MISSING PERSON: Have you seen Gareth Burgess?

Police are searching for a man that was last seen in Blackpool.

WATCH: 'Furry' car stopped overnight due to 'distracting disco lights'

A car was pulled by police overnight in Blackpool due to concerns with lights coming from the back of the vehicle.

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Removal man 'staged kidnapping and demanded ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with pals'

A removal man from Blackpool staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with his mates, a court has heard.
David Lean, left, as a young player. He has spoken out about his abuse by Barry Bennell

'Why did nobody listen to me about evil Bennell?'

As disgraced former football coach Barry Bennell is convicted - again - of abusing young players, one of his former victims has lashed out at authorities for not acting sooner.
Little Freddie Neil, who died aged just four weeks old

Booze a factor in one in three hurt child cases

Parental drinking is linked to more than one in three cases of the death or serious injury of a child through neglect or abuse in England, a new study has shown.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with their investigation

Man kicked twice in head after unprovoked attack on Blackpool bus

A man was kicked twice in the head and had his bag stolen during an unprovoked attack on a bus in Blackpool, say police.
Court briefs

Teenagers carried out brutal attack on Lytham man

A 64-year-old man’s decision to defend his property cost him his life, a court heard.

Our Lady Star of the Sea RC church, St Annes

Man who urinated in St Annes church is jailed

A would-be burglar who urinated in a church has been jailed for eight months.

Fylde and Wyre saw the overall crime rate increase by 12.1 and 9.6 per cent respectively

Crime rate in Blackpool soars and police resources dwindle

Crime has soared by more than 16 per cent in Blackpool in the last year, the latest figures reveal.

The Co-op in Lytham Road, Freckleton (Picture: Google)

Armed robber threatens woman at Co-op in Freckleton before stealing cash

An armed robber waved a knife at a female shop worker before escaping with a bundle of cash, police said.
Daniel Stride

Teenager first to be issued with new banning order after 100 complaints of anti-social behaviour

A teenager from Fylde has become the first in the borough to be issued with the new Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

Ihsan Aliwas found guilty of four counts of Misconduct in Public Office at a trial at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday, February 6

Lancashire Police officer jailed for targeting 'vulnerable' victims of crime

A Lancashire Police Officer has been jailed for two years after he pursued sexual relationships with vulnerable victims of crime.
Evelyn Birchall

Fewer than one-in-10 crimes end up in court

Dozens of vulnerable residents in sheltered housing have fallen prey to crime, new figures show - with offences ranging from arson to sex assaults.

Anthony Condron

LIVERPOOL BAR MURDER PROBE: Three men arrested over death of Anthony Condron

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was fatally injured in a bar.

North West
Police sorry over station axe bungle

Police ‘sorry’ over station axe bungle

Police have said sorry after the force was slammed for announcing the axe of front counters at a number of stations with just a day’s notice.

Thousands of community support and neighbourhood officers have been axed in the past five years

Lancashire's thinner blue line

The impact of massive cutbacks in community policing in Lancashire has been laid bare by shocking new figures.
The Preston New Road fracking site

Judge’s warning to fracking prosecutors

A judge has sent a warning over the future prosecution of anti-fracking protesters after acquitting nine people charged with an offence under the Trade Union acts.
Pictured above from top left, Dr Mary Bousted; Patrick Green and bottom left, Sadiq Khan and Andy Mellor.

KNIFE CRIME: Are body scanners needed in our schools?

One in 10 children have told their parents they have seen another pupil carrying a knife in school, a frightening statistic has revealed.
Chris Parker

Homeless man who stole from Manchester Arena bomb attack victim has been sentenced

A homeless "common thief" who stole from victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has been jailed.
Ann Maguires family arrive at the murdered teachers memorial service, September 29, 2014

KNIFE CRIME: Murdered teacher’s sister speaks out

The family of murdered teacher Ann Maguire who was brutally stabbed while doing the job she loved are still struggling to believe she has been snatched from their lives.. Today, as part of our series looking at the issue of knife crime in schools, Ann’s younger sister Denise Courtney talks to AASMA DAY about how she believes education is the answer to the knife crime problem and how she knows her sister would have thought the same.

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