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Killer gunman's family from Lancashire

A gunman who killed at least nine people in a mass shooting in Oregon in the US has links to Lancashire.

Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at an American college yesterday. He died after a shoot-out with police.

It has now emerged that his grandfather, Joe Mercer, lives in Preston, but is currently in the United States.

Yesterday described what had happened as “devastating” for him and his family.

Pensioner hit by cab in Preston

A pensioner is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a taxi in Preston.

It happened just after midnight on New Hall Lane near to a petrol station. Police say the 62 year old woman suffered multiple injuries after being hit by a Volkswagen Passat.

“This woman has suffered life threatening injuries and so we need anyone who may have seen this incident to come forward and give us their version of events.”

– Sgt Claire Pearson


Video report: Man from Preston donates water compensation to charity

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A man from preston who was part of the 300,000 households affected by the boil water notice across Lancashire has decided to donate his compensation money to those in need.

He's decided to create a donation pageto the charity Water Aid and is encouraging others in his situation to do the same.

Chris Cunningham has this report:

Men wanted after series of laundrette thefts in Preston

Police are appealing for information after a spate of thefts at the same laundrette in Preston.

A man used a crowbar to prise open the payment slot on a washing machine and steal £50 from the Clean Street Laundrette on Garstang Road on Saturday.

Two similar incidents occurred on Monday 31 August and Thursday 20 August.

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Any with information is asked to contact PC 3027 Kate Jolly from Preston Police on 01772 209637.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


12-year-old boy missing from Preston

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Lancashire Police are appealing for help to find a missing 12-year-old boy from Preston.

Aiden Vickers went missing from his home on Collins Road in Bamber Bridge at around 1pm on Wednesday.

The last confirmed sighting of him was on Ellen Street in Bamber Bridge at around 8pm to 8.30pm last night (Thursday 20 August).

He is described as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall with short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and may be in possession of a black drawstring bag and a black cap.

He is believed to be in the Bamber Bridge area.

Anyone who has seen Aiden or has any information on his whereabouts can contact police on 101 quoting log 1528 of 20th August.

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