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Appeal after £1,600 of coats stolen in Rossendale

Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information after £1,600 worth of coats were stolen in Rossendale.

The incident happened at around 3pm on November 29th at Winfield Shoe Co on Ormerod Street, Acre.

Three men in a white van pulled up outside the shop, bearing stolen number plates, and ran into the store before grabbing six coats worth a total of £1,600. They ran back to the van and made off.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 862 of November 29th.

Credit: Lancashire Police

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Wind farm expansion Inquiry to start today

Scout Moor Wind Farm Credit: ITV Granada

A public inquiry will start today as Peel Holdings hope to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm in Rochdale and Rossendale.

In September 2015, the expansion plans for more wind turbines at the farm were supported by both Rochdale and Rossendale Planning Officers and their elected Members.

Subsequently in December, the project has been called in by Greg Clarke MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for his own determination.

The inquiry is expected to last eight days.

Rossendale skiers compete in Special Olympics

A group of skiers from Rossendale with a range of disabilities have taken part in a national competition in the French Alps.

The Special Olympics are for athletes with Down's Syndrome, autism and a range of learning difficulties.

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Watch: Young woman can't be with her Turkish husband

A seriously ill young woman is fighting for the right to live with her husband who's been told he can't come to this country from Turkey.

Nansi Say from Rossendale, who's half Turkish herself, has cystic fibrosis.

She's trying to get a visa for her husband Ramiz but the Home Office has refused.

Our correspondent Amy Welch has this report:

Family of murdered Sadie Hartley pay tribute to the "best mum we could have"

Sadie Harley Credit: Lancashire Police

The family of murdered business woman Sadie Hartley have issued a touching tribute to the "best mum we could have" and said that she was excited about her daughter's engagement just one week ago.

"We are utterly devastated and cannot begin to understand why mum should be taken so cruelly from us. The whole family is numb. She was the best mum we could have. She cared so much for our welfare and was a massive inspiration to us all. She was so excited about Charlotte's engagement just a week ago.

"The family wish to express our sincere thanks to the senior investigating officer Mr Withers and the huge team who are working tirelessly to investigate this truly awful crime, and the Family Liaison Officers who are providing invaluable support to all the family."

– Family of Sadie Hartley

This morning Karina Wash, 55, appeared at Blackburn Magistrates Court charged with Sadie's murder. She'll appear at Preston Crown court tomorrow alongside Sarah Williams, 34, who has also been charged with murder.

Partner of murdered Sadie Hartley issues a touching tribute to her

Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley Credit: Ian Johnston

The partner of Sadie Hartley has paid a tribute to her. Ian Johnston said she was a "wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend".

A murder investigation was launched after her body was found at a house in Helmshore, Rossendale, on Friday, January 15.

Sarah Williams, 34, has been charged with her murder.

“Sadie was a wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend.

“We are all utterly distraught following her senseless, brutal murder.

“She was a respectable, hard-working person who had run a successful business that supported medical services.

“It is an utter tragedy that she has been taken so unnecessarily from us and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

“The family now respectfully wish and hope that they may be left in peace to enable them to cope with this terrible event.”

– Ian Johnston, the partner of Sadie Hartley
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