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Delivery driver crushed by own van outside primary school

The school was closed yesterday while emergency services attended the scene. Credit: ITV News

A delivery driver has died after being crushed by his own van outside a primary school in Preston.

Police say they were called to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School at around 6:45am yesterday - where the man had become trapped between his refrigerated vehicle and a gatepost.

He died as a result of his injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

Our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this incredibly sad and difficult time.

– Lancashire Police


Police appeal after 'utterly appalling' homophobic assault

The victim was attacked at the junction of Fishergate with Guild Hall Street in Preston. Credit: Google Earth

Police are appealing for information after an "utterly appalling" assault in Preston.

At around 1:45am on Sunday 12 August, a 25 year old man from Barrow-in-Furness was subjected to homophobic abuse and then attacked by up to five men.

He was left with a fractured jaw and was unable to open his eye.

DC Andy Forsyth said "There is no place for any kind of homophobia in Preston and we are determined to find the thugs responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch.

Lancashire Police to investigate alleged 'pepper spray' incident

The video appears to show police using pepper spray against Stoke fans

Lancashire Police say'll they'll investigate after officers appeared to use pepper spray against football fans during Preston's game against Stoke.

Footage of the incident, which involved Stoke City's fans has been shared widely across social media. It happened at half time during Saturday evening's game against Preston North End at Deepdale.

Lancashire Police say there'll be a post-match debrief on Tuesday to discuss what happened.

Firstly let me say I'm the football officer for PNE. I'm a PC & have been working football operations for 12 years..every game home & away. I take everything that happens at PNE games personally & I can assure all Stoke City fans that the incident that occurred at half time today will be fully investigated. There will be a post match debrief on Tuesday and all the commanders involved in today's operation will attend.

– PC Paul Elliott, Lancashire Police

Body found as police search for missing man

A body has been found by police in Lancashire who've been searching for a man from Preston.

While formal identification is yet to take place, officers believe it is 72-year-old John Culshaw.

He'd been reported missing on Saturday.

Mr Culshaw’s car was found near Penwortham Holme allotments, close to the River Ribble and a body was later recovered from the river.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

A post mortem examination will take place, and a file will be passed to the coroner.

Inspector Chris Abbott, of Preston police, said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Culshaw’s family at this sad and difficult time.”

Brittany Williams: police 'very concerned' for missing girl

Brittany Williams was last seen at Preston Train Station. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police say they're "very concerned" about a 15 year old girl whose gone missing from Preston.

Brittany Williams was last seen around 2.30pm at Preston Train Station.

She was wearing a black vest top, black parka jacket and light blue jeans at the time of her disappearance, as well as carrying a large black handbag.

Have you seen Brittany Williams? Credit: Lancashire Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing man Liam Murray

Police are searching for a man who's gone missing from his home in Preston.

25 year old Liam Murray was last seen at home in Brockholes Brow at 7am on Thursday 5 April.

Officers say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for his welfare.

Liam is currently learning sign language due to hearing loss but may struggle to communicate.

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He was last seen wearing grey joggers, a white T-shirt and dark coloured suit jacket.

If you have seen him, please call 101.

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