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Police: 'Fugitive' has shown himself to be dangerous

Following the incident this morning, we have set up a team of officers dedicated to tracking this person down and we are liaising with a number of other forces across England as well as the National Crime Agency.

We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity on Fernham Carr Lane, or perhaps may have seen the vehicle being abandoned to get in touch as soon as possible.

This man has shown himself to be dangerous and to have very little regard for his actions and so we would ask the public to be vigilant and not to approach him but report any sightings to the police immediately - any details the public may have could be crucial.

– Detective Inspector Bev Foster

People with information can contact police by calling 101, alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

'Most wanted' fugitive escapes police after sighting

One of Britain's most dangerous criminals allegedly injured a police officer after dragging him along by a car as he evaded capture.

Brian Thexton is believed to have been spotted in Lancaster yesterday.

Brian Thexton, 37, was listed as one of the "unlucky 13" criminals who were thought to be hiding in Spain but wanted in Britain for serious crimes.

However, Thexton, who is wanted over alleged robberies, is believed to have been stopped in Lancaster at 9am yesterday, police said.

An officer pulled a white Vauxhall Insignia over and reached into the vehicle to remove the keys from the ignition when the car was driven away, trapping his arm and dragging him down the road for a short distance.

The police officer managed to release his arm before the car mounted a kerb and narrowly missed pedestrians.

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No further action after Islamic school arrests

Jamea Al Kauthar school Credit: PA

Lancashire police have said no further action will be taken against three men arrested after an investigation into an Islamic school for girls in Lancaster

Police were called to the Jamea Al Kauthar school to investigate claims of sexual assault and false imprisonment.

Detectives executed a search warrant and arrested the three men earlier this month.

Police have said no further action will be taken as "none of the conduct disclosed ... meets the threshold for criminal prosecution".

Police: Reports of abuse treated as 'isolated incident'

Superintendent Andy Webster of Lancashire Constabulary has said that searches are ongoing at an Islamic school for girls following reports of sexual abuse, but that it is being treated as an "isolated incident".

He added that detectives were trying to identify the alleged victims and that it is not known whether they are current or former pupils at the school.

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Hotline for concerned parents after sexual abuse claims

Police investigating sexual abuse claims at an Islamic girls' school in Lancaster have set up dedicated phone lines for concerned families, both in the UK and abroad.

Three men were arrested at the Jamea al Kauthar school after an incident was reported to police on Saturday.

The number for parents in the UK is 0800 092 0410 and for those calling from outside the UK call 0207 158 0124.”

“We are still at the very early stages of what is a complex investigation. We have a team of specialist detectives working to establish the full circumstances around exactly what has happened, as well as offering support to those involved.

“Our aim at this stage is to respond to the concerns raised proportionately and with sensitivity, and in a way that we can minimise the impact on the school and the surrounding local community.

“We are working with partner organisations to ensure the necessary safeguarding measures are in place for all students at the school."

– Superintendent Andy Webster

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Profile: Jamea al Kauthar school for girls

Specialist female officer are conducting searches of the Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster
Specialist female officer are conducting searches of the Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster, which is being searched following reports of sexual assault and false imprisonment, is a private boarding school for Islamic girls.

According to its website, Jamea al Kauthar started with 60 girls in September 1996 and presently caters for 440 residential girls between the ages of 11 and 20 from all over the world.

It continues: "We provide an opportunity to study the traditional sciences concurrently with secondary and further education.

"Jamea al Kauthar also offers the 'Tahfeez Ul Quraan' programme [committing the whole quran to memory] and a two year abridged version of the Islamic Teaching programme in the English medium."

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Three arrested at Islamic girls' school in Lancaster

Police have arrested three men on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment within the grounds of an Islamic girls' school in Lancaster.

Police presence at the Jamea Al Kauthar school in Lancashire Credit: ITV Granada

A 40-year-old and 30-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment and a 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment. All three are currently in custody.

The Jamea Al Kauthar school in Lancashire Credit: ITV Granada

Searches are being conducted at the school by female officers.

Police presence at the Jamea Al Kauthar school Credit: ITV Granada
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Statement from school after sex assault arrests

Police have arrested three men on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment within the grounds of an Islamic girls' school in Lancaster.

The school, Jamea Al Kauthar, has released a statement:

"The school is aware of the allegations that have been made and at the present moment the school is fully co-operating with the police with their investigations into the matter.

"The school will publish a statement of any details it receives, once this has been received.

"We expect the matter to be cleared up soon."

– Jamea Al Kauthar school
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