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Student 'disgusted' over alleged racist remarks by judge

A law student has condemned alleged racist remarks made about her by a judge at Preston Magistrates Court.

Deputy District Judge Richard Terrence Peter Hollingworth resigned after it's claimed he said 22-year-old Deepa Patel "won't be working anywhere important" because of her surname.

Ms Patel, a law student who lives in Preston, told The Sun on Sunday: "It's shocking and disgusting for anyone to say that, especially a judge.

"He's the one deciding people's freedom and he's saying stuff like that - it's ridiculous.

"You would assume people of this day and age, especially a judge, wouldn't be racist."

Ms Patel added that it was "outrageous" that he had not resigned altogether.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said:

"The Crown Prosecution Service raised concerns with HM Courts and Tribunals Service about comments made by Judge Hollingworth about a witness in Preston Magistrates' court on 30 October 2014 which we considered to be inappropriate."

Robbers armed with machetes and baseball bats steal £50,000 from Preston shop

Police have released CCTV of a cash-in-transit robbery at a Preston newsagents on Halloween.

Three men, armed with baseball bats and machetes, threatened staff at McColls Newsagents on Ribbleton Avenue at around 7.15am on Friday 31 October.

The men made off with around £50,000 in cash and the security guard sustained a minor cut to his hip.

They drove away from the shop in a black Audi S3 car, driven by a fourth man, which has since been recovered, but officers are still keen to trace a distinctive bright red Nissan GTR car seen driving away from the scene of the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery or about the vehicle can contact Preston Police on 101 quoting log reference 200 of October 31st.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Appeal for witnesses after pensioner dies in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 62 year old man from Preston died in a crash last night. Officers were called to the A583 Kirkham Bypass close to the junction with the B5192 Dowbridge at 8pm last night.

A blue MG sports car travelling in the direction of Preston came off the road and collided with a tree. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the road was closed for four hours to facilitate the investigation.

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who are being supported by specialist officers.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the area or who witnessed what happened to get in touch so that we can establish exactly how the collision occurred.”

– PS David Hurst


Urgent appeal for help to find brother and sister missing from home

Pareece Bottomley, 12

Police are urgently trying to trace a brother and sister missing from home in Preston.

There's growing concern for Marcus Bottomley, 13, who was last seen a week ago at an address on Ribbleton Avenue and his sister, Pareece Bottomley, who is 12, who was last seen at around 4.30pm last Friday at the same address.

Marcus Bottomley

Marcus is described as approximately 5ft, of stocky build with short red hair and was last seen wearing a black Nike jumper and black bottoms.

Pareece is described as of slim build with red hair.

They are known to have links to the Blackburn area but may still be in Preston.

We believe Marcus and Pareece could be together and we are becoming increasingly concerned about them. If anyone has seen them or has any information about their whereabouts I would urge them to get in touch with us.

– Inspector Zegham Awan, Preston Police

CCTV released after train guard attacked in Preston

Police have released CCTV of two men they're looking for after a train guard was assault in Preston.

Police want to speak to these two men after a train guard was assaulted in Preston Credit: British Transport Police

The incident happened at around 9.30am on Wednesday, 15 October.

Investigating officer PC Chris Dursley said: “The train guard noticed two men hiding in a toilet as she checked tickets on the train which was heading towards Preston from Blackpool North. She called British Transport Police and asked that officers meet the train at Preston to deal with them.

“However, as the train pulled into Preston station the pair pulled the emergency door release and pushed the train guard out of the way, running from the station before officers arrived.

“We believe the men in the images could hold vital information about the incident and ask them or anyone who recognises them to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The gloves are off for emergency crews - but it's all in a good cause

Simply the vest - the boxers in training. Credit: Lancashire Police

Staff from the emergency services in Lancashire are staging a boxing tournament tonight to raise funds for charity.

The event in Preston, involving police, fire and ambulance personnel will support eight-year-old Bradley Moyles, who has Cystic Fibrosis and needs new equipment.

“We are all looking forward to getting in the ring and taking on our emergency service colleagues after months of training.

“As with any kind of sporting event between the services, there has been lots of banter and competition between us, all in good spirits, to get us prepared for the night.

“We are all delighted to be doing this for such a good cause and we know just how much every penny will go towards trying to help Brandon live a relatively normal life, despite suffering from cystic fibrosis.

“We want to raise as much money as we can for Brandon so I am urging as many people as possible to buy tickets. I am sure plenty of people would love to see police officers taking a punch or two, so come along!

“All donations are really appreciated.”

– Organiser DC Tom Wignall, Lancashire Police

Champion Jamie shows us how to make a curry in less than five minutes

Many of us reckon we can make a decent curry.

But, in the case of Jamie Palmer from Preston, it's official - he definitely can.

Jamie is the holder of an unusual distinction - he is the first chef who's not of Asian origin to win the North West prize at the English Curry Awards.

Our reporter Vicky Grimes dropped in on his take-away to find out how he did it, and he showed us how to make a delicious curry in less than five minutes (with a bit of help from some ingredients he prepared earlier).

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