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Police appeal for wanted man in Blackpool

Samuel Thomas wanted by police Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace wanted man from Blackpool who absconded from Preston Crown Court earlier this week.

Sam Thomas, who's 17, was due to appear at court in relation to burglary offences, car thefts, driving without insurance and a bicycle theft.

He has been on the run from police since and it's believed he may have been involved in another vehicle theft in Blackpool today, where a Citroen car was stolen from an address on Condor Drive.

Insp Jason Richardson from Blackpool Police said: “Thomas has been sighted in the Blackpool area yesterday and today, so we do believe he could still be in the local area.

“I would like to remind anyone who may be harbouring Thomas that they are indeed committing an offence themselves and could leave themselves open to prosecution.”

Witness appeal after 14 year old cyclist killed

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14 year old cyclist was killed on a road in Preston. The collision happened at 10.15pm last night on New Hall Lane (the A59) towards Brockholes Brow.

The boy was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital but died in the early hours of this morning.

Sgt Gareth Hill, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident where a teenager has sadly died and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this collision or who has any information to contact us.”

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Police appeal for car in Preston murder inquiry

Jonjo Highton Credit: Lancashire Police

Detectives leading a murder inquiry into the death of 18-year-old Jonjo Highton in Preston are appealing for information about a car which may have been involved.

Seven men aged between 19 and 27 are in custody on suspicion of murder.

The man leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Eddie Thistlethwaite, said:

“We believe that the attackers may have used several vehicles and I would appeal for anyone who may have seen these cars in the area south of Moor Park around St Stephen’s Road area or indeed anywhere in Preston on Saturday night to contact us.

I am specifically interested in locating a blue Vauxhall Vectra, registration KG04 EJU and a people carrier possibly a silver or grey Renault Megane Scenic that was seen in company with the vehicle.

“Do you know the whereabouts of the Vectra KG04 EJU? Have you been innocently sold this car or asked to scrap it since Saturday? Do you know who has used this car within the last few weeks?”.

– Detective Superintendent Eddie Thistlethwaite

More arrests after teenager dies in knife attack

Two more men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager died in a knife attack in Preston.

The body of 18-year-old Jonjo Highton was found on St Stephen's Road in Deepdale over the weekend.

Five men aged between 19 and 26 have been arrested so far. Police believe a number of people were involved.

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PNE - Leyton Orient game postponed due to international call ups

Australian Bailey Wright. Credit: PA

Preston North End’s away clash with Leyton Orient on September 6 has been called off due to international call-ups.

The Lilywhites have had three members of their first team squad called up for their respective nations with more expected to follow.

Australian Bailey Wright faces a double header with the Socceroos against Belgium and Saudi Arabia – the second of those matches being played at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

Winger Chris Humphrey is heading to Canada with Jamaica for one match, whilst Scott Wiseman has been called up by Gibraltar for their first even European Championship qualifying match against Poland.

Chris Humphrey. Credit: PA

Andy Little is on the Northern Ireland standby list and it is expected that several of the younger players in manager Simon Grayson’s first team plans will be called up in the coming days for their respective nations and age groups.

No date has been announced for the rescheduled fixture as of yet and this will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

Andy Little. Credit: PA

Preston striker Garner agrees new deal with the club

Preston North End have confirmed striker Joe Garner has signed a new deal with the club.

The frontman had been linked with a move away from Deepdale after a 24-goal season last campaign, but has secured a new contract with the Lillywhites until summer 2016.

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Gold joy for North West boxers

Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald says he still can't believe he won gold at the Commonwealth Games.

The welterweight beat India's much fancied Mandeep Jangra to win gold.

Compatriot Antony Fowler from Liverpool, who is first cousin of Liverpool striker Robbie, hopes his gold will mean his family is known for more than just football.

Liverpool's Fowler wins Middleweight gold

Anthony Fowler is declared winner in the men's Middleweight final Credit: PA Images

Liverpool's Antony Fowler beat Vijender Vijender from India in the Men's Middleweight competition at the Commonwealth games.

The fighter, who is first cousin of Liverpool FC legend Robbie, produced a powerful performance to see off Indian superstar.

Anthony Fowler with his gold medal Credit: PA Images

Preston's Fitzgerald claims welterweight gold

Scott Fitzgerald from Preston beat the much fancied Mandeep Jangra Credit: PA Images

Scott Fitzgerald from Preston beat the much fancied Mandeep Jangra from India to claim Commonwealth welterweight gold last night.

Fitzgerald capped his first major title appearance with a stunning gold medal.

Scott Fitzgerald with his gold medal Credit: PA Images
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