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Police appeal for missing Preston woman

Ania Knowles Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Police is appealing for information about a 21-year-old woman who is missing from Preston.

Ania Knowles last made contact with friends at around 10.35pm on Tuesday and was believed to be in the Preston area at the time.

She is described as white, of thin build, 5ft 2in tall, with shoulder-length blonde hair and brown eyes.

She has links to the Devon area.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about her whereabouts and are appealing for information.

Sgt Neil McLaughlin, of Lancashire Police, said:

“Ania’s disappearance is worrying and we are appealing for the public’s help in finding her.“If anyone has seen her or knows where she is then please contact us as soon as possible.“I would also urge Ania, if she sees this appeal, to contact us to let us know she is safe.”

– Sgt Neil McLaughlin


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.


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.

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