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Police investigate after girl 'forced into van' in Barrow

Police in Barrow are investigating a possible abduction following reports of a girl being forced into a dark transit van yesterday evening.

The incident was reported to have happened at just before 7pm, in the Middlefield and /or Mill Bank area, on the Ormsgill estate.

The girl is described as being aged around 11-13 years old, with dark brown hair, wearing dark jeans and a leather-type jacket. The driver of the van is reported as possibly having a Scottish accent and wearing a balaclava.

Police say they've had no reports of missing persons that would fit the description of the victim and are investigating numerous lines of enquiry, including the possibility the people were known to one another.

“We are still treating this report seriously, and remain open minded about what could have happened.

“We are continuing to urge anyone with information to come forward. If this was an innocent interaction and you were involved or are aware, please let us know. Similarly, if you believe you saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, or you saw the van or girl described, get in touch.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden


Search for missing Barrow woman

Laura Littleton Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are searching for a woman missing from Barrow.

Laura Littleton, aged 35, was last seen at approximately 10am on Friday 27th April in Bath Street. Laura is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with dark brown very long, straight hair.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information contact them by calling 101 or via email to


John Woodcock MP speaks from scene of terror attack in France

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has spoken to Grenada Reports after he was on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, when a man went on a rampage in a truck killing 84 people.

Mr Woodcock, who travelled to Nice for a short break, said panic and fear had spread throughout the crowds as the attack unfolded.

I was on the Promenade des Anglais watching the fireworks for Bastille Day. Then we left and all of a sudden, people started running.

– John Woodcock MP

Concern for missing Barrow teenager

Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Cumbria say they are concerned for the welfare of a 16-year-old girl from Barrow who is missing.

Madeleine Wilkinson was last seen on Currock Road in Carlisle on Saturday (June 25th) at around 6.30pm.

She is white, 5ft 1in tall, of slim build, with long dyed black hair. She was last seen wearing a grey jumper and pink t-shirt, blue jeans, Nike trainers and had a large brown handbag.

It is believed she may have caught a train and travelled to either the Blackpool area or Bradford.

Police want anyone who has seen her to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Officers also urge Madeleine to let them know she is safe and well.

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