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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


Are you addicted to technology? One family had to give it up for a week for ITV's Tonight programme

Are the Forrests addicted to technology Credit: ITV

Family time was screen time in the Forrest household in Preston where tablets, phones and computers are checked hundreds of times each day.

So they stashed their tech in a sealed bin for a week - watched over by a security camera.

The experiment for ITV's Tonight programme, revealed just how attached they were.

Rob Smith reports.


Preston bomb scare: man remanded in custody after explosive device found in shopping centre toilets

The Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

A man has appeared in court accused of leaving a crude home-made bomb in a Preston shopping centre.

David Rutherford, who is 24 and from Preston, was remanded in custody for 14 days after a brief appearance at Preston Magistrates' Court.

Mr Rutherford was arrested on Wednesday after an incendiary device was found in toilets at the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston at 9am on December 17.

The city centre shopping complex was evacuated by police. The device had ignited but did not explode or cause damage or injury.

Mr. Rutherford is charged with unlawfully and maliciously making an explosive substance, an improvised incendiary device with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property or enable another to do so.

No pleas were entered and there was no application for bail. There will be a further hearing by videolink on January 8, before Rutherford is brought back to court on January 14.

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