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No long goodbyes at Preston train station

An interesting new sign at Preston train station is causing a stir among commuters. It reminds people that a long goodbye is not desired and prompts travellers to ‘Kiss and Ride’ at it's drop off zone.

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Student 'disgusted' over alleged racist remarks by judge

A law student has condemned alleged racist remarks made about her by a judge at Preston Magistrates Court.

Deputy District Judge Richard Terrence Peter Hollingworth resigned after it's claimed he said 22-year-old Deepa Patel "won't be working anywhere important" because of her surname.

Ms Patel, a law student who lives in Preston, told The Sun on Sunday: "It's shocking and disgusting for anyone to say that, especially a judge.

"He's the one deciding people's freedom and he's saying stuff like that - it's ridiculous.

"You would assume people of this day and age, especially a judge, wouldn't be racist."

Ms Patel added that it was "outrageous" that he had not resigned altogether.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said:

"The Crown Prosecution Service raised concerns with HM Courts and Tribunals Service about comments made by Judge Hollingworth about a witness in Preston Magistrates' court on 30 October 2014 which we considered to be inappropriate."

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Robbers armed with machetes and baseball bats steal £50,000 from Preston shop

Police have released CCTV of a cash-in-transit robbery at a Preston newsagents on Halloween.

Three men, armed with baseball bats and machetes, threatened staff at McColls Newsagents on Ribbleton Avenue at around 7.15am on Friday 31 October.

The men made off with around £50,000 in cash and the security guard sustained a minor cut to his hip.

They drove away from the shop in a black Audi S3 car, driven by a fourth man, which has since been recovered, but officers are still keen to trace a distinctive bright red Nissan GTR car seen driving away from the scene of the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery or about the vehicle can contact Preston Police on 101 quoting log reference 200 of October 31st.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org

Appeal for witnesses after pensioner dies in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 62 year old man from Preston died in a crash last night. Officers were called to the A583 Kirkham Bypass close to the junction with the B5192 Dowbridge at 8pm last night.

A blue MG sports car travelling in the direction of Preston came off the road and collided with a tree. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the road was closed for four hours to facilitate the investigation.

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who are being supported by specialist officers.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the area or who witnessed what happened to get in touch so that we can establish exactly how the collision occurred.”

– PS David Hurst

Urgent appeal for help to find brother and sister missing from home

Pareece Bottomley, 12

Police are urgently trying to trace a brother and sister missing from home in Preston.

There's growing concern for Marcus Bottomley, 13, who was last seen a week ago at an address on Ribbleton Avenue and his sister, Pareece Bottomley, who is 12, who was last seen at around 4.30pm last Friday at the same address.

Marcus Bottomley

Marcus is described as approximately 5ft, of stocky build with short red hair and was last seen wearing a black Nike jumper and black bottoms.

Pareece is described as of slim build with red hair.

They are known to have links to the Blackburn area but may still be in Preston.

We believe Marcus and Pareece could be together and we are becoming increasingly concerned about them. If anyone has seen them or has any information about their whereabouts I would urge them to get in touch with us.

– Inspector Zegham Awan, Preston Police
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