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Tribute to Rishton mum killed in hit and run during police pursuit

47-year-old Susan Shaw was killed after being hit by a car Credit: Lancashire Police

47-year-old mum of two Susan Shaw was killed after being hit by a car during a police pursuit.

Susan was hit by a blue Vauxhall Corsa, which was being chased by police, on High Street in Rishton, near Blackburn, at about 5.50pm on Boxing Day.

Today her family have paid tribute to "one of the kindest people you could ever meet".

A fundraising website has been set up to help with the costs of caring for Ms Shaw's two disabled children, who are both believed to be in their 20s.

A message on the Gofundme page, set up by friend Debbie Hudson, said: "Susan was a well loved member of the community who was sadly killed in a hit and run on the 26 December 2017.

"Funds will go towards funeral cost and caring for her two disabled children."

More than £1,000 had been raised within an hour of the page having been set up.

Plans to plant a tree in Ms Shaw's memory, which would be decorated and lit every Christmas, were announced on the Facebook page for the Switch-On Rishton community group.

Member Nick Hayward wrote: "It is with a very heavy heart that news was given to me last night that one our fundraising superstars Susan Shaw was fatally injured in a hit and run on the High Street in Rishton.

"Susan was an active member of the group - a tremendous help behind the scenes as well as taking part in the fundraising events that have been held over the years."

He said the tree, which would be a tribute to her community work, would be planted at Rishton health centre.

Susan was 47-years-old. She was well known within the local community in Rishton and spent a lot of time on local charitable causes, particularly ‘Switched-On Rishton’, which raises money throughout the year for Christmas lights and decorations throughout the town.

Susan was very creative and enjoyed crafting. She would sell items she had made to raise money for Switched-On Rishton.

Susan was a loving mother of two and also a much loved daughter and sister and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She was always generous with her time with friends and strangers alike and was loved by everyone. One of her friends has described as ‘one of the kindest people you could ever meet who would do anything for anybody.

– Susan Shaw's family

CCTV appeal following burglary at Rishton pub

CCTV of two men who broke into the Rishton Arms. Credit: GMP

POLICE have issued CCTV images captured during a burglary at a pub in Rishton last Thursday, 13th February 2014.

Sometime between 1am and 2am two men broke into the Rishton Arms Public house on Station Road and stole a quantity of cash from the premises. An empty safe was found nearby on Shawbrook Close.

CCTV of two men who caused substantial damage to gaming machines. Credit: GMP

The men also caused substantial damage to a number of gaming machines.

PC Simon Grounds said: “Our investigation is continuing but we are aware that the offenders spent some time in the area before breaking into the Rishton Arms.


Fatal Boxing Day fire 'unexplained' - police

Lancashire Police say a fatal house fire in Rishton is so far 'unexplained'.

But detectives do not believe there were any suspicious circumstances.

An 83-year-old woman died after the fire. Two men in their 50s were treated for smoke inhalation.

“This is a tragic incident and we are working hard with the fire service to piece together what has happened.”

– DI Claire Holbrook Lancashire Police

Elderly woman killed in Lancashire fire

Fire crews were called to Cliff Street in Riston just before 4am on Boxing Day Credit: ITV Granada

An elderly woman has died after a house fire in Rishton, Lancashire, on Boxing Day.

Fire crews were called to a property on Cliff Street just before 4am.

They rescued a man from the first floor and a woman from the ground floor.

Three people were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service say the elderly woman passed away yesterday evening.

Group Manager Ben Norman: "Our thoughts at this time are with the lady’s family and we have seen this happen too many times during a period which is supposed to bring joy and happiness.

"In the last two months we have seen four elderly people die in house fires and we urge families and friends to check on the wellbeing of elderly people.

"In this incident the property did have a working smoke alarm; unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to help save this lady’s life. A joint police and fire investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire.”

Three people were taken to hospital after the fire Credit: ITV Granada