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Tributes to young women killed in A59 crash

Police in Lancashire have named a second girl who died in a collision on the A59 at Brockholes Brow in Preston on Wednesday as 17-year-old Shelby Maher.

23-year-old Rachel Murphy was also killed when the car they were travelling in was hit by a BMW travelling towards the city centre.

The family of 17 year old Shelby Lauren Maher are devastated by the loss of a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin. "Shelby was the eldest of two daughters to Melanie Maher.

She could be shy with those that she did not know, however once she did know you, she could be the best friend you could ever wish for. She loved to sing and loved her music.

Our family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, cards and flowers. Shelby will be missed by many and our family would like some privacy at this time so that we can come to terms with our loss.

– Statement from Shelby's family

We the family of Rachel Marie Murphy are devastated. Rachel was the oldest child of four children to Helen Lefferty and Joseph Murphy. She was a very happy go lucky girl, an avid football fanatic and wherever Rachel was she would always have a group of children following.

She always took all the youngsters from her neighbourhood to play football at the local park. She was a very polite, well-mannered girl who had a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody.

Rachel was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin to many and will be missed by so many. We the family would like to have some privacy at this time while we try and come to terms with our loss.

– Statement from Rachel's family

CCTV shows Preston bookmakers robbed at knifepoint

The Betfred branch in Preston was targeted by robbers armed with knives Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are searching for two men who robbed a bookmakers armed with knives in Preston.

It happened around 9:15pm on Sunday at the Betfred branch on Granton Walk in Ingol. One of the men held the door open while the other threatened staff with a large knife.

The two men managed to make off with £4000. Police have now released CCTV pictures to try and trace those involved.

Credit: Lancashire Police

This was clearly a very frightening ordeal for the people working in the shop at the time.

Thankfully no one was physically hurt during the incident despite a knife being used make threats.

If you saw or recognise these men, or you have any information about the incident, please get in contact with us.”

– DC Mark Burns, Preston CID

The offenders were described as:

  • 1) White, early twenties, around 5ft 5 ins and was wearing a light grey hooded jacket and light grey tracksuit bottoms.
  • 2) White, early twenties, of slim build and was wearing a dark blue jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms and a black balaclava.
Staff were threatened at knife point at the Betfred branch in Preston Credit: Lancashire Police

Anyone with information can call Preston CID on 01772 209755. Alternatively they can ring police on 101 quoting log 1408 of 17th April.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal to find missing teen Harry

We are appealing for help to find a missing teenager thought to be in Preston.

Harry Ashby, 16, was last seen at an address in Birmingham on the evening of 15th March.

Harry Ashby, 16, was last seen at an address in Birmingham Credit: Lancashire Police

He is described as white, of slim build, with short, brown curly hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue Adidas tracksuit and black Adidas trainers. He was carrying a grey Superdry jacket.

He also has links to the Blackpool area.

Officers are appealing for information leading to his whereabouts.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We are concerned about Harry and would appeal to anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be to contact us.

“We would also urge Harry to get in touch if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe.”

Anyone with information can call us on 101 quoting log 0048 of March 16.

Police issue CCTV images of man they want to trace after incidents in Preston.

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they want they want to trace after two women reported being touched inappropriately by a man on a bike in Preston.

The first incident happened between 7pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 February when a 24 year old woman was walking along Lytham Road. She was approached from behind by a man on a bike who grabbed her bottom and then cycled away.

A second woman aged 43 also reported that she was approached from behind by a man on a bike as she walked along Garstang Road, near to the junction of Lytham Road at around 1.30pm on Sunday 13 March. The man is thought to have touched her bottom before riding off.

The man is described as around 25 years of age, medium build, clean shaven with short dark hair.

“These were clearly upsetting incidents for the victims to have experienced and our investigation remains on-going.

"We are keen to speak to the man pictured in the images in connection with both incidents and if anyone recognises him or has any information about who he might be I would urge them to get in touch.”

– DS Andy Dixon, Preston CID
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