi has been reported missing from the Rochdale area the focus of our enquiries at this time in the Huddersfield area. I would urge anyone who has seen a girl matching Levi's description to call Kirklees CID on 101"

Detective Inspector Jim Griffiths, West Yorkshire Police

Police dog has 10 pups

Millie with three of her pups

Police dog Millie from Cumbria Constabulary has given birth to ten new springer spaniel puppies.

Officers say mother and puppies are all doing well and are healthy.

Sergeant Mark Yielder, from the Cumbria Constabulary Dog Unit, said:

“The puppies will be brought up to the Dogs Unit at Police Headquarters and will rest in our purpose made puppy kennel. The kennel is fitted with heated lamps and whelping beds so the puppies will be as comfortable as possible.”

This is the first litter from a Cumbria Constabulary dog since 2007. It is also the first time ever that the litter will be of puppies that will become specialist operational dogs for Cumbria Constabulary.

Conference on sexual exploitation in Lancashire

Lancashire Police is hosting a conference to share ideas on dealing with child sexual exploitation. The conference will cover lessons learned from recent high profile investigations and their impact on community cohesion and feature a case study of group related abuse and exploitation.

“We strive for excellence in all areas of policing, and none more so than in our protection of children to keep them safe from being abused and exploited. This conference will allow agencies to share good practice in relation to the provision of the best possible care for victims and their families.A significant area for us all requiring both cultural and legal change is how victims of exploitation, particularly those that have been in care, are both perceived and treated by services..”

– Det Supt Ian Critchley, Lancashire Constabulary

"Ensuring services for victims of CSE are supported is a key part of the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan, and I am proud to be able to represent him at this conference. We must ensure we all work together to tackle and raise awareness of CSE, and this event is an excellent example of that. It will allow valuable resources and best practice to be shared, as well as strengthening the Constabulary's commitment to tackling CSE. I hope all victims across Lancashire – or anyone concerned a child may be being abused – will feel they can come forward to Lancashire police."

– Ibrahim Master, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
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